Without a Trace is a Secondary Quest in The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt. This Secondary Quest is a part of the Hearts of Stone DLC. Secondary Quests are optional Quests not required to finish the game. Some of these quests may have a bearing on certain Main Quests or may be a consequence of another Quest.
Without a Trace begins after you take the Notice at the Brunwich Notice Board
"Witcher" has become a synonym for "monster slayer" in many minds. While accurate as far as it goes, this does not encompass the whole truth, for witchers take on a broad variety of other tasks besides the slaying of monsters. For example, they sometimes use their superhuman senses to find missing persons. Such a lost individual was the subject of the notice hung by a certain Otto Bamber, an herbalist residing near Oxenfurt.
Otto told Geralt his apprentice, Folkert, had not returned from an herb-gathering excursion to the Deadwight Wood. Though this was not at all on Geralt's way, he decided to help the desperate herbalist. Something tells me this was not merely on account of the reward on offer – though those knowing only Geralt's surface from ballads and rumors might find this hard to believe, deep down, he was really a softy.
The Witcher 3 Without a Trace Objectives
- Talk to the herbalist.
- Look for Folkert's tracks in the Deadwight Wood using your Witcher Senses.
- Follow the blood track.
- Ask the inhabitants of the village about Folkert.
- Report back to the herbalist
Caught the scent of rotting meat:
- Follow the scent to its source using your Witcher Senses.
- Search the room.
- Interrogate the peasant couple.
"Don't believe you. Death's what you deserve" :
- Kill the peasants.
- Report back to the herbalist.
Rewards for Without a Trace in The Witcher 3
Walkthrough for The Witcher 3 Without a Trace
Take the Notice in Brunwich Notice Board then speak to the herbalist outside Oxenfurt. You will be lead to an area southeast of the Temerian Partisan Hideout signpost. Track the quest to be able to follow the location marker. Look for Folkert's tracks in the Deadwight Wood using your Witcher Senses. You will have awide search area. One of the objects you need to investigate will be along the road where you will find the Herbalist cart. This will lead you to a blood track to follow until the next objective.
Ask the inhabitants of the village about Folkert. Speak to the people in the objective area. You might have a new objective to report back to the herbalist, but you will earn more XP if you manage to catch the scent of rotting meat near the couple's house. This will prompt you to follow the scent. This will lead to a stack of crates where you will need to use Aard to reveal the trap door. Enter the cellar and continue to follow the scent until prompted to search the room. Loot to the main table to find what you're looking for then you can interrogate the peasant couple you recently spoke to. From here, you will get to decide their fate. If you choose to kill them, it will reflect on your objectives and you will be tasked to clear them before reporting back to the herbalist.
Without a Trace Journals
If Geralt does not investigate further:
Geralt did not in fact find Folkert, but witness testimony allowed him to establish the halfling's fate. The young halfling had so badly wanted to bring his master the herbs that he had ventured deep into the woods, braving the wolves that hunted there. Though no body ever was found, it is not hard to guess what had become of the poor lad.
If Geralt chooses to kill the old couple:
Geralt found Folkert -- carefully gutted and salted and hanging in a larder belonging to an elderly couple living near the woods. The couple swore they hadn't killed the young halfling, but the witcher did not see that this absolved them of their crime and reached for his sword.
If Geralt chooses to let the old couple live:
Geralt found Folkert -- carefully gutted and salted and hanging in a larder belonging to an elderly couple living near the woods. The couple swore they hadn't killed the young halfling and had been forced into cannibalism by famine. Though Geralt condemned their actions, he decided punishing cannibals was not his duty and walked away.
The Witcher 3 Without a Trace Notes & Trivia
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