One of Kerrick's new acquaintances, a fire genasi, takes the party through side alleys into a shady tavern which seems to double as a brothel. This chapter's name is the 'Scarlet Veil'.
They seem to be mostly bitter about the Dons' ever increasing share of their profits, especially Multimer seems to have raised his cut significantly lately. He has also disposed of several of the other Dons extending his influence with his allies, the drow. Also they agree to listen to each of the adventurers separately.
Kerrick is asked about the kenkus' goals in the city and if the rumors are true that the kenkus are in league with demons. While Kerrick does not really deny it, he is proposed a share in the city's criminal underground, he'll have to pay a share of his earnings to the Scarlet Veil after the Dons are dealt with. Kerrick signs a magical treaty with the matron.
Nimue refuses to sign any treaties, yet the matron is very interested in her backstory. Nimue's assurance that she's only looking after the interests of the Mantle King and that she is searching for a sage in Harrowdale.
Thana is surprised that the matron knows about her background. Their discussion mostly circles around Kerrick. The matron remarks that Kerrick certainly is a valuable ally. Also she has bad news for Thana. Apparently the drow have their headquarters below the abandoned temple of Chauntea which she is planning to visit. A sizable contingent of the drows has been sent out to support Multimer who boasts a lot of resources and is most probably in the employ of the fake Mantle King. She refuses to act openly against the drow however. The matron suspects the drows to be outcasts since they've strayed from the Underdark for quite a while now.
Shiel agrees with the matron that taking care of the drows has the utmost priority, both to deprive Multimer of his allies and to free Chauntea's temple.
The matron's henchmen sneak the adventurers through Multimer's guards so they arrive at the temple unscathed. They use a passwall ritual to enter the temple through a side wall. Inside, the statue of Chauntea seems to have been toppled and replaced by twin statues of Lolth and Malar.
A drow priestess seems to be torturing some human prisoners, maybe some of Talos's lost soldiers. Several drow henchmen with crossbows are standing on the upper walkway. Shiel charges and pierces the drow priestess with his sword….who mocks him that the 'real Mantle King would like to make his acquaintance', then transforms into gibbering puddle of slime with a piercing central eye: a yochlol, one of Lolth's handmaidens, also a demon.
The drow guards quickly fall to Nimue's and Kerrick's attacks. Then the adventurers focus on the yochlol and surround it. The yochlol forms pseudopods and whips the group around it. Even covering everyone around it poisonous slime doesn't help as it is hacked apart.
A drow woman who declares herself secondborn of House Ulvrain from Shindelryn. She has a claw in place of one of her hands which supposedly has been hacked off at the order of her sister. She declares that she has weakened the guards to help them assist her in killing her elder sister and offers them access to the lower chambers where the drow are busy trying to break a ward spell.