- CS Occupied Minnesota
- Ruins of St. Cloud, East of the Mississippi
- Heavy Ley Line Activity
It takes the team a few hours to deal with the remains, but once the pyres are burning they can’t stay too long, the smoke and flames will no doubt attract Coalition air patrols. As if on cue a few SAMAS units buzz overhead and veer off. No doubt a recon team is inbound. Loading up in the Mammoth the group presses westward toward the Mississippi.
Crossing the river will be no easy task, the Mammoth’s balloon tires will help but the river is massive, its shores swollen by the rising waters after the cataclysm. Some of the maps obtained in Lazlo and Escabana indicate there may be some narrow crossings in the old city of St. Cloud. However, the area is thick with ley line activity and is technically claimed by the Coalition Occupation force.
Treading carefully, Tex is able to guide the group by sensing ley lines and using them as mystical mile markers. The lines also serve to mask the group from Coalition detection. Before long the landscape changes drastically, instrument panels begin to go wonky, and electronics start to glitch. Tex can tell the area is in some sort of dimensional flux, not quite like a Fadetown but more like in between two places at once. The landscape is alien and bizarre with vines and growths that look metallic and organic at the same time.
Fortunately, eyes and ears still work fine, and the group is easily able to hear the screams of a man running toward them! The running man is wearing a tattered Coalition uniform and is covered in metallic/organic tendrils. He is desperately clawing at them to prevent them from entering his eyes, mouth, or ears. As he gets closer to the group a number of the tendrils slide off and swarm toward the heroes.