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The Embrace, sometimes called All-Mother's Embrace, is a small valley region in the southwestern part of the Nora Sacred Lands in Horizon Zero Dawn.


The Embrace is a well-defended valley that is home to most of the tribe's population. Nestled in a mountainous ridge in the southwest, the core of the region is All-Mother Mountain. The Mountain and its surrounding village are the religious center of the tribe. As the Mountain is considered to be an embodiment of the Nora's deity, the area inside the nearby mountain range is considered to be land within All-Mother's Embrace. The perimeter is marked by three gates: the North, South, and Main Embrace Gates.

Some tribe outcasts live inside the Embrace but are generally not welcome in any of the main villages. Instead, they live in camps and hand-built houses scattered throughout the region, such as Brom's Camp in the west and Aloy's home, Rost's Hovel.


The Embrace region was settled sometime after the formation of the Nora tribe. The region became vital to the Nora way of life for several reasons: it was the closest region to All-Mother, held the majority of the tribe's population, was full of resources, and the surrounding mountains made it easily defensible from invaders and machines. Out of the six Nora settlements, three of them (including the tribe's capital and religious center) were constructed within the Embrace. As an easily defensible area, the Nora were able to stop the Carja from reaching the Embrace during the Red Raids.

Aloy was born and raised inside the Embrace and, like most Nora children, did not see the rest of the Sacred Lands until she reached maturity.

Eclipse's Assault

After Aloy's destruction of the Eclipse's Focus network, Helis ordered an attack on the Sacred Lands, with the purpose of wiping out the entire tribe. The assault broke through to the Embrace, causing significant destruction of the area (in contrast, the Nora settlements outside of the Embrace were relatively untouched). While most of the Braves in the Embrace were killed in the attack, some managed to survive by taking refuge in the Sacred Mountain. The Eclipse attempted to bring down the Mountain by using a Corrupted Thunderjaw, but were stopped by Aloy.

The attack left the already weakened tribe in a precarious state. Mother's Watch was reduced to ashes, Mother's Cradle was abandoned and razed to the ground, and the majority of the Embrace's population remains inside the Mountain.




  1. Lucas Bolt of Guerilla mentions that the borders of the Embrace are based on Lost Creek Wilderness in his post Horizon Zero Dawn - Mountain Landscapes.