we've been building it. Let's talk about Dart a little more. Essentially, the Hospital Monster was a smaller version of the Spider Monster, composed of the Flayed humans Tom Holloway and Bruce Lowe. The allies realized what had to be done, sending Eleven and Hopper on a mission to close the doorway between worlds. Mind Flayer Arcanists are absolutely terrifying if played to their full potential. In fact, their own psionics can be their greatest downfall. Despite this, the mind flayer or similar creatures have appeared in several computer roleplaying games. Unknown purge]Mindflayers, or "Illithids," are a race found in Dungeons & Dragons. It can innately cast the following spells, requiring no components: At will: detect thoughts, levitate. You shouldn't have looked for me. All that work, all that pain, all of it for you. When Will was trapped in the Upside Down and captured by a Demogorgon, the Mind Flayer became interested in Will and decided to use him for his own purposes, showing no care for him. It is unknown if the Mind Flayer is entirely made of smoke, or if there is any physical anatomy to the creature. Exactly how accurate this theory remains to be seen. I ask, looking back at her. They have fearsome psychic powers, subsist on a diet comprised of the brain tissue of sapient beings, and often enslave other races. The Mind Flayer seems to have such vast psychic power that it is able to detect Eleven spying on him through the void even though Eleven didn't make any contact or make the Mind Flayer aware of her presence. Status Will's next vision took place at school, shortly after he encountered Dart in the bathroom. In reality, she is one of his mind controlled thralls. And we are going to end you. 1 Mind Flayer (2,900 XP) is a Medium encounter for 7-8th level and Easy for 9-11th; 2 Mind Flayers (2,900 x 2 x 1.5 = 8,700XP) is a Deadly encounter for 7-10th, Hard for 11th, Medium for 12-15th and Easy for 16-20th; 3 Mind Flayers (2,900 x 3 x 2 = 17,400XP) is a Deadly encounter for 7-14th, Hard for 15-16th, Medium for 17-20th Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. They were warm-blooded amphibians, whose blood had a silvery-white color.Their hands had long, reddish fingers and lacked the index finger, and their feet were two-toed and webbed. Will found himself in the Upside Down once more, standing in the school corridor. The lore behind the mind flayer is expanded here. Follow. The Spider Monster is composed of the bodies of the Flayed: dozens of congealed organisms, both human and animal, who were converted to serve the Mind Flayer's will. I grabbed items from under the sink. Remembering what Bob had told him as they drove to school, Will attempted to confront the Mind Flayer, yelling at him to "go away!" Unleashing countless Demodogs into the underground tunnels, the Mind Flayer seemed hell-bent on destroying his enemies. Surface raids are a preferable source of fresh brains. 15 Location Henne Mines/Phase 1 - Dig Petitioner Warrior Guromu (Jahara/Lull of the Land) Reward 2200 gil, Carmagnole Bonus - Strategy . Unlike the rest of the Flayed whom the Mind Flayer had killed to build his proxy body, he kept Billy alive possibly due to him being his main human host, as well as his fortunate physical buff and being the stepbrother of Max Mayfield, a member of the Party. Some will wear a unique illithid dampsuit, a moist leather bodysuit intended to protect the mind flayer from deadly heat and dry conditions. Although these attempts largely failed, Will mentally fought back against his captor and regained control of his left hand. Weaknesses: Extreme light can be disorienting for them Notable Attacks/Techniques: A Mind Flayer about to perform Ceremorphosis on a Drow. At first, Will heard a strange chittering sound coming from multiple directions. The Mind Flayer is a sentient entity that possesses intelligence equal or superior to that of a human. According to an ancient text known as The Astromundi Chronicles, the mind flayers so hated their creators that they destroyed them and erased all evidence of their existence from history. The resulting psychic maelstrom cast the illithid back in time, where they could patiently begin their conquest anew.[4]. The mind flayer appears in the Monster Manual (4e) (2008), p.188-189, which depicts the mind flayer infiltrator, a level 14 lurker, and the mind flayer mastermind, a level 18 elite controller. Share. Mind flayer colonies are run by elder brains which control all the mind flayers, if the mind flayer ends up too far away from an elder brain it gains control of itself. They did this by exposing Will to extreme heat, even burning his arm with a fire poker. Matt Duffer told Entertainment Weekly that the shadow monster was inspired by horror classics: "There's an H.P. As Mike, Max, Will, and Jonathan grab hold of Eleven, Nancy tries shooting at the Mind Flayer to no avail until Lucas chops off the tentacle with an ax but the Mind Flayer had managed to bite Eleven. And now it's time. everyone. He went to have a bathroom break in the middle of the night and was returning to his bedroom. Further mind flayer lore is detailed in Monster Manual 3 (4e) (2010), p.136-139, which