The PCs (Soshanna, VZJ, and Izen) leave Alinor and head for the capital city, Al Maia, during the night, accompanied by Galin Gellanthra and his remaining guards. During the night, the PCs dream of a mysterious hill. They are able to move within the dream, and find a tunnel on the side of the hill. While investigating it, the ceiling collapses, seemingly killing them. They awaken uninjured.
They eventually reach Al Maia and are taken to see the King, Garet Gellanthra. They ask the King about the Floating Tower…he doesn’t know anything, but suggests they ask Galin, as well as visit the University’s library. Galin doesn’t know anything, but suggests that his fiance, Tai Sullere, might be able to help, as she comes from the floating city of Calador. Jerad Korthyn, Captain of the Kings Guard, sends one of his men, Westin Flintwood, to help the PCs.
The PCs head to the University, where they ask about the Tower and the strange creature that attacked them before Viktor Zexen was killed. The workers at the University don’t know anything, but believe the creature sounds like something Professor Tristan Kroft had been studying. Unfortunately, the professor had gone missing two days ago, and the guards sent after him never returned. The professors assistant went missing at the same time and returned the next day, but he didn’t speak, staring into nothingness similar to the people the PCs had found in the cave. In the professor’s room, they discover a drawing of the creature they had seen before, but the notes the professor had were destroyed.
The PCs head south, the direction the student came from. They are ambushed by orcs half a days ride south. One of the orcs tries to escape, but the PCs kill all of them. They head in the direction the orc was attempting to run toward, and follow the tracks to a clearing, where they find three of the creatures and the professor. The smaller of the three seems to be doing something to the mind of the professor. Before the PCs can go in, the two larger creatures hear a noise to the west and leave the clearing. The PCs charge into the clearing and attack the remaining creature, who assaults them with mental attacks, causing them to see their greatest fears, as well as creating an illusion of them achieving their strongest desires, attempting to keep them stuck in the vision. They eventually manage to knock it out.
Codith DeCorros, a bounty hunter hired by Davros Myar, and Falinor enter the clearing. Codith is carrying the head of one of the creatures, the second one having escaped them. Codith and Falinor head back to Alinor, while the PCs decide to bring the professor and the surviving creature back to Al Maia. However, they don’t actually have any way to keep it tied up (although they totally could have tied it up with one of the whips they had if they had thought of it), and the creature awakens, freezes them with his powers, and escapes.
The PCs reach Al Maia with Professor Kroft and bring him to the healers. During the night, they see another vision of the hill, and find a second tunnel. While investigating this one, the walls close in on them, crushing them. They awaken, again unharmed. The Professor asks to see them, and he tells them that the creatures were attempting to wipe his mind. They partially succeeded, as many things he knew before have been removed from his mind, but the PCs stopped them before they could finish. He tells them what he does remember. The creatures are extremely rare and not known to most people; he came across one by accident years ago, and since then has been collecting rumors and stories from those who claim to have seen one. Most people believe they don’t exist. He named them Mind Flayers due to the mental powers they seem to have and the way they use them. He knows the Mind Flayers have been wiping peoples minds, and he knows they are associated with a tribe of orcs. He also believes they have some association with the undead, which had not been seen in Dotran for over 200 years prior to recent events in Ruhan, but any specifics are missing from his head. He knows that they communicate telepathically, and only “spoke” to him using emotions and pictures projected into his mind. He also believes that they worked for the demon Azazel. He tells them the story of Azazel; that he locked Zahiel in a tower on a floating island, before Azazel himself was banished by the sorceress Larathien, accompanied by Serin and Calik. Neither Azazel, Zahiel, nor the three adventurers has been seen since, and many are not convinced the story is even true at this point. Westin returns to the King to report his findings.