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"The Floating Prison"
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Iorveth's path
Chapter I
Prison barge

The Floating Prison is a quest in Chapter I of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings


If Geralt sides with Iorveth, the two of them set off to free the prisoners on the barge. After gaining control of the vessel, they decide to sail for Aedirn, but as they are leaving, they see Bernard Loredo who threatens to burn the "elven whores" alive in the tower on the docks. Iorveth dismisses the threat saying that elven women are already prepared to die for the cause, but Geralt cannot sit idly by and allow these murders to be committed, so he jumps off the barge. He must then decide whether to pursue Loredo, or save the elven women.

If he decides to save the women, Loredo gets away, but Geralt does save three elven women, including Mottle, by storming the tower, releasing each one from her bonds and leaping off the top balcony into the water.

The witcher then gets back onto the barge whereupon Iorveth thanks him for saving the women and says that the Scoia'tael owe the witcher a debt of gratitude. He also mentions that Loredo will no doubt get what's coming to him, even if he got away for now.

Journal entry[]

Geralt was more eager for vengeance than ever. Above all else, however, he wanted to find Triss, for he still believed the sorceress to be alive. He was not picky about the means to his end, and it all began with a meeting with the Scoia'tael...
The witcher had to reach the barge, where the Scoia'tael were kept below decks. he racked his brain, finally coming to the conclusion that he would only be left on deck if he brought in a prisoner of high standing. Thus a bold plan was born, according to which Iorveth was to be bound and brought to the barge. And they put their plan into action. Our heroes reached Flotsam's western gate and marched toward the ship.
Iorveth had awaited his vengeance for long, perhaps too long. When the Scoia'tael reached the harbor, they immediately began attacking humans. Willing or not, Geralt joined the attack.
At the Flotsam harbor there stood a tower once used b y toll collectors. This was where Loredo locked up captured elven women, and when the wharf was attacked by the squirrels the commander had the building set ablaze. It was an act of desperation, for the situation was already out of his control, Loredo knew that Geralt and the Scoia'tael would try to help those imprisoned in the fire, thus giving them a chance to flee. The witcher faced a dilemma: to save the elven women from the fire or to pursue the criminal?
If Geralt chooses to save the women and let Loredo go:
Loredo was not mistaken. Geralt preferred to help the elven women imprisoned in the fire and gave up chasing the commander. The girls were saved, while Loredo fled and evaded harsh witchers’ justice. Iorveth gnashed his teeth, but our hero quickly forgot about the commander of Flotsam’s garrison. Soon he departed in his chase after Letho and Triss Merigold whom he kidnapped, for capturing the kingslayer and saving the sorceress was the witcher’s primary goal.
If Geralt pursues Loredo leaving the women to their fate:
However Loredo miscalculated. Geralt preferred to get him, instead of helping those imprisoned in the fire. One could write a poem about the witcher’s wrath, but I’ll settle on noting the facts: Bernard Loredo, the Flotsam garrison’s commander, was judged, sentenced and executed by Geralt of Rivia. Thus the witcher committed a crime, openly came out against Temeria, which Loredo represented. However all that knew the commander and the deeds he committed deemed our hero’s actions to be correct. And Geralt, not minding what others think of him, soon departed in his chase of the kingslayer Letho and Triss Merigold whom he kidnapped.


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