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|Image = Gaetan.jpg
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|affiliations = [[Cat School]] |profession = [[Witcher]]
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|Affiliations = [[Cat School]]
|abilities = Superhuman abilities<br>Swordsmanship<br>[[Alchemy]]<br>[[Signs]]
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|Profession = [[Witcher]]
|Race = [[Human]] ([[Witcher]])
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|Abilities = Superhuman abilities<br>Swordsmanship<br>[[Alchemy]]<br>[[Signs]]
|gender = Male
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|Race = [[Human]] {{Small|text=[[Witcher]]}}
|Eyecolor = Amber
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|Gender = Male
|Haircolor = Bald
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|Eye_color = Amber
|appearsin = {{Tw3}}
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|Hair_color = Bald
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|Appears_games = {{Tw3}}
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|Relative = Unnamed sister {{Small|text=deceased}}}}
   
'''Gaetan''' is a [[witcher]] of the [[Cat School]].
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'''Gaetan''' was a [[witcher]] from the [[Cat School]] who, around {{Year|canon = no|year = 1272
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|Type = game}}, ended up in [[Velen]].
   
== {{Tw3}} ==
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== Biography ==
He took a contract on a [[leshen]] that terrorized the village of [[Honorton]] in [[Velen]]. After the killing, Gaetan brought the leshen's head to the ealdorman who refused to pay the agreed upon sum. Instead, he offered Gaetan twelve [[crown]]s, a sum which would only barely cover the potion ingredients used by the witcher. After Gaetan showed his displeasure, the ealdorman and at least two other villagers led Gaetan into a barn, claiming they had "hidden gold" to give him as payment. However, it proved to be an attempt to murder the witcher. While one of them distracted the witcher by constantly chattering, another one tried to stab him from behind with a pitchfork.
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He took a contract on a [[leshen]] that terrorized [[Honorton]] village but after he killed it the ealdorman refused to pay the agreed upon sum, instead offering Gaetan only 12 {{Crown}}, a very paltry sum for taking care of the leshen. The witcher voiced his objection at this and so the ealdorman and a couple other villagers claimed they had hid the rest of the gold in the barn and led him out there to get the rest of the payment.
   
Despite taking Gaetan by complete surprise, the attempt was unsuccessful and they managed only to gravely wound him. The combination of great pain, shock and anger caused the witcher to initiate a killing spree, slaying both his attackers and the entire village except for a little girl called [[Millie]]. In the end, nine people were dead. Two of the attackers (the ealdorman and the one with the pitchfork) can be discovered in the barn, two others (presumably two other attackers) right before it. The bodies of the remaining villagers are scattered around the village.
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However, it proved to be a trap where the group tried to murder the witcher and only at the last minute when Gaetan realized something was awry did he narrowly avoid being fatally pierced by a pitchfork. Still injured and now incensed at this, Gaetan went on a killing spree, blindly killing every villager for trying to cheat and kill him, whether they were guilty or not. He only stopped short of killing a little girl, [[Millie]], as she reminded him of his own sister, thus sparing her, making her the only survivor of the village massacre.
   
The massacre is later discovered by [[Geralt of Rivia]] who was interested in the Leshen contract. While uncovering the secret behind the massacre, Geralt finds a medallion of the [[Cat School]] which the ealdorman had managed to rip off before his death. Thanks to the little girl that was the sole survivor, Geralt managed to eventually track down the Cat witcher who was recovering from his grave injuries not far from the village.
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{{Condition|Text = If Geralt investigates}} [[Geralt of Rivia|Geralt]] eventually discovered Gaetan not far from the village and still recovering from his injuries. After telling Geralt about what transpired, he insinuated this wasn't the first time he'd lost his temper.
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:{{Condition|Text = If Geralt chooses to kill him}} Deciding Gaetan's regrets weren't good enough for his actions that killed off an entire village, Geralt fought Gaetan then and there, ending the cat witcher's life.
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:{{Condition|Text = If Geralt chooses to spare him}} Geralt remarked to Gaetan how he himself was often referred to as the [[Butcher of Blaviken]] and that sometimes "heads just roll" and, as the ealdorman did try to attack and kill Gaetan, Geralt couldn't fault him for acting in self-defense. Gaetan then thanked Geralt by giving him the location of his hideout and where he had some valuable items stored as a reward.
   
Here, Geralt presents Gaetan the witcher medaillon he found. Geatan will then tell the fellow witcher the whole story behind the massacre, including both a confession and regret for his actions. There are also subtle hints evident that Geatan had lost his temper in a similar fashion at least once. Geralt can then choose what to do with his colleague. However, the choice is a tough one.
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== Associated Quest ==
 
Geralt can choose to ignore that the villagers attacked Geatan first and argue that, even if Gaetan can be sympathised with and he acted in self-defence against the attackers, his killing of presumably innocent villagers can not be justified.
 
