Ladies Of The Wood is a Quest in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
"Information found in the home of Hendri, the Nilfgaardian agent, indicated Ciri had entered into conflict with some witch in Velen. At first Geralt thought his "witch" was Keira Metz, but he later learned Hendrik had meant a different individual, one who dwelt in Crookback Bog. So the witcher ventured into the swamps, determined to find this bog-dwelling witch and ask her about Ciri."
Ladies of the Wood Objectives
- Find the Children
- Search the Raven Nest
- Explore the Cave
- Put the Payment on the Stone
This quest is given to you by Keira Metz when you do the Hunting A Witch quest. As she hadn't seen Ciri, but there were reports of her arguing with a witch, she's confident that Ciri argued with a crone of Crookback bog.
You start the quest looking for a shrine indicating the start of a trail of sweets. Once you find it, use your witcher sense to follow the path through the woods, following the trail of sweets. You'll probably encounter a few drowners on the way, but there's nothing of any real challenge in the area. Eventually you'll reach a small hamlet with a few houses in and you'll encounter some children singing a strange song. When you speak to the children, one of them mentions that Ciri had been seen in the area, by a local boy named Johnny, but before you can get any further information, Gran shoos you away and takes the boy who mentioned Johnny inside a house. If you follow and try to talk to him he'll lie to you while Gran is there and you'll be told to leave again.
Speak to the children outside who will agree to distract Gran if you play hide and seek with them. A simple game for someone with Witcher senses, follow the footprints and find all four children, then they'll distract Gran. Go into the house and speak to the boy, who says that Johnny lives out in the bog, but he is real and definitely did see Ciri.
Go into the bog and you'll be prompted to use your Witcher senses and you'll pick up Johnny's trail. You'll likely have to deal with another couple of drowners on your way, but there won't be anything major in your way. When you reach his burrow, interact with it and Geralt will coax him out. Turns out the strange young creature has lost his voice, but he leads you to where it is. Climb the cliff and deal with the three harpies flying around. In the harpy nest will be a sealed bottle containing Johnny's voice.
Return to Johnny and give him the bottle. You'll regret it as from this point he doesn't shut up, but he will tell you about Ciri and then say she spoke to the crones. Follow him back to the hamlet and he'll convince Gran to let you speak to the crones. Watch the cutscene in the previously locked building and you'll have instructions to deal with a creature at nearby Downwarren. Only once that is done you'll be given information about Ciri.
Follow the marker on the map and speak to the man at Downwarren. He'll tell you that people have been going missing and there is fear amongst the village folks. He'll direct you to a hillock which is where bodies have been found. When you reach the hillock. the Whispering Hillock quest is triggered.
When you've completed the Whispering Hillock quest, you'll meet up with the man you spoke to earlier in the woods. He'll give you payment for your work in the form of his ear, which you return to the Ladies Of The Wood. They will then give you information about Ciri's visit to the woods.
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