You reach the cathedral in Queens after about just short of an hour of travel. Keeping the demon in the containment unit is a struggle but you can maintain it for now. If the field begins to lose integrity, theoretically, the warning light will go off.
The sun has gone down and the sky is cloudy so darkness falls quickly as you travel. Public transportation is spotty so you have to call up an ARM vehicle – right now they’re more reliable than taxis as well.
There’s a huge amount of traffic, all headed out of the city, but the ARM vehicle simply violates rules of the road, driving over curbs and scattering pedestrians and driving through empty oncoming lanes. No one complains. There seems to be a general breakdown in the city setting in.
You reach the cathedral and get out of the Escalade. The drivers say they’ll wait and start smoking and talking, looking around at a borough they don’t see much. Sylvia gives them some cash and they laugh quietly – but take it.
Reaching the doors of the cathedral you’re met with the first female disciple you’ve seen, dressed in the vague grey robes that Isaac normally wears – suggestive of some religious order but not specific to any of them. She ushers you inside silently and brings you to a classroom connected to the main sanctuary by an enclosed walkway.
Isaac is there, seated. Two disciples are depositing stacks of books on a table nearby. He’s…translucent. He looks older than he did, more worn thin. He greets you quietly but doesn’t get up. There are chairs arranged for the five of you.
(Presumably Sway first heals him. He’s cooperative with whatever it is that she does, and very likely seems familliar with what she is using as a rote)
He asks Sway only to help quicken his healing – help his body restore itself, but not in a way that would seem overtly unnatural. He’s willing to wait weeks or more to avoid paradox.
Once this is complete (Sway perceives that he’s already quickened his own healing, but doesn’t have the power to do much beyond dulling pain and bolstering his body) he relaxes, or slumps, slightly in the seat.
“I was happy to learn that you survived, and were found. You tell me you have…a demon of some sort. Tell me what you know about it.” One of his disciples is also in the room – the female one who greeted you. She has a quietly curious look on her face. All of the books arrayed near Isaac look like books on demonology – (Sylvia and Howard know enough to recognize Latin, German, Sanscrit and Arabic on their covers, and all look old).