The chapter begins in a small room in Pirkstein. It has been given to you by Sir Hanush as a reward for your loyal service. Given that you have just engaged in your first major battle, you should take some time to repair your equipment, have a proper bath and launder your clothes. When ready, go to the hall in the Upper Castle of Rattay.
Your task now is to go to Merhojed and question the captive, with the optional objective of discovering what has become of Matthias, Henry's friend from Skalitz who has been working in the stables at Merhojed.
In questioning Matthias you learn that not only has Merhojed been attacked by bandits, but it is also afflicted by a plague. You must speak to Melichar, the local Bailiff, to ask about seeing the captive bandit. Melichar can be found wandering the streets of the village at any given time.
Before going to the monastery be sure to investigate the extent to which the plague has spread in Merhojed.
You can begin your investigation by visiting the house immediately to the west of the stables.
Help Bedrishka to bury her husband so that she will tell you everything about his symptoms.
Go back to Bedrishka and tell her that you have dug the grave for Anthony. Pick up Anthony and carry him to the grave. You can now speak with Bedrishka about his symptoms.
The next house that you can visit is south east from Bedrishka's, by the Grocer. Here you will find Daniel, a villager whose symptoms are most strongly expressed in the form of an intense delirium.
The nearest house affected by the plague from Daniel is directly south from the stables. Here lives Old Straw, a man whose son was killed during the bandit raid and whose wife is suffering from the same fever that is affecting Melichar's wife.
The last house affected can be found at the edge of the village on the eastern side. Here you will find Vincent. He and his wife express the same symptoms of fever as Melichar's wife and Old Straw's wife.
When you have investigated every house in Merhojed you can make your way to Sasau Monastery to enlist help. This requires the completion of the side quest 'Pestilence', the guide for which will be detailed here now. The first objective is to find and speak with Johanka at the monastery.
In speaking with Brother Nicodemus, choose the following options when asked about the situation in Merhojed:
After informing Brother Nicodemus of the situation and letting him know that you are aware of the symptoms, join him in searching the books for the correct diagnosis and cure.
Once you have read the book thoroughly, speak with Brother Nicodemus again.
If you have sufficently high alchemy skill you can save some time by preparing the cure yourself, allowing Brother Nicodemus and Johanka to set off for Merhojed early. Nicodemus has given you leave to use his alchemy equipment and stores. The required recipe is specific to the Merhojed situation, and is provided by Nicodemus. You will need to get the following ingredients from the nearby shelf to prepare it:
-- 2 Thistle -- 1 Charcoal -- 1 Valerian
When you have successfully brewed the remedy, take it to Merhojed as soon as possible; there is no time to lose!
Nicodemus will inform you that the villagers would not let him tend to the captive bandit, but he will provide you with a share of the remedy so that you can cure the sick. Be sure to see each house affected before you speak with Melichar.
Melichar is delighted that you brought a remedy to the sick and is more than happy to let you see the captive bandit. Go to the shed and open it to inspect the bandit. Use the time dial to wait for the remedy to work.
With or without the captive bandit, you can now return to Rattay and inform Sir Radzig about what you have learned. If you let the bandit live, you will be fast travelled to the Rattay jail house. You can now go to Sir Radzig at the lookout point near Talmberg.
Note: Once you have completed the main quest 'Questions and Answers', you will have to wait several days before you can return to Melichar to see how things are with the plague in Merhojed. If you administered the remedy to everyone properly, Melichar will inform you that everyone is cured and offer you a reward.