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9 hours ago, BareSkin said:

I nearly died around here once, I was so sure to find at least 1 house... lost a lot of health to hypo this day.

It's certainly a long journey from DP barefoot and without a bedroll.

Day 5

 

- Not bad at all, health somewhat under half.

- It's a bit early so I shredded a bunch of curtains until light.

- Brown sky, negative 38 and wind, not a drop of food left, pull up your panties and move it.

- It would be nice if those fishing huts had fishing rods.

- Salty crackers and a maple leaf hat, I'll take it instead.

- Two wolves travel across the ice in parallel, intimidating.

- Luckily I need to turn in the opposite direction on the bank to a busy area, cars and houses surrounding the gas station.

- One of these homes can be entered, a good one, pork and beans, summit soda, granola bar.

- A sports vest, at last some upper body clothes, one bandage, fuel book and another storm lantern at 50%

- Since the warmth bar turned full stepped out to open all mailboxes, run around burned houses and peer into cars, I can open the fuel tanks? All right, anything for me then? nope

- What's at the gas station? food! candy bars, herbal tea, soda, jerky, tomato soup, pork and beans, so far the food is generous.

- Getting simple tools is nice too and a sewing primer, how nice to have three books on sewing and not a single sewing kit.

- Matches, daaaw, you're going to spoil me, and a couple of cans, great double my water boiling production.

- Check the remaining cars and head back to the comfy house.

- Failed to repair the storm lantern, no more metal.

- Drank soda and read kitchen wilderness for an hour

- My pack is too heavy, let's organise a cabinet, I should really learn how to take notes, it's difficult to remember where everything is stashed

- Eat crackers and granola bar before a good night sleep.

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“Survival is the celebration of choosing life over death. We know we're going to die. We all die. But survival is saying: perhaps not today. In that sense, survivors don't defeat death, they come to terms with it.”
Laurence Gonzales, Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why

 

Day 6

- That is some stormy wind shaking the house, not even going to check.

- Ate 2 candy bars and finished reading the wilderness kitchen. It sounds calmer now.

- Left wk book and picked up a sewing book before heading out

- Soooo, what's across the road? a ruined house, another ruined house and one to be entered

- Rawr! Woof! Don't trip over yourself in a hurry to eat me, I'm too close to a house

- Peaches, beans, candy bar, herbal tea, newspaper in a bathtub, everyone loves reading in the bathtub

- I hope the wolf isn't guarding this house, peeked out, seems clear, back across the road to warm up in another house

- I believe there is a trailer uphill, that's the place to go, just be careful of the bear cave nearby

- Just a piece of reclaimed wood, I'll take it

- Negative 7 only? that's extremely warm, I'll take advantage and climb the rope

- Careful through the forest to the road, yes, there is the wolf and he's heading along the same course, I climb uphill and head parallel to him hiding behind the boulders

- Eventually a mountain blocks the way and I must climb onto the road, I have outpaced the wolf, he's behind

- It's difficult to see the tower among the pine trees, climbed some boulders to scout, there is the tower. Crunch! Ow, my ankle

- Gather beards and rosehips anyway as I go

- Climb a million stairs. It's -1C at the lookout, the bed offers zero bonus. Boo!

- Let's get the fire roaring and check what's in here, another cotton scarf

- Hurray! It's what I always wanted! A hacksaw hidden under an armchair and more matches.

- Let's even use the coal to build 4h fire and sleep off the injuries

 

Night 6

 

- Big windows show a curtain of smashing snow outside.

- Crafting four bandages and every stack in the inventory

- Cooking everything too, strange, I thought I had two herbal tea boxes

- Ding! you become more skilled in cooking, which is the first skill to reach lvl 2, precious extra calories, this canned food can be boosted

- Used more coal, I wasn't planning on camping here part of the day and full night, it is too cold without the fire however

- A chocolate bar and jerky before 6 more hours of rest.

- I feel relief having survived Desolation Point. My demise will come inevitable, but being safe even for the briefest instance brings comfort.

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Day 7

 

- The blizzard stops, so far so good, rest another hour, still strong wind, heat up herbal tea for warmth and go go go

- Negative 34C, the nearest shelter might be the mine, go there before I become popsicle

- Negative one at the mine entrance, grabbing lantern oil, emergency stim, driving gloves, simple tools, then head deeper where it's +5

- So much coal, coal is very welcome, the passage is twisted and has bountiful nooks

- Prybar #2, I'm very happy with both prybars, both came at 99% then work worn boots, that's a great shoe update, metal scraps, jerky and more matches

- The wooden stairway goes up, a green box on a nearby landing can't be reached from here, I think I see another tunnel behind it

- Broke 2 green crates along the way

- Heads up, there is a Pleasant Valley exit ahead

- I want to check the side corridor first, I've seen one branch off and suspect it goes to the green box, it actually does and not in vain, yummy jerky

- Made a stash of extra items like a prybar and coal, still half kg too heavy

- Whelp, I recognise Pleasant Valley by a pleasant blizzard, gtg anyway, without the bedroll the fatigue will kill me

- I would have loved to camp inside the mine with a bedroll and wait out the weather

- Since first you need to go along the wall and then turn left to reach a well marked highway and follow this highway, I have hopes of not losing the way, but I'm never sure on directions

- This is super dangerous, health owie, walking walking, come on you can do it, oh here's the road, I should be good unless I turned in the opposite direction along the highway

- You're at the crossroads! It looks like these crossroads are lucky for me because I see a house

- One reclaimed wood, a lot of metal frames and crates, no bed, at least it's warm enough to melt a few icicles off my ears

- Has the wind calmed down? Snow falls in big flakes, the sky is dark but not a blizzard and another house across the road

- There is a bedroom! The kitchen has food.

