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Secondary quest
"There Can Be Only One"
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Secondary quest
Blood and Wine
Suggested level
Lac Célavy
Notice board on The Gran'place or
Talk to the hermit at Lac Célavy or
Overhearing a conversation between two knights at the Tourney Grounds, or
Acquiring any one of the five virtues
300 – 350 XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level / Aerondight

There Can Be Only One is a secondary quest in the Blood and Wine expansion.

Journal entry[]

If Geralt overhears some knights:
Geralt overheard a conversation between two knights. One of them had recently undergone a mysterious trial. This had played out on the shores of Lac Célavy.
If Geralt finds a notice on a notice board:
Upon a notice board in Toussaint, Geralt found a call to all who wished to submit to a Test of Virtue. The notice's mysterious author summoned any who dared to an isle upon Lac Célavy, where they would have a chance to prove their worthiness of character. He who successfully completed the test would receive a reward. Though Geralt had never thought of himself as particularly virtuous, he found the summons intriguing and decided to go to the appointed spot to learn what the trials entailed.
On the lakeshore Geralt encountered a hermit who promised the witcher a wondrous blade. To receive it, Geralt had to prove he lived by the five chivalric virtues.
Many consider themselves courageous, yet when confronting true danger prove consummate cowards. Naturally, this applies in no way to Geralt, who faced mortal danger and vanquished it post haste, thus successfully passing the Trial of Valor.
Mercy is not something folk expect of witchers. As it is, they were created to hunt and kill monsters, and the mutations they undergo as children customarily strip them of all emotions. Yet Geralt had always been somewhat different, so when push came to shove he passed the Trial of Compassion, for he had always striven simply to be a decent man in spite of all.
Paradoxically, it is sometimes easier to demonstrate valor or honor than it is to show generosity. For the fact is many are courageous and honorable simply to advance their own cause. Geralt, like all witchers, worked for coin, but always knew well when a situation required him to show generosity. No surprise, then, that he successfully passed the trial meant to test this virtue.
The trial of valor hardly proved easy, but Geralt emerged from it victorious, defeating quite an extraordinary foe. He thus proved he was no stranger to the chivalric virtues.
The witchers' codex does not require its adherents to demonstrate honor, but Geralt was an honorable man in and of himself. As a result, he completed the trial for this virtue with flying colors.
Not a soul expects witchers to show compassion for the simple reason that their profession offers few opportunities where they even might demonstrate mercy, let alone should. Geralt nonetheless managed to demonstrate that he could show compassion when warranted, and thus also was in possession of this virtue.
Generosity is a hard virtue to demonstrate for the simple reason that it generally requires to demonstrator to bear a cost. Many show themselves capable of being valiant or honorable when it benefits them, yet when circumstances call on them to dig deep into their coin pouches, the purse strings turn out to be knotted tight. Luckily, Geralt was not of this ilk and proved himself a generous man, thanks to which he also successfully completed the trial for this virtue.
Among the virtues, wisdom is arguably hardest to prove, for many consider themselves wise, yet the world is full of fools. Geralt never thought of himself as excessively wise, and perhaps this is why he managed to prove this virtue was no stranger to him.
Geralt proved that he live [sic] by the Five Chivalric Virtues.
In a duel that played out upon the lake's surface, Geralt defeated the mysterious hermit. To his great surprise, the hermit then proved to be no man, revealing himself to have been the Lady of the Lake in disguise. Geralt had met the Lady some time past along his Path. The Lady of the Lake bestowed upon him the legendary blade called Aerondight.
The witcher met a hermit threw down the gauntlet, brazenly challenging Geralt to a duel.


  • Investigate the isle on Lac Célavy. (If noticeboard is read, a conversation overheard or a virtue is acquired.)
  • Find and talk to the Hermit.
  • [Optional] Read the inscriptions on the stones. (50 XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level)
  • Wait for a chance to prove your wisdom.
  • Wait for a chance to prove you are capable of compassion.
  • Wait for a chance to prove you are a man of honor.
  • Wait for a chance to prove your generosity.
  • Wait for a chance to prove your valor.
  • Return to the hermit and have him judge your deeds.
  • Fight the hermit. (300 XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level)