- "When the Carja took up swords and hacked away at the edge of Banuk land, they left the Cut behind."
During the time of the Old Ones, The Cut was in fact Yellowstone National Park, a wilderness recreation area in the states of Montana Wyoming and Idaho, in the ancient country known as the United States.
Eventually, the region was populated by members of the Banuk tribe and became the southern part of their territory, known as Ban-Ur. However, during the Red Raids the area was hit heavily by Carja invaders and was left depleted of population and resources.
The Cut is located to the north of the Old Ones ruin known as The Grave-Hoard. A winding uphill path leads from just beyond the Grave Hoard to the southernmost settlement for the region, Song's Edge. The Zero Dawn terraforming system left the geological features of Yellowstone intact: hot springs, fumaroles, and geysers dot the terrain. The most prominent geological feature is Thunder’s Drum, the Banuk name for the mountain plateau on the southeast edge of the region, constantly wreathed in smoke and red lightning. As told by the Banuk, an entity known as the The Daemon resides on the plateau, which causes the phenomena. It was the prospect of discovering the nature of this entity that was Aloy’s primary motivation to go to the mountain after arriving in the region.
A number of Old Ones ruins are known to exist in the region. One, known as Deep Din, is in fact part of an Old Ones hydroelectric power plant. Another is a bunker that was an Old Ones aerial drone hangar.
The Cut is almost entirely covered in permafrost and has a cold climate; this is presumably the permanent climate that the Zero Dawn terraforming system gave to the region. In some areas, the cold is relatively mild; in other areas, it is extremely harsh. Sudden snowstorms whip the mountainous areas. While the Banuk are of course used to the cold, outlanders may find it difficult to bear. Indeed, Aloy found the cold quite unpleasant.
In addition to rabbits, animals such as goats, badgers, owls and squirrels are found in The Cut. These animals are unique to the region. It is unknown why the Zero Dawn terraforming system did not repopulate the lands south of The Cut with these animals.
The Cut has units of several known machines that are found in the lands south of the region: Sawtooths, Scrappers, Longlegs, Freeze Bellowbacks, Ravagers, Stalkers, Shell-Walkers, Glinthawks, Chargers, Redeye Watchers, one Tallneck, one Thunderjaw and one Rockbreaker. However, many of these machines are what are known as Daemonic. These machines exhibit characteristics that are also exhibited by the Corrupted machines found in the lands south of The Cut: increased ferocity, strength and resistance to damage. However, Daemonic machines exhibit these characteristics to a much greater degree. Additionally, the region also has two highly dangerous machines that are unique to the region: Scorchers and Frostclaws. All known units of these machines are Daemonic, increasing the danger they pose. The presence of these machines make The Cut a formidable challenge to machine hunters.
A number of small Banuk settlements are in the region, home to various Banuk weraks.