In those days rampant persecution and the smoke of a hundred pyres choked Novigrad's air. This grim climate provided cover in which a great many bloody butchers built comfortable nests for themselves. Drummed-up conspiracies, mass arrests and show trials resulting in group executions were the favorite building blocks.
Caleb Menge, the fanatically ambitious commander of the Church of the Eternal Fires Temple Guard, was one such opportunist, his moment of triumph coming when he unmasked his superior, the former Temple Guard commander Chappelle, as a doppler in disguise.
Geralt first saw Menge lighting Chappelle's pyre in Novigrad's main square and had no doubt that, for this man, the appellation fanatical whoreson" was too mild by far.
Which is why I was not pleased - to say the least - when an unfortunate turn of events led to my capture by the agents of this wile man.