- It shines, it bites, it opens cans! dum di dum all I had to do was travel four maps

- Failed again at lantern repair, got it done 2nd try, 52% feels much safer than 23%

- The long suffering jeans I have taken off to preserve have finally bitten the dust, been wearing undies all along since wolf attack train wreck

- Dug into my supplies and slept with the magic help of the herbal tea

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Day 8

 

- The night blizzard sure failed to stop

- Ate peaches and jerky to finish an entire sewing book

- Still hearing awooo, a few 15mins crates won't occupy time well, all right I will take the beating and run across the road

- Three hours to hacksaw a metal shelf, let's do it for 8 metal pieces, still windy, busted two green crates

- No awooo? Peek out to heavy snowfall, let's check the cars while I'm warmed up, one of them has driving gloves

- Return to the bedroom house, tear up 9% driving gloves and put on my new ones

- Let's satisfy with beans at 600 cal, it's a bit short but I haven't found any food today and have burned up a lot for activities

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Day 9

 

- Let's go check what's across the bridge; another resource house and -1C inside boo

- Checking cars and getting hypoth, so fast? boo!

- Leap into a rural store, still cold? Wait, where are my clothes? oh took them off last night because all of them are in bad shape, no wander my rear is freezing

- Finally, my first sewing kit! I'll hold on to it just in case. Purification tablets, fire accelerant, soda and candy bars, more matches!

- There is no bed, too bad bed, I'm going to have to run back across the bridge to sleep off the ailments

- Moderate snow when I wake up, this is the blizzardville, I'm going to follow the river bank

- Maple saplings to the right, I think hacksaw works on them too not just hatchet, three of them and a deer ahead

- So this is really what I wanted to try, build a fire next to the deer and while the fire is warming up hacksaw the meat off, it's about 20mins activity

- Placed the meat onto the stones to cook, now I'm allowed to drop the coal in, hurray it's plus now even outside

- One piece of deer is small, about ten mins cooking, grabbed mushrooms on a stump nearby and collected cooked meat

- Harvested one gut, the other meat piece is almost cooked, the deer is next to a cave so I check the cave and find advanced guns book, umm I guess it's fuel on Loper

- Picked up my meat, I have taken health penalty harvesting the gut from something else which isn't cold, maybe hunger or fatigue, I'll eat this 118 small meat piece and drink soda before taking a hide and the second gut

- Two guts, a hide and 880 cal left for dinner, I think it was worth some health loss

- Grab the torch and head back to the house, hypoth sets in when I'm already at the bridge, perfect!

- I'll celeb.... bear!! Oh no! He's on my porch! I can't go around him, now he's looking my way, now he'd heading my way slowly!

- The guts might be attracting him, run to the store and drop the guts, saplings and deer hide to cure

- Bad weather sets in as soon as I close the door, it's too cold in the store and fires aren't allowed

- I very much hope the bear moved on. Sneaking cautiously over the bridge, the visibility is poor

- He's blocking the bridge on the other side, can't tell if he's heading this way or away

- Oww my poor health banged by fatigue and hypoth, if I don't reach a bed soon... I have maybe five rl mins

- Sliding dangerously down the steep river bank, if it doesn't let me climb the other side I'm screwed

- Pant, gasp all right I'm on the other side, still must climb this rock to scout the area, can't run head first into that bear

- I've lost him, where... where? ok I'm just going to make a run for it, I can either die to a bear being eaten by him or die to a bear trying to go around him

- Chaaarge! phew! owie that's like 15% at least I'm safe

- Wait I miss clicked and ate peaches instead of deer, um, ok ill drink herbal tea too and eat part of the meat piece

- I have earned a good night sleep.

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Day 10

 

- woke up early and repaired the hacksaw after one fail

- let's go brrr -40C! dive into the store for the guts and hide but it's too cold to warm up in here

- skip along the yellow highway road to the contemplation bridge

- hay stacks and barn to the left, i hope the wolves aren't out to play to smell the guts

- negative 3 inside, shucks, start fire in the barrel and boil tea while it warms up enough to drop coal

- everything warms up significantly even on the second floor it's warm enough

- the first level has a hidden prybar, soda, a book stay on target, simple tools and a whetstone. let's raid the second floor

- All right game, I am not happy with you. I haven't mentioned this, but few days ago when I entered the coastal, the first car had a pink coat in the trunk, the game crashed when I exited the car. I had to re-do the segment and there was no coat. Today, one of the 2nd floor lockers had 99% ski jacket in it. The game crashed as soon as I pulled it out. It was gone when I re-loaded.

- yeah great thanks for stim and can of beans and for nothing, you owe me 2 jackets on interloper, game

- it's still midday, i don't think i want to stay the night and sleep in the truck

- yellow tractor outside has a granola bar, onwards to the farmhouse and a very soft bed

- the guts are 15% cured i'll feel better once i drop them some place safe

- i think it's best to take the bridge and then cut across to the farm, not seeing the wolves

- hi farm; the day warmed up, but after so much running the fatigue is an issue or i may have travelled more

- the farm has another vest in better shape but they cannot be doubled, still looking accusingly at you game, a hoodie as second sweater is welcome, more driving gloves and mittens, the mittens are a bit better

- herbal tea, hurray, i feel like i need to use herbal tea every single day for additional recovery, canned food and candy bars, wow i actually have enough food to hide some in the fridge

- i'm warm lets go out and check the car, a pack of wolf is hanging around moderate distance away, found more matches on the bench next to the fire barrel

- getting cold, basement time, whetstone, quality tools, matches and hacksaw, i still need a hammer, i wander if it was at riken after all, it's very complex to go there and check, if it's not that would be a bummer

- a lot of fatigue, return to the house and check the second floor, another book on sewing, this is the 4th one, another sewing kit is most welcome

- this is amazing it's 0 outside, i bet if i sleep a couple of hours it will change so i'll just have to do the regular night cycle

- deer meat on the menu and rest

 

“We were playing a game against an unknown and unforgiving opponent. The stakes were terrible—play well or die—but we didn’t even know the ground rules.”
Nando Parrado, Miracle in the Andes

 

Day 11

 

