Robert E. Geiger is a journalist and has been looking into dust bowls in Oklahoma. The dust storms would sweep across the great plains, wiping out farmlands. Stefan Brotchen was one such farmer with intense eyes.
Robert had gone to Boise City to investigate a series of dust storms which had blown as far as Washington. The city had been founded on fraud in the 1800s when con-men sold the deeds to land they didn't own, and the conned people stayed and set up shop. One such person was Stefan's father.
Harry Eisenhard, Robert's photographer, had heard of Stefan's situation: his farm decimated by the constant dust storms. The two reporters went to investigate and found Stefan's farm submerged in dust. Although Harry and Robert held handkerchiefs to their face to prevent dust pneumonia, when they met Stefan he didn't use one.
Stefan was friendly and explained his situation. When they had gathered all they needed, Robert shook his hand, finding it extremely hot. Stefan keeled over, coughing up clods of pulpy brown sludge onto the floor. Harry hurried Robert out of the building, where they saw a huge dust storm to the west, coming at them at great speed.
Robert returned to Stefan, planning to ask if he has somewhere they could wait out the storm, but he found the farmer on the floor with a thin trickle of dirt flowing from his mouth and nose.
The two reporters carried Stefan out and placed him in their car. They quickly drove back towards down, but the dust storm caught up with them. The engine clogged up and died and the two men resolved to wait out the storm.
Robert believes Stefan died, as he spoke to them through lungs full of dust. He made promises that when the sky fell and became an eternity of mud, he would carve out a part of the Forever Buried for them.
Robert heard Harry fighting something, the sound of flesh hitting soil before the door opened. When the storm settled, Harry was nowhere to be found, although Stefan's body was recovered.
Final Comments Edit
Based on the deceptive origins of Boise City, Gertrude suspected the origins of the city to come from The Spiral. The location at the centre of Dust Bowl territory, however, led her to believe another power is at work.
She claims that the prophecies from Stefan were from the dust itself.
Gertrude has been examining fault lines and seismic data.
Gertrude is interrupted by a pre-Spiral Michael, saying he's found the translation for Mr Vargas's statement. The Archives is having a climate controlled storage installed over the weekend and Michael plans to help.
Gertrude believes that North America is going to be the focus for The Buried. She is going to try and tie down the location for some ritual which seem to be tied to Jan Kilbride (see MAG 57 and MAG 106). Although she goes feel some guilt over Jan's involvement, she notes it will be 10 more years before she can develop a conscience. It is implied that in MAG 99 Gertrude took Jan to Bucoda, Washington so that his Vast-affected presence could somehow disrupt the Buried during its ritual.
Post-Statement Follow-Up Edit
Jonathan says that Michael must have been one of Gertrude's assistants, but he's now transformed thanks to Gertrude, and Jonathan wonders who's side she was on.
Jonathan notes that people on the path to being an avatar lead people around them to destruction.
Georgie comes in in response to Jonathan's scream. He says he is leaving and feels terrible about everything that's happened to her and doesn't want to put her in danger anymore.