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There are various places of power that grant a bonus to Geralt distributed around the map. The vicinity of a place of power is indicated by a characteristic sound effect, if you activate your medaillon you can see them as a red mist. If you step into this red mist while the medaillon is active, you are granted one of the possible bonuses.

I didn't find any place where the exact nature of each bonus was noted. How many different places of power are there and what are the bonuses they grant you? enter image description here

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When I step into them, a name flashes in the lower left corner. I.e., "Circle of Life activated!" –  Raven Dreamer May 20 '11 at 15:12
    
@Raven And then Elton John burts into song ♪ "Its the circle of life..." ♪ –  bwarner May 20 '11 at 15:32
    
One is in the Dungeons in the prologue, don't remember the name, though –  Bora May 20 '11 at 15:32
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I've found four. Circle of Power, Life, Endurance, and Vigor.

Respectively, they seem to increase melee damage, Vitality, armor value, Vigor regeneration.

I'll see if I can't get some definite values hammered in as well.

Edit: Okay, preliminary testing has provided some results

Circle of Life -- 2 Vitality Regeneration (out of combat) / 1 Vitality Regeneration (in combat)

Circle of Endurance -- 3 Armor

Circle of Power -- 120% sign intensity? (So maybe +.2, since I had 1 sign intensity before?)

Circle of Vigor -- +300 duration (possibly x2 duration)

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Are you talking about the ones in Floatsam Forests (in Chapter 1)? Those are actually "Circles of Power" (there's actually five of them, though 2 have the same effect) which have similar effects to "Places of Power," but do not give the same effects. The Witcher medallion reacts differently to Circles of Power (glow) compared to Places of Power (vibrate). –  Krazer Dec 28 '12 at 8:08
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