February 11: Morning
The party ventured to the end of the corridor and stopped at a metallic door that illuminated a white aura. At the centre of the door was a face imprint, cuing Tranavaros to don the mask retrieved from the dead Quaran. The Seeker pressed his face into the imprint, activating the door and opening it to reveal a grand circular chamber.
The chamber floor was covered with a metallic grid that pulsed with energy and incinerated anything it touched. Convergence guards and feral warriors guarded the chamber, firing arrows from their hovering platforms. A control panel sat at the centre of the room, mounted atop a glass platform.
Using his Ultimate Grapnel, Jinx reached the control panel, and with the help of the Inquisitor, killed the two ferals guarding the platform. The rest of the party killed the Convergence guards, and the Inquisitor deactivated the floor grid, allowing them to proceed to a stairway leading to a second floor.
They entered the upper chamber, which appeared identical in size and shape to the one beneath. Magister Iom — the ‘Mind of the Convergence’ — greeted them.
The skull-masked magister stood atop a pyramid of glass and metal, the structure dominating the room at a height of fifteen feet. Surrounding the base of the pyramid was eighteen acolytes and Aeon Priests, each rigged to the device via data cables plugged into the back of their heads. Other wires ran from it across the room to a perfect cube of blackness, standing eleven feet high.
Iom expressed his surprise that the ecclesia and Navarene army were able learn of his plans and the whereabouts of the sanctums. When told how Amara’s command matrix led Maxxos and the party to him, Iom lamented her unwillingness to aid his plans and the Convergence’s failings to kill her before she drew attention to them. Regardless of how much the party knew, however, Iom wasn’t going to let them leave the sanctum alive.
The magister stayed perched atop the pyramid, casting super charged onslaughts at the party. During the fight, Theron pulled the cable from the back of an acolyte’s head in an attempt to free him. The acolyte screamed and convulsed before falling into a coma. The pyramid reacted to Theron’s actions, seemingly losing power. The Inquisitor teleported to Iom and knocked him down the side of the pyramid, leaving him open for attack.
En’ir thrust his blade into the magister, killing him. Theron removed Iom’s metallic skull mask, revealing a scarred face with no eyelids or lips, and a menacing grin of teeth.
Tranavaros attempted to free the people plugged into the pyramid device, first freeing Brother Blaise. The Aeon Priest thanked the Seeker for his help, before firing a super charged onslaught at his chest.