The Body Illithid: Science of the Mind Flayers

Behold the mind flayer... Art by Gabriel Cassata (full image, artist link below)

If Dungeons and Dragons has ever touched your life, then you’re probably familiar with the tentacled, brain-sucking Illithids. Even in a fantasy world so rich in bizarre monstrosities, the Mind Flayers stand out as shockingly alien. Yet the Illithids are not without their parallels in the natural world -- and even in human civilization. Join Robert and Christian for a science-grounded look at everyone’s favorite Underdark horror.

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Outside Content:

'Volo’s Guide to Monsters' (DND)

'Exile (The Legend of Drizzt)' by R.A. Salvatore

Topics in this Podcast: monsters, biology, dungeons and dragons