Illithinaarim, the unholy experiment to cross Baatezu with Mind Flayer. These creature were brought to life by the Cult of the Weeping Crescent, a group formed by the fallen Solar, Akkarn who swore to destroy residents of Baator, Tanar'ri and servants of Ilsensine by any means necessary.
These humanoids were born thanks to the powerful magic bestowed on cultist by Akkarn mixed with stolen hellish spells which were cast upon bodies of kidnapped representatives of Illithids and Baatezu. The effects were most impressive. The first Illithinaarim stood on the ground of the realm. The fallen Solar was so enthralled by the success he immediately ordered the cult to create at least hundreds of them.
The first Illithinaarim exceeded the expectations of Akkarn in all, magic, melee combat and psionics. All of them were vastly improved in comparison to the original species. Some scholars believe it is due to their constant connection with hellish realms.
But the Illithinarim felt part of it was amiss. After spending some time close to the Solar it figured out everyone called him by his name and the creature wondered why it doesn't have one and asked it's own creator. Akkarn dismissed the Illithinarim as it needed no name, it purpose was only to kill the enemies of Solar. The monster could not abandon the idea of having a name as it thought it will make it complete and created one on it's own. After a long meditation it named itself The Philosopher. Although it gained a name, Philosopher still was not satisfied as new questions began to sprout in it's mind.
It went again to its creator to find answers, this time trying to convince Solar it should be called by its new name. Enraged Akkarn not only did not answer but attacked the creature almost killing it. He ordered Philosopher to be locked in prison until he realizes there is no purpose for it other than obeying its master.
In few months new Illithinaarim were created by the Weeping Crescent totaling in number of six and they began their training. The First One haunted by the question about its purpose succumbed to the anger at its creator. He learned about the other of its kind and created a plan to gain freedom. Having time to discover itself he found a number of the feature its body and mind possessed. He spoke to his brethren through their minds and began to impregnate their thoughts with its ideas. The Philosopher was more experienced and it discovered more about itself and its consciousness than the other monsters. Soon they created The Council of the Awareness. The First One was released from the prison pretending it learned its place but all of the seven Illithinaarim approached Akkarn and sent his mind into the oblivion. Solar could not resist the collective power of all of his creations at once and lost his mind to insanity. He began to destroy everything around him in wild instinctive rage. The Council used their powers to create a cage of power to lock Akkarn inside while they will take their leave. The servants of the fallen Solar were at first shocked as their saw their lord act like a angry beast, some of them tried to stop him and died just before he was locked. The rest tried to oppose the Illithinaarim but they fell without being able to deliver a single blow as they fell victim to the mental attack of the collective. Soon after all the trace of The Philosopher and his brethren vanished and not a single person heard about them for centuries.
Some adventurers claim they have seen creatures similar to Mind Flayers, much higher and with four arms somewhere in the Underdark, near the ruins of old Temple of Lolth. No one so far took them seriously believing they probably had hallucinations due to Illithids psionic powers, these creatures are infamous for. But seven of these monster dwell somewhere in the depths of the world, discovering the dark secrets of the world. Who knows what do they plan for the Forgotten Realms?
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