Kevin B. Smith
Wouldn't the hero in that instance be able to move and encounter a location since death would only occur if they couldn't draw up their full hand size at the end of the turn?
Yes, although if you find an awesome boon, you don't have anything to help you get it. And you might encounter a barrier or monster than affects other people in your party.
Just tonight, I explored with an empty hand, twice. One time, I managed to defeat a monster who could be defeated with Divine.
The other time, I encountered (and failed on) an Ambush, which revealed a henchman, which was nice to know. However, if that had been the villain, he would have fled. In this case would have been fine, but in many cases that would have caused the party some frustration.