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"Free Elves"
Scenes Elven gathering Act IV.png
Θολά Νερά
White Rayla
10000 XP
Hope Burns Bright
The Flame that Cleanses
Under a Fiery Sky

Primary quest

Free Elves is the final quest in Chapter IV. It is triggered after Γκέραλτ receives Αερόντιγκτ from the Lady of the Lake and sets up his first encounter with White Rayla.


This quest is Γκέραλτ's final chance to side with the Scoia'tael, the Order or go his own way and choose the Witcher / neutral path. After conquering Dagon on Black Tern Island and receiving Αερόντιγκτ, the witcher heads back to the the mainland. Upon reaching the landing, he is met first by Alvin and then by White Rayla. With Alvin, Γκέραλτ gets a chance to impart one last piece of advice.

White Rayla has led a group of knights and scouts from the Order to Murky Waters in her hunt for the elven refugees. She warns the witcher that there will be dire consequences if he has decided to side with the elves, but gives him a chance to speak with them to convince them of the futility of their stand. Having warned him, she assures Γκέραλτ that she will hold her men off until he returns with his findings.

Γκέραλτ then heads to the village.

Order path Order path: On the way he meets an Order footman, White Rayla's adjudant, who tells the witcher that the Order does not trust Rayla as they do the witcher. He asks Γκέραλτ to side with the Order to prevent a massacre like the one in the Outskirts which was brought on by ravenous beasts, monsters.

Just outside the village, he meets Νταντέλιον who fills in a few more details of the hostage-taking situation in the village. He tells the witcher that Alvin is among the hostages. They discuss things a bit more and decide to both go into town: the witcher to speak with Toruviel and Νταντέλιον to hide and watch from a safe distance.

Scoia'tael path Scoia'tael path: In town, Γκέραλτ first encounters a Scoia'tael commando who fills him in on that faction's stance. or
Order path Order path: Νταντέλιον then says he will wait for Γκέραλτ to tell him what to do. or
Witcher/neutral path Witcher /neutral path: Νταντέλιον then insists that the witcher not make any decisions before speaking to him.

Γκέραλτ then speaks with Alvin who is obviously frightened and grappling with his ability to hear the thoughts of the people around him — not very nice thoughts at all. The witcher tries to explain things to the boy and this provides some small measure of reassurance.

Finally, Γκέραλτ gets a chance to speak with Toruviel who emerges from one of the huts. The latter explains that she can not release any of the hostages as the Order is merciless and such a move would give them the opening they need to come in and massacre the elves. Our hero insists on taking Alvin with him and Toruviel relents (or not, again, earlier choices). The witcher then goes to discuss the situation with Νταντέλιον, whom Toruviel has already discerned in the shadows. She points out that this is a very good way for the bard (or "that singer") to get shot and that he is fooling no one.

Our hero and the bard confer and Γκέραλτ makes his decision.

Scoia'tael path Scoia'tael path: Νταντέλιον agrees to find the Fisher King to secure transport back to Vizima and wait for the witcher at the landing. or
Order path Order path: Νταντέλιον agrees to help. or
Witcher/neutral path Witcher /neutral path: Νταντέλιον agrees to find the Fisher King to secure transport back to Vizima and wait for the witcher at the landing.

Γκέραλτ is about to leave the village with Alvin when the Order ambushes the elves, contrary to what White Rayla had assured:

Scoia'tael path Scoia'tael path: The witcher sees the injustice and leaps to the defense of his allies. The Order attacks and Γκέραλτ must kill them in order to be able to get out of the village, or
Order path Order path: The witcher helps the Order kill the elves to prevent a second massacre like the one in the Outskirts and be able to leave the village, or
Witcher/neutral path Witcher /neutral path: The elves interpret the witcher's presence as collusion with the Order. Both sides attack him and he is forced to flee.

In the frenzy, Alvin is left cowering, alone, and it is not long before his self-preservation instincts kick in. Much to the exasperation of our hero, the child teleports himself out of danger, but where to? There is no time to do anything as the battle is raging around him, and what could he do anyway? Γκέραλτ has no idea where Alvin could have gone and no way to find out. Ever pragmatic, the witcher "finishes things" in the village and finding nothing of importance in the aftermath of the battle, makes his way to the landing to find Νταντέλιον.

On the way, he encounters Rayla again and demands to know what just happened. She explains that it was none of her doing. Her men mutinied, her own adjudant producing a letter from Siegfried himself stripping her of her command.

