THE GHOST IN THE TREE
The Whispering Hillock - if the world were not as it is but as it should be, this name would denote a place of hidden nooks and lowers sharing heartfelt lies in hushed voices. Instead, it stood for danger and terror, for a place where wild animals, driven by some mysterious power, had killed many an inhabitant of Downwarren. Geralt agreed to investigate the problem, and soon discovered the animals were controlled by a spirit entrapped in a tree growing atop the hill. The spirit spoke to him in a woman's voice, and claimed to have once been a druidess who had kept watch over the Welen grove until the Crones murdered her and imprisoned her ghost in the tree. The forces of nature she had once served now protected her from the fiendish sisters' further designs. The unfortunate locals had died as collateral damage, for, the spirit attested, nature's wrath is unrestrainable and distinguishes not between unwary innocents and unwelcome ill wishers.
The spirit begged Geralt to lift her curse and free her from her torment. In exchange, she promised to rescue the orphans from the swamp clearing, who would otherwise face a cruel death at the hands of the Crones.
If you free The Ghost in the Tree:
- Children held by Crones will be free.
- Grany (Anna Strenger) will be cursed, and the dead.
- Bloody Baron will commits suicide.
If you kill The Ghost in the Tree:
- Anna Strenger will be insane but alive.
- Bloody Baron will be alive.
- Anna and Baron will travel together.
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