Over the next several posts, this blog will be pulling a Colbert Report-type segment, and we’ll choose different zones to review and reminisce about. Up first is none other than Gertrude’s home spot, Bear Cave!
Located to the east of Hagley, Bear Cave rarely visited by anyone but travelers. Early on in the game, visitors would camp at the non-aggressive den of the giant Gertrude the bear.
To me, Bear Cave was one of the fun hill countries that were green and not too scary. I enjoyed exploring the region, though it had less to offer than surrounding zones. To its west sat the level 30 quest hot-spot, Blakedown. A similar region that saw more activity due to its proximity to Forkwatch.
The first time I ever went to Bear Cave it was on accident. This will be a common trend for me because a lot of what I stumbled on in Tunaria was by accident. I was a Human Monk and I was looking for Hagley to do my level 7 quest. Unfortunately, I ran right by Hagley and ended up in the mountains of Bear Cave. I remember there being a large, dark mountain with level 10-13 creatures walking around. At that time, I didn’t fully understand the concept of agro, so I eventually died to some mountain bat.
Bear Cave was one of my first explorations. If you have a story that you want to share about this zone, please feel free to leave it in the comments. For tribute’s sake… here’s the old bear: