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Icon disambig.svg This article is about the quest from The Witcher 3. For the quest from The Witcher 2, see A Matter of Life and Death (The Witcher 2).
Secondary quest
"A Matter of Life and Death"
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Secondary quest
Suggested level
Vegelbud Residence
100-200 XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level / 0 crown(s)
Gwent cards:
Count Reuven's Treasure
The Play's the Thing
Now or Never
Race: The Great Erasmus Vegelbud Memorial Derby

A Matter of Life and Death is one of the quests available in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. If Geralt speaks with the croupier during the evening, he can take on three rich opponents in games of Gwent and win their cards. This is the only chance to win these cards.

Journal entry[]

Of all the so-called "witches" they hunted, there was none the witch hunters wanted more than Triss Merigold, a sorceress of unequaled power. Even in hiding she had proven a thorn in their side, masterminding an underground net of hideouts and covers, keeping other mages out of the hunters' blood-stained hands. When Geralt entered the city, he met up with his dear friend and sometime love. And when the time came that she needed his help with her endeavor, she did not hesitate to ask.
Their contact revealed that the son of Ingrid Vegelbud, scion of a wealthy Novigrad family, dabbled in alchemy. For that reason he had become a person of much interest to the witch hunters. When Ingrid learned of Triss' operations, she sent her servant to ask the sorceress to spirit her son somewhere far away from his persecutors. The hunters kept a close eye on her residence, so they would need a distraction - and her upcoming masquerade ball promised to provide just that.
Young Albert's rescue did not prove to be Triss' slickest extraction ever. First she had trouble even finding the young alchemist amidst the throng of revelers, and then Geralt ran into trouble with a group of witch hunter infiltrators. Still, with a bit of luck and a bit of cunning our heroes managed to escape the residence and smuggle Vegelbud out without a scratch on him. Mission accomplished. Geralt and Triss had proven once again how well they work together as a team - but as a couple, well, events at the Vegelbuds' only complicated that matter...


  • Visit Triss Merigold at her hideout
  • Meet the Vegelbuds' servant at the fishmarket. He's wearing a blue shirt and has keys hanging from his belt (keys are on the back of his belt)
  • User your Witcher Senses to find the Vegelbuds' servant. Dressed in a blue tunic, he has keys strapped to his belt.
  • Follow the Vegelbuds' servant
  • Help the servant fight off the bandits
  • Buy a fox mask for Triss Merigold
  • (Optional) Put on your new doublet, trousers and boots before going to Triss (25 XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level)
  • Bring Triss the fox mask
  • Meet Triss Merigold at her hideout
  • Go to the Vegelbuds' residence after dark and talk to the guard
  • Return to Triss Merigold
  • Handle the drunkard (25 XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level for not fighting him)
  • (Optional) Talk to the croupier and win three rounds of Gwent (50 XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level)
  • Meet Ingrid Vegelbud
  • Find Albert Vegelbud. He's wearing a panther mask
  • Defeat the three person ambush in the hedge maze (50 XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level)
  • Meet Albert, Triss and Ingrid in the stables


  • If Geralt and Triss rescue Albert, he will be among the mages Triss smuggles out of Novigrad.
  • If you want to ask Triss rather than Yennefer to extract the information from the damaged megascope crystal that Geralt finds during Redania's Most Wanted, you shouldn't start A Matter of Life and Death until you find the crystal and speak to Triss about it. Otherwise that option won't be available anymore.