details the mind flayer inquisitor, mind flayer scourge, the thoon hulk, and the level 23 elite controller elder brain. Root > DDO library > Monsters > Monster Manual > Volume 4 > Monster Manual/Mind Flayer Root > DDO library > Monsters > Monsters by alignment > Evil monsters Root > DDO library > Monsters > Monsters by alignment > Lawful monsters > Lawful Evil monsters Root > DDO library > Monsters > Monsters by quest > Monsters in The Underdark While mind flayers will collaborate with each other when necessary, an individual is entirely self-serving and will happily abandon its allies to save its own life. And when you are gone, we are going to end your friends. They detest sunlight, and to be bathed in sunlight is as horrific a concept to the illithid as a human being bathed in blood. Have the same question? Time to end it. Mind flayers are octopus-headed mages who serve as the prison guards in the Tower of Latria. Thanks! The mind flayer vampire is cursed with both the need to drink blood and consume brains. The Elder Brain is the collection of brains from all of the colony’s past generations of mind flayers. Despite having an intellect equal to any normal mind flayer, they hold low status in illithid society, and spend their entire lives as guards. Mind flayers are octopus-headed mages who serve as the prison guards in the Tower of Latria. Unfortunately, the mind flayers were overconfident, and failed to notice when the gith began to evolve resistance to their psionic control. 5'4 - 6'2 However, the Mind Flayer manages to grab Eleven by her leg. What's the song at 41 minutes? The illithid empire ruled in perpetuity, until the stars burned out and the very worlds around them grew cold. They appear in several dungeons, such as Flying Fortress, the Cavern of Ice, and the Chaos Shrine. Join the community to add your comment. Its eyes are pure white. Meanwhile, the assembled allies retreated to the Byers house. They are also known to interfere with politics on the surface world, influencing rulers peoples with psychic control and propaganda. The creature was highly hostile toward anyone and anything that threatened his plans; using his almost omnipotent intelligence and dominion over the Upside Down to his advantage, he would develop ways to thwart and outsmart his adversaries. The mind flayers established themselves in hidden and underground places, particularly the Underdark, where they need not fear sunlight or the encroachment of the surface peoples. The mind flayer has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects. A mind flayer's hands have three narrow reddened fingers and a thumb, while its feet have two webbed toes. Alternatively… Mind flayers are, of course, underground-dwellers, living in the underdark, far away from the sun. A drawing of the Mind Flayer, drawn by Will Byers. It can drain HP from the party and blanket them in a white fog. Like the Mind Flayer, the Thing’s weakness is heat. The history of the Mind Flayer prior to October 1984 remains a mystery. Despite Eleven removing the piece of the Mind Flayer, Eleven's telekinesis is weakened and the Mind Flayer manages to find the Party after Billy tracked them due to the piece of the Mind Flayer that was in El's wound. [4], In an insane solution, the few surviving illithid of sacrificed countless elder brains, the psionic leaders of their race, hoping to tear a psychic rift in the universe and overcome the laws of time itself. Already a deviant? It premiered on October 27, 2017 along with the rest of the season. “Mind flayers aren’t the real boss monster,” I wrote in my post on mind flayer tactics.. “They usually live in colonies, not by themselves. Follow. The mind flayer appears in the Monster Manual (1e) (1977), p.70. The center of the hivemind, it telepathically directs all illithid within 5 miles of it, and is capable of holding a complete mental conversation with each individual mind flayer at once. After the Mind Flayer kills Billy, he suddenly loses control of his proxy body due to Joyce Byers closing the Gate underneath the mall. The aphorism "with an illithid's faith" is used by adventurers to mean "with treachery".SJR6 Greyspace (2e) (1992), p.69, The mind flayers are telepathic, and have no need for a spoken language of their own. Its head resembles an octopus, with four writhing tentacles where its mouth is. Kingxix. One theory posits that the illithid derive from the Far Realm, an alien place beyond the edge of time whose influence warps reality into abberant forms of life. Four tentacles snake from their octopus-like heads, flexing in hungry anticipation when thinking creatures come near. The Mind Flayer's abilities at genetic control and rapid manipulation, combined with its extensive psychic abilities, are very, very similar to the Zerg Overmind from the Starcraft videogame series, and it is very likely just as dangerous. We travel together. They appear humanoid, with heads that resemble octopuses, and frequently are found in the Underdark. Illithid can also suffer from psychic flareback, a rare backfire which can destroy their ability to use psionic power entirely. Now we can all see you. A year later, in 1985, despite being freed from