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From:     Skreyn@???.com
Date:     Tue, 11 Oct 94 03:48:47 EDT
Subject:  Re: Mind Flayers, NB: Eyespace
1:  Mind flayers

Hey, I was looking at the Mind Flayer entry in the Monstrous
Compendium, and noticed something.  If a MF (hmmm ... I wonder
if that abbreviation was intentional...) can only give birth
twice in its lifetime, and "most" of the immature 'tadpoles' die
before reaching adulthood, shouldn't the illithids have died
out by now?

I mean, if "most" = 70%, then each young has a 30% chance to survive
long enough to reproduce, doesn't that mean there is a 40%
attrition rate in the mind flayer population each generation
(30% survive + 30% survive)?  Something is wrong here...

2:  Eyespace

OK, I admit, I blatantly stole this idea from an old Star Frontiers
adventure, but it's a neat idea for SJ.
OK, imagine a crystal sphere which, instead of having a normal
heliocentric system with planets orbiting it, has a pair of black
holes close together as the sphere-center.  Planets and small suns
orbit this pair.

Due to the sever distortions of the overlapping black-hole gravity
planes, the fabric of space-time is disrupted in this sphere.  All
objects of approx 1000 tons or less succumb to a strange effect.
Any objects in the sphere appear to be under the effects of a
Mirror Image spell - 2-5 exact images of the ship/asteroid/whatever
appear near the original, moving in sync with the original.

These images are not illusions, but rather "shadows" of the original
ship reflected back into real-space by the substance of space and
time (being oriented a fraction of a second before or after the

The images cannot be attacked, and cannot attack, although if the
original fires a weapon, it appears that the images do too, although
no damage will be suffered upon "impact."  This is how you tell the
images apart - if you fire a weapon at an image, it will pass through,
and the weapons crew can remember which image is not real.  Likewise,
an image that fires a weapon can be remembered as an image, and
thereafter, ignored.

The natives to this sphere are familiar with the effect, and often
use 3-5 small ships to attack passing visitors (appearing as 6-30
small ships...).

The two black holes still suck away all light that passes near them,
resulting in two black dots in the center of an otherwise fairly
bright sphere.  It is this image that gave the holes the nickname
"The Ebony Eyes," thus the sphere is Eyespace.

This sphere can be relegated to obscurity by placing it in a new place
in the flow, or can be made a frequent stop by having it be in the
middle of an especially fast flow current....
Sean K Reynolds   a.k.a. Veggie Boy  skreyn@??????.com  skreyn@???.com
"You think you're so smart, but I've seen you naked,
"I'll probably see you naked again." 'Blame it on me', BareNaked Ladies

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