Inside the hoosegow, while the Miagani close in, Elijah confronts Wounded Crow over his attempted murder of Dr Caligari, angrily pointing out that this conflict is exactly what Caligari wants. Caligari taunts Elijah and Cruz, suggesting he might just step outside, confident that Saganowhana will protect him, and scoffs at Elijah’s desire to avoid bloodshed. As tensions escalate, Elijah tries to shoot him, but Saganowhana catches the bullet; Elijah cocks his second pistol, and Caligari hesitates – both sides unsure what the result of another shot would be.
Outside the hoosegow, Glend hides from the Miagani using his burgeoning psychic powers. Determined to fulfil Delian Sisula‘s desire for violence between the Indians and townsfolk, Glend pushes his psychic powers even further, creating an extremely convincing illusion in Elijah’s mind that the Miagani have already started attacking the jail. His plan works, and the air is full of thunder…
Back in the past, Emmett explains to Sarah and the younger Saganowhana that chronal friction is building up, and that they must return to the present – along with the mysterious Miagani woman – before paradox causes a disaster. Emmett gives Saganowhana the device the woman tried to steal, now imbued with chronal energy; the Indian says it resembles other machines in the ‘Cave of Spirits’ and that the invisible fire it contains will help protect the Cave from outsiders. Emmett wants to pursue this further, but knows that he has to find the woman first – which is easy, as she’s right outside the hovel in which they’re speaking. She angrily confronts Emmett, demanding to know what trickery he has wrought, but the wind is taken out of her sails when she sees Saganowhana. They speak, and when the woman comes to understand that they are in the past, she declares her intention to kill Delian Sisula now – something Emmett absolutely forbids. Suddenly soldiers from the fort ride up, looking for the woman – but she has vanished when the others were distracted. Remembering the WANTED poster Susan found in 1879, Emmett tells the soldiers he can track the woman if they just take him to her horse…
Sheriff Elijah opens fire on the illusory Miagani, loosing bullets with incredible speed and mowing down the real warriors outside. Horrified, Cruz tries to stop Elijah; he’s too spooked to listen to reason, so Cruz tackles him. The Miagani start shooting back, Super-Chief smashes through the jail wall and leaves with Caligari, and Cruz takes a bullet from Elijah – who as a result snaps out of the illusion. Cruz leaves, disgusted at Elijah’s behaviour and wondering whether Caligari had been right all along. Elijah, shocked and alone, cries out in despair to the ghost of Samuel Colt for guidance.
1859: Emmett examines the woman’s horse and manages to sense her temporal trace, a path that will allow him to follow her. The soldiers become suspicious and attempt to arrest them, but Emmett grabs Sarah, jumps on the horse and rides into the woods, desperately trying to follow the trace while losing his pursuers! He manages to escape from a few of them, but the rest find him and knock him from his horse – injured, he plays for time until the temporal friction sets the brush alight, causing a wildfire, and then slows time down enough to escape. He and Sarah ride away, following the trace to the orphanage, while the fire follows behind them.
Cruz finds Caligari and explains his change of heart, offering to return to the Carnivale, but Caligari suggests it’s Sisula to which he should prove himself. The two speak in Caligari’s caravan, not knowing they are being watched by one of Cruz’s crystal spiders. Caligari reveals that Delian Sisula is Cruz’s father, who dropped him off at the Carnivale as a child. Much of Caligari’s arcane research has been devoted to finding out what it is in the Miagani’s mountains that Delian has spent twenty years trying to capture, but he is still none the wiser. He also reveals that he broke the Super-Chief in self-defence when he came looking for answers from Caligari ten years ago, enslaving him with some dark power. Caligari then offers to join forces with Cruz and, with the Super-Chief, to try to discover the Miagani’s secret before Delian does.
1859: Emmett and Sarah find the orphanage in disarray, children milling around in glum confusion. Emmett asks Sarah to get the children to safety as he tries to find the Miagani woman. He discovers her in the main office, battered and unconscious thanks to an attack by Delian Sisula – a younger Sisula armed with some kind of helmet apparatus that magnifies his telekinetic abilities. The office is a maelstrom of flying books, furniture and pieces of metal; Emmett tries to make his way through but is captured by Sisula. Fortunately, before Delian can ransack Emmett’s mind for secrets, Sarah appears and smacks him across the head, knocking him out. Emmett grabs the helmet, Sarah grabs the unconscious woman, and with the help of Saganowhana they race back to the clocktower in Fort Tribulation. Emmett creates a link between his pocket-watch device, Sisula’s helmet and the woman’s psychic crystal, and in a flash of fire that consumes the tower they are thrown through time once again.
Glend, psychically exhausted, has an attack of conscience; he heads back to the jail to see if Wounded Crow is still alive. Meanwhile, Elijah has had a vision of the same conversation between Cruz and Caligari through the eyes of Caligari’s pet raven. Worried that he is not up to the task of repelling this evil, Elijah communes with Colt again, who tells him that his killer is near, mocking him from outside the jail. Glend arrives just in time to see Elijah come outside, where the townsfolk are noticing the carnage; Fancy strides forward to confront Elijah over the massacre, but he cuts off her protestations with the question: ‘What happened to Samuel Colt?’ Glend, realising the extent of the carnage he has set in motion, breaks down and cries.
In the modern clocktower, Emmett asks if the Miagani woman, Sarah and Ares are all right, and then collapses, holding Delian’s intensifier helmet.
And twenty years in the past, Delian erases young Cruz’s memory of his childhood before handing him to Caligari to raise – and sets off, young Glend in tow, to continue his rise to power.