Can you help Ciri’s friend?
CD Project Red’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is praised, in particular, for its myriad of well-written quests, many of which feature branching dialogue that weaves together multiple storylines found throughout the game. But does that apply? in the case of a poor Skellige warrior who met an untimely demise while helping Ciri escape the Wild Hunt? Can you clear Skjall’s name in The Witcher 3? Here’s everything you need to know.
There are three quests associated with the Skjall story arc:
- The calm before the storm
- Tomb of Skjall
The first time you encounter Skjall is during a main quest while playing as Ciri. Later, as Geralt, you will follow Ciri’s last known Larvik village. Here, the villagers explain that Ciri was last seen fleeing the Wild Hunt with a man called Craven (Skjall), who they believe cowardly fled rather than help fight his enemy. In order to clear his name, Craven has pledged to fight a local monster, and so Geralt and Yen head out to find whatever additional information they can from the man. Unfortunately, Skjall is dead, and so to extract information from him, Yen practices necromancy.
Ciri’s journal entry explains Skjall’s situation:
“In the beginning, he and his family tended to Ciri’s wounds, healed her, and then helped her escape the Wild Hunt. In doing so, he sacrificed the most dear thing to the Skelligers: his honor. Accused of cowardice, he was forced to perform a heroic act to clear his name. Unfortunately, he failed. Mortally wounded by a beast in an abandoned garden, he suffered a slow, painful and lonely death.“
Luckily, Ciri can later return to Skjall’s Tomb in a quest of the same name. She is then able to give him the burial he deserves for his efforts to help him escape the Wild Hunt.
Can you clear Skjall’s name in The Witcher 3? Answered
Unfortunately, the answer is no. While you can give Skjall a proper burial, unfortunately you can’t clear his name. This is confirmed when, after completing the burial, you can visit Larvik and speak with the Jarl named Donar an Hindar.
Hindar will not hear of any discussion to clear Skjall’s name and continues to condemn his actions and believe him to be a coward. It’s a sad revelation, but the stories of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt don’t always have happy endings.
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