In Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition, when you explore the village known as Lobinden, just in front of Anezkas house (Melitele’s Heart side-quest), you will see a woman surrounded by soldiers.
She is Malena and if you approach her you will trigger a new side-quest that awards additional experience points.
The following walkthrough refers to this specific side-quest and explains how to complete it.
“Geralt was wandering around Lobinden when he noticed several guards harassing an eleven woman Malena. The guards seemed to be hurling grave accusations at her. Ever sensitive to displays of intolerance, the witcher decided to investigate.
When to start
While playing The Kayran: A Matter of Price.
The first thing you should do is to interrupt the guards and hear their story. The guards accuse Malena to be a Scoiatael spy, and she led two soldiers to an ambush inside a cave. Unfortunately, the soldiers are too scared to enter the cave, so you must investigate it yourself.
Go back to Flotsam and exit through the western gate to reach the harbor. Continue to go north and you will see Malena and the guards in front of the cave.
Enter the cave and you should see some blood on the floor. The cave is filled with Nekkers so stay alert.
Combat Tip: Use the Silver Sword and fast attacks to dispatch the enemies. You can set them on fire with the Igni Sign which inflicts a decent amount of damage to these creatures.
Just near the entrance, you will see a corpse. Examine it, and continue to follow the blood trail. Eventually, it will lead you to a corpse killed by several Scoiatael arrows.
Note: Observe that after you defeat several Nekkers, The Nekker Contract side-quest updates.
Go back to the caves entrance and talk to Malena and the guards. At this point you have to choose what to say. Your options are:
Option 1: They were shot. In this case, you can send her to the scaffold, or you can follow her to the woods, and you will be ambushed by Scoiatael. Dispatch them quickly with your Steel Sword and the Yrden Sign before the Temerians guards are killed. The amount of Orens you receive as reward depends on the number of guards you manage to keep alive.
Option 2: Monsters killed them. If you follow this path, Malena wishes to meet you in the forest, by the waterfall.
Head back to Flotsam and then exit through the southern gate. Make sure you have the required items to complete The Nekker Contract.
The forest you must cross to reach Malena is filled with Nekkers and Endregas, allowing you to complete two additional side-quests: The Nekker Contract and The Endrega Contract.
When you reach the waterfall, get ready for a fight because you will be ambushed. You knew that the Scoiatael killed the guards, after all.
Combat Tip: Yrden Sign is your best choice during this fight.
While you fight the guards, Malena disappears, and you have to find her. Open your map and locate the lake south from Flotsam. If you look to the west, next to the lake, you should see some ruins.
Malena is hidden within these ruins. Look for her on the surface and make sure you locate a large tree. Next to the tree is a wall and you will find her there, in a corner.
When you do, decide her fate as you wish, to complete the quest. When you reach the ruins you will also start In the Claws of Madness side-quest.