The mind flayer, also called the illithid, is an evil and sadistic being that feasts on the minds of humanoids. They are considered the chief servants of the daelkyr, particularly Dyrrn the Corruptor. Mind flayers are native to the plane of Xoriat, the Realm of Madness , but many are also present in the depths of Khyber.
Mind flayers are creations of the daelkyr Dyrrn the Corruptor. It is possible that the mind flayers were created when the daelkyr destroyed the native world of the githyanki and githzerai. Under this theory the mind flayers would be the equivalent of the dolgaunts and the dolgrim for the goblins and hobgoblins.
Description & Personality
The mind flayers are feared by all beings in Eberron because of their great mental prowess. Every illithid has a small array of mind-affecting spells to take control of their prey as well as a powerful mind blast to affect a multitude of foes. The mind flayer's mind blast is a 60-foot (20m) cone that stuns anyone caught within it. The mind flayer can also innately cast several mind-affecting spells: including dominate monster and detect thoughts. Mind flayers are also capable of casting levitate and plane shift.
Normally, a mind flayer will use its mind blast ability to stun a few foes and then drag them away to feed. Once it has its victims, it will attach all of its tentacles to the head of its victim. Then, the mind flayer uses its extract ability to suck out the brains of its victims, instantly killing the victim, as long as it only has one head. The mind flayer uses its other spells mainly to enslave its minions and keep them under total control, as well as on the battlefield.
Types of Mind Flayer
- An undead mind flayer that has achieved lichdom.
- A superior verson of an illithid.
- A Urophion is a sub species mind flayer created as guardians for a mind flayer community. A Urophion is a Roper that has survived the tadpole implantation process. They are usually treated as second class citizens but may join with the elder brain upon death.
- Vampiric illithid
- A feral illithid with vampiric powers.
Mind flayer communities range in size from two hundred to two thousand, and that is counting only the illithids. Each mind flayer in the community likely has at least two slaves to do its bidding. In these communities, the number of slaves often far outstrips the number of mind flayers.
When problems arise or the mind flayers wish to discover some secret, they form inquisitions. These inquisitions are made up of a team of mind flayers, not unlike an adventuring party – each mind flayer gives their own talents and abilities to achieve the inquisition's goal. If a situation is too large for just an inquisition to handle, the mind flayer community puts together a cult. A cult is much larger than an inquisition and is spearheaded by two mind flayers who constantly vie for the greater power within the cult.
Some mind flayers undergo process called laceremorphosis, which makes them bigger, stronger and more powerful than regular mind flayers. They become Ulitharid or illithid-nobles, and posses six face tentacles instead of the regular four.
Although mind flayers willingly come together to achieve an end, they are always vying for more control in the community, but even then they are always beneath the elder brain. The elder brain is the heart of the community. Held in a pool of briny fluids, the elder brain consists of all the brains of the dead mind flayers in the community.
Mind Flayers may lead individual Cults of the Dragon Below on behalf of the daelkyr. They are considered icons for Xoriat and the Cults. Mind Flayers also often command dolgrims and dolgaunts.
- Xor'chylic the Old: Xor'chylic is the mind flayer governor of the city of Graywall in Droaam. He was discovered trapped beneath the city, and now administers the city on behalf of the Daughters of Sora Kell. He holds a grudge against the lords of Xoriat.
- Chyrassk: Chyrassk is a mind flayer who rules over a Cult of the Dragon Below in the abandoned Citadel of the Closed Circle of Khyber's Gate in Sharn.
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