(Content warning: This chapter contains graphic descriptions of trench warfare. Normally I leave warnings like this to the podcast description and front page of the website, but this chapter is significantly more intense than any previous ones. If a setting on the front lines of a war may cause you distress, please make sure you take proper care of yourself or perhaps choose not to listen. Skipping this chapter will not prevent you from following the story of Twig.)
As your holiday gift, dear listeners, I present to you the end of Arc 2. Our good friend Loren Sherman returns once again as the voice of Reverend Mauer – do you suppose his first name is actually Reverend? – in a gripping flashback. What happened on the fateful day set this man on his holy crusade against the Academy? Who is Mauer’s comrade with the vaguely Southern accent? Why did Mauer have a shiny thing in his mouth in 2.11? The answers to these questions and more lie within this chapter.