Dariel uses psyniscience on all of the children, and can tell that they are affected by whatever warp affect there is. It seems to be coming from something in the immaterium.
Liesel grabs Anestra by the throat to intimidate her as she begins to panic about the broadcast that her pod has fallen, but Tybalt is able to calm her and reassure her that Father Xylus has not forgotten about them and knows that the pod is not fallen, that this is a trick he is playing on the enemy.
There is a psychic attack of some kind on the group, but they manage to fight it off. They deduce that whatever force has set up shop in this pod, it seems to be accelerating what it’s doing based on them investigating it. Tybalt tries to lay a ruse that they will soon be leaving the pod after finding nothing untoward, but he doesn’t seem to be convincing.
Liesel tries to play with the kids, interesting them using her plasma cannon and if that doesn’t work, then her mandolin!!!!!!!?
Tybalt tries to discern a pattern from their noises using his cryptography and logic skills, and he does, but gains 4 insanity points from deciphering it, and learns nothing useful to the group. (also, I forgot to write down Tybalt’s original trauma from going over 10 insanity) (seems like it was a fear of heights)
Dariel talks to Bernadette (the assistant to Anestra), and gently asks her about the psychic powers she seemed to manifest. She seemed innocent, with minor powers that she tried to hide for the good of the pod, but he sensed she was lying. He updates the group on the status and goes back to talk to her more. She claims that she is not responsible for what is happening with the children, or the noises. He senses that she is in contact with another power, and that she needs to break it off, she tries to push him to leave, claiming that she will leave it alone. She says there is no need to tell others about them here.
Tord gripes a lot about having to put his armor back on to possibly fight people before he’s fully healed.
Dariel tries to use compel on Bernadette to get her to shut out the foreign power touching her, but it seems she is fully tied to some otherworldly horror, and her face splits open on the ethereal plane as she screams from the effect. He sees hundreds of legs plucking on strings and a million eyeballs focusing on him. Everyone else hears a loud scream, followed by wet tearing, as some creature seems to burst through her body into the material plane. After the creature comes out, it all seems to fade away, leaving just gore spray on all of the walls. The meeping sound from the children becomes a unified chorus, both harmonius and dischordant. Everyone listens to it and gains an insanity from it.
They need to cleanse the corrupt children, Liesel decides to make a retreat while shooting her plasma cannon in a way to collapse the pod tunnels behind them. Tybalt draws a stummer and walks towards a group of children to see if cancelling out their noise does anything. It seems to stop his headache and block some of the effects. He starts trying to head back to the PA system in the builder alcove to try to send some kind of feedback or something. Tord continues tossing grenades at children, but luckily he is jaded, so he doesn’t gain insanity. Liesel is also jaded, Dariel has the willpower to resist, but Tybalt gains more insanity from hearing the sounds.
Tybalt reaches the PA system and hotwires the stummer into the pa system, to produce sound dampening waves. The children continue to be controlled, but the adults in the pod, which were overwhelmed by the noise, seem to be not affected any more.
epilogue, a week later – the demon was unable to maintain its psychic assault due to the sound blocking, so it had to retreat. But, the children still had some kind of psychic tendrils coming out of them. It seemed like the demon still had a foothold of some kind on their minds, and could potentially still use them in the future if one of them became a psyker. So, they decided to kill all the children.