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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Where Is the Eye of the Beholder?

posted by on April 17 at 17:54 PM


Presumably in preparation for the new edition of Dungeons and Dragons that’s going to come out in June and totally own your world, the good folks at Wizards of the Coast are schlepping a thirteen-foot tall Beholder (above) around town for a week. You’ve already missed today’s visit to the Seattle Public Library, but there are three magical appearances still to come:

Rat City Rollergirls Bout 2

Tuesday 4/22/08 9.00am-1.00pm
Zanadu Comic Shop

Tuesday 4/22/08 2.00pm-6.00pm
Cafe Umbria

If you’re blissfully unaware but would like to lose your nerd maidenhead, here’s part of the Wikipedia entry for Beholders.

A Beholder is an aberration comprising a floating spheroid body with a large fanged mouth and single eye on the front and many flexible eyestalks on the top.

A beholder’s eyes each possess a different magical ability; the main eye projects an anti-magical cone, and the other eyes use different spell-like abilities (disintegrate objects, transmute flesh to stone, cause sleep, slow motion of objects, charm animals, charm humans, cause death, induce fear, levitate objects, and inflict serious wounds.)

Beholders are extremely xenophobic, to the point of being engaged in a violent intra-species war with others of their kind who differ even slightly in appearance. They will sometimes take members of other, non-beholder races as slaves. Beholder communities in the Underdark often, when provoked, wage war on any and all nearby settlements, finding the most resistance from the drow and illithids

So you drow and illithids might want to steer clear of Pioneer Square next Tuesday.

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My level 15 psionic levels are no match

Posted by bobcat | April 17, 2008 5:58 PM

Oh, please... is there any chance of some drow and illithids showing up to pick a fight? I'd love pictures of that. Seriously, anyone? =)

Posted by wench | April 17, 2008 6:41 PM

bitches were @ central library as well. i almost hit the car in front of me. it's not a very safe ad scheme.

Posted by mike | April 17, 2008 6:54 PM

#2 That would be awesome, but I don't have the prep time for that.

Posted by Jay | April 17, 2008 6:56 PM

Pics of the Beholder erection in front of the Downtown Library here:

Posted by Peter F | April 17, 2008 8:15 PM

Drow chicks are HAWT.

That is all I had to say.

Posted by Drow lover | April 17, 2008 8:24 PM

@6 Agreed 100%.

A shame I won't be able to get down there next week; it'd be far too fun a costume opportunity to pass up.

Posted by Cow | April 17, 2008 11:43 PM

I don't know - I still think your basic run of the mill Balrog is still scarier (but I have to admit - my D & D monster manual is in a box buried in my storage space, so I can't comprehensively stack them up on the numbers toe to, um ...toe?).

Posted by Mr. X | April 18, 2008 12:13 AM

@8- I believe the Tolkien Estate is even scarier than your Balor.

Posted by melby | April 18, 2008 6:43 AM

So, is someone going to DM a Slog D&D party or what?

Posted by Jessica | April 18, 2008 7:28 AM

I'll second Jessica's query and nominate Paul Constant for Dungeon Master.

Posted by kid icarus | April 18, 2008 8:13 AM

The Rat City bout is actually tomorrow evening. Here's the actual Beholder schedule, according to your link:

Rat City Rollergirls Bout 2
Saturday 4/19/08 4:00pm-9:00pm
Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park
6310 N.E. 74th Street
Seattle, WA 98115

Game Shop
Tuesday 4/22/08 9.00am-1.00pm
Zanadu Comic Shop
1923 3rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

Coffee Shop
Tuesday 4/22/08 2.00pm-6.00pm
Cafe Umbria
320 Occidental Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

Posted by Levislade | April 18, 2008 9:14 AM

Damn, I left my +5 sword at home...

Posted by StrangerDanger | April 18, 2008 10:02 AM

It's kind of a shame that the Beholder has become the iconic D&D monster, because they're, well, kinda dorky. Dorky in the "I may be funny-looking, but I have eleven different magical powers with which to flense your sorry carcass from across the room and if that doesn't work I can just gnaw your head off" sort of way, but dorky nonetheless.

I get the feeling that, like many old-skool D&D monsters, they were designed to put the kibosh on overconfident players. Like ear seekers (little parasitic worms that live in doors so when you try to listen at the door they burrow into your brain), the varying different monsters that disguise themselves as floors or walls or treasure chests and then crush you to death, or - everyone's favourite - gelatinous cubes: near-invisible, mindless 10-foot cubes of acidic gelatin that slurp slowly down dungeon corridors (which, back in the day, were nearly always 10' wide by 10' high because that's easier to draw on graph paper).

Posted by Breklor | April 18, 2008 10:44 AM

This is the dorkiest comments thread ever. I am totally going to get my picture taken with it at the bout on Saturday.

Posted by Cherry Jubilee | April 18, 2008 11:24 AM

@14 I think the beholder is the perfect monster for this; dragons, while awesome, are not uniquely D&D enough for brand association. Gelatinous Cubes are D&D enough, but a clear 10'x10' cube just wouldn't draw enough attention. Man-sized monsters - Illithids are uniquely D&D - just aren't big enough, and might just creep people out. So, Beholder is the perfect BBEG for the job! (Invisible Stalker, anyone?)

Shame I don't live anywhere near Washington.

Posted by Dr Hook | April 18, 2008 3:19 PM

@16 I'm not denying that; I'm lamenting it :)

Posted by Breklor | April 18, 2008 4:05 PM

Sorry losers, but with that graph paper reference Breklor@14 totally *p0wnd* the geekage on this thread. Totally.

Posted by 3d20 + 15 damage roll | April 18, 2008 4:31 PM

@Peter F: Beholder erection?

Posted by Ouch | April 18, 2008 4:56 PM

I just saw the beholder on Virginia and 3rd. They were filming for something down their!

Posted by beholder!! | April 22, 2008 2:49 PM

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