Outdoor Survival

The City of Iridine is but a small place in a vast, mostly untamed, world. There are those who make their living in this uncharted wilderness, however. Woodsmen, or foresters, spend much of their time in the wild, learning how to track wild animals, hunt them, and bring their pelts in for money. They are skilled in surviving in the wild lands, knowing the best places to find firewood, sweet water, and food with but the barest of clues.

Foresters live in an unusual position in the everyday business of the metropolis. Finding themselves on the outskirts of high culture and mainstream life, many are disdainful of city life and visit town only to sell their wares and shop for provisions. City folk, while acknowledging the value of their skills, are often distrustful of the wild-looking, strange-smelling men of the outdoors. Despite this, everyone recognizes the value of having a good forester on a journey through the wilderness. Many caravans employ woodsmen to help them negotiate uncivilized terrain and protect themselves from animals along the journey.

For most foresters, knowledge does not come from books or learning but from the harsh tutelage of their elders and the even harsher lessons of Mother Nature. A form of lore has grown amongst hunters, passed from generation to generation through word of mouth and through experience. Though uncodified and rarely standard, this lore represents the accumulated knowledge of many generations of hunters, kept alive through imaginative tongues and campfire tales.

Skill Info Ranks Taught by Trainer
Skills/Actions Difficulty Krimalus Fern Tauruu
Outdoor Survival Easy 80 100 150
Dig Firepit Easy 60 100 120
Craft Basic Torch Easy 60 100 120
Stoke Fire Easy 60 100 120
Firebuilding Easy 60 100 120
Find Firewood Easy 60 100 120
Find Sapling Easy 60 100 120
Camp Cooking Easy 60 100 120
Outdoor Climbing Easy 60 100 120
Shelter Building Difficult 60 100 120
Survival Rope-Making Average 60 100 120
Berry Foraging Easy 60 100 120
Soil Foraging Average 60 100 120
Survival Foraging Easy 60 100 120
Grass Harvesting Easy 60 100 120
Craft Fishing Pole Average 60 50 75
Forester Conceal Average 60 100 120
Survival Weaving Average 80 - -
Whittling Difficult 80 - -
Outdoor Survival Lores Taught by Trainer?
Lore Krimalus Fern Tauruu
Field Dressing Lore Yes ? ?
Advanced Camp Cooking Lore Yes ? ?

Directions to Fern (Vetallun): Walk to Vetallun Road, Walk to Vetallun Crossroads, Sx1, Wx1
Directions to Krimalus (Wilderness): Near the cliffs in the coastal forest north of the Iridine.
Directions to Tauruu (Town of Rock Valley): Walk to Hospice, wait for drover to appear, follow drover, Ex12, Nx2, Ex20, Nx2, Ex2, Nx5, Ex1, Nx1, Wx3

Dig Firepit

Usage: dig firepit

In the outdoors, it can be hard to predict the behavior of a campfire, and even harder to control it. The best means for an outdoorsman to do so can be found through building his fire in a small pit. Using this skill, you do exactly that. A fire pit is necessary in order to build a fire, and after some time, the fire pit will no longer be suitable for fire building. You will need a shovel, trowel, or similar implement to dig a firepit.

Craft Basic Torch

Usage: make torch [with] <tinder>

Using a stick-like piece of tinder, the outdoorsman carves and whittles in it such a way as to make it suitable as a light-bearing torch, to either use personally, sell to other adventurers, or sell to the many supply shops throughout Iridine. The more skilled you are at making torches, the finer your torches will look and the longer they will burn.

Stoke Fire

Usage: stoke fire [with] <tinder>

A fire can use up a great deal of fuel, be it twigs, branches, or anything else that will burn, and as such will need to be rekindled from time to time with new materials. You can stoke a fire with just about anything that will burn, including clothing, wooden items, and, of course, branches and twigs. The size and dryness of the tinder will determine how effective of a fuel source it is.

