We explained our position to Castiglion to emphasize that the warforged command override circuit must be permanently destroyed, the free willed warforged invited to Vergeance, any further action against the warforged be delayed until further orders are given, those orders should not be sought until we have an opportunity to state the case for the free willed warforged before the court of Erathis. Castiglion agreed to those terms, then GOND interrupted to state that our deal greatly disappointed it and that it had had 700 years to prepare for this eventuality.
GOND triggered some kind of lockdown alert on the facility, then blasted Castiglion and his two immense allies with some kind of overwhelming blast, akin to what it normally used on Warforged. It knocked them all out. Its called upon a huge axe wielding construct, which in some ways resembled Castiglion and his Maruts, to enact its vengence upon us. It was joined by two more of the pillar mounted spidery artillery units.
Terhali sniped at the huge axe golem and it immediately teleported across the chapel to retaliate. She got the worst of that exchange until Noname slammed it back away from her. Kong Meng and I joined him in harrying the instrument of GOND’s vengeance, while the others concentrated on the artillery, and Oli overrode some of GOND’s controls at the terminal. The battle raged on across the chapel when Oli’s sniping of the golem brought it to her. We charged across to hold it back, but it was able to fell Javelin until Oli restored him to service.
Then just as it was starting to lose structural integrity, it focused all of its attention upon Terhali and bisected her with three immense blows of its axe. Oli charged it (rather unwisely in my opinion) in a fit of rage to hit it with her new macelike arm. I cut it down before it had another chance to assault our more fragile allies.
Castiglion roused from his stupor while Kong Meng enacted a ritual to preserve Terhali’s remains against the Maelstrom. Castiglion then worked with me on issuing the commands we had agreed upon to GOND. Though he was somewhat taken aback by the portal address we gave him for Vergence. In the end, the command override capacity in all warforged was permanentrly destroyed, the database was erased and GOND deactivated. Castiglion urged us to depart from the facility rapidly, as he did not expect it would survive long without GOND to sustain it.
He also noted that the anti-Maelstrom reformatting for weapons which GOND had offered could be accomplished by us using the Cog of Erathis. He demonstrated how it could be done and recommended that I keep the Cog. We then salvaged a significant amount of engineering and arcane components and returned to the Folly.
We found it in good shape, though with notably more dead demons around it. We replaced some of the ballast and armored plating with Castiglion’s Maruts and rose out of the Maelstrom to the Stormcrow. As we were docking, Castiglion turned to ask me “Deacon, how long have your people lived in the first level of the Abyss?”
- Deacon Novius Carnifex Vergilius