Sometimes, things don't go as planned. You can't expect the steed to ride out every storm. There will be temporary setbacks, like crashing your Jaguar research plane in the Maya Mountains of Belize. The death of a character redirects the story.
I come from Tennessee. I live on stories about Earth History in any shape and on every scale.
Where I am :
2007 | May-June : New Zealand, Fiji | July : Western United States | August - September : Morocco | September-November : Germany | December : Scotland || 2008 | January - April : Madagascar | April - May : Germany | May : Trans-Siberian Railway | May-July : Mongolia | July-August : Home via Seattle and the West again. | September- December : Sewanee || 2009 | January- April : Sewanee | April - May : Madagascar | May - July : Sewanee | July : Belize | August : West North America | September - May : New Zealand. | 2010 - June : US West | July : Home, TN.
don't go too quickly from missing to presumed dead.