The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt follows directly from the events of The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings. The game begins with Geralt’s dream about Kaer Morhen, a demolished witcher school. Yennefer, a sorceress and his love interest, notifies Geralt of Ciri, a young female witcher in training and their adopted daughter, training without his permission. Geralt finds Ciri and brings her back to Vesemir, her teacher. However, the titular Wild Hunt, a phantom army whose appearance is the beginning of the end of the world, kidnaps Ciri. While Geralt wakes up, he realizes that it was just a bad dream and he is still on a journey to find Yennefer with his mentor Vesemir.
While trying to find Yennefer in the Temerian village of White Orchard, Geralt comes in contact with Nilfgaardian commander named Peter Saar Gwynlew who tasks him into hunting down a Griffin in exchange for Yennefer’s location. Yennefer finds Geralt and Vesemir after an incident in the tavern and tells Geralt that Emhyr var Emeris, the Emperor of Nilfgaard, has summoned him to Vizima, the capital of Temeria occupied by Nilfgaard. Along the way to Vizima, Geralt and Yennefer are ambushed by the Wild Hunt but Yennefer successfully teleports them away. In Vizima, Emhyr tasks Geralt to find the emperor’s biological daughter, Ciri, who has returned with the Wild Hunt, the phantom army that intends to capture her and extract her Elder Blood powers.