The Ashes of Vizima is a quest which is automatically received upon completion of Chapter V; it launches the Epilogue. At this point, Geralt's Paths essentially converge; only the absence or presence of certain key players, whose lives have been impacted by Geralt's choices, varies.
Having just found out that the Grand Master of the Order of the Flaming Rose is behind Salamandra, the witcher and his ally (either Yaevinn, Siegfried or Triss) head back to Vizima to inform the king. Geralt's path has already affected the political landscape in Temeria (and abroad) and those consequences are mentioned in his exchange with Foltest.
Politics aside, Geralt brings the king up to date on what he has found, and is urged to finish the job for 8000 (10000, less an appropriate amount of income tax). The witcher then sets out, still aided by his ally, to find the Grand Master at the Cloister and finally retrieve the stolen Witchers' Secrets. Along the way he encounters friends and allies, frightened refugees, mutant assassins, greater brothers and a zeugl.
- Be aware that Dandelion is the last and only access to your storage from this point on. You will have some chances to collect ingredients and potion bases (and find several fireplaces) but no more opportunities to buy or sell. Best to put away gifts and other valuables and just stock up on potions and ingredients.
- For the Witcher / neutral path, you have the option of appeasing or further antagonising both Siegfried and Yaevinn as you meet them in the streets.
- For the Zeugl fight make sure to use the silver sword as steel does not work despite the susceptibility article saying it doesn't matter.
Meeting the King
The king promised me 8000 orens for killing the Grand Master. I must make my way through Vizima to the Cloister. I'll find him (the Grand Master) there, and I'll slay him... I must break through Vizima to the Cloister. The Grand Master must die...
Dandelion is staying behind - to compose more of his absurd songs recounting current events. I must go on, hunt down the Grand Master in the Cloister. I must go on and hunt down the Grand Master in the Cloister.
Civilians and Mutants or Mutants and The Greater Brothers or Siegfried
Siegfried leads the Order's mutants. He has decided to exterminate the civilian population, and I cannot allow that to happen. I will not let the mutants slaughter civilians.
MutantsSiegfried is dead as are all of his mutants, but we must go on to the Cloister. Getting through the streets may be difficult as fires rage everywhere. We must find a safe path forward as fires rage in the streets.
The Order has released its mutants onto the city streets. They threaten humans and we must get rid of them. We must tend to the Order's mutants.
The Greater BrothersSiegfried claims the mutants were born of a project pursued by the Order, a project that was to yield warriors called Greater Brothers. It seems they went beyond transforming just a few knights... For now, we need to find a safe path forward as fires rage in the streets. We must find a safe path forward as fires rage in the streets.
Siegfried or Siegfried and Passage
Siegfried realized that killing civilians is not the best way. So he switched to murdering Scoia'tael... I must tend to other things. I should start by finding a way to the Cloister. Most of the passages are blocked or engulfed by flames. I must find a passage to the Cloister that is not blocked or engulfed by fire. (2000 XP)
Siegfried has decided to lead his mutants as they attack humans. I must stop him. I must stop Siegfried and his mutants.
PassageI must find a way to get to the Cloister. Most paths are blocked or engulfed in flames. I must find a passage to the Cloister that is not blocked or engulfed by fire.
I should follow this man. He may know a way through the building's cellar. The streets are too dangerous. I'll look for a passage through the cellars.
Our host claims we can get to the next building through the cellar, bypassing a long segment of burning streets. I must search for the key, which supposedly is somewhere in the building. I must search for the key to the cellar. It's supposed to be somewhere in the building.
The Way through the Cellar
I have the key to the passage through the cellars, which will save us time and effort. I'll move on through the cellars.
Upstairs we met a man who has clearly had to endure too much... He claimed we can leave the building through the window. According to the man, we can leave the building through the window.
- Yaevinn lives:
- I managed to convince Yaevinn that I'm not to blame for Toruviel's death. I think he understood what I meant. It's time to move on. Time to move on, but I sense a fight ahead.
- Yaevinn dies:
- Yaevinn died because he refused to renounce his hatred. It's time to move on. I shouldn't linger here, it's dangerous. Time to move on, but I sense a fight is imminent.
Knights of the Order or Scoia'tael or Mutant Knights
The Sewers or A Wounded Knight or The Zeugl
To the Cloister
We defeated the zeugl! We must find a way out of the sewers and head for the Cloister. We need to leave the sewers and head on to the Cloister.
We're near the Cloister, but we can expect a savage fight before we face the Grand Master. We must break through to the Cloister gates.
The Cloister Gates
The guards lie defeated. I'm almost there. Time to enter the Cloister.
The Grand Master's Chambers
The Grand Master's chambers are beyond this door. The guards possibly have keys. A fight to the death awaits just across this threshold. I must prepare for a fight to the death.
Face to Face
My meeting with the Grand Master did not go as I thought it would. A confrontation with Jacques de Aldersberg is imminent, the pursuit ends here. I've forced the Grand Master into a confrontation which only one of us will survive.