A month has passed since the fall of the mad queen Ileosa. Elladan & Kellevan have returned to the elven lands from which they came, each for his own purpose. Sinderion, while not officially the Field Marshall of Korvosa yet, has essentially taken command of the Guard. The Guard have been kept busy chasing down escaped Ileosa supporters, particularly Gray Maidens, while the dwarven archer Drimgar lends his aid whenever possible to achieve this task. Aten Hamadi, priest of Sarenrae, accepts an offer to become the new high priest of Korvosa’s temple, while Icireal helps tend to the shrine of Irori, as well as assisting however she can throughout the city.
Even as they are each kept busy, the city itself faces the monumental task of recovering from the depredations of Ileosa and her followers. And all the while, the hellknights of the Order of the Nail maintain their camp outside Korvosa’s walls, intent on imposing their will upon the wounded city.
Sinderion finds himself approached by a strange, but attractive, half-elf woman. Ariana explains to Sind that she had been a prisoner of the Arkonas, the noble family in Old Korvosa that are secretly rakshasas. She is able to provide detailed knowledge of the Arkona mansion, and offers to lead Sind to the vault, which contains the means of breaking the Arkona’s power in Korvosa. Sind contacts his fellow adventurers, and they agree to accompany Ariana on this mission.
A few days are spent observing the activities of Glorio Arkona and his sister, Melyia. Once they are certain that they will be able to invade the house while the two are away, they make their move. They enter through the secret sea cave beneath the mansion and begin their ascent. Along the way, they encounter one of the rakshasas, as well as strange fungus monsters. Once past these hurdles, they find themselves in the Arkona’s beautiful indoor garden, only to be set upon by even more guardians of the mansion. A pitched battle ensues with four rakshasas,ending with two dead and two captured. Ariana proves quite willing to ensure downed opponents stay down, while at the same time causing the adventurers to become wary of her.
Once the rakshasas are finally dealt with, and the adventurers have spread out to investigate the mansion, Ariana finally shows her true colors. Catching Aten alone, she attacks. To her disgust and dismay, the hand of the goddess seemingly reaches out to protect her servant, as what should have been a devastating attack fails to do more than lightly injure the priest. Drawn to the sound of battle, Drimgar drives away Aten’s assailant, forcing Ariana to flee the mansion. As the adventurers assess their situation, Aten informs his comrades that his magic revealed that Ariana was actually a lamia matriarch.
Concluding that they won’t find any answers to what the lamia matriarch was attempting right then, they find the vault. Sind is assailed by the vault’s magic defenses, but he proves able to withstand them. In the vault, a single chest is found. In this chest, a full accounting of the Arkona’s criminal activities, as well as the full roster of the Cerulean Society, is found. Having achieved their goal, the adventurers flee the mansion.
By the time these documents are brought to the arbiters and warrants can be issued for the arrest of the Arkonas, Glorio and Melyia have fled the city. A cursory investigation reveals that Glorio has fled by ship in the predawn hours for Cheliax. Melyia, on the other hand, has apparently fled by other means and no one is any idea of where she has gone. Ariana, likewise, has apparently fled the city, as no sign of her can be found in Korvosa. The various scions of the Arkona family are rounded up, but prove to have been ignorant that the head of the family and his immediate relatives were in fact rakshasas. One of the Arkona cousins is found ritualistically murdered, the Sihedron carved into his flesh.
The warrants are handed over to the Order of the Nail, to give them a distraction while Korvosa continues sorting out the aftermath of Ileosa. The Guard begin rounding up members of the Cerulean Society, though two of the people on the list are also found murdered in the same ritualistic manner as the Arkona.
Sind is finally officially made Field Marshall. The city eventually manages to return to some semblance of normal, though Queen Cressia Kroft tries to make Korvosa a better place. Much to the disgust of the Korvosan establishment, she even goes as far as to open peace talks with the Sklar-Quah, asking Icirieal for her aid in this, due to the half-elf’s status as an accepted member of the quah. Drimgar eventually returns home, his exploits becoming known in Janderhoff. His family, however grudgingly, finally accept his eccentric ways and welcome him back.