Deep within the bowels of Serin lie a vast array of tunnels and
innumerable sentient creatures of varying species. Some are weak, some are
strong, some are subservient and some are immensely powerful. Amongst the
most powerful and most feared creatures to dwell below the surface are the
Zstrxiq is from a large colony of approximately two thousand illithids and
an elder brain that has seen millennia come and go. Over time the colony
had expanded, gained strength, and amassed a large number of slaves to see
to its needs. Amongst the newest slaves to be taken by the colony were a
brigade of dwarves that had followed a vein of platinum far too deep. The
greed of dwarves is matched only by their tenacity and in their drive ever
further downward they were met by the illithids. They were quickly
overwhelmed and enslaved. The elder brain cared little for their strength,
skill with the pick or their master craftsmanship. What the elder brain was
interested in was their knowledge of the surface world.
Through their memories the elder brain was able to hear peculiar sounds and
see vivid colors - things that are alien to a subterranean creature. It
thirsted for more. It wanted to learn of the creatures and societies above.
It wanted to learn their strengths and their weaknesses. It wanted to learn
if there would be any value in sending forth a portion of the colony and
slaves to establish a new colony above.
To this end it selected a handfull of illithids to send to the surface.
Rather than go as a group, it directed them to travel in different
directions and report back in one hundred years.
As soon as Zstrxiq made it to the surface he was freed of the elder brain.
Ever had it possessed an iron grip over his mind. He could feel a small
void within his mind, but his thoughts and ambitions were now his own. It
is an odd feeling to be suddenly cut off from the thoughts of an entire
colony and the memories of all of the fallen illithids that were stored in
the elder brain. It was, however, worth it to be able to experience
Zstrxiq made his way to Seringale and learned of the inhabitants, lands, and
societies of Serin. He could not stand the chaos that he saw. One thing
that illithids covet most and seek to instill upon the world is order. This
chaotic, turbulent land lacked exactly that. With a great deal of time left
on his expeditionary venture, he plans to establish order. He will do so by
whatever means necessary.
This creature has the height and frame of a slim human, though that is
where any resemblance to humanoids ends. Its flesh appears to be soft,
moist, rubbery and appears to be covered by a thin layer of glistening mucus
that gives off a hint aroma of vanilla. It has a bulging, rigid, elongated
head that is reminiscent of a squid. It has two large eyes that are
completely black, and where its mouth should be are instead four
purplish-black, writhing tentacles.