|“||For advanced players. A frigid open marshland bisected by a railway line. Weak ice and constant winds make this area highly dangerous.
- In-game description
The region is mostly flat, composed of craggy hills surrounding a large, mostly-frozen bog. Bisecting the ice is a broken railway line connected in the east to Mystery Lake through the Rail Tunnel (formerly the 'Tunnel Collapse') and in the west to the Broken Railroad region. To the north, there is a path that links to the Mountain Town region from Marsh Ridge. To the south, the region is linked with Bleak Inlet through a cave.
There are only a few sheltered areas and structures, and most man-made buildings are partially (or completely) destroyed, making the harsh weather particularly challenging. Within this unpredictable, rugged environment, one mostly intact building is the barn of the Old Spence Family Homestead, which contains a bed, a work bench, and a forge. This is one of the few possible base areas in Forlorn Muskeg and a primary reason for visiting the region. The deep cave near the waterfall and radio tower on the other side of the region may also serve as a temporary base, but it lacks a forge, work bench, or any other special features besides safety from predators and the elements (allowing it to serve a place to cure hides and guts).
Another useful though unconventional temporary base is the transition cave to Bleak Inlet, as well as being useful when visiting Bleak Inlet, this cave is midway between the Mystery Lake exit and Spence's. The cave contains a bed, in fact by far the closest indoor bed to Spence's, the entrance to the cave is wind-protected and wolves don't enter it making it a good place to a light a campfire and cook.
Travelling through the Forlorn Muskeg on a fine, sunny day is rather easy, as the open terrain makes predators easy to spot from far off. However, an easy, pleasant excursion through this region can quickly become dangerous when the visibility is poor, due to the high density of predators, frequent weak ice, and lack of landmarks. A night-time blizzard can quickly turn deadly to even the most skilled and prepared players if caught away from the railway tracks or shelter.
There are many accessible locations within Forlorn Muskeg including:
- Shortwave Tower (North)
- Poacher's Camp
- Muskeg Overlook
- Old Spence Family Homestead
- Hat Creek
- Marsh Ridge
- High Blind
- Abandoned Camp
- Low Blind