From: Erick Slazinski <SLA329@???.???.??????????.com> Date: 12 Oct 94 15:03:19 EDT Subject: Re: MF
>In a previous message, Skreyn@???.com said... >> 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? >There are four ways of looking at it... >1. T$R (Total Dollar Revenue) screwed up. >2. "Most" is only about 50%. >3. Mind Flayer population growth follows cycles -- they're currently in a > population decline. >4. The race is dying. <snip> I really like the growth cycle idea. One could tie it all together by "on average 'most' of the immature 'tadpoles' die before reaching adulthood". The whatever percentage you pick for most is the average. The percentage can then cycle. If you pick 60% (= most), then the number could (for example) oscillate between 40 - 80% depending on where in the cycle you are. In general you could say the population is doomed to extinction, but how long this takes is up to the GM.
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