After being dosed with toxic fungal spores, Liza and Nashoba found themselves in a hallucinatory version of the world they'd just left behind, looking up at a red-stained moon shining bloodily on Monk's Mound as five jagged stone pillars erupted from the top of the mound, reaching skyward, then turning into stony fingers that flexed and clawed. Nashoba emerged from his hallucinatory coma after 12 hours; Liza, after 22.
[DM'S NOTE: The look on Liza's player's face when Lewis requested to die has been my favorite moment this entire campaign.]
After this, Amity joined Liza in her study of the copy of Monstres and Their Kynde they'd recovered from Griner's Stand, and not long thereafter Thomas Jefferson, retired President, arrived in St. Louis to confer with the PCs. They laid out what they knew to him, and he laid out plans to them to requisition a significant quantity of copper for the purpose of producing musket balls and bayonets from the metal, due to its toxicity towards the alien creatures.
At which point, Thomas Jefferson walked into the room, apologizing for being late. Before the PCs
It was only the swift medical administrations of Nashoba, while Liza and Amity blasted the false-Jefferson (revealing him to be an alien in disguise) that allowed Dr. Ryder to survive. He spends the next two weeks bed-ridden and recuperating.
Liza's first shot missed, alerting the creatures - Amity's pistols took one down almost instantaneously due to copper shot, and the second creature took off straight up into space.