the Mind Flayer, he left a huge impact on Will as he could still sense the Mind Flayer's presence whenever he was close. … Mind flayers typically use their thralls as slaves and armies, and owning a large collection of unique slaves carries great social status. The history of the Mind Flayer prior to October 1984 remains a mystery. However, the piece of the Mind Flayer that possessed Will constructed a body for himself out of rats and the Flayed so he could kill Will and his friends as revenge for the events in 1984. The scene in which the Shadow Monster infects or enters Will bears resemblance to similar possession sequences in horror films, most notably in 1973's. Weaknesses. Like the mind flayers, they possess psionic ability and monstrous appearance. A mind flayer must consume humanoid brains to survive. The Mine Flayer No. The mind flayer's most deadly physical feature is its tentacled mouth. Then, he watched in horror as the Mind Flayer rose high into the air before pursuing him through Loch Nora. Weakness: Heat- sensitive. These are the underdark Mind flayers and not the temple district ones. And when you are gone, we are going to end your friends. It is written in four parallel lines which are intended to be read simultaneously, and is a written interpretation of telepathic communication. Intellect devourers resembled walking brains on a set of bestial legs. A possessed Billy uses "we" pronouns to refer to itself, suggesting that the Flayed may maintain vestigial traits of individuality even while part of the Mind Flayer's hive mind. Later, the Mind Flayer caused Billy to crash his car, which got him to investigate the Steelworks, only to get captured and become his main host. Huzzah! A collective of three to five mind flayers assembled for specific purpose is known as an inquisition, and somewhat resembles an adventuring party in purpose and variety of composition. The best sourcebook detailing the mind flayers is Lords of Madness (2005), which dedicates an entire chapter to describing illithid anatomy and society. Invasion of the Body Snatchers. However, this process killed the host unless the original brain was restored within a few seconds. Its skin is smooth and completely hairless, with a tall, sloping cranium, two roughly-humanoid eyes, and four long, coiling tendrils concealing an alien mouth evolved to open the skulls of other creatures and feed on their contents. Through his telepathic link, the Mind Flayer could directly control additional entities and beings: Pockets of the silver-black mist could move independently while remaining under the control of the Mind Flayer. Mind Flayers came to this land in tall grey ships from across the Tol Sea. He's connected to it. Underground Aliases After wreaking havoc on the citizens of Hawkins, it returned in Stranger Things season 3, albeit in a different form. The mind flayers are usually accompanied by mind-controlled thralls, and as in normal illithid society it is common for the number of thralls to outnumber the mind flayers at least two to one.[2]. The Mind Flayer was thwarted two times by Will's friend, Mike, but when Will finally decided to confront the Mind Flayer, he became possessed by a piece of the Mind Flayer. The evil entity, also referred to as the Shadow Monster, made its debut in the Netflix show's second season. They have no understanding of the feelings humans call "happiness" or "love", possessed internally of only mankind's negative emotions; particularly contempt, fear, envy and hatred. All this time. These eggs hatch after around a month and take ten years to reach maturity, by which stage they reach three inches in length. [3], They can contract a common illness called "the ashen", a flu-like disease which causes beige, dry skin and impaired mental functioning. The allies discussed the nature of the Mind Flayer and the Upside Down in a desperate bid to defeat him. Hopper and Eleven arrived at the now-abandoned laboratory, and as they descended through the vast depths below, the Mind Flayer's huge silhouette loomed behind the other side of the Gate. Comments 3. He fled the body and flew far, far away into the night sky. "I get why y/n was your druid now," Max blurts. The only thing more horrific than a mind flayer is turning into one! [2], Mind flayer settlements are dimly lit, with their innate darkvision obviating the need for lighting except for their thralls. They often carry protective magic items, and may wear pieces of armor. As many fans of D&D and Baldur’s Gate know, Illithids have powerful psionics. In the summer of 1985, a secret Russian operation located beneath Hawkins' newly-built Starcourt Mall successfully opened another Gate into the Upside Down. The Mind Flayer first began his conquest to take over the world in 1984 when he used the Gate to spread the Upside Down's toxic biological growth underneath Hawkins, as well as possessing Will Byers and an army of Demodogs to take down Hawkins Lab. He is also able to hide himself and his hosts from Eleven's spying, and can even trap Eleven inside the void. Mind Flayer is not a creature you’d want to meet alone in the Underdark. Illithids are highly intelligent, and infamously sadistic. This