We have conversed with a most interesting fellow in our mind. He was unable to help us rescue our companion, who had to be extricated by weaving the tiles in a pattern on the floor, but he was intriguing nonetheless.
Of note: our magic has been unreliable in this place. Most unsettling.
Also of note: We came across our mother, who has apparently been studying this place! She saved all of us from a terrifying monster just in time. Apparently she has encountered the Fire Princess, although they split up some time ago and she is not sure of her location now. She has promised to pause her research to help us search, so she must be concerned.