However, illithids, as far the aboleths can remember, just appeared without preamble, which scares them. Over the course of a week, the humanoid body changes form, and a new mind flayer comes into being. The most desirable of races for hosts are Humans, Drow, Elves, Githzerai, Githyanki , Grimlocks, Gnolls, Goblinoids, and Orcs. Also, according to the 5E Monster Manual (5E being what BG3 is based on), when a Mindflayer feeds, it is an extremely euphoric experience, as it absorbs victim's memories, personality and fears. Golem, but he broke the Ring, EmaYurs. While it may seem like a sentient brain, the Elder Brain is one of the strongest creatures in Dungeons and Dragons. A "half-illithid" comes about when a tadpole is inserted into the brain of a non-human. The first act of Baldur's Gate III is focused on removing mind flayer larvae from the player characters' brains.[37]. The tadpole ate away the victim's brain matter and essentially replaced the brain, erasing all of the subject's personality and memory, but and under the tadpole's control. The Elder Brain occasionally gets hungry and will feast on a weak unsuspecting illithid tadpole though some are also devoured in cannibalism. There is no mention of time travel in this theory. [17] Monster Manual V (2007) introduced the concept of "thoon", a driving force (be it some alien god, outside philosophy, or other driving incentive) which has changed several mindflayers' world outlooks. Creatures outside that range caused the tadpole's evolution to proceed either too fast or too slowly, and both cases resulted in both the host's and the tadpole's death. Once an illithid gets its first taste of 'the other white meat', there's no going back. According to the Lords of Madness history, Illithids are one of the few races respected by the aboleths. Mind Flayers put tadpoles in every creature that exists anywhere. Although Ilsensine is the illithid patron deity, few mind flayers actively worship it, thinking themselves the most powerful creatures in the universe.[16]. In these two differing versions of the story, much of the variance hinges upon a fictional text called The Sargonne Prophecies. Mozgriken: An illithid tadpole inserted into a svirfneblin gnome while subjected to a dangerous psionic ritual creates a mozgriken. One of the differences between the playable Mind Flayer in the Monster Manual and the Mind Flayer racial class in Savage Species is that the racial class has only itself as a favored class, while the normal Mind Flayer has wizard as a favored class. The AD&D Monster Manual adds, "Mind flayers are found only in subterranean places, as they detest sunlight. Nautiloids are 125' to 180' long, including the tentacle-like piercing ram. The transformation between the host (almost always a human or similar humanoid, such as an elf or dwarf) takes about a week, unless detected and removed within about thirty minutes of injection into the incapacitated host. Alhoons (also called illithiliches) are illithids that choose to focus on developing arcane abilities in addition to their psionic ones, and have grown powerful enough in magic to become undead liches. Other sources: Monster Mythology "Thunder Under Needlespire." Illithids typically communicate through psychic means. These unfortunates must still consume brains, typically by cutting open heads (as they lack the requisite tentacles). I assume that this is also the same for illithid tadpoles to some extent. They can attack from far distances with their probe worms.[27]. [34], SyFy Wire in 2018 called it one of "The 9 Scariest, Most Unforgettable Monsters From Dungeons & Dragons", saying that "Mind flayers are another classic monster like the beholder. Mimic, ", This page was last edited on 5 December 2020, at 04:31. Illithid society also maintains a long-standing taboo related to deviations to or failures of the ceremorphosis process and hunt and destroy such exceptions. [2][3] Internal organs were reshaped, but retained their original purpose. Mold, brown; Nowadays, however, they have created a sapient race called the oortlings to feed off. Tzakandi: Illithid tadpoles inserted into lizardfolk create tzakandi, which the mind flayers use as slave labourers and personal guards. They implant a juvenile illithid inside a victim's skull, where the tadpole shaped offspring eats the creature's brain. [5], After the initial stage was completed, the original creature was lost and beyond help, except for a miracle. [3], The newly formed mind flayer, despite being fully grown, was equivalent to an infant, and had to undergo a period of instruction and experience that lasted approximately twenty years, usually within the confines of a secure illithid city. They were updated in 3.5 in the Lords of Madness supplement. My personal theory is this: We see the Mind Flayer looking at a dead mind flayer. Adventurer; Join Date: 3/8/2020 Posts: 1 Member Details #19 EmaYurs. Illithids use these symbionts for themselves and their slaves. Dungeons And Dragons - 5th Edition: Monster List, All monsters in the Monster Manual and other books, in an easily searchable table! Since the tadpole acted more like a parasite of its host's body than a