In 1997, a heatwave caused a drought that jeopardized a crop of corn planted by the Christianson family. Swen wanted to use the Sceptre of Donar to summon Harasvelg and bring rain to town. Sken broke it to his son that the secrets of the Sceptre were long lost. However, when rain poured on the town that night, Sken rushed over to Swen and demanded he send the Harasvelg away. It was too late, a bolt of lightning destroyed the incantation. A short time later, Sken took Swen to the Firehouse and had him admit to his part in the erratic weather patterns.