The Nilfgaardian Connection


The Nilfgaardian Connection is the first main quest you receive once you reach Velen (No Man’s Land) in The Witcher 3. This quest is rather easy and fast, its has a rather small influence on the next quest “Bloody Baron” depending on if you get in combat or not with Baron’s men.
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Key Facts

Location:Velen (No Man’s Land)
Category:Main Quest

Quest Text

Geralt traveled to Velen in search of Ciri, an act that attested to the depth of his devotion. Only a man who has been to this land can know just how vile it is. At this time it was commonly known as No Man’s Land. Why? Well, the emperor of Nilfgaard had not yet claimed it, Temeria was in disarray, and the Redanians had already retreated north. No Man had been left in charge, and he had proved a terrible ruler.

Geralt needed to find Hendrik, an imperial agent who had been working on Ciri’s case, and to collect from him what information he had menaged to gather.

Yet it turned out Hendrik was no longer among the living – the Wild hunt had murdered him. The spectral riders were also searching for Ciri and had beaten Geralt to the punch. The witcher only managed to obtain a few perfunctory notes about his ward, though thankfully these contained some scraps of valuable information. It seemed Ciri had been a quest of the Bloody Baron, the self-proclaimed ruler of Velen, and that she had quarreled with some witch, presumably the one living near the village of Midcopse.


Following contains quest spoilers. You’ve been warned

Ask about the agent called Hendrik at the Inn at the Crossroads

Go to the Innkeeper. Choices found here ends up with you fighting or not versus Baron’s men.
Choice 1

Back off or die.

This choice gets you in combat.
Choice 2

I’m a witcher.

This choice leaves you without combat.
Choice 3

Care for a drink?

This choice gives two additional choices.
Choice 1

Not your concern.

This choice gets you in combat.
Choice 2

Heading to Novigrad.

This choice gives you two additional choices.
Choice 1

Who are you?

This choice gives you two additional choices.
Choice 1

Like to know who I’m drinking with.

Gets you out of combat.
Choice 2

Wonder what you’re doing here.

Gets you in combat.
Choice 2


This choice doesn’t get you in combat with Baron’s men.

Finish talking to the innkeep about the agent called Hendrik.

Choice that gets you out of combat ends up with this additional objective.

Defeat the baron’s men

Choice that gets you in combat ends up with this additional objective. This objective has an influence on the next story mission “Bloody Baron”. It doesn’t let you to get in Baron’s compound on the main gate (while guards are hostile) and you have to complete an additional objectives in order to do so.

Look for the agent called Hendrik in the village of Heatherton

Talk to the survivor and learn what happened in the village

Search the agent’s hut using your Witcher Senses

Examine the carpet and enter the basement. Once you investigate the basement the quest ends.

Travel to Velen

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