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. Stephan 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 Stephen's father.
Harry Eisenhard, Robert's photographer, had heard of Stephen's situation: his farm decimated by the constant dust storms. The two reporters went to investigate and found Stephen's farm submerged in dust. Although Harry and Robert held clothes to their face to prevent dust pneumonia, when they met Stephen he didn't use one.
Stephen was friendly and explained his situation. When they had gathered all they needed, Robert shook his hand, finding it extremely hot. Stephen keeled over, coughing up clods of pulpy brown sludge onto the floor. Harry hurried Robert out of the building and he saw a huge dust bowl to the West coming to them at great speed.
Robert returned to Stephen, 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 Stephen 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 Stephen 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 Stephen's body was recovered.
Final Comments Edit
Based on the confusing origins of Boise City, Gertrude suspected the origins of the city to come from The Spiral. The location to the centre of dust bowl territory, however, lead her to believe another power is at work.
She claims that the prophecies from Stephen 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 Vag'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 Killbride (sp?) (see MAG 57). Although she goes feel some guilt over Jan's involvement, she notes it will be 10 more years before she can develop a conscious.
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.