I just recently got PoE and it seems I have come across a game breaking issue. After I have created my character, the game tells me my main quest is to Journey to the Gilded Vale and then I am free to run around. However I can't do anything other than fight two wolves that are towards the western part of the map. I looked up a couple of walkthroughs on Youtube and found that Caravan Master Odema is supposed to talk about some things and the game is supposed to progress. I have tried talking to Odema but nothing happens when I click on him and when I try talking to Calisca it puts me in battle against her.
I am playing the game on patch 3.01 and through GOG.
Is there something I am overlooking or is this some anomaly that has happened to me ?
Edit: I have also tried the Verify/Repair game option through GOG Galaxy but to no avail.