Four mysterious individuals come across an equally mysterious monster which has appeared near the Temple Citadel square of Ephe. In the midst of people screaming and running away, they fight the creature, revealing a young Tiirthan who was the creature itself. Spiriting them away from the authorities, they formally meet each other and the Tiirthan in an alleyway, before deciding to head into the seedier part of town to grab a few drinks. While trying to unravel what happened and get to know each other, the Tiirthan ingests "fairy dust" (slang), and he immediately begins to morph them back into the monster. Subduing him, they head outside and begin to figure out how to get the Tiirthan home.