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, contacts him because she is afraid that Ciri, a young female witcher in training and their adopted daughter, is training without 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, killing a Griffin in the process for a Nilfgaardian commander named Peter Saar Gwynlew, Yennefer finds Geralt and Vesemir after an incident in the tavern. Yennefer 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. In Vizima, Emhyr tasks Geralt to find his daughter, Ciri, who has returned with the Wild Hunt after her.