On the hilly road just northwest of Drudge, Geralt will come across a lone dog being attacked by wolves. Important: Once Geralt remarks on the pack, the dog can die here if you don't interfere fast enough to save it, locking you out of doing the quest.
Save the dog and Geralt will find a key on the dog's collar before it takes off, wanting you to follow it. Note: don't stray too far away here, as the quest will fail otherwise. You'd still be able to loot the chest if you got the key though, just won't get the .
The dog will lead you into Drudge where several bandits will attack you. After defeating them, open the door to the house the bandits were near (right next to the signpost) for 25 and look for loose floorboards using your Witcher senses. Pry up the boards and open the chest and read the notes in it to complete the quest. On exiting the house the dog will be gone. Note that while not a relic sword, one of the bandits always has a Bremervoord blade on them.
- When Geralt saw a dog which was clearly someone's beloved pet surrounded by a pack of starving wolves, he could not help but interfere and save the poor animal's life. The wolves slain, he petted the dog to calm it and discovered there was a key sewn into its collar.
- Geralt followed the dog to its owner's home. Sadly, there was no living soul within it.
- Follow the dog.
- Defeat the bandits.
- Search the abandoned house using the Witcher Senses.