- How To Start Forefather's Eve
- Drowning In Drowners
- Which Choice To Pick With The Witch Hunters
- Where To Find The Pellar's Father's Body
Part of your adventures in Velen involves a strange man known only as the Pellar. He serves as a spiritual guide to the people living in Velen and helps Geralt with his search for the Bloody Baron's family in the swamps.
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The Witcher 3 is not content with leaving the Pellar as an odd old coot with a suspicious relationship with his goat. He stars in a short side quest that gives you some insight into who he is and why Velen benefits from him by helping him conduct a ritual called Forefather's Eve, which happens to share its name as the quest itself.
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How To Start Forefather's Eve
The Pellar will not ask for Geralt's help until you complete A Towerful of Mice. Once Fyke Isle has its curse lifted, he will approach Geralt and ask for the witcher's expertise in protecting some villagers as they beseech the spirits of the departed.
The Pellar will approach Geralt at either Crow's Perch or Keira Metz's hut, depending on your progress Family Matters, one of the Bloody Baron's quests.
Once the quest has been accepted, you will need to go to Fyke Isle and speak to the Pellar at night. He will ask Geralt if he is ready, giving you a chance to complete your preparations.
You will be fighting several waves of enemies, with each one comprised of a different kind of enemy. It is best to replenish your alchemical supplies before starting the quest.
Drowning In Drowners
Forefather's Eve begins in earnest as soon as Geralt signals that he is ready. The Pellar leads the audience in a chant, creating a disturbance significant enough to draw a pack of drowners and a water hag towards the ritual.
This set of enemies are necrophages and are vulnerable to Necrophage Oil and Igni.
The drowners will use their numbers to overwhelm Geralt while the water hag can interfere from a distance by slinging filth.
As the hired muscle, you will have to defeat the attackers. Geralt's health will be fully restored once they are slain. A cutscene will play on your victory, with a ghost accusing the Pellar of murdering his own father.
Which Choice To Pick With The Witch Hunters
The Church of the Eternal Fire's infamous Witch Hunters interrupt Forefather's Eve right as the magic begins and demand the ritual to come to a halt. You will have two choices.
"Leave them alone."
Geralt will defend the Pellar and fight the Witch Hunters, ensuring that the ritual continues.
"Not my fight."
Geralt will allow the Witch Hunters to stop Forefather's Eve. The Pellar will be upset and refuse to reward Geralt. The quest will end immediately after.
If you choose to fight, the Witch Hunters will turn hostile and must be killed. They are normal human enemies and can be defeated with conventional tactics. The Pellar will also enter the fray, helping you fight.
Their blood will taint the ritual, attracting wraiths to the area. The Pellar will call for the participants to flee and asks Geralt to defeat the wraiths.
Like all wraiths, they should be fought with Specter Oil and Yrden. Dodge around the group, luring them into the sign to turn them tangible. Moon Dust will have a similar effect.
The Pellar is understandably upset by the outcome, but appreciates Geralt's assistance. The witcher offers to help the wise man by lifting the curse on the Pellar's slain father. Angry specters tend to become safety hazards, after all.
Where To Find The Pellar's Father's Body
The Pellar tells Geralt that he dumped his father's body in the swamps to the west. The instructions are as vague as they sound. You will need to travel a significant distance, if you have yet to complete the quest the Crones of Crookback Bog.
Once there, Geralt will need to find a body buried near the center of the swamp and cast Igni on the body. With the body destroyed, return to the Pellar to complete the quest and receive a modest reward as well as a discount on his goods.