Defender of the Faith

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Secondary quest
"Defender of the Faith"
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Details
Type
Secondary quest
Suggested level
10
Location(s)
Road east of Byways
Duén Hen
Road east of Cestersover
Region(s)
Velen
Source
Old woman on the road east of Blackbough
Reward
25 XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level per righted structure
85 XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level
Related
Races: Crow's Perch

Defender of the Faith is one of the secondary quests in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Geralt is called to by an old peasant woman along the road between Crow's Perch and Blackbough. This event often coincides with the horse race outside Crow's Perch.

Look, already got a trade - I'm a witcher. Restoring traditional roadside structures in wood - just not my specialty.
― Geralt to old woman's request, The Witcher 3


Journal entry[edit | edit source]

Geralt has a "live and let live" policy regarding the gods and their worshipers: if they don't bother him, he returns the favor. Sadly, not everyone follows this sage precept. A distraught woman in Velen informed him someone had been destroying the shrines that dot that region's roadsides. She begged him to repair the damage and, if possible, punish those responsible. Though he did not share the woman's devotion or outrage at this sacrilege, he decided to help all the same.
While following the trail of damaged holy sites Geralt encountered a group of young men who, he learned, were students at Oxenfurt Academy. Influenced by some radical philosopher, they had taken up arms in the battle against religion.
If Geralt stops the vandals:
As is often the case with students, what began as a measured discussion of worldviews ended in a brawl.
If Geralt doesn't interfere:
The witcher engaged them in a philosophical discussion which threatened to come to blows, but luckily merely ended with an exchange of profanities and insults.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

  • Fix all the damaged shrines. 2/3. There is no way you can fix the third shrine, because it is not broken and still standing.
  • Defeat the vandals

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • If you don't draw your sword, the students won't draw their swords as well, so it becomes a fistfight, not a bloody massacre, though the result is the same - they all end up dead or unconscious.
  • If you don't stop vandals, you'll spare their lives, but the quest would fail.
  • The quest has an Easter egg reference to Friedrich Nietzsche, who was an anti-religious nihilist. The fanatical student who leads the ant-religious gang says to Geralt: "We are the heralds of lightning, heavy drops from leaden clouds! Unleashed, the lightning name should be Overman.[1] [...] Religion is the opiate of the masses![2] The gods are dead![3] Thus speaks Master Friedrich[4] of Oxenfurt! [...] We must forge a new morality - or rid ourselves of morality altogether.[5]

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References and footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. Reference to Übermensch.
  2. Reference to Karl Marx who was also quite anti-religious.
  3. Nietzsche's statement rephrased.
  4. Same name as Nietzsche and also references his "Thus Spoke Zarathustra".
  5. I.e. nihilism.