Pomp and Strange Circumstance
|DLC||Blood and Wine|
|Next Quest||Be It Ever So Humble...|
Pomp and Strange Circumstance is a Main Quest from the Blood and Wine DLC in The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt. Main Quests are the main storyline of the game that can have a major effect towards the endings. Some of these quests may have dialogue choices that will alter the ending of the game.
Pomp and Strange Circumstance is the quest that follows Tesham Mutna if you managed to fight off Dettlaff and keep Syanna alive.
The witcher had, at last, defeated the Beast of Beauclair. Her Enlightened Highness Duchess Anna Henrietta invited him to a ceremony where she would award him the Vitis Vinifera medal, Toussaint's highest honor. Geralt, famous for being one of the world's leading scruffs, possessed no outfit that would not violate protocol or be remotely suitable for such an occasion. In her generosity, the duchess agreed to fund a new robe. Regis, having nothing better to do, accompanied the witcher to the tailor's for his fitting. There, the vampire revealed the thought that was tormenting him. Nameily, he believed Syanna had planned five murders from the start. He wished to know the identity of the fifth intended victim. He suggested to Geralt that they investigate the matter to the end.
The Witcher 3 Pomp and Strange Circumstance Objectives
(Objectives vary if Geralt chooses not to investigate further)
- [Optional] Talk to the bootblack during the day.
- [Optional] Find the shelter.
- Defeat the attackers.
- [Optional] Talk to Syanna.
- [Optional] Follow the guard to Syanna's cell.
- Talk to Damien.
If Anna Henrietta dies:
- Place a flower on Anna Henrietta's grave.
- [Optional] Put on a mask and gloves.
- Collect mandrake roots. (2)
- Return to Regis.
- Use your Witcher Senses to find Regis.
- Help Regis defeat the vampires.
Rewards for Pomp and Strange Circumstance in The Witcher 3
Walkthrough for The Witcher 3 Pomp and Strange Circumstance
This quest begins directly with dialogue. Your choice will determine whether you go now, meet there or say there's no point at any more investigation. To proceed, choose either of the first two and you will need to head back to the Bootblack to get more information from him. After getting through the dialogue with the bootblack, you can head to the next target location which will be nearby. Head upstairs and you will find two men arguing with the owner of the shelter. Defeat the attackers in a fistfight and the next cutscene will begin. You will then have a few hours pass and the cutscene will continue. You will then have the optional objective to seek Syanna.
It'll be a good idea to seek Syanna and speak to her since your conversation with her will affect the outcome of the quest.
When you see her, you will be presented with a few dialogue options:
- Curse of the Black Sun
- Because you envy her.
- Cause she turned her back on you, forgot about you.
When you see this, choose the last option, dialogue 3 to avoid any negative consequences. Then shortly after, this will be followed by another dialogue choice:
- Ahh, honesty, finally.
- Ever thought to forgive her?
- Think I've heard enough.
You need to pick the second dialogue choice. After completing this dialogue interaction, the next cutscene will play. If you tell Damien that you're ready for the ceremony, this will cut out and the ceremony will begin. Your dialogue choices won't affect the quest here. After the ceremony, some time will pass and the cutscene will continue. You will then be tasked to collect 2 mandrake roots. Use your Witcher Senses to highlight them. One will be directly in the center. Once you have them both, return to Regis. However, you will only find his tracks. Follow his tracks and you will find him engaged in battle. You will now have to help him against the Bruxa. This will be your last objective for this quest.
Pomp and Strange Circumstance Journals
If Geralt investigates the intended fifth victim:
They first sought out the bootblack. The boy directed them to a poorhouse. It was there they learned Syanna had indeed planned five murders. All to wreak vengeance upon those who had caused her to be banished from the court and the Ducal Palace. The final victim was to have been her very own sister, Duchess Anna Henrietta. Geralt considered confronting Syanna.
If Geralt confronts Syanna:
Geralt reached the tower where Syanna sat confined. After speaking to her, he made his way to the ceremony, during which he was to receive his distinction.
On her own behalf and that of her subjects, Anna Henrietta thanked Geralt for slaying the Beast of Beauclair and awarded him the Vitis Vinifera Medal. Thankfully, the ceremony was brief, so the witcher lacked time to demonstrate his ignorance of protocol and thus violate the majesty of the court.
If Geralt convinced Syanna to forgive her sister:
After the ceremony, Sylvia Anna faced her accusers. When Geralt had spoken to Syanna earlier, he had broached some sensitive issues. These now came to the fore, and a heated argument erupted between the sisters. Those valuing convention and decorum undoubtedly considered it an unsavory public airing of matters private. Yet my own heart inclines me to think it a fortunate turn of events. For we cannot know what might have happened had there been no release of resentments that had accumulated over decades. Upon quitting the palace Geralt rejoined Regis at his crypt. The indulged in some well-deserved respite while sipping Regis' exquisite (as they both assured me) mandrake hooch.
If Geralt did not convince Syanna to forgive her sister:
After the ceremony, Sylvia Anna faced her accusers. Alas, her interrogation ended in tragedy. Though her murderous scheme had been thwarted when her "murder weapon," the vampire Dettlaff, had been removed, Syanna decided to see the matter through. Feigning a willingness to reconcile, she tricked all those present and ran a hair pin through her sister's heart. Anarietta died instantly, and no one, not even the witcher with his lightning fast reflexes, could prevent it.
A woman of great beauty, in the prime of her life, Anna Henrietta breathed her last at the foot of her own palace. As she died her thoughts went to the undersigned... Grief grips my heart as I write this, tears flow of their own from my eyes.
The bad seed, Sylvia Anna, perished immediately afterwards, without trial or due process cut down by a ducal guardsman loyal and true.
Geralt visited the crypt where both sisters had been laid to rest. Then he rejoined Regis to enjoy some well-deserved respite, aided by a jug of the vampire's mandrake hooch.
The Witcher 3 Pomp and Strange Circumstance Notes & Trivia
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