Samuel is a human wizard. He adventures in the caverns to find something. He doesn’t know exactly what it is, but he knows there has to be something…more to magic. He is also trying to save up money to travel to the ruined cities far to the north.
Working above ground doesn’t suck. In fact, were ancient secrets buried in the forest or on top of a nearby mountain, he would be there instead.
Sure. But he secretly hopes that it’s something far scarier. He’s not a thrill seeker, but has read books on beholders at school, and has determined that he already knows all he can learn from them. While a beholder is certainly a worthy foe, to Samuel, it’s just another monster with some well-documented dream powers.