Tai Lin is an expelled mage from Veneficus University in New Ashos for being unable to cast the simplest magic. He asks the player to check on his mother after her home was surrounded by Tailers.
Once informed she didn’t survive he shows the player his home which is filled with hour glasses. He claims each night after falling asleep he dreams of someone dieing and upon awaking an hour glass is next to him. When that hour glass runs out the person dies. Tai Lin then explains he doesn’t always remember his dreams so sometimes he can’t be sure who an hour glass may be for but believes the largest to be for Professor Kaineth since he’s the most powerful mage in the area and asks the player to warn him.
Upon returning to Tai Lin he claims to have had another dream and this time it’s for the player. He claims that he "can’t watch" and flees into his basement upon which Necris attack. The hour glass runs out and nothing happens. It turns out Tai Lin was responsible for his mother’s death and made up the hour glass story in an attempt to get recognition.