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From:     Bardic@???.com
Date:     Wed, 26 Apr 1995 18:18:28 -0400
Subject:  Re: Neo...
Sorry it's so long.

In DRAGON #150 in an article The Sunset World, it states that the Illithid
only eats select portions of the brain, those dealing with thinking. But the
reason behind this is a reproductive function. After the thinking part are
removed, (which I believe are used in the formation of the larva), the other
areas that are used to maintain the body are carefully restored. Severed
blood vessels and the like are repaired. The tiny larvae is then inserted
into the skull cavity, where it establishes a connectin with the nerves and
blood vessels of the body. The larva's control is sufficient to allow for
swallowing and digestion of food provided by the adult. However, this is
insufficient to support the growing Illithid. The host body gradually
shrivels  and atrophies as the larva draws on its reserve. As the larva
grows, it fills the host's skull cavity and then loosens the connection
between skull bones so that the larva may expand upward and outward. When the
host is no longer useful, the larva metamorphoses and emerges as an Illithid
of adult-form, perhaps  one-half to one-quarter of the normal size depending
on the size and type of host. Highly intelligent hosts are prefered due to
skull size and possible association with the development of psionic powers.

Also, more information may be found in DRAGON #78 Ecology of the Mind Flayer.


AD ASTRA
B*B
Bardic


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