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ID STEALER
Created 1989

FREQUENCY: Rare
NO. APPEARING: 1
ARMOR CLASS: 4
MOVE: 12"
HIT DICE: 12
% IN LAIR: 35%
TREASURE TYPE: A
NO. OF ATTACKS: 3
DAMAGE: 1-8/1-8/3-30 +Special
SPECIAL ATTACKS: See below
SPECIAL DEFENSES: See below
MAGIC RESISTANCE: 100% and see below
INTELLIGENCE: Super-genius
ALIGNMENT: LE
SIZE: M
PSIONIC ABILITY: 365
--Attack/Defense Modes: All/All
LEVEL/XP: X / 6,250 +16/hp

The incredibly powerful Id Stealer is vaguely humanoid in appearance, characterized by a long, whip-like tantacle where a head should otherwise be. Although they have no discernable eyes nor ears, their mental attunement is unsurpassed. This affords them the trait of never being surprised, for a start.

Their psionically empowered mind is familiar with all known attack and defense modes, and it can also use 8 minor and 3 major psionic disciplines. It's preferred attack mode is a unique one which literally sucks one's subconscious completely "dry." Psionic point cost is 15 per usage, and does 10 points more damage than a MIND BLAST in all respects. Upon a non-psionic, this "id stealing" reduces intelligence and wisdom at a rate of 1-4 points per hit, but can only be affected via a physical touch from the monster. If either attribute reaches zero, death occurs, with a resurrected character regaining her natural acumen, but having no memory whatsoever (thus reducing her XP and level to zero). Victims suffering to a lesser degree will have appropriate amounts of difficulty in solving problems, performing spells, losses of creativity, and an inability to think for themselves in any other aspect. A victim's mental repair will happen naturally on a point-per-week basis, provided rest is taken. If not, the effects are permanent and the afflicted has a percentage of going insane forever, equal to ten times the amount of stat points lost.

Once its psionic ability reaches 100 points or less, it will retain a TOWER OF IRON WILL and perform normal spells without error as a 10th level Magic User in order to retreat and make mental repairs.

In addition to its 100% Magic Resistance, the Id Stealers are not surprisingly immune to all forms of mind-control spells such as SLEEP, CHARM, HOLD, etc.

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