Please no spoiler. (TL;DR at the bottom of this page) As of now, I haven't finished the main quests of Novigrad but I have finished about 40+ side quests, explored half of Velen, searched for many treasures and successfully killed a few monsters (or bossess) of levels way higher than me in normal difficulty.
I am the type who tries to enjoy the game and read every details, since the first game of the series. Sadly this time…
In the Whispering Hillock, I chose to free the spirit.
Even before reaching Velen, I read the books in-game (in the castle of Vizima, right after meeting the emperor), plenty of books on the shelves.
What happened: At first, I didn't believe the heart of the tree so I chose to kill it (meaning that was my first decision) but in the middle of the fight I paused, to decide later, so I went afk for about half and hour and took some time to think.
The children was not my main concern, my concern had to do with "balance" I didn't really trust the spirit, but I felt like truth is mixed with lies here… (I went to the Crookback bog houses and the children and the old lady was absent, so it was true the children was missing) I thought the spirit being free was meant to bring balance against the Crones, I didn't trust Crones in the first place. "Maybe freeing the spirit can somehow kill Crones?" I thought. "But then again there is no guarantee…" I the end I decided to free the spirit.
At the point where Geralt dragged the horse to make it drink the blood of the spirit, I thought "hey I should kill it, I wouldn't do this irl" – but the game doesn't have that option like "Wild at Heart" questline where there was a hourglass icon displayed to make a decision.
Didn't expect him to hang himself.
I attempted to retrieve old gamesaves using system restore, Steam Cloud, and data recovery software.
I checked the Internet talking about the lesser evil in this questline, killing the spirit could have been the better option. Hell I was already about to kill it but I hesitated, just this damn hesitation – funny how something similar often happens irl too.
I had 70 hours of play time now and am still in Novigrad, and I have just started a new game hours ago just to repeat (speedrun) everything, including sidequests, just to alter one decision, at this point I: – main quest: havent searched the witch – side quests: about 30 of them I haven't completed, also huge parts of the maps I haven't explored.
Posting here on reddit to see if there are comments that may motivate me to decide what to do – to move on in Novigrad or continue with this speedrun replay.
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© Post "[Velen Earlier Main Quests Major Spoiler] Rather OCD. Move on or restart? Deciding whether to replay because I regretted my decision. After all that efforts till Novigrad. Even deleted gamesaves trying to convince myself to move on." for game The Witcher.
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