Biweekly Monster-Mind Worm (AD&D)

BookWormFREQUENCY: Very Rare
NO. APPEARING: 5-20
ARMOR CLASS: 9
MOVE: 1″
HIT DICE: 1 hit points
% IN LAIR: 0%
TREASURE TYPE: Nil
NO. OF ATTACKS: 0
DAMAGE/ATTACK: Nil
SPECIAL ATTACKS: See below
SPECIAL DEFENSE: Nil
MAGIC RESISTANCE: Standard
INTELLIGENCE: Non
ALIGNMENT: Neutral
SIZE: S
PSIONIC ABILITY: 40
Attack/Defense Modes: A/F

Mind worms are intellect seeking creatures generally attracted to libraries and other repositories of knowledge. Indeed, any significant library left unattended for more than a year will be found teeming with mind worms waiting for intellectually rich prey to return. Even frequently used libraries will see a mind worm appear from time to time.

A mind worm will take the opportunity to emerge from a book when a likely-intelligent candidate handles it. It will immediately burrow into the victim and make its way toward the brain. This can be stopped by applying flame to the point of entry (1d6 damage each) or with a cure disease spell.

Once the mind worm arrives at the brain in 1-3 turns, the victim must make a saving throw against spells as against the feeblemind spell each turn. If the victim is not a spell caster, failing this saving throw may have other mentally debilitating effects, such as rendering a sage or alchemist inept in his studies.

The mind worm, once in the brain, shares a telepathic link with the victim and shares their senses. If it detects an attempt to remove it by means of a cure disease spell or similar, it will use its psionic blast to prevent the removal if possible.

When Rovert picked up a rot grub from some books at the college, HuS suggested the existence of some kind of knowledge leech for books. That made a lot of sense to me. With a touch of psionics, it still isn’t the instant death of a rot grub, but it does pose a significant threat.

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