Feb 17, 3pm: As the others discuss a plan of action, Nikoli becomes impatient and steps across the blood-painted border. As his foot passes over the barrier, he falls unconscious onto the stony earth. Around him is a dream-like world, where everything seems nothing more than wisps of cloud. His body is at his feet, a thick translucent wall is behind him, and before him is a hunched over and frail looking man. The man turns around – he is an old Indian with a fang necklace, animal skins and furs, and a small spear. Seeing Nikoli, the man smiles and slowly transforms into a mighty Indian warrior with a long menacing spear. As the man charges to attack, Nikoli dreams up a shield to defend himself. However, his belief is not quite strong enough as the man’s spear impacts the shield with a clang, and then penetrates through it. Luckily, Elmer has pulled Nikoli back across the border, and he awakes having suffered no damage.
Nikoli describes what he saw, and Douglas convinces Elmer to enter the dreamland to engage the Indian.
Meanwhile, as Nikoli fell across the border, Angus saw the bear twitch and come to life. It rose from the ground, blood and maggots dripping from its fur. He pulled his guns and was about to fire, when Annie stopped him: “Wait. We don’t know if it’s actually going to attack.” Angus reluctantly waited, and almost opened fire when the bear charged across the border towards, but past Annie. As Annie began “speaking” with the bear, he decided his skills would better aid Elmer, so he headed over to cross the bloody border. Likewise, seeing that Annie was successfully calming the bear, Nikoli decided to also enter the dreamland in order to tear down the barrier from inside.
Annie and the Bear
Annie: We are looking for our friends, and are not here to hurt you.
Bear: Your friends are not in my lair.
Annie: You’re hurt and frightened, so what can I do to help you so you’ll let us enter your lair.
Bear: The man, he hurt me. I feel bad and only want to rest.
Annie: [pats the ground beside her, smiling at the bear reassuringly]
Bear: [after a few moments, settles down next to Annie]
Bear: [when the dreamland border cracks, looks up at Annie with kind eyes, and then lays down to rest]
Elmer disputes with Choctaw
Choctaw: You must leave this place
Elmer: My name is Elmer. Who are you?
Choctaw: I am Choctaw – Charging Bear. And you must leave, or I will destroy you.
Elmer: Why are you taking our people?
Choctaw: I have taken no one.
Elmer: They are being taken under your direction. So, you are taking them.
Choctaw: The Protector does this – not me. He told me of his plan – told us all of his plan. Those who are strong see it as good. And I will defend him and his actions.
Elmer: But his ways go against the ways of H’yig. If you want to follow strength, you should follow our plan.
Choctaw: You are old, and so I respect you. However, you are white-skinned, so you cannot be trusted. H’yig is weak. Tsathoggua is strong.
Elmer: Why do you say I cannot be trusted.
Choctaw: Because the white-skinned ones always lie. Your people have made many promises, but all have turned out to be nothing but lies. I will support the Protector, and we will destroy the white-skinned ones and remove them from the land.
Choctaw stabs Elmer with his spear.
Angus grabs Choctaw, holding him firm.
Choctaw disappears in a cloud, and appears 10 feet away.
Elmer begins disputing with Choctaw, challenging his actions and reasoning.
Angus challenges Choctaw to a fair duel – to attack him with his bare hands.
Choctaw charges Angus, turning into a bear as he grows nearer.
At the last moment, Angus speeds away from the charge at lightning speed.
Elmer attempts to alter Angus’ appearance to be that of an actual white-skinned devil, but has trouble focusing his will power.
Angus dreams up a host of Union soldiers to surround and intimidate Choctaw.
Nikoli enters the dreamlands, turns, and begins pressing his hands and focusing his will upon shattering the border wall.
Choctaw instructs the soldiers to “protect their captain. Turn and fire.” Instead, they fire upon Choctaw.
Elmer creates bear traps and attempts to capture Choctaw, who deftly leaps away.
Angus imagines himself as a Union soldier, and moves among the others to blend in with them.
Nikoli presses firmly, causing the translucent barrier to begin cracking.
Choctaw spins wildly in a whirlwind attack, slashing and shredding the Union soldiers. Angus ducks just in time to avoid being mauled by the attack.
Elmer entreats Choctaw once more, but Choctaw replies with anger and scorn.
Angus pulls his guns, confident that “they will always be there”. Finding them solid and loaded, he quips: “H’yig sends his regards,” as he fires, knowing the bear form is simply an illusion and pummeling Choctaw full of bullets.
The barrier shatters, and the investigators awake within their shivering and frost-bite suffering bodies.