A relatively small area with a small amount of interesting places. Shortly after arriving to Velen, during one of the main quests - The Nilfgaardian Connection (5), you have to visit the local tavern.
The Inn at the Crossroads - A sizeable establishment able to accommodate a crowd of travelers and revelers.
Once discovered, signposts allow you to travel directly from one location to another. Walk up to a signpost and use it to open ingame map.SignpostInn at the Crossroads
Offers of work for witchers are posted here. Return from time to time to notice boards you've already seen - new contracts might have been posted since your last visit.
Notice boardCrossroads Notice Board
Contract: Missing Brother (33)
It's always some kind of box, chest or a corpse containing witcher gear diagrams required for scavenger hunt quests.
Scavenger huntGriffin School Gear Upgrade Diagrams - Part 1
Guarded by Forktail (18).
Diagram: Enhanced Griffin boots
It's always some kind of box, chest or a dead body containing some goods and guarded by one or more monsters.Guarded treasure
Kill all the opponents in the area. There is always a treasure chest somewhere in the camp.Bandit camp
You will find more info about quests further below. Warning: Quest descriptions contain a lot of spoilers!QuestEvent: Nekker Soup
Witcher contractMissing Brother (33) - Posted on Crossroads Notice Board
Though Geralt had plenty of other worries, he had not forgotten about his trade - which is, let I remind you, slaying monsters. While striving to practice his profession he came across a contract offering an altogether attractive sum in return for tracking down a certain missing individual. No mention of monsters, true, but Geralt had seen enough incidents of its like to suspect one might turn up - and besides, when it comes down to it, coin is coin...
- Talk to Bruno.
- Find the missing brother in the mine near the Inn at the Crossroads. - Mine is quite far from the inn, in Grayrocks.
- Explore the mine using your Witcher Senses.
- Investigate the arachas' lair using your Witcher Senses. - You need to find a room where you can dive and then swim underwater a bit to the next part of the mine.
- Use witcher Signs to destroy all the eggs. - Try to find and destroy all the eggs before you find Harrisi.
- Kill the arachas.
- Take a trophy from the arachas' body.
- Collect your reward.