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Field Manual: Wilderness Survival

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I. Foreword from the Editor

Surviving in the wilds must be second-nature to a Kul Tiras Marine, particularly those who form part of a reconnaissance unit. You may be sent into unfamiliar terrain for days, weeks, even months. Being able to not only survive, but thrive, are important skills to be able to accomplish the mission and maintain combat effectiveness to be able to strike at soft targets should the opportunity present itself.

In this section, we will be discussing the fundamentals of wilderness survival, and what you need to do in order to ensure that you not only survive, but excel under such conditions.

Table of Contents
I. Foreword from the Editor
II. Mindset
III. Survival Priorities: Shelter, Water, Fire, Food
IV. Naturalist Skills & Knowledge
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II. Mindset

In order to survive in harsh wilderness conditions, the most important factor is having a survivalist mindset. This requires being both focused and positive.

Remain focused on the mission and that success will not simply come by wishing it so. It is your job to carry it out, and with the skills and training you have received, you are more than capable of carrying it out successfully. Do not allow distractions and the unforeseen deter you - harder things have been achieved in the past through hard work, grit, and the unrelenting focus that is expected of all Kul Tiras Marines. The current mission will be no different. You will be tired, bloody, thirsty, hungry stressed and sleep deprived - but you will not despair - you will still succeed. Improvise, Adapt and Overcome.

Mindset is why Kul Tiras Marines in Tiragarde Keep were able to survive in the harsh desert of Durotar and withstand over a decade of near constant siege from the Horde right on Orgrimmar's doorstep. If not for the tidal wave created by the dragon aspect Deathwing during the Cataclysm, our forces would still be there - an unmovable thorn in the Horde's side. Carry this mindset with you, and even a small force can achieve incredible feats under the worst conditions.
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III. Survival Priorities: Shelter, Water, Fire, Food


During a wilderness survival scenario, it is important to follow a priority system to ensure survival. In order of importance, these are as follows:

1. Shelter

Direct exposure to the elements can lead to hypothermia, which can be easily avoided with a basic shelter. Preventing the loss of body heat is important, particularly in colder climates - as it preventing water loss when in a desert environment. Both of these are mitigated with construction of a shelter. Some things to consider when building a shelter:

- Location - be sure to build away from hazards and dangers, but near useful materials such as a water source or trees.
- Insulation - the shelter should provide a barrier between you and the ground, rain, wind, air and sun.
- Heat Source - build in a spot where you will be able to also add a heat source such as a camp fire.
- Size - consider the size of the shelter depending on how many people will be using it.


2. Water

Access to a source of clean drinking water is critical for short-term survival, as dehydration will quickly set in if there is no water available - especially in desert or jungle conditions. When traveling through an area, always pay special attention to potential sources of water as these will be valuable not only while you are traveling to your objective, but also on the way back out.

The best source for water is having a mage handy, but being able to collect water from the environment must always be your first option because you will rarely have the luxury of an arcanist as part of your recon squad. Water can be collected from springs, steams, morning dew, rain, and from certain varieties of fruit and roots. Water from rivers should always be brought to a boil in a campfire to ensure it's suitable for drinking. Even just a few minutes of boiling will clean up most diseases from water and make it suitable for drinking.


3. Fire

Fire is useful for various purposes, primarily for providing warmth at night, deterring predators, and for preparing food and water for consumption. A Marine should be able to create a fire with just one hand using a piece of flint against a steel weapon. Fire-starter equipment and a basic piece of field cookware are standard issue to all Marines.


4. Food

Almost anything out in the wilderness should be regarded as potential food. You're not out here for a dwarven banquet - you're just concerned with getting something in your body to see the next day through. Plants, Fruits, Animals, Fungi, Roots and Fish are all fair game - observe the environment for anything that might be edible. Failing that, find yourself a tauren patrol - put them down and feast like a king. If there is a water source, fish would not be far off and you should also be prepared to pull some out of the water.
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IV. Naturalist Skills & Knowledge

The more you know about the natural environment of a given area, the better your odds of surviving the mission. Every region has it's own variety of plant and animal life, it's own terrain characteristics and it's distinct climate. Be prepared - read up on the creatures and plants in the area so that you already know before embarking on the mission what you'll need to look for - and what you'll need to avoid.

Your naturalist skills and knowledge don't need to be on par with a longear tree-hugger (though it certainly wouldn't hurt), but you should know enough to be able to distinguish between edible and inedible, safe and dangerous. Some plants can also have medicinal uses - familiarize yourself with the ones relevant to the region you'll be entering. Understand what the predators in the region are, and how you can avoid detection as well as what prey animals they hunt as it can be a safe bet that if you spot their prey animals, the predators won't be too far off.

Each mission gives you the opportunity to learn and perhaps gain new knowledge that can be re-distributed to your fellow Marines. Pay attention - keep your eyes, ears, and mind open.
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