Mother's Heart is the Nora tribe's main village and is one of the three largest human settlements in Horizon Zero Dawn, along with Meridian and Sunfall. Mother's Heart is home to around 150 inhabitants and is located in the Embrace.
Mother's Heart is a Nora village situated in the hills overlooking the central Embrace. The settlement contains a number of communal lodges and public areas for meeting, teaching, and rituals, such as the Blessing Ceremony, which occurs in Mother's Heart prior to the annual Proving. It is the largest settlement in the Sacred Lands, and is the location of the Matriarch's lodge.
Two years after the Liberation, the High Matriarchs agreed to allow a Carja envoy to enter the Embrace and observe their annual Proving. While a good deal of the Nora were angry at the decision, the Vanguard Erend, who had accompanied the Sun-King's envoy Irid, managed to placate the mob before any harm could come to the Sun-Priest. Unknown to the Nora, the true threat to their security came not from the Carja, but from an Oseram delver named Olin, who was unwillingly involved with the Eclipse. Spotting Aloy through Olin's Focus and mistaking her for Elisabet Sobeck, HADES issued a kill order for the Nora. This would bring about the Proving Massacre, resulting in the death of all but three runners.
The news of this slaughter quickly reached Mother's Heart: Erend stated that the Nora's resulting cry of despair was unlike anything he had ever heard. In light of the attack, the delegation returned immediately to the Sundom, while the Nora readied themselves for vengeance against the Eclipse.
After the Eclipse's attack on the Embrace, Mother's Heart was nearly abandoned, as most of the Nora retreated to All-Mother Mountain. However, out of the three settlements in the Embrace, Mother's Heart was the least damaged by the Eclipse's assault: the settlement itself is relatively unharmed, although it remains nearly empty.
- Two of the Grazer-shaped training dummies that must be destroyed to obtain the "Downed 23 Grazer dummies" trophy are found here.