Arriving at Atlas, it’s time to put an end to the Argent Vanguard once and for all.
We arrive, taking the Lady Gray along just in case we want to show her, and the evidence of the abuse against her.
Tord tries to sneak in a power sword but is caught, so he stays outside and dons his power armor again. He stays outside even during dinner, but Dariel takes a plate of food out to him.
Dinner is a formal affair, kind of like the Lady Gray’s banquets. We don’t see any of Virga’s team, but we do see Constance. Lady Gray is also brought in, and sings along with the opening hymn. During dinner Constance takes up her chair and comes over to sit with them. She tries to plead with them to take her position and help to save all the lives and believe in Phylus’ plan.
Dariel tries to get her to give up her plan for the Conclave in response, but she is equally resistant to that. They both try to convince each other, unsuccessfully. They harbor no ill will towards each other, however, and continue to talk through dinner about other matters.
The conclave begins the next morning, with a panel of 5 inquisitors overseeing the back and forth between the two sides. Constance began her presentation as they had already heard it, talking about the possible risks of leaving the Tyrant Star alone, and about how they think they can revise Phylus’ theories to make them cheaper and more efficient in terms of loss of life.
Tybalt got up and made an interesting speech, seeming to draw a bridge between the two sides, but then throwing his support for Constance!!! Dariel then had to get up and make a defence of their side. There was a strong back and forth, talking about the nature of the inquisition and heresy, talking about whether there is a spectrum or a black and white decision. Tybalt tried to give good reasons why they should at least find out more, particularly in terms of having an opportunity to be aggressive towards the warp and chaos.
After the bulk of the debate is over, Constance makes clear that she is the only one who stands accused, and that even though Tybalt supports her, he is not currently accused. She invokes an arcane inquisitorial rule that she can confess in the process of healing the schism. She admits that the methods she used were heretical, but in doing so bequeaths her inquisitorial status to Tybalt. This way her personal history, heretical acts, and general baggage, won’t negatively impact their position, in case they are sympathetic to the cause. She also uses some legal chicanery to say that she is now an acolyte to Tybalt, and that only he has the power to punish her for her crimes.
The head of the panel seemed baffled by all of these proceedings. After confirming that Tybalt accepted becoming an inquisitor, and accepted Constance as an acolyte, he then affirmed that nothing had really been decided, legally, and that the status quo would remain.
So, the status quo is preserved for a while, at least, Dariel plans to chase after Tybalt and expose his proposed treachery. Tybalt takes Harrish with him, and is now an inquisitor with a target on his back. So, the campaign ends with nobody REALLY happy.