The Sacred Land, also known as Nora Territory or the Savage East, is an independent territory belonging to the people of the Nora tribe. The Sacred Land is considered sacred because its territory is protected by the mountains, which the Nora tribe worships as their Goddess, All-Mother. Nora law forbids members from leaving the Sacred Land. The territory outside of the Sacred Land is called the Tainted Lands, as it is beyond the sight of All-Mother.[1]

The Sacred Land is home to several towns and villages, including Mother's Heart. The Embrace is an area of the Sacred Land that is protected by a ring of mountains and a series of gates. The majority of the Nora reside within it, as it is isolated from the more dangerous machines.  


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It was at war with the Carja tribe in the recent past, but formed an alliance with them after the war by means of a truce.

Territorial Boundaries

The current northern boundary of the Sacred Land is Mother's Crown, according to Marea. The Nora do not guard anything past Mother's Crown, but they do allow tribespeople to go to Hunter's Gathering and Valleymeet Hunting Grounds.[2][3][4][5]

It seems the Nora and the Carja are in agreement that Daytower is the eastern edge of Carja territory and that the area between Daytower and Mother's Watch will be treated as Nora territory by the Carja, even if the Nora do not inhabit it.[6] The river that flows from Devil's Grief is probably the current border of the Sacred Land.[citation needed]

The exact boundaries are more difficult to tell for the Sacred Lands than for other tribal territories, because there are no Nora patrols since the War Party massacre.[7]

Notable Locations


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  • The real life location of the Sacred Land is indicated to be near Colorado Springs, Colorado, due to Mother's Crown's positioning at the base of a notable rock formation in Garden of the Gods, as well as a Vantage Point that reveals Devil's Thirst to actually be the ruins of downtown Colorado Springs.


  1. "Aloy: Teersa, what's a "Seeker"?
    Teersa: You are. And here is your Mark. In times of great need, the High Matriarchs may anoint a Seeker - a worthy brave sent forth to accomplish a great purpose. No matter where that purpose might take her.
    Aloy: Even beyond the borders of the sacred land?
    Teersa: Yes, and with the right to return when you are done - or as the need arises.
    Aloy: So I can go anywhere at all? No restrictions?
    Teersa: Even to forbidden places, like the Tainted Lands beyond All-Mother's sight, or the ruins of the Metal World.
    A Seeker at the Gates
    Aloy: "Why are the lands beyond Nora territory called "tainted"?"
    Teersa: "Is it not obvious? Our land is sacred. We live in sight of the one Goddess, All-Mother - source of all that lives. Beyond her sight lies a vast fallen land, spiritually tainted. That is why it is against tribal law to leave. But the Seeker blessing will protect you."
    A Seeker at the Gates
  2. Aloy: "Mother's Crown guards the edge of the Sacred Land, right? So do you see a lot of foreigners here?"
    Marea: "Yes. Not here in the village itself, of course, but in the valley beyond. Since the war ended, foreigners have been allowed in the valley, and Nora can trade with them, if they choose. It's a kind of in-between place, neither foreign nor Sacred Land. If you're curious, visit Hunters' Gathering. It's a little more than a heap of dingy shelters and tents, but foreigners use it as a waystation."
    ―A Seeker at the Gates
  3. Lut: "Well, I can't claim to have faced the corrupted, or danced with demons. But I have earned a few Suns at the Hunting Grounds at Valleymeet. Have you? Or maybe your Seeking hasn't taken you that far?"
    Aloy: "You went to a Hunting Grounds in Valleymeet? Is that even in the Sacred Land?"
  4. "Look, I didn't choose this assignment. They told me it was an honor, then stuck me right near your Sacred Lands."
    Valleymeet Keeper at Valleymeet Hunting Grounds
  5. Ohtur: "When the Carja took up swords and hacked away at the edge of Banuk land, they left the Cut behind."
    Aloy: "So a battleground from the war... Like the valley outside the Sacred Land."
    ―At Daytower
  6. "I have traveled beyond Daytower into the snow-dusted hinterlands of the Savage East, and on to the very edge of Nora territory, now the site of a hardscrabble trading camp known as Hunter's Gathering."
    The Nora
  7. "Varl: Then you should head north, to Mother's Crown. If you make it, talk to Marea. She'll point the way.
    Aloy: "If" I make it?
    Varl: The trail is dangerous. Ever since the War Party massacre, our lands go unpatrolled, and our borders unguarded.
    A Seeker at the Gates