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BRAIN DISSOLVER
Created 1986 (originally called "Grelimpenok," revised 1988

FREQUENCY: Very Rare
NO. APPEARING: 1
ARMOR CLASS: 7
MOVE: 2"
HIT DICE: 5
% IN LAIR: 100%
TREASURE TYPE: nil
NO. OF ATTACKS: 2
DAMAGE: Special
SPECIAL ATTACKS: see below
SPECIAL DEFENSES: see below
MAGIC RESISTANCE: see below
INTELLIGENCE: High
ALIGNMENT: CN
SIZE: L (6' diamater, 30' long stalks)
PSIONIC ABILITY: 269
--ATTACK/DEFENSE MODES: A,C,D,E/ALL
LEVEL/XP: V / 315 + 5/hp

The terrible Brain Dissolver resembles an immense brain covered in writhing tentacles, two of which are quite long and prehensile. As soon as it is encountered by one or more humanoids, it will focus on the character in the front and attack with a Psionic MIND BLAST, additionally affecting all within a 25-degree arc of the focal victim. Psionically aware characters will be able to sense the presence of a Brain Dissolver within an are of 100 feet, but that detection will alert the beast as well.

In the absense of psionic battle, the Brain Dissolver will proceed to lash out with each of two tentacles at the characters most affected by the BLAST (but still alive), attacking at +2 to hit. A score of 18 or higher shatters the hit character's skull (4-40 damage), exposing the brain (blood loss 1-8 points per round). Each round thereafter, it will attempt to drag the body close enough to absorb the victim's organ free (instant death), attacking at +4 to hit. While attempting to feed, it will not lash out at anyone else. Opponents hit by a tentacle but not constricted are "merely" whipped for 1-12 damage.

It only uses Psionic BLASTS at non-psionics; but will use other attack and defense modes expertly in a mental conflict.

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