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Message from an Old Friend

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Secondary quest
"Message from an Old Friend"
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Secondary quest
Suggested level
Marcus T.K. Hodgson / Reading Letter from "A"
50 XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level / 51 crown(s)

Message from an Old Friend is one of the quests available in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Journal entry[edit | edit source]

Geralt stopped by a certain Novigrad book merchant whose owner recognized him at once. He said someone had left a book with him a long time ago with instructions to give it to Geralt if he ever got the chance. This naturally piqued the witcher's curiosity. Sadly, the book dealer did not know the book's exact present location, only that it had a red cover and that Geralt should look for it in his stacks of dusty tomes and manuscripts.
Geralt found the book and, inside it, a letter from someone he had once known. Though he gave no outward sign of it, this filled him with touching recollections of old times. To this day I don't know who the old friend was nor what he had written in the letter - and that's a shame, for judging by Geralt's behavior, therein lies a very interesting tale...

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

  • Find a book with a red cover using your Witcher Senses
  • Read the letter you found folded inside the book "My Manifesto."

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The letter found in the book about Jacques de Aldersberg is signed by A. It's likely Alvin, who according to multiple hints in The Witcher 1 was no other than Jacques de Aldersberg himself. The signature is another hint.
  • Marcus T.K. Hodgson tells Geralt that the man left that book for him "few years past", which means it could be shortly before or during the events of The Witcher 1 which took place in 1270 (events of The Witcher 3 take place in 1272). The book itself, mentions de Aldersberg in the past tense: "Was he truly a Source? Was he indeed gifted with raw magic talent? That we will never know for certain.", and in the letter A. also talks about his failure in the past tense: "Perhaps I will have the opportunity to convince you of this in person. If not, I must rely on this letter, which you will read many years from now [...] The old tales say a Child of the Elder Blood can stave off the danger, but I tried and failed. [...] I was the chosen one, and the chosen one failed.". This implies that A. was a time traveler, since not only he acquired the book about himself from the future, but he also returned to the past and left it for Geralt to be read many years later, while already knowing that his future attempts to prevent The White Frost will result in failure. This fits with the explanation about Alvin disappearing into the future and coming back as Jacques de Aldersberg.

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