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Are there any DnD 3.5 adventures that revolve around the illithid? Google hasn't returned anything useful... They're one of my favorite monsters and I'm trying to get a feel them.

Thanks!

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Worth noting are the Mindflayers of Thoon. Not a module (what I'm referring to at least - one probably exists) but there are enough baddies in the pile to make one easily. Monster Manual Five, I believe it is. \$\endgroup\$
    – LitheOhm
    Commented Sep 18, 2012 at 5:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ The StarDock comes to mind. \$\endgroup\$
    – nijineko
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 21:35

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The best illithid source is probably from 2e, there is an entire mind flayer sourcebook called the Illithiad with a linked series of three "Monstrous Arcana" adventures published to use with it - A Darkness Gathering, Masters of Eternal Night, and Dawn of the Overmind.

In 3.5e there is an aberration sourcebook called Lords of Madness with a large chapter on the illithids. It has a small adventure in that chapter IIRC.

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There is a 3.0 module called the Speaker in Dreams which includes an illithid foe, but he's sort of a renegade and there aren't any others in the module as I recall. I'm not aware of any 3.5 modules that focus on them, however. Every module that we played other than Speaker in Dreams during our 3/3.5 time was from converted 2nd edition modules.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Was taught on that one, it was awesome. Became tradition even to initiate new players. +1 \$\endgroup\$
    – LitheOhm
    Commented Sep 18, 2012 at 5:06
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There's a great 3.5E short adventure called Teleport Gone Awry in Dungeon #153. Basically a hook for what happens when adventurers fail a teleport roll and end up in an underground Illithids' model of the city they meant to 'port to. Could be a great intro to the brain eaters.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I've ran this one; to clarify it's a small surveillance party of Thoon Mind-Flayers which are meant to be slightly different than normal ones (although I ran it to just be normal Illithids). It was a great side-trek and easily spun off into a greater side quest. Very simple and short but gets the point across. \$\endgroup\$
    – L.P.
    Commented Jan 28, 2020 at 22:12

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