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Aboleth


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The aboleth is a revolting fish-like amphibian found primarily in subterranean lakes and rivers. It despises all nonaquatic creatures and attempts to destroy them on sight.
Aboleths are cruel and highly intelligent, making them very dangerous predators. They know many ancient and terrible secrets, after inheriting their parents' knowledge at birth, and assimilating the knowledge and memories of all they consume.

An aboleth resembles an enormous prehistoric fish, measuring some 20 feet in length from snout to tail, with four 10-foot-long tentacles sprouting from behind its massive head. Its rubbery skin is blue-green with regular grey splotches running along its sides. The pink belly of the creature is interrupted by a lamprey-like mouth and four pulsating organs that secrete a foul-smelling grey slime.

They are smart enough to refrain from immediately attacking land dwellers who draw near. Instead they hang back, hoping their prey will enter the water, which they often make appear cool, clear, and refreshing with their powers of illusion. Aboleths also use their psionic abilities to enslave individuals for use against their own companions.

They have both male and female organs, and breed in solitude, laying 1-3 eggs every five years. These eggs grow for another five years before hatching into full-grown aboleths. Although the young are physically mature, they remain with the parent for about ten years, obeying them completely.

Aboleths have their own language, and can speak Undercommon and Aquan.

COMBAT:
An aboleth attacks by flailing its long slimy tentacles, though it prefers to fight from a distance using its illusionary powers.
Transformation: A blow from an aboleth's tentacle can cause a terrible transformation. Affected creatures must make a saving throw (Fortitude DC19, 3rd Ed. D&D) or undergo a metamorphic change over the next 2-5 minutes; their skin becomes a clear, slimy membrane, and the affected creature must remained moistened with cool, fresh water or suffer 1-12 points of damage every 10 minutes.
A Remove Disease spell cast before the transformation is complete will restore an afflicted individual back to normal. Afterward, however, only a heal or mass heal spell can reverse the change.
Psionics: at will - hypnotic pattern, illusiory wall, mirage, arcana, persistent image, programmed image, project image, and veil. Cast as though by a 16th-level sorceror (Save DCs are 13+spell level).
Enslave: 3 times a day, an aboleth can attempt to enslave


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2005-04-03 [xido]: An enslaved inidividual becomes a Skum, a form of commanded enslaved soldier of the Aboleth's keeping.  See Merfolk

2005-11-09 [Linn Scarlett]: note: i recall it despising all none aboleth, not just none aquatics

2006-01-21 [xido]: Could be... I still don't have 'Lords of Madness' but I will one day... then we will know everything we want to know about aboleths, Illithid, beholders and aberrations (yummy)  x.op one of these days

2006-01-21 [Linn Scarlett]: i bet you can make a hell of a stew out of them *chuckles*

2006-02-04 [xido]: yick... I bet it tastes like slime and snot, though...

2007-01-23 [Linn Scarlett]: Nah all drow food tastes like snot anyway XD

2007-04-20 [xido]: I am reading about Aboleths... from a .pdf file of the book, Lords of Madness...  It is amazingly defintive. ;) These creeps are seriously messed up. So are all the other aberrations for that matter. :D

2007-06-26 [Linn Scarlett]: I am sure they aren't nearly as messed up as I am -in every meaning of the word, that is :P

2007-09-21 [xido]: lol! But I still adore you, even with all those wonderful quirks you have!

Btw, the http://www.dandwiki.com pages are really well put together, but they don't host artwork... Since it's not Open Gaming License content.......... But I am liking the ability to post on a wiki that is like Wikipedia's but D&D specific. It's neat.

As for those aboleths I was reading about, I now have an 8HD Aboleth / 10lvl Warlock / 2lvl Cleric / 3lvl Oneiromancer (Dream Mage) as one of my bad guys in a new campaign I'm running. Hehehehe, super fun.

2007-11-23 [Linn Scarlett]: Hmm sounds really good, I've rescently started hosting a campaign again in the Underdark, which is always loads of fun ;)

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