 
[[File:Geralt presents the medaillon.png|thumb|290x290px|Geralt presents the medallion]]
 
Furthermore, Geralt could argue that Gaetan would be a risk for other people should his temper get the best of him once more. Gaetan will then be forced to duel Geralt, a fight in which the former will eventually be killed.
 
 
Otherwise, Geralt can choose to deem himself neither adequate nor in the position to judge Gaetan for what happened in the village. After all, the villagers didn't keep their end of the bargain and tried to murder the witcher, even though the witcher responded with an overreaching act of violence. So which one of these two factions is at fault, Geralt can argue, can not be judged nor will it be judged by him. [[File:Geralt listens to Gaetan.png|thumb|275x275px|Geralt listens to Gaetan|left]]
 
Geralt then tells Gaetan that he himself is often referred to as the [[Butcher of Blaviken]] and that sometimes "heads just roll", indicating that he neither absolves nor condemns the other witcher for what he did. Besides that, one could argue that enough blood has been shed under already tragic circumstances, thus it would not be ethical to kill another person that can not be regarded as the initial aggressor in any way. Should Geralt choose to not judge Gaetan, the Cat witcher shows his gratitude by letting Geralt take the sword from his nearby hideout.
 
 
=== Associated quests ===
 
 
* [[Where the Cat and Wolf Play...]]
 
* [[Where the Cat and Wolf Play...]]
* [[Take What You Want]]
 
   
== Trivia ==
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== Notes ==
 
* If you approach Gaetan while wearing the [[Cat School Gear|Cat School Witcher Gear]], he will comment on it before you engage him in conversation. Saying "Well well, what have we here? Feline armor, wolf's head medallion - a crossbreed?".
 
* If you approach Gaetan while wearing the [[Cat School Gear|Cat School Witcher Gear]], he will comment on it before you engage him in conversation. Saying "Well well, what have we here? Feline armor, wolf's head medallion - a crossbreed?".
 
* In the {{HoS}}, during the secondary quest [[Avid Collector]], [[Marcus T.K. Hodgson]] may award Geralt with Gaetan's [[conserved shaelmaar trophy]], which he had apparently given to Hodgson as collateral for a purchase.
 
* In the {{HoS}}, during the secondary quest [[Avid Collector]], [[Marcus T.K. Hodgson]] may award Geralt with Gaetan's [[conserved shaelmaar trophy]], which he had apparently given to Hodgson as collateral for a purchase.
 
* In Gaetan's hideout he has a wall of trophies he collected which Geralt wonders why he still has them and believes he may have been cheated of his reward in the past and kept them as mementos.
 
* In Gaetan's hideout he has a wall of trophies he collected which Geralt wonders why he still has them and believes he may have been cheated of his reward in the past and kept them as mementos.
   
== Gallery ==
 
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Gaetan was a witcher from the Cat School who, around 1272, ended up in Velen.

Biography Edit

He took a contract on a leshen that terrorized Honorton village but after he killed it the ealdorman refused to pay the agreed upon sum, instead offering Gaetan only 12 Oren3, a very paltry sum for taking care of the leshen. The witcher voiced his objection at this and so the ealdorman and a couple other villagers claimed they had hid the rest of the gold in the barn and led him out there to get the rest of the payment.

However, it proved to be a trap where the group tried to murder the witcher and only at the last minute when Gaetan realized something was awry did he narrowly avoid being fatally pierced by a pitchfork. Still injured and now incensed at this, Gaetan went on a killing spree, blindly killing every villager for trying to cheat and kill him, whether they were guilty or not. He only stopped short of killing a little girl, Millie, as she reminded him of his own sister, thus sparing her, making her the only survivor of the village massacre.

If Geralt investigates: Geralt eventually discovered Gaetan not far from the village and still recovering from his injuries. After telling Geralt about what transpired, he insinuated this wasn't the first time he'd lost his temper.

If Geralt chooses to kill him: Deciding Gaetan's regrets weren't good enough for his actions that killed off an entire village, Geralt fought Gaetan then and there, ending the cat witcher's life.
If Geralt chooses to spare him: Geralt remarked to Gaetan how he himself was often referred to as the Butcher of Blaviken and that sometimes "heads just roll" and, as the ealdorman did try to attack and kill Gaetan, Geralt couldn't fault him for acting in self-defense. Gaetan then thanked Geralt by giving him the location of his hideout and where he had some valuable items stored as a reward.

Associated Quest Edit

Notes Edit

  • If you approach Gaetan while wearing the Cat School Witcher Gear, he will comment on it before you engage him in conversation. Saying "Well well, what have we here? Feline armor, wolf's head medallion - a crossbreed?".
  • In the Hearts of Stone expansion, during the secondary quest Avid Collector, Marcus T.K. Hodgson may award Geralt with Gaetan's conserved shaelmaar trophy, which he had apparently given to Hodgson as collateral for a purchase.
  • In Gaetan's hideout he has a wall of trophies he collected which Geralt wonders why he still has them and believes he may have been cheated of his reward in the past and kept them as mementos.
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