Dead Man's Party is a main quest in the Hearts of Stone expansion for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. As part of Olgierd von Everec's three difficult tasks, he asks Geralt to show his brother, Vlodimir, the time of his life. The problem is, Vlodimir has been dead for quite some time.
- As Master Mirror forewarned, Olgierd von Everec asked Geralt to perform several tasks for him. One of these was to show his brother, Vlodimir, the time of his life. As I know from many pleasant personal experiences, the witcher, grim as he may sometimes seem, is more than capable of arranging a fantastic night out. Yet in this case, there was one particularly tricky catch: Vlodimir was dead. As a first step to overcoming this obstacle, Geralt decided to go see Shani, who, as a Redanian subject, an Oxenfurt resident, and a woman of great learning, might just have some information about where Vlodimir is buried.
- Shani had been a diligent student – she not only had heard of the von Everec family, but also happened to be in the possession of a tome indicating the location of their family crypt. She and Geralt decided to journey there together. Shani was to bring a censer with her, which Geralt intended to use to perform the ancient ritual of Blood Summoning to bring forth the ghost of Olgierd's dead brother.
- Thanks to the Blood Summoning (which, as is the norm during witcher adventures, did not go off without certain complications), Geralt was able to summon the ghost of Vlodimir von Everec. Vlodimir, delighted at the prospect of enjoying a "cracking good time," stated that to do so, he would need a body...and then promptly possessed the witcher's, despite the latter's heated resistance. From that moment till Vlodimir had had his fun, Vlod's ghost accompanied Geralt everywhere the witcher went. And it so happened on that day, he was going to a wedding, where he was to meet Shani. Vlodimir was thrilled at this, for he had taken quite the liking to the young medic, but, learning that she meant something special to Geralt, he promised to keep his hands off her. Yet something about his manner left room to doubt he'd keep this promise...
- Once Geralt and Vlodimir arrived at the wedding, the ghost jumped into Geralt's body and threw himself headlong into a whirlwind of merriment, mirth, and amusement.
- Hearing Geralt recount that night's festivities, I realized it was a great shame I had not been able to attend. Not only would I have graced the guests with a performance worthy of the occasion, but also I would have witnessed its wonders first-hand, the better to now convey them to you dear reader... Yet I consider my chance to craft an epic nuptial ballad merely delayed, not missed, for Shani caught the garland during the capping, meaning I will surely be a guest of honor at her wedding in the near future. Vlodimir, I hear, enjoyed himself tremendously, though he was forced off the stage and into the netherworld in a rather unpleasant manner by Master Mirror at the end. Before that happened, he wrote a letter to his brother in his own (that is to say, Geralt's) blood, thus providing proof that the witcher had fulfilled Olgierd's wish.
- As the witcher had suspected, Olgierd would not simply take Geralt's word for it that Vlodimir had not only risen from the dead (temporarily, at least), but had also had a splendid time. Yet the letter Vlod wrote in blood effectively resolved all Olgierd's doubts. The task was deemed completed.
- Talk to Shani about the von Everec family crypt. (150 )
- Meet Shani in front of the von Everec family crypt.
- Enter the von Everec family crypt.
- Defeat the wraiths as they appear.
- Use your Witcher Senses to explore the von Everec family crypt.
- Spread the incense in every room of the crypt.
- Light the main votive to continue the ritual.
- Defeat the wraiths of dead von Everecs.
- Meet Shani by the farm where the wedding will be held.
- Follow Shani and meet the newlyweds.
- Talk to the newlyweds.
- Take part in the wedding activities until midnight.
- Drive the pigs into the pen (2 pigs). (50 if you use Axii, 200 otherwise)
- Fish Shani's shoe out of the lake and give it to her.
- User your Witcher Senses to find the fire swallower.
- Escort the fire swallower back to the wedding.
- Protect the fire swallower from the "bear".
- Talk to Master Mirror at the wedding. (150)
- Go to the barn for the capping ceremony. (200)
- Inform Olgierd the task has been completed.
- Nearly all the von Everec ghosts are incorrectly labeled during the fight, except for Alexy. This is most obvious during the cutscene: the one addressed as Honoratina (the grandmother) is then labeled as Eulalia in the fight, and the one addressed as Kestatis (the grandfather) is mislabeled as Ernest.
- When Vlodimir removes Geralt's facial hair, it will disable dynamic beard growth even though the end result is a clean shaven face. You can re-enable it by visiting a barber and selecting the "Shaved head and a ponytail" option.
- In the barn where the dance is held, climb up to the loft using the ladder to find the unique Gwent card Cow on the floor next to the pillows.
- In order to win the King of Swineherd's crown and a stuffed animal for Shani, the pigs must be herded without using Axii.
- The inventory panel will be inaccessible for the duration of the wedding party and the only weapons available to fight the boar will be those equipped before Vlodimir/Geralt changed clothes (including sword, crossbow, and bombs).
- "Losing" to the halflings in Gwent will cause Geralt to forfeit 5% of his gold, but "win" the unique Ass ears. Geralt will wear the hat for the rest of the party, which will affect dialogue with the guests.
- Even though Vlodimir writes a letter that Geralt later gives to Olgierd, it doesn't actually appear in one's inventory. However, using console commands, the letter can be added and read.
- If you decide to loot the tombstones after resurrecting Vlodimir, he will comment on this, ultimately leading Geralt to tell him to shut up.
- While you are looking for the fire swallower, you can find his cap on the ground. There is no point in keeping the cap, since Geralt can't equip it.
- When you are rude to the fire swallower and insult him enough, he will go back to Novigrad without performing at the wedding. In this case Geralt can replace him with a juggeling act.
- When rescuing the fire swallower, Vlodimir as Geralt can comment on his inability to differentiate between a boar and a bear. The fire swallower then replies he's not a naturalist which is ironic since his name is David Artensborrow (a reference to real-life naturalist David Attenborough who frequently appears on nature documentaries and has at least 20 species of plants and animals named after him).
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