The Forest is a combat zone. It is unlocked by completing The Herbalist's Nightmare. As with The Western Road, the plot is foreshadowed: after finding Zigmund Quillink, you can sometimes see the puppy in the background while fighting.
In the perpetual night of the Dark Forest, plants cannot grow without the magical assistance of sunspikes maintained by the Herbalist Guild. When the sunspikes are well-maintained, the flora grows lush and green instead of creepy and dead, which improves the character of the forest exponentially.
Lately, however, the giant spiders, werewolves, and even run-of-the-mill animals have begun attacking anyone who dares venture into the forest. Perhaps Lord Nightmare is troubling their dreams as he is with the villagers, or perhaps they are finally losing their senses under the perpetual night sky. Either way, when you’re dealing with a spider the size of a buffalo, you’d much rather it be friendly.
- Locate the Scribe.
- Plant the Herbalist's sunspike (unlocks more potions)
- Locate the puppy to unlock The Puppy's Nightmare, which will then unlock The Standing Stones
- Defeat Weald the Barkwalker to obtain Weald's Nightmare
|Spiked Leather Collar||You find a spiked leather collar on a chain tied to a tree. Curious.||One time only, after at least 5 wins.|
|Sturdy Birch Branch||You find a sturdy-looking birch branch and take it with you in case you need a sturdy-looking birch branch at any point in the near future.||Repeatable. 1 in 5 chance; must have won previous fight and have the ability to do Crafting.|
|Abysmuth Chunk||A crater wreathed in foul fungal growth marks the impact site of a chunk of meteoric abysmuth.||Repeatable. 1 in 4 chance; must have won previous fight and have the ability to do Crafting.|
|Brown Silk Hat||You find some remains swaddled in a silk outfit swaddled in a silk spider coccoon.||One time only, after at least 5 wins.|
|Brown Silk Slippers||(in combination with the above)|
|Brown Silk Robe||(in combination with the above)|
|Moondrake Stalk||You find a moondrake plant, unearthed by some overzealous boar.||Repeatable. 1 in 4 chance, must have won previous fight and have the ability to do Crafting.|
|Herbal Poultice||You find a moondrake plant, unearthed by some overzealous boar.||Lost last fight. 1 in 3 chance.|
|Cut-scene: Need help?||After 5 wins|
|Cut-scene: The results were pretty impressive.||After 8 wins|
|Cut-scene: Arf! Arf!||After 12 wins|