Just got to the second Pomeranian chapter (not including the Tutorial) and... yeah. Jesus christ. Don't want to anger the spoiler zealots, but shit gets fucking real.
That said, I still can't escape the feeling that this is some weird tutorial or tack-on bit. Like they built up this survival mode with all its wonky procedurality and randomness and then were like "wait, how do we story?" and then just folded it in with the animal unlock system or something.