They manage to take out the last gun nests, and try to open the door to Xylex’s Cathedral. The door is barred and Liesl begins using her plasma cutter. Xylex on the comm became more rushed and less bragging once they started cutting, and said how he had to rush the ritual because they were right outside.
They enter an antechamber with another door, they start to shoot it down, and then hear Xylex over the comm being shot (presumably?) and cursing whoever did it to him? The door comes open, and they see rows of pews leading up to a pile of bodies. The walls are covered with arcane symbols and equations written in blood.
In the center of the room is an evil looking vortex, with two crucified people at the center, one upside down above the other. They have wires going into their heads, which are whipping around in the wind, as they scream constantly. Tentacles are coming out of the chest of the one on the bottom, wrapping around an elderly man in robes.
Liesl can’t pull her eyes off of the horrific trio in the center. Tord glances around the room and sees the remains of a firefight in the wounds on some robed figures, and some burns on armored figures.
Liesl asks if the man in the tentacles is father xylex, and he says yes – but he repents! Please save him! Liesl is not moved, and hits him with a plasma blast straight on. She doesn’t now if it’s the right thing to do, but it’s the right thing for her! “I shoot him. I don’t know how this ritual works, I don’t know if this is the right answer, but this is Leisl’s answer, and she lives her truth!” – Liesl
(She has Live, Laugh, Love carved on a piece of sandalwood in her bunk)
Father Xylex is obliterated, and the tentacles holding him slurp back into the guy’s chest. Tord recognizes the guy as Drax, brother of other Drax(?) He moves to pull him off the nails on the wall. Tord pulls him towards Harrish to try to nullify any psyker nonsense, and Liesl injects him with a stimm. He wakes up, and they tell him that his mission was successful.
The two crucified men (Arrish and SoDrax) told them the story of how they infiltrated the hive and were captured, the other two members of their squad were killed in the process. Their memory gets hazy after they were captured (But Liesl can tell that they are lying about that!)
Liesl tries to confront them, but they get defensive. Tybalt lets them know that even though they were sent by Acolyte Augyx, that they were being taken into custody by the party, and they then had a scuffle. They managed to get them bound, even though they fought back and Liesl shot one in the knee.
They take their prisoners back up to the Rogue Trader, and contact Virga Augyx to let her know that they were successful, and they show her that the prisoners are alive.