The players started in the middle of the civil war at Antietam on Sept. 17th 1862. They were part of the Texas 1st infantry and the PC’s hadn’t eaten in 3 days. They were called into action and took to the field. The initial charge by the rebel forces pushed the Yankees back through the corn field where they were fighting. The 1st Texas gave chase through the corn and the PC’s were met by a wall of somewhere around 10,000 union troops waiting on the other side.
The confederates were caught off guard and quickly retreated, on the way back through the corn the PC’s fell through the barrier of the hedge and into Arcadia. What you weren’t told in game was Antietam was the bloodiest single day battle of the entire war. The 1st Texas brigade that the PC’s were part of sustain 82-86% casualties during their charge. In less than an hour, over 12,000 men between the two sides were dead, wounded or missing. The corn field that you charged through, was later described by General Joseph Hooker as such: “In the time that I am writing every stalk of corn in the northern and greater part of the field was cut as closely as could have been done with a knife, and the slain lay in rows precisely as they had stood in their ranks a few moments before. It was never my fortune to witness a more bloody, dismal battlefield.” Because of the damage sustained to the field by the cannon shells and bodies corn would not regrow their for over a decade.
The PC’s jumped from one awful situation to another and their durance in Arcadia was a terrible one filled with different and varying degrees f horror depending on what their assignments were. Eventually after an unknowable amount had passed the PC’s keeper was attacked by another army of Fae. After some indecision they made good their escape from Arcadia and the Hedge.
The PC’s snapped back to reality during modern day on the lawn of the mall in Washington D.C. in front of the Lincoln Memorial. They encountered another changeling on their way over to the library of congress who immediately recognized them as newcomers and hurried them off to safety.
We quit there, and I handed 50 xp out to the players and moved time forward a year to represent their accomplishments since returning from Fae and them getting settled in.