YouTuber xLetalis has been on the hunt for a selected easter egg in The Witcher 3 after quest designer Philipp Weber dropped some hints about it. Weber had beforehand tweeted at xLetalis in response to a video he’d made in regards to the character Vivienne, who’s a part of the Blood and Wine DLC, saying, “I ponder when they are going to discover Vivienne’s final secret”. Followers bought maintain of the concept of this “final secret” and requested Weber about it throughout a charity livestream earlier this month, throughout which he mentioned “it is on Skellige” and that it “goes fairly a bit additional” than they may anticipate.
After some looking, xLetalis has discovered the mysterious easter egg. To clarify what it’s, I am going to have to get into heavy spoiler territory for a selected quest in Blood and Wine referred to as The Warble of a Smitten Knight, so you’ve got been warned.
Throughout this sidequest, Geralt investigates a curse affecting a lady-in-waiting named Vivienne de Tabris. The curse has progressively been making her look an increasing number of like a chicken, particularly an oriole, and he or she’s resorted to magical ointments to disguise the beak, talons, and feathers spreading throughout her pores and skin. There are a few methods to treatment the curse, one in all which entails transferring it to an oriole egg, although this might lead to Vivienne’s dying seven years down the road.
In the event you undergo with it, the curse might be lifted and Vivienne will determine to make use of no matter time she has left to journey the world. First she’ll go to Novigrad, and from there to Skellige. (Though she does not all the time observe by way of on that ultimate step since she’s supposed to maneuver right into a room at Kaer Trolde’s inn that Yennefer could also be staying in, relying the place you are at in the principle quest.)
With assist from The Witcher 3 console commands, xLetalis moved Vivienne to Skellige then sped up time in order that seven full years would move in-game, and located that Vivienne does certainly drop useless as Geralt warned her. It is a bit of underwhelming that due to a difficulty with the material physics, in xLetalis’s playthrough she fell along with her gown at a proper angle to her legs, and that she will be able to nonetheless repeat her greeting dialogue from the ground, however it’s neat that there is any form of follow-up on such a uncommon circumstance.
To not rain on the parade, however although xLetalis deserves credit score for being the primary English-speaking easter egg hunter to find this, German-language website GameStar printed a narrative mentioning it again in 2020. Elena Schultz interviewed a few members of CD Projekt Purple about secrets and techniques and easter eggs, then went looking based mostly on the hints they dropped and located the identical factor: for those who await seven in-game years, you study Vivienne actually dies a pure dying. At the very least that is how my high-school German interprets, “Vivienne stirbt das wirklich eines natürlichen Todes!”