- I know another deer I can skin

- lots of snow and very early heading out, a pack of four wolves in stretched like a caravan, one of them is extremely close to the farmhouse

- i hope the cave is not occupied by the bear, hypoth sure gets me before i reach the deer

- started a fire next to the deer and set water to boil

- can't add coal yet and fire isn't enough to warm me at -9, harvested rosehips while it warmed up, then returned and harvested one big piece of meat

- added coal, set the meat to cook and drank summit soda mostly for calories to prevent more health hits then removed the hide

- grabbed meat before it burned and grabbed the guts, it's windy and the warmth bar didn't even fill completely while harvesting deer

- began cooking herbal tea and ran to the cave to drop the hide and guts

- almost died of fright upon receiving badge, i thought it was the sound was a wolf jumping around a tree to eat me

- set new cup of tea to boil and crafted rosehips, set more tea to boil and ran off to collect mushrooms that grow next to the cave and picked up four feathers

- took turns crafting mushrooms and boiling tea in parallel

- the weather has improved, i never like wasting clear days, i am tired nonetheless after this activity, i'm concerned if i climb the rope the fatigue will hit me badly

- uh no, not going for it, grabbed a torch and drank a cup of hot tea for the road and grabbed the guts with hide form the cave

- if those four wolves are still that close to the farmhouse i'll be puppy chow, or the bear, the bear also likes hanging out there

- lets not smell my guts all right? made it to the house

- oh bummer i wanted to drink mushroom tea but drank herbal, i really wanted to save that for 10h block

- i also forgot my cooked piece of meat! i dropped it into snow next to the fire because i didn't want it to attract anyone while i was sitting in the open

- all right i will drink mushroom tea and sleep 2h because fatigue hurts health too and then see what i can do, maybe break some green crates and i'll hope to find my meat tomorrow

 

“We were playing a game against an unknown and unforgiving opponent. The stakes were terrible—play well or die—but we didn’t even know the ground rules.”
Nando Parrado, Miracle in the Andes

 

Night 11

 

- woke up prior to 10h mark at 49% of cabin fever, oh shoot, the moon is still out

- what should i do? run outside and... that's unholy! blizzard! -51... -58... -64C!! got hypoth risk at the front door under one min while wandering how to save my hide

- run back into the house and through to the other side where the shielded porch is, it's zero in here, cabin fever goes from 51 to 52% ugh! it's considered indoor... nooo!

- death inside and death outside

- snow shelter? i'll freeze in it too, but maybe slower than standing flat out

- need more cloth, on the second floor upstairs... gah! 54% !

- run around the house, where is that fire barrel?? at least i have accelerant to get the fire in one go!

- can't add coal yet, the snow is blinding, let's build shelter... come on come on! i must place it close enough to the shielded fire! so hard to find a spot near... it keep showing red, hearing a bear sound while doing this

- 45mins for shelter, let's hope i'm not icicle by then!

- got it! ewww! it's -28C in shelter even next to the fire... come on coal save me!

- warmer, warmer! above zero! saved. my health is so beaten. thank you coal

- the sweater is 17% i guess i'll repair it, i had grabbed some extra cloth

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Day 12

 

- that is one dawn i may not have seen

- i'm pretty sure if i go even across the road to pick one mushroom my health won't be able to take it

- i'm not fatigued at all

- i guess i'll eat and sustain the fire while hiding in the shelter and boil water

- the cabin fever risk is extremely sticky, it miserly went down to 48% after a chunk of the night... there should be several hours discount for sleeping in blizzards

- while i do have a good stash of coal and firewood i can't say i'm prepared to use all of it to sustain a fire full day and night, and i have other plans for coal like harvesting deer carcasses, unfortunately it's not warm enough to do this with a regular fire

- i literally have nothing to do, the books are indoors too

- eat and sleep a bit and pass time, horrendous waste

- the day is not too terrible after that blizzard, i let the fire go out to check the temp, it's zero and counts against me...

- i'm going to repair my 38% hat and see if that helps, it does i'm at +1 now

- as the evening comes the temp drops again to -1 waited until warmth meter expired and then went indoors

- not tired, busted a chair and tore curtains

- the cabin risk is gone, took full day outside to get rid of it, i sincerely hope i won't get it again by sleeping 10h indoors

 

Day 13

 

- it's snowing heavily but no way am i staying inside

- there is a barn which i want to check, this new badge lets me sprint more, which is extremely useful

- very nice there is a barn and a deer half inside it, this means i can build sheltered fire next to the deer

- as i do so a wolf comes by and heads directly for the spot where i'm crouching behind the fire

- the wolf sticks his nose into the fire and runs off yelping, maybe i should build a second fire behind me, this barn only has two walls, i'm so paranoid he'll walk around and get my back

- drinking tea and coffee mostly for calories, woke up around 40% health only and it's obviously beaten by a cold trip, i have to keep eating during the day to prevent other health drains, cold does a good job at decimating

- picked up three crow feathers and began cooking coffee, the wolf loves this barn, he keeps walking circles around it and rubbing his back against the walls

- all right i can add coal and harvest, also set water to boil

- grabbed all i can, the day is on decline, come on wolfie shew shew, walk far far away on your patrol route

- i can see him from the barn angle, when he's relatively far i run for it

- used sprint to the full the turned around walking backwards, i think i gave him the slip, no pursuit

- let's go back to the farm, eat a good chunk of deer meat and rest

 

Night 13

 

- I can't time my rest well. I keep aiming to sleep 10h to recover but always wake too early around 6-8h mark fully rested. the fatigue starts beating you at certain level but that's before you are 10h of sleep tired. so you have to lose health to fatigue to get rest health, something is screwy here

- it's sounds very quiet outside.. umm... wow -38C but it's equally cold daytime too and it is bright, a starry blue night, very beautiful

- i'll dip into my fridge supplies and grab supplies in case of a blizzard

- i'm going for it... i want to climb to the signal hill...