Firebuilding

Usage: build fire [with] <tinder>

Aside from a sharp survival knife, there's nothing more useful to an outdoorsman than a camp fire. Whether it's being used to cook food or keep away predators, a fire will always be helpful. To build a fire, you'll need a firepit and a piece of tinder, with some tinder being more effective than others. With enough ranks in this skill, you can also set fire to large piles of wooden refuse or twigs 1

Find Firewood

Usage: find firewood

Whether being used to make torches, keep your camp fire going, or for use as a construction material, it's a lot harder to find suitable firewood than one would imagine. Using this skill, you will find branches from your surroundings, assuming there are branches to be found. A resourceful hunter will carry an axe with her while gathering firewood, which increases the amount of tinder found.

Find Sapling

Usage: find sapling

Flexible, lightweight, and reasonably strong, pine saplings can be extremely valuable to the outdoorsman for a multitude of construction purposes. Valued for its use in furniture, weaponry, and even home construction, even those other than the outdoorsman will have a demand for such things. To find a sapling, you'll need to be in an area with a lot of trees. You can find various types of saplings depending on the type of trees growing in the area.

Camp Cooking

Usage: cook <food> over <fire>

While many things you forage for or skin may be fine to eat raw, there are countless others which will need to be cooked. Using this skill, you will roast the item over a heat source such as a camp fire or stove. Some items are harder to cook than others, though, so make sure you keep an eye on your dinner!

Outdoor Climbing

Usage: climb <item>

As an outdoorsman you might encounter terrain which seems impassible to the normal person. But through extensive study of the land, the knowledgeable woodsman will be able to find a way up or down such obstacles. Beware, though, for some obstacles are harder to climb than others, and while a tumble down a grassy hill may not seem too harmful, falling down a stone mountain will not be pleasant.

Shelter Building

Usage: build shelter

There are times, either because of weather, dangerous predators, or simply to better mark your outdoor territory, that you'll wish to build a small home for yourself. With this skill, you can use saplings, rope, grass, and twigs to build yourself a lean-to, which you can access by using the "go <shelter>" and "leave" commands. These makeshift shelters will degrade over time, with their lifespans dependent both upon your skill in building shelters, and the degree to which you successfully complete construction.

Notes:

  • To find the twigs you'll need to build a shelter, use the "gather twigs" command.
  • You can see how well your shelter is holding up by using the inspect command. Inspecting will let you know if the shelter is starting to degrade and might fall down soon without repairs, and it will also tell you what supplies you'll need to repair the shelter.
  • You can repair a shelter with the Repair <shelter> command.
  • You can dismantle your shelter by using the Dismantle <shelter> command. This only works on shelters that you have built.

Survival Rope-Making

Usage: make rope [with] <grass>

Rope is useful as a capturing agent, a snare component, a construction material, and for countless other things, and your ability to make your own will not only save you time, but also quite a bit of coin. Using grass foraged from the outdoors, you can use this skill to make a lightweight grass rope.

Berry Foraging

Usage: find berries

Iridine's vast fields and forests are covered with a great deal of foliage, with much of it bearing fruit and berries ripe for the taking. With this skill, you will wander the area, gathering what you can find. Be careful, though, because some berries will have adverse effects on you, with different berries doing different things.

Soil Foraging

Usage: find grub

Even in areas where the foliage seems completely barren, there is usually food to be found below your boots. Using this skill, you dig through the soil, looking for insects, roots, and other subterranean delights. Just as with berries, though, some things are less edible than others, so be careful and learn from experience.

Survival Foraging

Usage: find resource

Far away from home and all alone in the wilderness, the hunter is often challenged to find resources that can help her survive. Survival foraging can help you to find food, tools, building supplies, crafting materials, or things that can be used to trap prey. Although anyone can forage for resources, learning the skill will make it a lot easier, and will increase the variety of things that you can find.

The types of things you'll find while foraging for resources varies widely depending on the type of environment you are in, whether that be a swamp, forest, grassland, mountain, or riverbank. Branches, reeds, twigs, thorns, and turtle shells are just a few examples of the kinds of things you might stumble upon if you're looking carefully enough.

Grass Harvesting

Usage: find grass

One of the best resources you have at your disposal in the wilderness is the endless fields of grass. Useful as a construction material and as a burning agent, you'll have no trouble finding things to do with it. The amount of grass you gather will be greatly increased if you have a small blade in hand during use. Some hunters have even been known to carry a scythe into the fields with them when they need to gather a large quantity of grass.