proper brain, it did not produce the enzymes and psychic energy necessary to keep it alive. Seeing as the Illithid Nautiloid (ship) crashed, there should be tons of tadpoles running amok just waiting to grow up into huge angry nematodes. Less common illithid vessels such as the 25-ton squid ship, the 70-ton octopus, and the 100-ton cuttle command also resemble the cephalopods after which they are named. The ulitharid, or "noble illithid" was introduced in the Dungeon adventure Thunder Under Needlespire by James Jacobs in Dungeon #24 (July/August 1990), and later included in the Monstrous Compendium Annual One (1994). In Planescape: Torment, the player character may uncover a history of the illithids as they relate to the githzerai and the githyanki through studying the rings of the Unbroken Circle of Zerthimon in Dak'kon's possession. Dragon #255 "Armed To the Tentacle." Mozgriken: An illithid tadpole inserted into a svirfneblin gnome while subjected to a dangerous psionic ritual creates a mozgriken. In the retconned history of the illithids found in either The Illithiad or Lords of Madness, the emergence of illithids in Astromundi becomes a freak occurrence due to the intervention of Ilsensine through its proxy, since the illithids of Astromundi have their own histories as emerging solely upon that world. Cruel and sadistic, they often trade slaves. The 2nd Edition book The Illithiad suggests they may be from the Far Realm, an incomprehensible plane completely alien to the known multiverse. These three-tentacled ceremorphs are despised by all, but their aptitude for stealth and psionic power of shape control makes them useful spies for the illithids. The tadpole grows as it devours the humanoid’s brain, attaching to the victim’s brain stem and becoming its new brain. Abilities in Baldurs Gate 3 are based on the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons which was implemented in 2014 and is the latest version of the famous pen & paper RPG. The mind flayer received its own chapter in the book Lords of Madness: The Book of Aberrations (2005).[16]. Ceremorphosis was a bodily change that occurred when an illithid tadpole reached maturity and was inserted into the brain of another being, usually a human. The villain in the Neverwinter Nights premium module 'Kingmaker' is also an Illithid. Whatever the reason, it has happened that ceremorphosis has ended after the internal restructuring, resulting in a human body with an Illithid's brain, personality and digestive tract. The tadpole ate away the victim’s brain matter and essentially replaced the brain, erasing all of the subject’s personality and memory, but leaving the physical body alive and under the tadpole’s control. You never see small mind flayers–but it makes sense, a brain is a brain, and if the Illithid tadpole takes over goa’uld style, then of course the host body would transform and become a diminullithid, as I’ve taken to calling them. At some point, the illithids invaded Zarum from a neighboring plane of existence. The tadpoles typically placed within lizardfolk are more bellicose than their kin, and form the Tzakand- creatures similar to lizardfolk save for the two acid-spitting tentacles emerging from their heads that become fanatically loyal to the first illithid they see. The existence of these beasts is a guarded secret among Illithids, and it is considered impolite to speak of them. The chosen “worthy” tadpoles then must be shoved into a living humanoid’s skull, where the little baby mind flayer parasitically consumes the host’s brain matter, and essentially becomes the new brain. The result is terrifying. But what about that elder brain thing I mentioned? Ulitharids are created from tadpoles much like standard illithids; fewer than 0.1% become ulitharids, and it is impossible to determine whether a tadpole will become an ulitharid until ceremorphosis is complete. Since the tadpole isn't fully developed it has different affects on us than intended. Mindwitness: Inserting an illithid tadpole into a beholder results in these abominations, which are used as guards and sentries. "[35], Screen Rant compiled a list of the game's "10 Most Powerful (And 10 Weakest) Monsters, Ranked" in 2018, calling the elder brain one of the strongest, saying that the 5th edition version "still represents a grave threat to most adventuring parties, thanks to its range of powerful enchantment spells and psionic attacks, but it isn't quite the epic level threat that it once was."