Talon, a sentient skull carried about by an enormous bird, attempts to escape the astral plane but the guardian of the only portal out refuses to admit anyone but the cap-bearer. Talon's bird claws at the gate, causing natural disasters in the real world. When Max and the others investigate Max disregards warnings from Virgil not to enter a portal to the astral plane and finds himself pursued by Talon. Talon steals his cap, allowing him to escape and begin stealing souls from Manhattan, but Max manages to return by convincing the gatekeeper that even without the cap, he's still the cap-bearer. Talon seems unstoppable, but while on the astral plane Max found the disc that is the source of Talon's immortality, and traps him on the astral plane again by tossing the disc through the portal.