Craft Fishing Pole

Usage: craft pole with <sapling>

Of all the hunter's pastimes, nothing is quite as nostalgic as a long, relaxing day of fishing. A skilled hunter knows that the fishing is only as good as the fishing pole, and takes pride in crafting a perfectly balanced pole that can stand the test of time. Creating a fishing pole requires a knife in-hand, a sapling, some cordage (Made with Wilderness Cordage Lore, a lore taught by Krimalus), as well as a suitable hook of some kind, such as a barbed thorn, which you'll likely find by foraging around in the wilderness.

Forester Conceal

Usage: conceal <item>

There are times when you'll need to hide the things you find away, and using this skill you can conceal small objects from the prying eyes of your neighbors. Further skill in this move will allow you to conceal larger objects, and the number of objects you can hide in an area will be dependent on the amount of cover present.

Survival Weaving

Usage: sweave <material> into <thing>

Your ranks and the material used (Twigs, grass, and reeds) determine what items you can attempt to weave. Simply attempt to weave your material into something to be given a list of what you can weave at the moment. More ranks open up more options to weave things into up to rank 100.

Whittling

Usage: whittle <material> into <thing>

You’ll start with Branches, but if you choose to rank the skill high enough, you’ll open up more options for branches, but also open access to ribs, leg bones, and more as possible whittling materials. Simply attempt to whittle your material into something to be given a list of what you can whittle at your current rank. Options keep opening up all the way to rank 100.


Lore

Field Dressing Lore

Usage: fdress <corpse>

This lore allows you to prepare a whole animal corpse to be cooked or roasted. This can only be done with certain types of small game and birds, such as rabbits, squirrels, pheasants, and quail. Your skinning ability will be used to determine the quality of the prepared corpse.

To field-dress an animal, you must first be Learned or better in Advanced Skinning.
Field-dressing something involves skinning away the pelt or skin, skinning all internal organs, as well as the head, and any paws, feet, claws, etc.
Properly field-dressing an animal can only be done if you haven't already skinned parts from it already, and all skinnable parts are forfeited in favor of the whole food item.

Advanced Camp Cooking Lore

Usage:

  • blacken <food>
  • sear <food>
  • broil <food>
  • roast <food>

These advanced cooking techniques will imbue your food with many interesting flavors and really impress anyone who is lucky enough to be sitting around the campfire with you.

There are a few ways you can cook something over an open flame to give it a better flavor than just meat heated until it isn't raw any more.

Blackening (requires 20 ranks of Camp Cooking)
The first and easiest way is to Blacken it. You heat the food closeer to the base of the fire, where it's hottest to blacken the outside, heating just center just enough so as to not be raw, and allowing the outside to crisp and blacken.

Searing (requires 40 ranks of Camp Cooking)
The second, slightly more difficult way is to Sear it. This is a lot like blackening, but instead of charring the outside, you simply cook the outside quickly, a little closer to the base of the fire, in order to seal in the flavor. After the outside is cooked, you simply ease back and allow it to cook through slowly, careful not to burn the outside at all.

Broiling (requires 60 ranks of Camp Cooking)
This method requires a simple broiling rack, which can be woven from several twigs: a flat crosshatch rack to hold the food well over the fire itself. Holding the rack (and the food) above the fire, you let the heat rise to meet the food, rather than forcing the food near the fire. This is a slower method, but very effective at adding a smoky flavor without charring the outside like blackening.

Roasting (requires 80 ranks of Camp Cooking)
The last, and most difficult way to cook something is to Roast it. This is trickier, and is something to be done with small field-dressed animals (Variations of Rabbits and Small Gamebirds), fish, or a haunch of meat. Unless you're cooking a haunch of meat (that has it's own legbone you can use as a handle), requires you to use a skewer that you can whittle from a sapling. Holding the skewer and the food in question (or just the food, if it's a haunch), you hold it over the fire and turn slowly, giving it a nice, even cooking on all sides until cooked through. A nice even turning allows the juices to slide around the food, giving it a nice roasted flavor instead of simply dripping off into the fire.

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