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Carnal Sins is a secondary quest in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Note: this quest will fail if not completed before starting The Isle of Mists.

Walkthrough[]

After talking to Dandelion in The Chameleon, a messenger from Vilmerius Hospital bursts through the door, informing you that Priscilla has been attacked. Dandelion asks you to accompany him to the hospital.

The Hospital[]

Upon arriving, Geralt and Dandelion find Priscilla in a terrible state, being tended to by the head doctor Joachim von Gratz. He discusses Priscilla's state, saying that she is critical, but expected to live; however she is not the first victim of this style of attack, as others were killed in similar fashion. He then mentions his idea of 'preventive medicine', suggesting that he and Geralt go to the morgue to see the previous victim's body.

The Sewers and The Morgue[]

Follow von Gratz through the sewers and fight off several drowners and a water hag. During the journey, Geralt and Joachim discuss how he tries to prevent attacks from happening in the first place. He also mentions that whilst he believes Priscilla is certain to survive, he fears for her singing voice.

At the morgue, you need to search for a dwarven carpenter's corpse, and it is in one of the other rooms. A cutscene will begin on finding it. You can then examine his body, finding evidence of the killers M.O. before you are interrupted by the coroner, Hubert Rejk. He and Joachim have history, and they are not fond of each other. After speaking to Hubert, the Reverend Nathaniel Pastodi enters and insists you leave. Hubert covers for you and agrees to update you on any news. On the way out, Joachim mentions that the reverend used to be a torturer for the Eternal Fire before he was promoted to reverend. Joachim then leaves to attend to Priscilla while you go search for more clues.

You now have three places to investigate: the location where Priscilla was attacked, the site of the woodcarver's murder, and Eustace the corpse collector. These can be investigated in any order. It is important to note that once you have completed any two of the locations, approaching the third location will have a guard approach Geralt. He will tell him that there has been another murder and the coroner wants to speak to him.

Investigate the site of Priscilla's attack[]

Upon arrival, approach a prostitute called Whistling Wendy and she will walk away from you. She will head towards the gate you entered and it will now be closed. Prepare for a fistfight against three peasants that will attack you. Knock them out and then speak to Wendy, who says that she believed you may have been the killer, and that she wanted to avenge Priscilla, as Priscilla gave her a chance to escape prostitution. Search for clues in the area until you find that the killer escaped over a wall too high for even a witcher to jump. There is also a Concerned Citizen's sermon attached to the wall. Speak to Wendy again for an additional conversation choice and to let her know what happened. After speaking to her, head to the next location or the coroner if this is the final location.

Investigate the site of the Woodcarver's murder[]

Approach the closed door and knock. A voice from the other side will question you and then the woodcarver's brother Gus Meyer will let you in. Speak to him and then search for clues in the yard. Another Concerned Citizen's sermon will be found in the area. After finding all of the clues, approach the locked door and try to enter the workshop. (You can also talk directly to Gus Meyer). This will allow Geralt to ask him to open the workshop and find clues of the murder there. After investigating all of the clues in this area, speak to him again. An additional conversation choice will appear allowing Geralt to tell Gus what likely happened to his brother. If you don't have a new conversation choice, then there are still items to investigate. After speaking to him, head to the next location or the coroner if this is the final location.

Speak with Eustace[]

Eustace is the corpse collector, who is rather blunt about his profession and disrespectful towards the corpses. You can loosen his tongue by either paying him 200Oren3.png or using Axii (Requires Delusion level 2), threatening won't achieve anything. However, he does reveal that inside the dwarf's body there was a note naming Priscilla as his next victim. You can choose to punch him after he reveals that he loots and chops up the dead's bodies or just walk away in disgust. After speaking with him, head to the next location or the coroner if this is the final location.

Return to the Coroner[]

Speak to the coroner and you can ask some questions that reveal suspicious answers about Hubert. Then you can look over the body and Hubert will find a note indicating the next victim - Patricia Vegelbud. Head over to the Vegelbud Residence as fast as you can to save her.

The Vegelbud Residence[]

When you are allowed in, Ingrid Vegelbud will welcome you and take you to her mother's room, whilst mentioning that Patricia has denounced the Eternal Fire faith. On entering her room, you find Patricia murdered and the killer fleeing. Chase him until the guards mistake you for the killer and fight them until a cutscene triggers. Ingrid will then defend you and allow you to search Patricia's body, where you will find a note with the final victim - Sweet Nettie of Crippled Kate's.

Crippled Kate's[]

Enter the brothel and you will find out that Sweet Nettie is on the top floor. When you burst into her room, you find her tied up, gagged and about to be tortured by Reverend Nathaniel. Choose to either kill Nathaniel or hear him out. Hearing him out will reveal that while hе is sick and perverse, he is not the serial killer. You then realize that Hubert the coroner is the real murderer. Sweet Nettie will plead for your help, and you can choose to either kill Nathaniel (100XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level), use Axii (40XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level) to make him leave, or leave him to his twisted desires. If you do not kill Nathaniel, you will miss the chance to loot the weapon he is using to burn Sweet Nettie. Note: if you kill Nathaniel without hearing him out first, you will prevent him from telling you who the real murderer is.