- hop hop hop there is my deer meat! nobody swallowed it awesome

- rope climbing sure takes a lot out of you

- i keep missing the signal hill turn to the station... oh there is the tower! let's go inside and sleep off the fatigue plus cold

 

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Day 14

 

- i wander if this station has any clothes for me, pried open the lockers

- there is a ski jacket, soooo, somebody's feeling guilty, i don't forgive you, this one is 23% and that one was 99

- soooo health still wobbly, i don't need to travel far to take care of a deer right outside the fence

- oh i'm out of tinder plugs heh there is a cardboard inside, i'll tear that up to get 3 of them and clear up the space

- it's also good to break things because sometimes there are items behind them, not this time

- it's sort of windy, a tree sort of offers a windbreak

- harvested the deer, went inside to drop the guts and hide, still fire burning and daylight left

- i really don't want cabin fever, might be better to sit by the fire

- i'm going to repair my ski jacket, got it done once and raised to 52% i should repair again

- whoa there! it's only 45min repair but the wind blew out my fire and gave me medium hypoth risk

- brrr! at least the repair was successful i'm going to have to hide inside

- blizzard sets in as soon as i hide at the station

- search the rest of the cabin. yay! that's where the heavy hammer was hiding, tricky spot too under a grey item that masks grey hammer

- fairly generous on food too

- heavy weight, i'll hide the prybar in the locker among other stuff and keep the hammer to fight off the wolves, prybar is a magic key for things opening and can't be repaired

- bust a chair, i hope this will let me sleep enough, now rest

 

Day 15

 

- hearing powerful wind outside, what's this? a metal shelf worth over 2h of work, let's cut it

- that sounds like it subsided, skip hop over the snowdrifts, the cave and hunters blind aren't that far actually but its possible to run into a bear or a wolf on the way and it's so cold that you do catch hypoth just one way there

- going to build a fire between the deer and the tree, can't guess windbreak because wind direction changes, failed once starting a fire

- it's not too hateful, while the fire is warming up for coal gathered feathers and checked a frozen guy next to the deer, 7 feathers that's good, also grabbed mushrooms

- i am seeing a wolf, he is relatively far but i am concerned meat and guts will lure him in

- drank coffee and ate sardines to preserve health then took the hide and guts off

- while the deer meat was cooking checked the cave and gathered mushrooms, the cave had salty crackers

- ventured to the hunters blind too, it had a field dressing book

- got lost on the way back to the deer, oh shoot i don't want the fire to run out, all the rocks in this area look exactly the same

- oh i got, i see crows circling, i know which way to run, got back with 4mins left on the fire and dropped cedar log into it

- i'm going to craft many mushrooms i gathered and make them into tea

- poof! 6mins left on the fire? booo you wind, in 15mins of crafting it blew out over 1h worth of fire

- the crows dropped more feathers while i was cooking. i got 10 from this trip. let's get out of here, the wind is very cold and makes walking difficult

- i'm seeing this wolf again, he's far but i think he did pin me due to guts because he is walking on intercept course

- i'm going to try to evade him and walk instead of sprinting because if he gets close i'll sprint then

- managed to get around him by walking an extra circle to put boulders between us

- dropped hide and guts and went back out, i have 3 rosehips bushes right outside the fence and keep walking past them

- the moon is part out, i'm going to eat a candy bar and read an hour and then have my herbal tea plus deer meat and sleep

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“what you were
will not happen again.
the tigers have found me
and I do not care.”
Charles Bukowski

 

Day 16

 

- this is good! i did nail 10h and health is around 70% that's great!

- the moon is still visible and still too early. i can craft and maybe read 1h if it lets me

- i can eat this small piece of deer meat before reading... oowww awww! food poisoning? it was at 70% tarnation!

- at least i have mushroom tea... i'm not even the slightest bit tired oh that just great and i need to sleep 10h... at least the sickness is giving me really quick fatigue

- lets use the hacksaw on this metal box and toaster to get tired

- ugh misery slept in three or five hours bursts to get rid of the poisoning... got it done by evening... there went my good health once in a blue moon

- the skies are evening pink and the temperature holds at -11C windless

- i can't say it's safe to travel at night but i am on the wrong end of the cycle and 100% not fatigued and shame to waste this evening

- i want to check the frozen pond, going to take the hammer not prybar, i think hammer is good for ice breaking too if there is any fishing gear, grab all my food, drink coffee for the road

 

Night 16

 

- crossed the river and reached the pond before the sun completely went down

- started a fire in the fishing hut to warm up, it's actually +2C without any coal considering saving the coal then

- nice i found work gloves at 92%

- found a newspaper and a guide on survival. i'm going to bite a chunk off the deer meat and read an hour to warm up before checking the pond

- wow i sure am warming up slowly, read 2h more until the bar is full

- drank a cup of warmed up coffee before peeking out, there is modest visibility and heavy snowfall outside now

- went up bank to harvest mushrooms and ended up walking around the lake instead of back to the fishing cabin due to poor visibility

- bumped into the picnic table and found a camper on the bench who has summit soda and four crow feathers around him

- i see the dock from here, went to it and checked the fishing boats, also empty, now i can see my fishing hut

- blizzard picked up as soon as i entered it

- ate the rest of the deer meat and drank tea to finish reading the entire book

- began crafting mushrooms and boiling all sorts of teas

- ended up using a piece of coal after all, the temperature began dropping

- i hope i am getting good outdoor hours for spending all night out

- the blizzard subsided only at sunup

 

Day 17

 

- collected rosehips and cattails around the lake then hid in the cabin to warm up, windy and -42 though began warming up

- i'll walk around the lake a bit more to see if i missed anything before heading back, drinking more coffee to fight off the fatigue

- ended up walking farther than anticipated, crossed the river under the bridge and walked to the mountains where i bumped into a small and bare cave

- rushed back to warm up at the hut, i think i'm done here or the fatigue will get me

- it got warmer -16C and fairly good with clear skies, grabbed a torch for a walk

