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Martin Prchal

Hushed River Valley - First Time Trauma [Spoilers]

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So after 95 days in my first Voyager run, i was feeling like I was getting a grip on things. All regions mostly looted and explored, all without any major scares like bear attacks or getting lost in a blizzard. I decided to go and explore Hushed River Valley, because I knew it was rugged and remote, which was what I really enjoyed in Timberwolf Mountain. I stated out from the transition cave in the early morning and enjoyed a lovely first impression due to perfect weather. I happily made my way down to the Stepstairs Lake and Cloudtop Falls, and then going along the creek with all the small waterfalls. By this time I already decided that this is my new favorite zone. Shortly afterwards, I was strolling near some fallen logs when I heard some nice snorting coming from behind the next rise. I knew this was a bear, so I turned around and sprinted away. In my mad dash, I got a bit disoriented, so I decided to aimless start wandering around. Eventually, I got to the creek where you have to cross the fallen tree to the ice cave. Here began the interesting part. I entered the ice cave, not realizing that it was a full cave system and not just a cave like the one by the Misty Falls in Pleasant Valley. Within two intersections I was completely lost. I wandered around, thinking I had to find the exit eventually, when I discovered the small chamber with the corpse and rope. I couldn't climb at the time due to a sprain and being overweight, so I turned around. Continuing my wandering, I came across the other exit out of the cave, and I thought I was free. Unfortunately, I appeared in a completely different part of the map. I decided that I didn't want to start exploring another part of the map so I could fully understand the whole region, so I plunged back into the mess. After finding this exit another 3 times, I finally stumbled across the exit in which I entered the cave. I spent a grand total of about 5 game hours in the cave. So this is how my first day in Hushed River Valley ended. After this trauma, I don't think I'm ever going into those caves again except to spend a night by the entrance. Yeah I know, not really a serious survival story, but I still love how this game can absolutely terrify me even almost 100 days into a good run on Voyager. I can't wait to see what else this region has to offer.

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A few days later, I went back into one of the ice caves just to spend the night and repair some clothes after a recent wolf struggle. I am repairing my 40% toque, when suddenly, I hear a very familiar growl and snarl behind me. Luckily, as always, I had my trusty flare gun on me, so I spun 180 degrees and shot into the dark, illuminating a wolf running away into the bowels of the cave. This made me feel so good, so I began to eat and drink, thinking I hit the wolf and that it would bleed out in that horrible cave. Of course, it came back. I had a bit more time before it pounced, so I pulled the revolver and shot. It didn't hit the wolf and I ended up in another struggle. To top it off, this was my 100th day. So instead of going out and enjoying the clear evening and looking at waterfalls to celebrate, I had to recover from 30% condition. These darn wolves really never know when to quit. I am still really enjoying this zone though, its so wild and unforgiving.

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Hushed River Valley still has much to offer. It is as rugged as it is rewarding, though you need to pay attention to unravel all of it's mysteries and claim your just rewards. 

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