[36]. In the final stage of its life cycle, a Mind Flayer may become an Elder Brain. This is because the aboleths remember the origin of almost every other race, through their hereditary memory. A mature tadpole, selected after surviving a period of one decade in the elder brain's brine pool, was then inserted in the host's cranium through a nostril or ear canal. The tadpole consumes the brain of the humanoid and takes over the body, transforming it into an adult illithid. Usually, when a mind flayer inherits a trait like this, it keeps it a closely guarded secret, because, were its peers to learn of it, the Illithid in question would most likely be killed. Each individual illithid is tall, thin and sexless but able to lay a clutch of eggs at least once in their long lives from which baby illithid tadpoles hatch. Look, just look up "aberrant" in the dictionary. Mind flayer eyes were extremely sensitive to bright light, and they considered it painful, a characteristic that some githya… They tolerate a limited study of wizardry, if only to better understand the powers employed by their enemies. The ones that survive after 10 years are inserted into the brain of a sapient creature. After the shattering of the empire, an uneasy truce was struck, only broken by skirmishes and murder. Illithids believe themselves to be the dominant species of the multiverse and use other intelligent creatures as thralls, slaves, and chattel. The hag in the tea house will say somethings about what has happened with the tadpole if you ask her to cure you. Mind flayers appear in other role-playing games, including Angband, Bloodborne, Demon's Souls, Final Fantasy, NetHack, Lost Kingdoms, Kingdom of Loathing and Lost Souls, and the one-player gamebook RPG series Fighting Fantasy includes a creature similar to the illithid, the Brain Slayer. They often serve as guards, and are prized because their creation does not involve petitioning the elder brain to surrender part of its mass. Led by the warrior Gith, the rebellion spread to all the illithids' worlds, and the empire collapsed. Lurker above, The origins of these unique undead mind flayers are unclear. [29] This disruption allowed the illithids to retreat to underground strongholds where they still dwell. [38] Episode 31 makes a reference to the illithid's preferred diet. [13], The mind flayer appears in the Monster Manual for this edition (2000). Most non-mammalian species were also considered incompatible in principle. Those included centaurs, derro, duergar, dwarves, giants, halflings, and kuo-toa. This leaves the larvae unattended. The Monster Manual said "they consider the bulk of humanity (and its kin) ... Neothelids are what happens if instead of being implanted in a host body an illithid tadpole is allowed to devour all its kin and grow and feed for years and years until it's as big as a dragon. Facing annihilation, the Illithid traveled to the past, arriving roughly 2000 years before the present in any given D&D campaign.[16]. They also do a good deal of research themselves, mainly focused on developing new psychic powers.[16]. [16], The alhoon first appeared in second edition AD&D for the Forgotten Realms setting in the Menzoberranzan boxed set, in the booklet "Book One: The City" (1992),[20] and reprinted in Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Three (1996). Tweet. Known types include the cessirid, embrac, kigrid, and saltor. The 1st edition Monster Manual states that tentacles of the Mind Flayer will strike a victim with it’s four tentacles and these will reach the victim’s brain in 1-4 melee rounds. Ulchalothe in Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II is the guardian of the Brazier of Eternal Flame. Happy Adventuring! They are born as little tadpoles from a clutch of eggs that live within the cerebral juices of the Mind Flayer colony’s Elder Brain. They are greatly evil and consider the bulk of humanity (and its kin) as cattle to feed upon. " Mindwitness: Inserting an illithid tadpole into a beholder results in these abominations, which are used as guards and sentries. Some adult Illithids have even been known to hum a tune that its host knew in life. There are illithid settlements of varying size in the games Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark, Baldur's Gate II and Icewind Dale II. [32], The Stranger writer Cienna Madrid described the Mind Flayer as one of D&D's "ghastly fiends". Contents[show] 2nd Edition Stats Climate/Terrain: Any subterranean Frequency: Very rare Organization: Community Activity Cycle: Any Diet: Brain tissue Intelligence: Supra-genius (19-20) Treasure: S, T, Z (D) Alignment: Lawful evil No. [2] Tim Kirk's cover art on the book, then in its first printing, depicted only the tentacles of the titular burrowers, the Chthonians.[3]. An insane monster with an insane item under its control. Urophion: Inserting an illithid tadpole into a roper results in these miserable creatures, which are used as guards and sentries. These beings are often used as spies, where they easily blend in with their respective host types. 11 votes, 27 comments. [1] Examples of creatures that had undergone ceremorphosis successfully included: An illithid tadpole that survived but was not submitted to ceremorphosis grew out of control into an enormous rampaging predator called a neothelid. What we think of as a “standard mind flayer” is the result of injecting an illithid tadpole into most humanoids, putting the tadpole in more unusual creatures can create some unusual mind flayers. Illithids, also known as mind flayers are evil aberrations in the 'Dungeons And Dragons' game that are feared by sentient creatures across the multiverse. Denied the possibility of ever merging with the Elder Brain, such outcasts often seek their own immortality through undeath, becoming alhoons. 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