Creatures and Light Sources

Light sources, particularly fires, tend either to attract or chase away creatures. Wild animals tend to avoid lights and fires, especially if hunters frequent the area. On the other hand, animals that hunt player characters (or horse meat) will be attracted to a fire. They have learned that fires signal a source of food.

Intelligent creatures always approach a light source with caution. Friendly NPCs don't know if they are approaching the camp of a friend or foe. Hostile NPCs will likewise get as close as they can without revealing themselves, in order to learn the strength and numbers of the enemy. Only a few NPCs--those wishing to avoid all danger--flee at the sight of a fire, generally heading away from it in the opposite direction.

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