- bumped into one birch sapling during the return trip to the signal hill

- yeah yeah it's noon but fatigue

- tomato soup paired with summer soda and cattails for desert

- 10h worth of good rest

 

Night 17

 

- sounds nasty outside but my health is over half so yay

- i hate using pass time button but i have nothing to do

- drink some tea because it's sad how health crawls down when passing time and sleep

- most of the night passed, not hearing awooo, light my storm lantern and step out, meh heavy snowfall not too friendly

- pass another hour and try to sleep

- i have a lot of stuff, two deer hides and four guts still not cured to signal all wolves, i won't be able to use the rope, so i will take the long route

 

Day 18

 

- minus 42C? nope not going out there, tore apart the mittens and repaired my sweater then slept under an hour

- still ewww at -38 i guess i'll take it least the weather decides it's too good and traps me for another day

- rushing as much as possible and keeping rotation around for wolves but got hypoth real quick anyway

- there is a group of five birch saplings at the bottom of the hill that runs into the highway, picked up a couple of sticks

- oh there is a deer across the river, i super want it, there is also a wolf crossing the same river around the bend that raises his head like he can smell me

- hmm ok i will drop the guts on the bank behind the tree and then go on the ice and build a fire, the deer is by the mountain in a niche so there should be two way windbreak

- it is windy regardless, the wind lumps an hour off my fire but then calms down and lets me take off everything without freezing, just one feather here

- i am worried about the wolf sneaking up on me around the boulder, i actually heard a bark but it may have been my neighbour's dog

- i'm going to drop the guts and return to the highway to follow it past the grey car to the start of the river at the long curve

- taking a torch with me and dropping wood into this fire, i hope to return to it to warm up before rushing back to the farmhouse

- the grey car has mittens and a granola bar

- the frozen guy on the bank has sardines in his backpack and a can of dogfood, also three feathers and a new torch

- grabbed rosehips as well, this side trip was very much worth it

- returned to my fire which still burns and crafted rosehips and then boiled tea

- not going to boil water because i'm dragging 7.5L and it puts me overweight, i did leave 1L at the signal hill too

- now i need to grab 6 fresh deer guts and slip past all wolves that frequent the farmhouse field

- um... where are my guts? i left them by the tree? right? i hope nobody ate them, there they are, higher uphill

- i'm going to cling to the mountain side of the highway until i hit the side road that runs to the farm

- this means walking on hills, good thing i have that rosehip tea because there went my ankle, decided to cure it in case i need to run from the wolves

- if they do go for me i'll try to drop decoy, hopefully it will drop the guts and not my deer meat

- i do spot two long distance away, their course is towards the side road where i'm going

- used up sprint as much as possible and made it back

- dropped everything to cure, i have three cured deer hides too at this point and about six guts too

- food and sleep! i've been eating cattails and drinking teas during the day too while taking the deer hide off because i have taken a big chunk of the cold penalty and didn't want to accumulate with hunger


Day 19

 

- this is good! my health is around 70% yay!

- sounds like a big blizzard outside. i would like to craft some deer skin items. reading a sewing book prior will be helpful

- i'll just eat these sardines and ... awwww owww! you are kding me! food poisoning? come on! they were 54% booo! i am officially not allowed to have over 70% of health, then the game thinks my living is too good and literally tries to poison me

- i'm not tired too since i just woke up. ran around the house in the blizzard and dived into the basement to break two green crates, crying over the health i'm losing

- i'm tired enough now, rushing back to the house in the same blizzard, at least it's not the good weather i'm missing

- how about a nice can of dogfood and a cup of anti-poison tea before hitting the hay

 

Night 19

 

- woke up healed, miserly quarter health and not tired at all

- blizzard out. crawled through it to the basement and broke a green crate to get tired

- went back to the farmhouse to sleep

- checked how many cured deer hides i have. 3 and more than enough guts

- crawled into basement again in bad weather. too dark to craft

- go back to the house, pull all extra clothes from the closer and shred them. i have more leather and just 2 cloth

- grabbed tea from the fridge and went to the basement

 

Day 20

 

- wanted to craft rabbit traps and set but it's horribly cold and i'll freeze even if i'm close to the house

- began working on deer pants 2h at a time and drinking teas

- one sewing kit used up with 47mins remaining also got hit by the cabin fever at 7%

- disposed of the kit and used a new one to finish the job

- hurray! i have deer skin pants +2 warmth. i need +40 since it's -40 every day

 

Night 20

 

- checked on the snow shelter by the fire barrel. son of a blizzard! it's at 7% !#%@$% it was almost 80!!

- oh that's just great i need 3cloth to fix it. i have 2. started a fire and shredded socks

- added coal and fixed the shelter

- warmed up pork and beans. ate them and slept 5h

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“I want to keep my dreams, even bad ones, because without them, I might have nothing all night long.”
Joseph Heller

 

Day 21

 

- this is why i shouldn't play late in the evening. instead of curtains for cloth i shredded socks. a useful and no duplicate item. it just completely went out of my head

- health terrible under 25%

- went to craft traps and then froze my butt off running off into the field to set them

- i sincerely hope they'll trap something because the food shortage is nipping

- since i have guts and metal crafted two fishing rods as well. put two sewing kits into the basement craft bench for serious item crafting and kept one hook for mending

- warmed up at the farmhouse and went to a river behind the farm to find food after dodging a bear

- isn't there a single cattails must have ran a mile. finally spotted rose bushes on the bank and grabbed them. and found one cattail and ate it

- i believe this path leads to dodger's cabin. the wind calmed down somewhat and -17C is fairly decent these days

- found sports socks which i shredded yesterday in 10% condition. thank you game. failed 3 times on repairing these socks pooo

- there are many sticks around the cabin. i burned up almost all my wood getting rid of the cabin fever yesterday

- gathered mushrooms and beards too and then went inside to warm up. not to mention hardcore fatigue

- fixed my ski jacket and vest after shredding all curtains

- ate my last box of salty crackers and slept 10h

 

