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The Long Dark - episode 2 Carter Hydro Dam

The exterior of the Dam in the Mystery Lake region.


Carter Hydro Dam

The old exterior of the Dam in v.0.270.

The old Carter Dam -- it's a mess. Multiple quakes have left it pretty unstable. Nobody really goes in there anymore.

Carter Hydro Dam is a hydroelectric dam containing two generation turbines. It is quite small for a dam but a large area for The Long Dark. It exists as two separate loading levels each of which has an exit to the outside and serves as a transition zone between Mystery Lake and Pleasant Valley.

The dam features in Episode 2 of story mode.

Overview Edit

The dam is a vast multi-level complex with many lockers, boxes, drawers and other containers to search. It also contains three Work bench, a Fire barrel, and often has excellent loot (which may include high-quality clothing, tools, ammo and a rifle).

Upper levels Edit

Exits to Mystery Lake and lower levels.

  • Generator Room (Fire Barrel)
  • Control Room (Workbench, combination safe)
  • Storage (Lockers)

Occupant Edit

In earlier releases of the game, the dam was inhabited by a wolf, named Fluffy by The Long Dark community. She would appear in the generator room and - as with other wolves in the game - would chase and attack the player if she sensed them. Fluffy would not appear in Pilgrim mode, and would only appear after a 12 to 24 hour safe period in Voyageur mode.[1]

Following the update to version 1.0, Fluffy was completely removed from the sandbox mode, with developers stating that she had escaped.[2] In Episode 2 of story mode, a dead wolf is found laying in the hallway adjacent to the generator room.

History Edit

The dam was constructed on the Carter River in the 1960s. It was engineered and financed by the industrial magnate Richard Carter, who planned to use it to power a small town he was going to build for his mining workers. Due to seismic activity and a drop in the price of coal and copper in the late 1960s, the project was nearly abandoned. There were attempts in the 1980s to modernize the dam and bring it back online, but hydrological changes to the Mystery lake area - and public support for a newly created Mystery Lake Provincial Park - resulted it the dam being "shut down for good" in the late 1990s.[3]

Following The Collapse, there was an unsuccessful attempt to re-open the dam - led by the CEO of Carter Hydro Energy, Robert Clarke.[4] A skeleton crew were working in the dam, but were trapped inside by eco-activists from the Forest Talkers. The workers were reportedly trapped inside the dam for days, before mediators were able to extract them. While the incident was not violent, it resulted in the dam remaining closed, and has been used as an example by the Forest Talkers to validate their continued work.[3]

Lower levels Edit

Exits to Winding River and upper levels.

  • Regulators
  • Turbines
  • Lounge

Occupant Edit

Behind the metal hatch to the Upper Levels at the top of some stairs (in the dark) is a body, unofficially named "Frank"[citation needed]. Note the broken arrows and something hanging from the latch nearby.

Exit Edit

The exit door to Winding River is one-way, the door is a firedoor and it does not have a handle on the outside.

Entrance Edit

The entrance from Winding River is one-way, through a window that cannot be reached back to once inside. Reaching it requires walking across the narrow front of the dam, accessed through the broken fence near the exit.

StoryEdit

Carter hydro dam in story mode

The Generator Room in story mode.

The dam plays an important role as a location in Episode 2: Luminance Fugue of story mode. In story mode, the dam has a significantly different layout, with walkways across the Generator Room, an elevator, additional rooms, and a staircase leading up to the offices on the floor above the Mystery Lake entrance level.


Locations
Coastal Highway Abandoned LookoutBear Creek CampgroundCinder Hills Coal MineCoastal TownsiteCommuter's LamentJackrabbit IslandFishing CampLog SortMisanthrope's HomesteadQuonset GarageRabbit GroveRockfallSilent ClearingThe ToothTrain UnloadingWaterfront Cottages
Desolation Point Abandoned Mine No. 3Abandoned Mine No. 5Broken BridgeBlocked HighwayCaveHibernia ProcessingKatie's Secluded CornerLittle IslandLonely LighthouseMatt's TruckStone ChurchThe RikenWaterfall
Mystery Lake Alan's CaveCamp OfficeCarter Hydro DamClearcutDave's Quiet ClearingDerailmentDeadfall AreaDestroyed LookoutForestry LookoutFrozen CreekLake overviewLookoutLogging CampLake CabinsLone Lake CabinMax's Last StandMystery LakeRail TunnelTrapper's HomesteadTrain BridgeTrain Loading AreaUnnamed Pond
Pleasant Valley Burned Ridge CaveCascading FallsCinder Hills Coal MineContemplation BridgeDerelict CabinsDraft Dodger's CabinEnd of the RoadForest CaveHeartbreak BridgeHilltop CaveLong CurveLower FallsLonely CabinsPleasant Valley OutbuildingsThree Strikes FarmsteadPleasant Valley FarmsteadMisty Falls Picnic AreaSignal HillRural CrossroadsPensive PondPicnic SpotSkeeter's RidgeUpper FallsPrepper's Abandoned Cache
Timberwolf Mountain Cave 1Cave 2Chasm CaveCrystal LakeEcho Peak WestEcho RavineEngineForest CaveLanding GearMountaineer's HutSecluded ShelfTail SectionWing
Forlorn Muskeg Abandoned CampBunkhousesHat CreekHigh BlindLow BlindMarsh RidgeMuskeg OverlookOld Spence Family HomesteadPoacher's CampShortwave Tower
Broken Railroad Broken BridgeHunter's BlindHunting LodgeLandslideMaintenance Yard
Mountain Town
(Story Mode only)
The ArchBank Manager's HouseCrashed Prison Transport BusMackenzie's Crashed PlaneTown of MiltonMilton Credit UnionMilton HouseMilton ParkMilton Post OfficeOld SchoolhouseOrca Gas StationParadise Meadows FarmPicnic AreaSt Christopher's ChurchShortwave TowerSpruce Falls BridgeTunnel CollapseWood Lot
All locations Prepper cache


References Edit

  1. Steam, The "Silent Hunter" Update (v.233) -- We've Added Bows & Improved Hunting!, viewed 22 May 2015, <http://steamcommunity.com/games/305620/announcements/detail/235656499654813808>.
  2. Raphael van Lierop, 4 August 2017, Tweet
  3. 3.0 3.1 Place: Carter Hydro Dam, in-game Journal knowledge
  4. Carter Hydro Dam -- Safety and Shutdown Notice collectible

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