monstrous creature served as a proxy body, through which the Mind Flayer could once again influence events in Hawkins. They would often gather … A larger group is known as a cult, and is led by two mind flayers who compete for control. With the telepathic link to his main form in the Upside Down severed, the ethereal fragment of the Mind Flayer that left Will's body became isolated and dis-empowered. Some suggest that they were not native to there, but merely came to our reality from that place. However, due to his being a part of the hive mind, he experienced severe agony following the burning of the tendrils. All three of the following events unfolded more or less simultaneously, but all collectively contributed to the Mind Flayer's defeat: The allies attempted to free Will from the Mind Flayer's influence, and thus return him to his former state. The Demogorgon, also terrifying, was more like … We playing campaing and because of lots of bad calls and just generally bad luck, it's likely to end in our defeat. The Elder Brain is the collection of brains from all of the colony’s past generations of mind flayers. Fewer than 1% of mind flayers are ulitharids, and they always rise to the highest status in their community, below only the elder brain. Root > DDO library > Monsters > Monster Manual > Volume 4 > Monster Manual/Mind Flayer Root > DDO library > Monsters > Monsters by alignment > Evil monsters Root > DDO library > Monsters > Monsters by alignment > Lawful monsters > Lawful Evil monsters Root > DDO library > Monsters > Monsters by quest > Monsters in The Underdark Fortunately, it led Will, Joyce, Bob, and Mike to find the location of Hopper and rescuing him at the tunnels. Extreme heat causes the human extreme pain but is able to cure them with enough exposure and heat. The life of a thrall is nightmarish and short, and usually ends with the mind flayer eating their brains and feeding the rest of the body to other thralls. They isolated the compromised Will in a dark room to stop the Mind Flayer from spying any further. 1/day each: dominate monster, plane shift (self only) Detect Thoughts . Traits Undead Fortitude: If damage reduces the zombie to 0 hit points, it must make a Constitution saving throw with a DC of 5+the damage taken, unless the damage is radiant or from a critical hit. I want you to build. The Mind Flayer, aka the Shadow Monster, is the Big Bad Wolf of Stranger Things 2, and it can psychically control people and other monsters. Following the rebellion, the gith soon began fighting amongst themselves. The surviving parastic tadpoles are inserted into the body of a humanoid captured for this purpose, which burrows its way into the individual's brain, growing over the course of one week until it completely replaces the victim's brain. They appear in the mythology of the most ancient races, and pre-date written history. The Mind Flayer gets exposed to heat, its weakness, and then Eleven and the others manage to condemn the Mind Flayer back to the Upside Down. 3. [5], The beings who created the mind flayers are unknown. Heat and light are some of its weaknesses. They are typically formed from tadpoles who survive the destruction of an elder brain, who soon turn on each other in a cannibalistic frenzy until only one massive survivor remains. Once it was decided that the monster was going to be “storm-like”, the Graffs began looking to references of storms and tornadoes. Feb 1, 2017 @ 12:28pm They drain several points of INT with each hit, and if any stat hits 0, you die. Despite this, they retain a facade of quiet calmness, and rarely show their true feelings. While the mind flayers breed slaves, these mature too slowly and the dull and the psychic energy of a wretched slave makes for a boring meal. Environment The kigrid resembles a large monstrous clawed cat. The Illithiad (1998), a lore-heavy supplement for AD&D 2nd edition released toward the end of that edition after TSR's bankruptcy and acquisition by Wizards of the Coast, is a 96-page supplement dedicated entirely to the mind flayer. Mind Flayer is an Enemy in Demon's Souls and Demon's Souls Remake. Firstappearance Mind flayers frequently operate alone, but they will work in pairs or in larger groups when the situation demands it. Unlike the Spider Monster, the Hospital Monster did not resemble the Mind Flayer but rather had a more asymmetrical appearance. 2 years ago. Lovecraft sort of approach, this inter-dimensional being that is sort of beyond human comprehension."[2]. Then, at the end of time, the mind flayers finally faced an unstoppable adversary. Show More. Stranger Things season 3 also references 1979's Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Enraged at Billy for resisting his control over him, the Mind Flayer proceeds to attack and kill Billy, much to the horror of Billy's stepsister, Max. During this time, they are routinely fed a slurry of brain matter and organs. Any mind flayers goal should be able to get a character alone, or in a group of two at most. The Burrowers Beneath (1975), which inspired the mind flayer. Impact in the Third season? Unlike the first Gate, the new breach was too small to let through creatures and vines; however, it was still wide enough for the Mind Flayer to renew his telepathic link with the isolated piece of himself at Brimborn Steel Works. They spend much of their time in psionic research and the pursuit of esoteric knowledge. The part of the Mind Flayer remained dormant until it was reawakened in 1985 by the Hawkins Key. On October 29, 1984, Will and his friends went to play at the Palace Arcade. 