Day 22

 

- still dark when i wake, thus, craft rosehips and mushrooms. also left 3 rose bushes right by the cabin so i could gather in the morning what's closest

- grabbed them and started a nice fire. set water to boil and hid in the cabin crafting more mushrooms until coal can be added

- repaired work boots outside since the coal makes it bearable

- began boiling teas. ding! i'm cooking lvl 3. five more calories for me per cup of tea

- repaired wool socks while the water boiled. what do socks have against me? i keep failing on them

- got to run back while the weather isn't out to murder me. it's fairly far to the farm

- drank heated tea and picked up the torch. cut across to the river and found a few more cattails before climbing the bank

- three wolves patrolling... wait a minute that's the red barn. i'm on the wrong side

- hurried cautious of those wolves to a connecting bridge

- tea effect ran out and the torch is out. much much colder now. hypoth risk appeared

- another wolf is patrolling very close to the farm. he's going in the same direction as me and gradually he's cutting an angle between us

- kept inching along and then sprinted to the house

- repaired the undies while getting warmer. the hook is down to 20% i'll keep it for fishing and get the other one

- ate cattails and ran out to check the bunny snares. both empty. moved them farther away to a hill and grabbed a few sticks

- hurried back to the farm. it's relatively warm so tried a snow shelter

- health dropped into red when i reached it. +3C. ate a cattails and slept 1h. +1 i don't trust another hour went inside

- ate my last cattails and drank reishi teas. if the bunnies don't catch tomorrow i'll starve

- slept 10h flat

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Day 23

 

- health around 40%

- hearing some scary bear creaking outside but can't see him

- shelter 3mins repair. so cold i get hypoth repairing shelter for 3mins

- went into the basement. got a new fishing rod and repaired undies and blue hoodie to warm up

- ding! got mending level 2. yay!

- cabin risk fever 20% oh great

- going to check on rabbit traps. a pack of three wolves is out. they're between the farm and the traps

- got hypoth before even reaching the traps. the wind is horrible

- the traps caught food

- the pack perks up and all three begin heading in my direction nose down as soon as i pick up first rabbit

- grabbed both, reset traps and ran for it via wide field circumference before they came about

- too windy to light a torch. failed 1st fire attempt. got the other

- hide in shelter it's +9C without coal

- harvested one rabbit by hand. set it's meat to cook and used hacksaw on the other to get the meat

- set the meat to cook and removed then hide. then set the last piece of cook and removed the gut

- dropped two pelts and guts at the farmhouse

- the weather isn't too terrible. hated up a cup of rosehips and hurried to a river behind the silo to search for food

- since warmth not halfed ran past some tails and eventually saw a barn on the left bank

- fir log in the barn and empty adventurer. great many rosehip bushes around

- over half cold bar and dropping time to run back. might pick the tails tomorrow

- came back to shelter. +1C without fire. i'll sty put since the health is really bad 15%

- it gets a bit colder and fatigue is full red

- hope cabin fever doesn't get me again time to eat my bunny rabbit and sleep

 

Day 24   

 

- blizzard in the morning. the last deer hide is conveniently cured

- crawled into the basement and put in 2h. sounds quiet

- -33C and snow nah i can wait for warmer weather

- three more hours of work then ate a leftover bunny chunk before venturing out

- -20C the wolves aren't sleeping. their pack of three ventures close to the farm continuously

- they're forcing me to take the outer field all the time and help hypoth

- only one bunny got caught in the trap. put the other trap in a slightly different location

- ran for the snow shelter. it needs repair every day

- used the fir log found at the barn to cook one rabbit, it's only 513 calories and then boiled rosehips tea which also comes from that location. boiled water on leftover time

- it's zero in the shelter once the fire goes out. i play cards 2h until it gets cold and then go inside

- eat rabbit and drink two cups of rosehips for enough calories then sleep

 

Day 25

 

- another blizzard morning. finished crafting a second pair of deer skin pants. hurray i have two pairs of pants

- used heavy hammer to bust up a table. repaired my vest

- the moon is more than half way out when the blizzard subsides into a very dark evening and heavy snow

- i'm not tired, thus i took the opportunity to check the rabbit traps regardless. i have nothing except tea left. i must have dinner and pelts

- the first trap has a bunny but the second is unlucky. i moved that trap again and hurried back

- among snow i spotted one wolf. it's safe to guess the entire pack is out. if any of them ambush me i won't see them coming. the visibility is low

- made it back and harvested the rabbit inside. i'm low on water too

- it's a good thing i used a torch. three fails before the stove fired up

- broke one small crate and failed twice on repairing a sweater

- i have three cans and a pot. cooked 2 rabbit pieces on empty slots and used the rest to boil water

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“Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay

 

Day 26

 

- The wolves aren't around the field. The bear scared them off. It is strange I am beginning to think of these creatures as my society with their own quirks and structure into which I inadvertently fall. Humans were not meant to be alone.

- Checked the snares and got a bounty of two rabbits.

- The bear doesn't seem too interested in my stinky lines but I'm worried about the wolves. They may have migrated to closer to a farm or on the other side.