Scoia'tael path Scoia'tael path: Rayla knows that Γκέραλτ sided with the elves and is none too happy about it. She tells him he has made an enemy, or
Order path Order path: Γκέραλτ tells Rayla that she should get out of there, or
Witcher/neutral path Witcher /neutral path: Γκέραλτ tells Rayla that he and Νταντέλιον are headed to Vizima, but there is no room for the likes of her onboard.

Γκέραλτ finally finds Νταντέλιον and they head back to Vizima courtesy of the Fisher King and his boat. End of Chapter IV and end of quest.

The players in this scenario[]

Νταντέλιον Toruviel White Rayla Scoia'tael commando


  • Once this quest has started, the door to the Εθνικό Πανδοχείο is locked and the Innkeeper is unavailable. This can be problematic if you need to store the Αερόντιγκτ so that you can go back to Black Tern Island to retrieve your other silver sword. Make sure all your business with the Innkeeper is complete before selecting the dialogue option "I think I am needed in Murky Waters..." during conversation with the Lady of the Lake. You can access your storage one final time, just as you arrive at the dock leading to Old Vizima. Νταντέλιον acts as innkeeper before you enter Old Vizima.
  • It is still possible to go to Black Tern Island after the battle in the village. Just click on the boat instead of Νταντέλιον at the landing. This often tends to be necessary to initiate the sequence where Γκέραλτ meets Berengar and must decide his fate.
  • There are two major quest choices you made earlier that will have significant impact on this quest. Both White Rayla and Toruviels' attitudes will be affected by the choices you made in Chapter II's Force Recon, while your choice in Chapter III's Gold Rush will actually limit your choice in this quest.
  • Some players report that you can not support the side you fought against in Gold Rush.
  • On the Witcher / neutral path, Γκέραλτ can get away with not fighting either side if he runs away while they are focused on each other.
  • The Scoia'tael will kill all the hostages regardless of your choice. You might be able to save at least one of them but after the fight, they will act as if they are still being held captive.
  • If you chose to fight and killed both sides, save game then load again, the remaining Scoia'tael and hostages will come out of the houses. Strangely enough, the elves are not hostile.
  • The Order Murky Waters assault group is the squad of the Order of the Flaming Rose led by White Rayla to destroy Murky Waters elven division led by Toruviel. Shortly before the assault Rayla was removed from the command and the team was led by another Order commander. If you take neutral path whether you avoid the battle or kill everyone, the team can still be observed marching to the lakeside, as you leave by boat.



To the Village[]

the Order, ready to swoop in

Rayla and the knights of the Order were chasing a group of Scoia'tael and ended up here. It appears that the fugitives and the local elves have taken some hostages in the village. I must speak with Toruviel. Can I trust Rayla? She promised to hold the soldiers back for now. I must go to the village and speak with Toruviel.


Νταντέλιον is incapable of holding his tongue. He's trying to convince me not to get involved. He wants to meet me after I speak with Toruviel, before I make any decisions. I must speak with Toruviel before I decide.

A Decision[]

That she-elf is stubborn as a mule! Talking to her was a waste of time. I must speak with Νταντέλιον, decide what to do. I should talk to Νταντέλιον and decide what to do. or
Toruviel is clearly scared. I don't know if I can help the elves. I should talk to Νταντέλιον, decide what to do. I should talk to Νταντέλιον and decide what to do.

Helping the Elves / Helping the Order / Neutrality[]

Items Squirrel tail.png I told Νταντέλιον that I intend to help the elves against the Order. He'll be waiting for me by the Fisher King's hut. I intend to help the elves against the Order. (3000 XP) or
Logo Order of the Flaming Rose.png I told Νταντέλιον that I intend to help the Order against the elves. He'll be waiting for me by the Fisher King's hut. I intend to help the Order against the elves. (3000 XP) or
Witcher medallion.png Νταντέλιον is right. I refuse to get involved. I'll grab Alvin and we'll flee to Vizima. I agreed to meet the poet at Fisher King's hut. I refuse to meddle in this conflict. I'm leaving. (3000 XP)

After the Fight[]

I made my choice and sealed it in blood — the blood of all who chose to oppose me. There is no going back now... The fight is over. I need to grab Νταντέλιον and leave this place.

The Adjutant[]

Γκέραλτ with Νταντέλιον at the Fisher King's boat

It appears that Rayla did not go back on her word. Based on a secret order, the adjutant has stripped her of her command. Let's assume I believe her. I must sail to Vizima now.


Νταντέλιον and I are returning to Vizima. I wonder what awaits us there. Νταντέλιον and I are returning to Vizima. (7000 XP)