The chapter begins with Aloy’s determination to prove herself to her tribe, as she has always been an outcast due to her unknown origins. Aloy’s exceptional archery and combat skills are put to the test as she competes against other tribe members in various trials, showcasing her agility, intelligence, and resourcefulness.
However, the Proving takes a dark turn when a group of cultists launches a surprise attack, unleashing chaos and violence upon the participants. Aloy’s quick thinking and bravery allow her to survive the ambush, but she witnesses the tragic deaths of her fellow competitors, including her mentor, Rost. This event propels Aloy into a quest for answers and revenge, as she seeks to unravel the mystery behind the attack and the identity of the cultists responsible, setting the stage for the larger conflict and her personal journey of discovery throughout the rest of the game.