The game begins in [The Icy Veil], with Death riding on his steed (Despair). Don't attempt to go back as the gorge would be blocked. Instead, ride north, following the linear path.
[TIP: While on horseback, you can use additional buttons. ALT activates galloping, but each instance uses up Despair's stamina and you have to wait until it regenerates. You can also jump (SPACE) and attack with the scythes (left mouse button), however none of these will be useful at the present moment].
Stop when you reach the vertical wall. Send the horse back (press C), approach the wall and hold SPACE to automatically climb up.
After a few steps, proceed to attacking a group of Ice Skeletons. Scythes are used by pressing the left mouse button. See how to dodge as well by pressing the ALT button.
[TIP: Make sure to practice dodging carefully, because it's a very useful ability in each and every encounter. Until you unlock the more advanced skills, I recommend dodging very often (press ALT and A or D).]
[TIP: Each time you see a small icon above the enemy's head, you will be able to perform an execution. Simply approach the enemy and press the E button.]
Afterwards, take an interest in the corpses of the defeated skeletons to find gold and random items, which you pick up by pressing the E button. Finally, head towards the large gate leading to [The Dark Fortress].
[TIP: Random loot can be divided into two basic categories. The first are potions - Health Potions (activated by pressing 1) and Wrath Potions (activated by pressing 2). At a given moment, Death can only carry five of either type. The second category are weapons and armor sets. In both cases, they are selected from the Inventory, which is opened after pressing the O button and displaying the second tab. I recommend paying special attention to the gear selection so as to have the best possible sets equipped at all times. It's also good to know that the game uses different colors to indicate the gear's quality - white usually indicates regular weapons, green is for Enchanted Weapons, blue are Rare Weapons, purple are Legendary Weapons, while gold indicates the most valuable Possessed Weapons (upgradeable).