- I hear a suspicious sound next to the farm and figure it's best safe than sorry. Skinned both rabbits inside instead of shelter

- went out to build fire and cook rabbit

- climbed a snowdrift holding a torch to survey. there is indeed a wolf hanging around

- i have to keep finding sticks to repair the shelter daily

- my position is precarious. i rely on snares and luck. if there is a blizzard or they don't catch i have a small supply of teas maybe to wait out a day then i starve to death

- the wolves recently seem interested in clinging closer to the farm

- i'm going to finish crafting three bunny items and leave pleasant valley

 

Day 27

 

- one bunny in the snare today

- the wind is not friendly

- after warming up checked the spot where i ran past the ctails. found small batch of three

- hid in the shelter +5C and played cards an hour

- wind stopped. -9C outside seems a shame to waste weather even if i do have fatigue

- the bear is rubbing his back against my farmhouse

- went around him and ran for the river where his cave is. since he's visiting me i'll visit him

- passed my traps and saw another rabbit in my other snare

- at the river found 6 ctails and an empty dead guy on the bank

- ran back grabbing sticks and picked up the rabbit

- the river really is far. got hypoth all the way when i was at the river

- the fatigue is big preventing me from moving fast

- when i reached the farm the cold dropped my health into red

- dropped the rabbit not harvested on the doorstep

- grabbed a 350 leftover rabbit dinner from yesterday and topped with cattails before sleeping 10h

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Day 28

 

- morning blizzard. pelts and guts aren't ready to be crafted

- wasted time hanging around the house and breaking furniture with a big hammer

- i don't have food to read even if i have a number of books

- when the blizzard passed late afternoon checked the traps and found one rabbit

- skinned the rabbit inside to get warm

- hid in the snow shelter and cooked all of it

- the sky is pink with the smudges of green. aurora is coming

- rabbit dinner and sleep

 

Day 29

 

- another blizzard waited out by starting to craft my mittens

- i have a bad feeling about cabin fever

- collected my single rabbit in the afternoon and got a lvl 3 harvesting skill

- the weather got bad while i was hiding in the shelter

- went inside and got cabin fever in one second 20% risk

- why does it always happen when there is a blizzard outside?

- checked the corner for accelerant nope

- sigh went to the fire barrel and got the fire going in one go luckily

- hiding in shelter in a blizzard waiting for cb to go away and cooking

- sure i'll repair my socks. these socks aren't so good. 0.2C at max and 0.1 below 60%

- repaired hacksaw twice

- ate 170 cal rabbit chunk and slept 2h

- fever risk finally gone. waited for the fire to run out and rushed inside to sleep 7h

 

Day 30

 

- begin by repairing shelter

- since it's so cold dived into the basement to resume work on bunny gloves

- checked weather after 1h it's not any better but i need to get out or i'll get cabin fever

- followed the highway towards the far river until i saw a barn on the left

- empty adventurer and simple tools beside him

- grabbed a few sticks around the barn for extra bounty and ran back because i already have hypoth risk

- the wind and snow got real nasty. dived into the basement and ate a ctail. i need health to make another trip later to check the rabbit traps

- finished work on the rabbit gloves. the work gloves aren't too bad but they get soaked instantly

- heavy snow and bear is eyeballing the purple car by the farm for living

- hurried to grab the rabbits. luckily there are two

- on the way back the bear was heading for the farm and i had to go there too. dodged inside under his nose

- skinned one rabbit inside to get warm

- the other rabbit got skinned in the snow shelter and it got into negative just when i finished

- i am fatigued better turn in for the night

- dropped bunny meat into snow by fire barrel

- i have a cooked 518 cal piece from yesterday

- ate it and two cattails then slept 10h

- It seems i have survived one month on the Interloper! Hurray for this modest victory!

 

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"Can you go years without talking to another human being? What about untold months snatching your meals from the forest floor and sleeping in muddy pits? Sanity is a spider clinging to a fluttering thread of web unaware of the fingers reaching for it, catching it, plopping it in my mouth…"

 

-- Heroes 4

 

Day 31

 

- The Pleasant Valley is vast. Snowy. And desolate. I still think it surreal that in its entirety not a single other being trespasses its boundaries. Had there been even one, I would have gone to horizon to meet them disregarding the wolves or bitter cold.

- With these isolate thoughts, started my morning by fixing snow shelter and dived into the basement to check what I need for the hat

- i'm glad it only takes three and a half hours

- used one gut to create 2 lines and picked up two hooks from the drawer. i'll have crafting to do when i'm sitting in a shelter

- from basement dived into the farm. the required ingredients are cured

- the day is pretty good in terms of no wind and clear but so cold

- maybe it will warm up if i spend an hour crafting

- hiss i have a magical washing machine in the basement that makes broken sewing kits disappear

- got about half of the hat done and checked weather. even colder. finished the hat

- happy dance i have a hat

- oh bummer. i can only have one crafted hat as an outer layer. oh well at least my other hat is a good one. i have a maple leaf hat that close to the bunny one. i replaced the red scarf with the bunny hat

- checked rabbit traps. got one rabbit. can't see wolves and bear. i bet they're waiting for me under my bed

- grabbed a new torch from the closet since the old one burned out

- harvested rabbit in the shelter. it's warm enough without the fire

- crafted two fishing rods before cooking the bunny rabbit

- ate and slept

 

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Day 32

 

- crafted more hooks and lines. this will be useful once I begin Coastal fishing

- blizzard. gathered all my items to check their weight and compiled a list of stuff i will leave behind

- busted a chair and shredded a couple of curtains

- repaired maple leaf hat

- ate two ctails and read 2h of field dressing book

- it's night i'm not tired. tried busting a chair, requires light. sigh

- go out on the porch and ran not leaving the porch until got cold. the night is nasty

- finally tired enough to sleep a bit over 9h

 

Day 33

 

- woo! the bunny diet is good for me. over 80% health

- there is one place i want to visit but it's far and health costly

- the day seems clear if cold -24C so i decide to go for it

- i cook a cup for rosehips tea and mushroom tea and drink for warmth before taking torches and moving out

- managed to carry the torch all the way to the river where it got blown out

- gathered cattails and turned up the bank at the waterfall heading for the Three Strike farmstead

- there is a deer in the barn whose hide i want so I can repair boots or pants

- there is a fire barrel too but the deer is two steps out of its warmth range

- tucked a regular fire inside next to a wall, it has shelter from the couple of sides if drafty so i hope it won't get blown out

- took more health beating waiting for my last piece of coal to be added

- got meat first and cooked it. ate the small piece to preserve health

- removed the hide. since i'm warmed up i ventured away from the barn and gathered food

- came back cold to harvest the guts and warm up while doing so

- crafted mushrooms and cooked them too

- this made me plenty tired

- returning slowly and carrying a stink line

- realised i'm on the other side of the field but much closer than making a separate run to my bunny traps

