Brienna, the young Varisian neice of Grau Kirton, was ill with a mystery disease. The combined efforts of Brindom, Manachan, Dj'hân and Mamusia Lela served to help her recover, but it was the girl's own constitution that saved her; a cure for the disease was not found.
The spirit of Zelara, working through Dj'hân, felt a threat to Korvosa and gave a true Harrowing, to guide the heroes through the trials to come.
As the group helped Vencarlo Orisini smuggle Trinia Sabor out of the city (the renowned swordsman claiming that Blackjack had delivered her to his door), it became apparent that Brienna was not an isolated case. Soon the disease, nicknamed Blood Veil, was sweeping through the city. The Pantheon was besieged, the priests unable to keep up the demand for curative spells. The Queen drafted in one Doctor Devaulus who formed the Queen's Physicians to help find a cure. In order to help the stretched Korvosan Guard keep law and order, the fearsome Grey Maidens were given the role of protectors for the Queen's Physicians, and to maintain martial law in the state of emergency.
Marshal Kroft kept the heroes busy dealing with the side-effects of the disease; arresting a con artist, Vendra Loaggri, who was selling worthless cures to the desperate and putting a stop to illegal corpse-dumping that had led to an infestation of vampire spawn. Then a Varisian girl, Deyanira Mirukova, came seeking the party's help - Mamusia Lela had been kidnapped by were-rats.
The party entered the sewer lair of the wererats, most of whom they defeated without killing. Only their leader, Girrigz, was slain. Girrigz was a hothead with ideas of revolution, claiming that he had started the plague as a means of defeating the humans. The other wererats were made to promise not to cause any more trouble, and sent on thier way.
Mamusia Lela has come to find the group with information (she intimated that the wererats had been told to kidnap her, but also downplayed the importance of Girrigz in the scheme of things). Her information was that the "ghost ship" from a few weeks back was real, and was apparently bearing the markings of a plague ship. Mamusia Lela suspects the strange ship may have connections to the plague, and that its wreck may contain clues that would help to beat it.
Also with the Mamusia was a young Varisian girl, Deyanira Mirukova, who wanted help finding her brother Ruan, a talented musician. Ruan had been hired by the Carowyn family to play at their mansion, and never returned. Deyanira has been unable to get an answer at the mansion, and unable to find help from official channels. Now, with the city facing lock-down, she is desperate for news of her brother. And so the next morning the group approached Carowyn Manor in South Shore, in search of answers.
What they found was zombies. Lots of zombies. The entire household had been killed in the middle of a masked ball, and then reanimated, and suspect number one was the mad elf woman in a jester's outfit who kept firing screaming crossbow bolts at them until Majenko finally managed to get a stinger to her. The lone survivor, hiding in the cellar, was Lord Carowyn who said that the jester woman had infected everyone with a fast-acting version of the blood veil disease. The woman, Jolistina, gave little away under questioning except that she worked for the notorious necromancer, Rolth, who was working with "powerful new friends".
Ruan Mirukova was not amongst the the dead or the undead.
With Jeremiah's scrolls complete, the group gathered on the shores of the Jeggare River to investigate the mysterious shipwreck that lay beneath the waters. Brindom and Dj'hân were not there, but fate brought along two old friends - Mhairi, a young rogue and old associate of Edmond, and Ignatius, an ifrit of Manachan's acquiantance. What they found was the wreck of the "Direption", inhabited by a sea hag and her shark minions. They brought back two coffers - one a metal one decorated with skulls that contained a dead rat and some silver coins, the other containing the ship's documents, seeming to link it to Dr. Davaulus of the Queen's Physicians.
Passing the news to Marshal Kroft, she directed the party to The Hospice of the Blessed Maiden, a former Arkona warehouse now used by the Queen's Physicians as a base of operations. Recruiting the assistance of Red, a were-rat rogue, the group scouted the Hospice and came to an unpleasant stand-off with the Grey Maidens tasked to guard it.
The situation seemed to be defused when Dr. Davaulus, leader of the Queen's Physicians, showed himself and offered to assist the group. However, it became evident that the Doctor was more interested in experimenting on the sick than curing them, and so a fight broke out in which the Doctor, his physicians and the Grey Maidens were defeated, but not before the Doctor and one of the Physicians let slip that a temple to Urgathoa, the Pallid Princess, lay below.
Edmond sent warning to all his allies - Mamusia Lela, Jeremiah and the Orphans, Lynn and Verik and the Marshal, using Red the wererat as a messenger. The House of the Forgotten was born. Mamusia Lela was first to arrive with some Varisian "grandsons" in tow, and whilst the old healer arranged for the removal of the sick from the Hospice, the party used the secret elevator to head into the lower levels.
They found, indeed, a temple complex dedicated to Urgathoa, Mistress of Disease, along with trapped doors and a sick "mural" of living corpses. They also found more Physicians, Urgathoan cultists, undead and the necromancer Rolth. Rolth was killed, along with the minions of Urgathoa and in the process the group released more prisoners (Rolth, as well as Davaulus, was experimenting on plague victims), and also found vats of pure blood veil being brewed by the cultists.
Low on magic, the group decided to retire, but not before checking one last door in the complex. Inside they found a suspiciously vampiric-looking man, another researcher it would seem. The man declared a disinterest in the doings of Rolth, Davaulus and a mysterious priestess and offered his freedom in exchange for his prisoner - the missing ocarina player Ruan Mirukova. In little shape for another fight, the group agreed.
Returning to the temple later, the group encountered some of the dead cultists, brought back as undead. They also found some netherworld creatures, leukodaemons, trapped inside vats of strange fluid. Three were dead, the fourth very much alive and released by one of the remaining cultists. With the leukodaemon dead, the way was clear to the mysterious priestess that they had heard mention - the Lady Andaisin, Priestess of the Pallid Princess.
Andaisin offered the chance to drink of the "Seven Blessings" of Urgathoa but the group declined. Combat ensued, and the priestess was duly dispatched but not before she was brought back to life by her goddess as a Daughter of Urgathoa, a monstrous undead creature. Killing her twice seemed to be enough, and the hold of Urgathoa over Korvosa was ended.
With notes from Rolth and Davaulus, it seemed possible to effect a cure for blood veil, now no longer actively being spread. The group were hailed as heroes in the city, but it was a battered city that was mourning the loss of many lives and now firmly under the iron fist of the Grey Maidens.