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The world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is known for its twists and turns when it comes to its storyline. Its one of the games where players have an astounding amount of freedom with their choices and decisions in the narrative. Even side quests offer players the opportunity to get multiple endings based on their choices. One of such quests is the 'Wine Wars' side questline in the 'Blood and Wine'.
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Based on their decisions, players can play through and get multiple endings in this quest. One of such paths is found during the 'Wine Wars: Deus In The Machina' side quest. To play this quest, players need to make certain choices and play certain routes before this quest is triggered.
How To Start The Quest
To start the quest, players first need to play the 'Wine Wars: Belgaard' side quest up until they meet Liam and Matilda. They will find out both individuals want the Belgaard vineyard, but the Ducal Clerk will not let either party buy it. Players need to talk to Liam and Matilda, start both of their quests and find both copies of the 'Orders On Elegant Stationery' to begin the quest. One copy is found on Liam's vineyard, and the other on Matilda's.
Before players can start the Deus In The Machina side quest, they need to clear both Liam's and Matilda's vineyards of their problems. Players will face a group of Archespores, some Cave Trolls, and a group of bandits. Players can use Cursed Oil and Igni against the Archespores to give themselves an advantage. Similarly, Ogre Oil is effective against trolls. When players get to the Guarded Treasure, they will find a corpse that has one of the copies of the 'Orders On Elegant Stationery'. This is a required item in order to trigger the Deus In The Machina quest. Players will need to read this copy and then finish the rest of the objectives of the Wine Wars: Coronata quest.
Matilda gives players the Wine Wars: Vermentino side quest which plays out similar to the Coronata side quest. During the course of the quest, players will face Archespores, some Rotfiends, and a group of Bandits. Players can use Cursed Oil against the Archespores, and Necrophage Oil against the Rotfiends. Archespores have a deadly poison attack and Rotfiends explode when killed, so players need to be quick on their feet.
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When players arrive at the Guarded Treasure, they will be greeted by a group of Archespores. Players need to dispatch them and loot the corpse to get 'Orders On Elegant Stationery' and a 'Heavy Brass Key'. If players have not found the other copy of the orders on Liam's vineyard, then they need to acquire them. The Deus In The Machina quest will start when players read both copies of the orders.
The game sends players to a farmhouse in the south-eastern part of Toussaint, east of Tesham Mutna ruins. Players need to enter using the key they found at the Vermentino Vineyard. Not long after when players start to explore the building, an Archespore will appear and attack the player. By now players will know how to deal with Archespores pretty well so dealing with this one will be easy. Once it's dealt with, players can resume their investigation and find a chest. Inside they will find a 'Stocktaking Report' which ascertains that both Vermentino and Coronata vineyards had been sabotaged. With this proof in hand, players can then return to Liam and Matilda to share what they have learned.
Once players have the proof they need, they will travel back to Liam and Matilda and share what they have discovered. The pair will be happy that their vineyards are clear of problems. They will also be relieved that neither party was responsible for problems in the other's vineyard.
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The Ducal Clerk will then give the Belgaard Vineyard to both Liam and Matilda who will share it happily. Players will be given the rewards for completing the 'Wine Wars: Coronata' and 'Wine Wars: Vermentino' and the additional reward for completing Deus In The Machina.
Once the Belgaard Vineyard has been handed over to Liam and Matilda, the pair will thank the player for their efforts. They will ask the player to come back after 3 days when they will have a reward for them. Upon doing so, the pair gifts players with a bottle of rare wine. Players will have the option of naming the wine as thanks for their help. Liam and Matilda also promise to deliver the wine to Corvo Bianco regularly afterward as well. Once the conversation ends, the quest is completed. This route yields the best ending for the Wine Wars side quest. All parties are happy, players get the most rewards and the sabotage is exposed. Afterward, Liam and Matilda will ask players to get rid of some problems in the Belgaard Vineyard. This quest plays similar to the ones that players undertake for Liam and Matilda. There are a few differences when it comes to monsters, but otherwise, it is more or less similar.
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Talha Bin Rizwan is a reader, writer, journalist, and most importantly a gamer hailing from Lahore, Pakistan. He has been working as a broadcast journalist for the last 3 years and now works as a freelance/contributing organic list writer for Valnet, Inc. covering Game Rant. He graduated from Forman Christian College in 2017 with a Bachelors degree in Mass Communication. He is passionate about all things geeky, music, gaming, and loves a good story.