- i'm not seeing the bear or the wolf luckily

- both traps have scored bunnies

- full fatigue sets in when i pick up bunnies and both traps since i'm strongly considering leaving pleasant valley

- crawled from the traps to the farmhouse without any sprint

- still cannot sleep

- i have managed to preserve a lit torch so i make fire at the barrel by the farm

- grabbed meat off the rabbits and cooked it

- too tired to take bunny hides of guts

- snow began falling. picked up a torch from the barrel and went in to sleep

- two matches used today but i have food and getting that skin was important

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Day 34

 

- a clear morning. hid in the snow shelter and skinned two bunny rabbits

- I am leaving great many things behind at the farmhouse, but I am still bordering weight limit

- drank water and went a bit under 30k before moving along

- crossed the river and then followed the field alongside the highway to the red barn

- while i was skinning rabbits the weather changed to wind and snow but i'm determined to keep going

- it's difficult to tell in this heavy snow but i think there are wolves hanging around the red barn far too close for comfort

- after hesitation decided to press on without warming up towards the crossroads

- this did give my health sound kicking but i made it without being eaten

- the stashed jerry can was a delight since my lantern was out of fuel

- picked up a small lantern fuel too

- rechecked the whole house, found ruined jeans and tore them for cloth

- picked up a number of unread books. this increased the weight a lot but this was a run for stuff so i have to suck in up and carry tomorrow for a long stretch

- drank a cup of tea and some water. i am low on water

- then ate cooked rabbits caught a day ago before sleep

 

Day 35

 

- woke up in good health condition. i'll need it. drank the rest of my water which filled up thirst bar only a quarter

- the morning is freezing -36C but two pairs of deer pants and my rabbit hat with gloves make it so much better

- i had hypoth by the time i spotted a roadside cave and mushrooms

- found 3 coal in the cave and started a fire to warm up and boil water

- since there were bunnies, i set my two traps to see if i get lucky in a couple of hours but had no cigar

- as soon as i left the cave and rounded a boulder i saw a wolf crossing a road

- danced around him at safe distance waiting for him to go away. got hypoth simply waiting for him to leave before i could advance towards the transition mine to coastal

- i do have marginal sprint but it's slow going uphill that gives health a sound beating even though i drink a couple of teas

- at the mine entrance found a big stash of coal and another crowbar not noted in my notes

- since the wind was kind enough to not blow out the torch i carried from the open cave, i used it to light the way

- the coal in the mine respawned and i got a big pile while walking. this however mounted 41kg on my back and i lost sprint

- hello coastal, welcome me back please kindly. it does with sunny weather

- crawling but crawling downhill. i hope i don't bump into a wolf at an intersection

- health around 20% and dropping, seeing the safe trailer ahead getting closer turtle slowly

- reached the trailer without kicking the bucket and dropped off a lot of weight into a drawer and blue box

- searched the trailer and found 3% granola bar

- it is evening but the sun is still up, my fatigue and health are bad though

- ah YOLO! chomp a baaad granola bar! i lived! hurray! top off with ctails and 10h nap

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“Into the eternal darkness, into fire and into ice. ”
Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

 

Day 36

 

- woke up with 20% cabin fever threat. of course i would. it's still kind of nighty, no tip of the sun rays showing

- meh gotta go. i have big plans for the big fish!

- immediately lost my way outside and optimistically rolled downhill without the road hopefully to the fishing hut and not into wolf's mouth

- when i reached the log area the aurora fired up in the sky

- cabin cabin? there it is. it even has a cedar and reclaimed wood

- froze my bum off waiting to add coal before setting water to boil and wrecking ice with the crowbar

- fished until afternoon and caught less than one fish per hour. sigh. cooked four fishes one of them about 150 cal only

- i'd like to go to the bear patrol island. shuffling feet slowly hence the extra weight

- a wolf far in the distance takes interest of one stink line and follows

- tried going one way around the island and saw the bear, had to backtrack while freezing and climbed the other side uphill

- dropped fish and extra weight and went out to grab more wood

- spotted a guy and fishing boat, both empty

- went to the nearest fishing hut and dropped off coal and wood there

- a blizzard rolled in while a was looking around

- only grabbed 3 branches, not the epic most loot

- ate two fish and slept 10h like always fairly beaten up by nightfall

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Day 37

 

- Since I have a hammer and 17 metal and cloth, I would like to go to Desolation Point Forge, but this dangerous venture is not for an empty stomach

- Hopefully more fishing will help me out

- It's still dark and the frost is biting when I make a rush leapfrogging off the bank past the bear to the nearest fishing hut

- The stove fires up after giving me hypoth but I keep optimistic and dip the first line into the icy water

- The first two hours end up empty and the first rod snaps. While I have a fair amount of rods, the absence of food is troubling. I need more than filling my stomach for a day. I need a full stomach for a trip and I'd like to depart tomorrow.

- The ice glows pink and the sun is climbing higher. Through a doorless way I spot a wolf crossing between me and the island.

- The fish become more merciful and I begin catching after adding more coal for the fire duration. I catch a moderate amount. Another rod snaps.

- The sun is setting when I begin the cooking spree. The fish is too small to cook and fish at the same time since it would burn in 1h.

- When I'm done the sun is gone beyond the horizon and the island outlines vanish in murky dusk. It's unpleasant. Brown. Plump snowflakes are dropping from the sky limiting sight even more.

- I've eaten a great deal of it, but I shouldn't have taken the fish with me.

- I couldn't have stayed at the fishing hut for the night either hence the absence or bedroll bites.

- I finally make out the bank and set foot on it. Both site and ears straining, I keep moving with fatigue dragging behind me like heavy shackles.

- No vigilance was enough. I hadn't a second to offer a fish decoy when silently a sleek shape that blended with darkness launched for my throat.

- I have been dragged into wilds beyond.  

 

The Long Dark

 

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