The attack on the house begins while the acolytes are searching the house, and they discover Sybas Moran. A fight erupts, and Moran is incapacitated, though he is quickly dispatched by the unkown assassin from earlier. The vast majority of the assembled nobles are rounded up during the Arbites purge, and handed over into Inquisitorial Custody.
After being reprimanded for their failure to gather any valuable information from Sybas Moran, Cell Σ-03 are given a little over 2 months of time to recuperate from their trials, before being summoned by Interrogator Nero.
He informs them that they are to accompany him to the planet Iocanthus, a war world in the Golgenna Reach, and there work with Aristarchus and himself to investigate reports of anomalous phenomena at a newly constructed cathedral.
Upon arrival to Iocanthus, the acolytes are attacked by tribesmen in the town of Port Suffering, and experience many strange phenomena on the trail to Shattered Hope, the site of the cathedral.
On the morning of the Sanctification, Shattered Hope is attacked by the crazed followers of Seth the Voice, a self-proclaimed prophet of the God Emperor. After this attack, the acolytes are commanded to track down and arrest Asha Raine, a wise woman of the local Ashleen tribe.