3840x1920px 445.51 KB. Demodogs work like a beehive mind, where Mind Flayer would be the “queen” and demogorgons would be workers and demodogs would be soldiers, demodogs have no apparent weakness like the demogorgon had. [1] They utterly lack an understanding of human notions such as friendship, honor, loyalty, self-sacrifice, or altruism. At the last minute, Dustin, Lucas, Max, Mike, and Steve made a plan to distract the Mind Flayer, and thus diverting his attention from the events involving Eleven and Will. A mind flayer stands around the same height as a human, typically between 5'4" and 6'2", having humanoid shape and narrow build. Share. After the rather rational aversion to fire, the Mind Flayer's second greatest weakness seems to be that it simply can't handle pain well, reacting to even small portions of its web being burnt with screeching and agony as well as being banished exorcism-style from Will simply by exploiting how heat hurts it. While much of the Mind Flayer is currently shrouded in mystery, through Will’s connection to the entity, it is known that the Mind Flayer wishes to eradicate humanity and merge Earth with the Upside Down. The mind flayer appears in the Monster Manual (3.0) (2000) and Monster Manual (3.5) (2003), p.186-188. While its true motivations for doing so are yet to be determined, through comparing the entity to the synonymously named creature from Dungeons & Dragons, Dustin theorized that the Mind Flayer viewed himself as superior to all other life. Mind Flayers can only exist indefinitely in The Void. That he's a spy for the mind flayer now," Max exclaims. Relations Mind Flayer. If left in a hot environment, a Mind Flayer will retreat the area. Will hid behind a wall, unaware that the creature was close behind him. ", "To build. The Mind Flayer eventually confronted Will and started to seek him as a vessel in order to use him to pave into the real world. However, his plans were thwarted when Joyce Byers closed the Gate, killing the Mind Flayer's proxy body. It enraged the Mind Flayer as referred by an ailing Will and as retaliation, the Mind Flayer deceived Will into revealing a location that it was afraid of and exploited their connection to use him to massacre the scientists at the Hawkins Lab. Despite having an episode named after it, the creature itself is not present in said episode, The Mind flayer is very similar to the Elder gods of H.P. Mind flayer This sets him apart from the Demogorgons, which appear to behave purely animalistic when he is not exercising his control over them. They occasionally produce a brain golem. Basically, one thing let to another, we're standing before the boss-room, with one mind-flayer and 4 custom cultists (with AC around 17) standing in somewhat close proximity inside the room. An illithid resembles a human in basic body structure, but taller and much more slender. A more serious condition is that of a partial personality, where a remnant of the host body's mind survives the transformation process.[3]. Adult mind flayers are hermaphroditic, and perhaps two or three times in their lifetime they will lay a batch of around one thousand eggs in the pool. And now, you are going to have to let us stay. In the Game: Baldur's Gate III. All of it for you. "I thought we couldn't trust him anymore. The Mind Flayer has also been shown to be highly vindictive, such as when he centered his entire plan on personally destroying the Party, and directly threatening Eleven through Billy inside her own psyche. He wields supreme control of the Upside Down, as well as the Demogorgons, tendrils, and the Flayed. The front door swung open, revealing the Upside Down beyond it, where the red storm violently raged once again. However, Hopper managed to fend off the Dogs, while El used her powers to neutralize the coil. 2 replies. The Upside Down Enemies have their own behavior and unique attacks, killing enemies provide various drops that reward players with items and souls. The King stays right here in his chair and I show him images from the world I think he’d enjoy. The Mind Flayer is a massively powerful being of unknown origin. After Will's rescue, the Mind Flayer started spreading the Upside Down through Hawkins where Will was given visions of the Upside Down. Born The Mind Flayer After wreaking havoc on the citizens of Hawkins, it returned in Stranger Things season 3, albeit in a different form. Humans are typical victims, but humanoids of similar size are also used, such as elves (including drow), gith, orcs and goblinoids. Such raids have been known to depopulate entire villages. Will Byers, a young resident of Hawkins, was captured by a Demogorgon and brought to the Upside Down's version of the town's public library. 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