Defender of the Faith is a secondary quest in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt where Geralt encounters an old lady requiring help in fixing shrines that have been vandalized.

Walkthrough Edit

The woman in question can be encountered between Blackbough and Crow's Perch. Accepting her plea, Geralt fixes the first shrine.

However, two more shrines need to be fixed in southern Velen and while the level for this quest is 10, there are highly leveled enemies between the two shrines, particularly a griffin if you stick to the main roads so be mindful of this.

It doesn't matter what order you fix them, as the last one is where you'll run into the vandals destroying the shrines. Letting them do as they please fails the quest, but beating them up (or killing them) completes it.

Journal entry Edit

Geralt has a "live and let live" policy regarding the gods and their worshipers: if they don't bother him, he returns the favor. Sadly, not everyone follows this sage precept. A distraught woman in Velen informed him someone had been destroying the shrines that dot that region's roadsides. She begged him to repair the damage and, if possible, punish those responsible. Though he did not share the woman's devotion or outrage at this sacrilege, he decided to help all the same.
While following the trail of damaged holy sites Geralt encountered a group of young men who, he learned, were students at Oxenfurt Academy. Influenced by some radical philosopher, they had taken up arms in the battle against religion.
If Geralt stops the vandals:
As is often the case with students, what began as a measured discussion of worldviews ended in a brawl.
If Geralt doesn't interfere:
The witcher engaged them in a philosophical discussion which threatened to come to blows, but luckily merely ended with an exchange of profanities and insults.

Objectives Edit

  • Fix all the damaged shrines. 2/3
  • Defeat the vandals.

Trivia Edit

  • A number of references may exist in this quest to philosophical and religious figures and works
    • The title of the quest "Defender of the Faith" may be a reference to Phillip Roth's short story titled Defender of the Faith, or to a title given to monarchs.
    • "Overman" may reference Friedrich Nietzsche's concept, especially when "Friedrich of Oxenfurt" is mentioned
    • "God is Dead" a quote attributed to Nietzsche
    • "Religion is the Opium of the Masses" is attributed to Karl Marx

Notes Edit

  • If you don't draw your sword, the students won't draw their swords as well, so it becomes a fistfight, not a bloody massacre, though the result is the same - they all end up dead or unconscious.

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