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Main quest
"Where Children Toil, Toys Waste Away"
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Main quest
Blood and Wine
Suggested level
Beauclair Port
La Cage au Fou
Wine is Sacred

Where Children Toil, Toys Waste Away is a main quest in the Blood and Wine expansion.

Journal entry[]

It proved quite the ordeal for Regis, a sacrifice one might say. But they obtained the last ingredient required for Resonance, and the vampire could prepare the concoction. Geralt drank a dose, and visions ensued. He saw Dettlaff meet and speak to a young bootblack. Then the witcher and the vampire set off in search of the boy.
The bootblack proved both pugnacious and resolute. Geralt and Regis were desperate to learn anything they could about Dettlaff. The boy sensed this and decided to take advantage. It was clear he would one day go far, such was the knack he demonstrated for business. As regarded the search for Dettlaff, Geralt and Regis learned he had brought his boots to be cleaned on a number of occasions. Each time, he had asked the boy to return them to an old, abandoned shop, where he was to leave them at the door. The witcher and the vampire set off to explore the site.
Geralt and Regis then searched Dettlaff's hideout. Ironically, the "Beast" had made his lair in a storeroom above an abandoned toy shop. After thoroughly searching the site, the witcher and the vampire deduced that Dettlaff was being black-mailed. He had committed the murders in Toussaint at the behest of mysterious individuals who were holding his beloved hostage. Our intrepid duo resolved to split up. Regis would remain at the toy shop and hope Dettlaff would return. He preferred to speak with Dettlaff alone, without the witcher there to disrupt their tête-à-tête…


  • Find the bootblack who appeared in the vision.
  • Find the bootblack during his working hours.
  • Who are you?
    • His father.
    • A witcher. (×)
    • Not your concern.
  • Defend the bootblack from his attackers. (30 XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level)
  • These men what are they doing?
    • Making things difficult for me.
    • Nothing. Had a misunderstanding. (×)
  • The bootblack could use capital for information:
    • All right. Let's negotiate... (×) (min. 425, max. is 500 crown(s), 50 XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level)
    • [Axii] Not about to pay you. (40 XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level)
  • Follow Regis through the city.
  • Enter the shop. (30 XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level)
  • Search the toy shop using your Witcher Senses.
  • Use your Witcher Senses to look for clues in the toy shop.
    • Suspicious letter
      • What do you think happened to her? (×)
      • Why'd he believe she'd gone missing?
  • Summing up the findings. (50 XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level)
    • But enough to ascertain Dettlaff's innocence?
      • True. (×)
      • Untrue.
  • The story continues in Wine is Sacred.
  • Stay behind and talk to Regis:
    • How'd you and Dettlaff meet anyway?
    • What happens if Dettlaff doesn't show?


  • If Geralt supported the bootblack's little enterprise with copious amounts of crown(s), he should return and talk to the boy after this quest concludes. The boy is already wisely planning to spend the coin.