The group meets up with general Aiken, and gets 300 guardsmen to come with them, including his 2nd in command, Jellesta (via erin) and they give Pris a rest. They head back to the cathedral. There is a giant crowd trying to press toward the cathedral as father xylex continues talking over the vox to get them to come in. Tybalt tries to command them to leave, and is somewhat successful, but the crowd is still huge. Tord uses his contortionism to slip through the crowd and spy at the front, where they see some new gun emplacements brought in on the ground. Tybalt tells the people to head back to the docking bay to be rescued by the space marines, and the people start to call Tord a space marine, who chooses to duck down and crawl around to avoid being seen.
Tybalt tries to command some nearby citizens to begin singing their favorite hymn to the emperor in order to drown out father xylex, and is marginally successful at getting some of them to begin singing a hymn together. Liesel uses her mimicry ability to sing at a better pitch, and the sounds of the song begins spreading farther. They are fairly effective at getting the people in the courtyard to move away from the cathedral, but then the brother builders standing in the courtyard and the gun emplacements begin warming up to begin firing on the crowd.
Tord attempted to fire a hallucinogen grenade amidst all of the gun emplacements and builders at the cathedral entrance. The gunners on the edge notice the guardsmen approaching from the flank, and begin turning their fire in their direction, though the crowd in the middle continues to block any fire from getting through. Liesel uses Boomhilda to blast the protective guard away from one emplacement. Dariel brings a grenade launcher to Liesel so he can fire his hallucinogen grenade into the enemies, and manages to score a direct hit right in the center of them, causing them to behave erratically.
Tord and Dariel come out of the crowd charging at the guns and the guardsmen move to flank from the outside. One side of the guard manages to overcome the suppressing fire towards them, but one does not.