Mattan is dead and the crypto-key is in hand, but something about it is wrong. What’s going on here?
The group returned and gave Mind-mark the key, even though it was clear that this device was not a key for a nuke or any kind of regular weapon, but seemed some tool of corporate espionage. Mind-mark didn’t seem to care too much that they were massively succesful in every way. Instead he told them about a new mission for them. They were to take a case, with the crypto key inside, as well as presumably whatever it went to, and bring it to the new buyer.
They took off in the ornithopter and headed there. Tybalt made some calls on the way and discovered that the location was owned by Mistron corporation, a shell corporation which had just recently been set up. It looked suspiciously like a trap! But our heroes bravely soldiered on, because that was their mission.
They landed the ornithopter on the spire, went inside escorted by about 20 guards. They were brought into the meeting room, and the masked man who worked with mind-mark was there. They went in, the guards went out and locked the door. Inside with just the masked man, the mystery man took off his mask, and revealed himself to be Rayesh (sp?), who knew Valthrain. Rayesh opened the case, took out the key and what looked like a portable hard drive. He activated a screen which came out from behind a giant portrait of the emperor, and Galen (someone valthrain knows?) started talking about how he was going to take Valthrain back into his service, though he did well working for the lady gray.
Drake turned off the screen while Galen was talking, and Valthrain immediately attacked and killed Rayesh. From there was some tense talking, while they decided what they wanted to do. They talked both of attacking and turning in Valthrain, versus helping him escape through all the guards outside. Galen wanted them to shackle and turn in Valthrain. Trina and Priss were ok with subduing valthrain, while Tybalt wanted to help him escape. Eventually Tybalt declared to Galen that as far as he was concerned, he had done his duty to deliver the box and Valthrain, and that the nukes had better be delivered on his leaving. Valthrain vowed that he would fight the guards to the death as they left.
They were given the nukes after they left, and got a message from Galen talking about how bad the Lady Gray must be to trade them away, and suggesting they turn to another inquisitor.
The group left and went back to Scintilla with the nukes, but upon arriving back at the hive, riding the shuttle back, they saw that her compound was essentially conquered/destroyed. They decided to go to the secret spot she had told them to go to in this situation, where they found a message from her. She expected them to have the ’Emperor’s Fire’, and suggested that they had the power now to stop the corruption of the inquisition from within. The Atlassian COnclave was approaching, and seemed to be what she was referring to to, in terms of eliminating the corruption, where all of the Inquisitors would gather. She wanted them to stop the Argent Vanguard, who seemed to be modern followers of Phylus.
Also in the secret room they found an alcove in the wall which seemed to be fit for the seal she gave them, which opened into a secret armory/batcave type room. THey also found a lot of secret files, and recordings of the attack on Lady Gray’s compound, which was apparently pretty clearly an attack from another inquisitor.