November 15th, 1878
Let’s see, where were we? Oh yes, the girl turned herself into a bird in front of everyone and flew off towards those injuns on the hill. I’m not sure it was the wisest thing to do, but it sure caught em by surprise…
Upon seeing Seri transform into a bird, the natives on the hill startled and pulled rifles, which caused her to turn around and perch in a nearby tree, but not before seeing several dozens more hiding in the grasses over the hill. The party began moving in the direction of a farmhouse, hopping on to horses where they were available.
Meanwhile, Holden finds a half-burnt note in one of the few remaining pockets in his clothing, it says simply, “Joshua – The Duchess, Abilene, KS”. He also discovers that he’s lost over a year of memory.
William notices dozens of natives closing on the party, attempting to flank them. They increase their pace, and make it into the Patton farm before being cut off. After quick introductions, the party takes position to defend the home. William calls out during the standoff, asking what they want. A warrior emerges from the fields and delivers a rough hand-drawn sketch of Holden.
While the party discusses turning Holden over, they overhear a ritual taking place in the fields, and shortly thereafter, the house is assaulted by a dozen tiny constructs made of wheat. During the assault, Holden manages to save William’s wife and son from one of the creatures.
As the fight is winding down, the sound of a battle is heard from the fields, and after a time a majority of the natives retreat. Sheriff Alistair Dent emerges from the fields, apparently having single-handed driven the war band away. After discovering to discernible reason why they would have wanted Holden, he recruits the party to create a pyre to burn the bodies.