The Warehouse[]

If you got the truth out of Nathaniel, head to the warehouse by the docks and find Hubert inside. After a bit of monologue explaining why he did it, Hubert will then reveal himself to be a vampire, a katakan, and will fight you. After defeating him, loot his corpse for Deargdeith and a Katakan mutagen.

Return To The Hospital[]

Head back to the hospital. Priscilla is recovering and Joachim says that she will definitely survive and her voice isn't expected to be severely damaged. Dandelion thanks you and then says that for now, they will perform as him providing vocals and her playing the lute until her voice recovers. The quest will then end.

Journal Entry[]

Telling this story, my dear reader, will tax me greatly. It is a dark and somber one, encompassing the greatest sorrow my heart has ever known. It all started the day of the grand opening of my cabaret. Everything had been spit-polished to perfection - all that was left was to wait for Priscilla, whose performance was to be the crowning moment of this glorious evening. Yet when the doors of the Chameleon burst open it was not she who stepped inside. Instead, it was a messenger from Vilmerius Hospital. His face pale and his countenance dour, he informed us Priscilla had been badly wounded in an assault - and was currently tottering on the brink of death.
Geralt's investigation took him to Crippled Kate's, a pleasure house of dubious repute. It is there, according to the note left by the murderer on Patricia Vegelbud's body, that the fiend would take his next victim - a prostitute named Sweet Nettie.
If Geralt kills Pastodi without question:
Geralt entered her room and found the Reverend Nathaniel, whom he had met earlier at the morgue, inside. The situation was clear - Nathaniel was standing over Nettie with a white-hot poker in his hand - so Geralt meted out justice to this cruel and perverted man without betting an eye.
If Geralt kills Pastodi after speaking with him:
Geralt entered the room and found the Reverend Nathaniel, whom he had met earlier at the morgue, inside. Though the situation seemed unambiguous - Nathanial [sic] was standing over Nettie with a white-hot poker in his hand - Geralt did not let his emotions get the better of him. He spoke calmly with the cruel pervert until he could identify the true murderer - then killed Nathaniel without batting an eye.
Hubert Rejk seemed like a kind, gentle and accommodating man - but in truth he was a bloodthirsty, brutal and murderous vampire, hiding a twisted and fanatical mind behind his never-changing mask of eternal youth. Geralt cut him down after an extraordinarily difficult duel, avenging Priscilla's suffering and saving the lives of countless others who surely would have died by this base monster's hands.
If Geralt spares Pastodi after speaking with him:
Geralt entered her room and inside he found the Reverend Nathaniel, whom he had met earlier at the morgue. Though the situation seemed unambiguous - Nathaniel was standing over Nettie with a white-hot poker in his hand - Geralt did not let his emotions get the better of him. He spoke calmly with the cruel pervert, and in this way determined the identity of the true murderer.
Hubert Rejk seemed like a kind, gentle and accommodating man - but in truth he was a bloodthirsty, brutal and murderous vampire, hiding a twisted and fanatical mind behind his never-changing mask of eternal youth. Geralt cut him down after an extraordinarily difficult duel, avenging Priscilla's suffering and saving the lives of countless others who surely would have died by this base monster's hands.

Objectives[]

  • Talk to Dandelion.
  • Go meet with Von Gratz.
  • Go through the sewers to get to the mortuary.
  • Find the dwarven woodcarver's body using your Witcher Senses.
  • Find Eustace the corpse collector. (40XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level for getting extra information by using Axii)
  • Talk to Eustace.
  • Investigate the alley where Priscilla was attacked using your Witcher Senses.
  • Examine the place where the woodcarver died using your Witcher Senses.
  • Examine the woodcarver's workshop using your Witcher Senses.
  • Talk to the coroner.
  • Go to the Vegelbuds' residence.
  • Follow Ingrid to Patricia's room.
  • Chase the murderer.
  • Find Sweet Nettie at Crippled Kate's.

If you decided to chat with Nathaniel:

  • Go to the warehouse near the port.
  • Kill the vampire.
  • Talk to Dandelion about Priscilla's condition.

If you decided to kill Nathaniel without listening to him:

  • Kill Nathaniel.
  • Talk to Dandelion about Priscilla's condition.

Trivia[]

  • The quest might be a reference to the movie Se7en.

Notes[]

  • If the player kills Nathaniel without questioning him, the quest will end there, with Geralt having assumed Nathaniel was the murderer. If so, Hubert leaves a confession note on a table in the morgue, allowing Geralt to learn the full story.
  • Despite Hubert's claims, he isn't a Higher Vampire, as pointed out by Regis, a true known Higher Vampire, they can only be properly killed by another Higher Vampire, otherwise they would regenerate over the course of decades. Moreover, his true nature is one of a very old Katakan in his ability to turn near invisible and disguise into humans, while having obvious intelligence and sentience, Hubert's corpse also gives a Katakan mutagen amongst other loot.
  • After the initial examination of the woodcarver's body, copies of the Concerned Citizen's sermon can be found scattered around Novigrad.

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