YouTuber xLethalis been looking for a specific easter egg in the witch 3 after quest designer Philipp Weber gave some insight into it. Weber had previously tweeted on xLetalis in response to a video he made about the character Vivienne, which is part of the Blood and Wine DLC, saying, “I wonder when they’ll find Vivienne’s last secret.” Fans took the idea of this “last secret” and asked Weber about it during a charity live stream earlier this month, during which he said he “is in Skellige” and that he “goes a little further” than they might have expected.
After some hunting, xLetalis found the mysterious easter egg. To explain what it is, I’ll need to get into spoiler-heavy territory for a specific quest in Blood and Wine called The Warble of a Smitten Knight, so you’ve been warned.
During this sidequest, Geralt investigates a curse affecting a lady-in-waiting named Vivienne de Tabris. The curse progressively made her look more and more like a bird, specifically an oriole, and she resorted to magical ointments to disguise the beak, claws and feathers spread across her skin. There are a few ways to cure the curse, one of which involves transferring it into an oriole egg, although this could result in Vivienne’s death seven years later.
If you keep this up, the curse will be lifted and Vivienne will decide to use whatever time she has left to travel the world. First she will go to Novigrad, and from there to Skellige. (Although she doesn’t always take this final step, as she must move into a room at Kaer Trolde’s inn that Yennefer can stay in, depending on where you are in the main quest.)
with the help of The Witcher 3 console commands, xLetalis moved Vivienne to Skellige and sped up time for a full seven years to pass in the game, and found that Vivienne actually dropped dead when Geralt warned her. It’s a little disappointing that, thanks to an issue with fabric physics, in the xLetalis playthrough she landed with her dress at right angles to her legs, and that she can still repeat her greeting dialogue from the floor, but it’s nice that there is any kind of follow-up in such a rare circumstance.
Not to rain on the parade, but although xLetalis deserves credit for being the first English-speaking Easter Egg Hunter to discover this German-language site GameStar published a story mentioning this in 2020. Elena Schultz interviewed some CD Projekt Red members about secrets and easter eggs, then went hunting based on the tips they gave and found the same thing: if you wait seven years in the game, you find that Vivienne actually dies a natural death. At least that’s how my high school German translates, “Vivienne stirbt das wirklich eines natürlichen Todes!”