5E Are Mind Flayers slimy?

77IM

Explorer!!!
They are not slimy, but are rather soft and squishy. They have kind of a weird, almost chemically smell, like moldy leaves mixed with windex; but it's not a very strong smell. Like, you have to be standing right next to one, or have its tentacles wrapped around your head, to notice it. They are cold-blooded, but not very sensitive to temperature changes (there are many different types of "cold-blooded" and "warm-blooded" and some of them don't quite work the way we were taught in elementary school). That's what I imagine, anyway.
 

Xenonnonex

Adventurer
What they feel like and smell like is subjective at a distance. I would recommend getting really up close to them just for that objective conclusion.
 

Blackrat

He Who Lurks Beyond The Veil
I do believe the description from the novel Exile states that they do indeed have a slimy skin, but it has been two decades since I read it, so I might ’member wrong...
 

Leatherhead

Possibly a Idiot.
Apparently:

They are warm blooded, but have a silvery blood (presumably to better carry the psychic energies they feed on as nutrients). Their skin is soft and is moistened with mucus, which gives off a smell that can best be described as extremely faint and akin to a combination of garlic or onions and vanilla. However, because they are totally bizarre creatures, they don't breathe through their skin like a normal slimy creature does. Instead they are forced to use the lungs they "inherited" from whatever host creature they were morphed from. The mucus only holds in water, and more importantly, psionic energy.

But the kicker is:

The reason they put on robes is because they develop a warped sense of aesthetics as a byproduct of eating humanoid brains and being subtly influenced by their thoughts. Most peoples think that people with mental powers (A.K.A spellcasters) wear robes, therefore the Mindflayers think they should wear robes, as a kind of memetic infection. Mindflayers of Thoon don't suffer from this "contamination" (they have a bigger contamination problem), and don't wear robes as a result.
 
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Guang

Explorer
I always figured they felt and smelled like octopus. Octopus-on-a-stick is a pretty common snack around here (tiny ones - about the size of an oreo), so I when I see a pic of a mindflayer I remember the last time I bit down and chewed on the little orange things. Now I'm getting hungry - I'd be at high risk of getting infected by one of their tadpoles hiding among the snack food I guess!
 

Angel Tarragon

Dawn Dragon
They are warm blooded, but have a silvery blood (presumably to better carry the psychic energies they feed on as nutrients). Their skin soft and is moistened with mucus, which gives off a smell that can best be described as extremely faint and akin to a combination of garlic or onions and vanilla. However, because they are totally bizarre creatures, they don't breathe through their skin like a normal slimy creature does. Instead they are forced to use the lungs they "inherited" from whatever host creature they were morphed from. The mucus only holds in water, and more importantly, psionic energy.
What is your source for this information?
 

Xenonnonex

Adventurer
Apparently:

They are warm blooded, but have a silvery blood (presumably to better carry the psychic energies they feed on as nutrients). Their skin soft and is moistened with mucus, which gives off a smell that can best be described as extremely faint and akin to a combination of garlic or onions and vanilla. However, because they are totally bizarre creatures, they don't breathe through their skin like a normal slimy creature does. Instead they are forced to use the lungs they "inherited" from whatever host creature they were morphed from. The mucus only holds in water, and more importantly, psionic energy.

But the kicker is:

The reason they put on robes is because they develop a warped sense of aesthetics as a byproduct of eating humanoid brains and being subtly influenced by their thoughts. Most peoples think that people with mental powers (A.K.A spellcasters) wear robes, therefore the Mindflayers think they should wear robes, as a kind of memetic infection. Mindflayers of Thoon don't suffer from this "contamination" (they have a bigger contamination problem), and don't wear robes as a result.
What is your source for this information?
The bit with them smelling like vanilla, garlic or onions sounds like experience with eating them.
 
They're soft, slimy, sticky, and smell terrible. And if they were true to the source material they'd regenerate like trolls.
HP Lovecraft said:
The odour arising from the newly opened depths was intolerable... It lumbered slobberingly into sight and gropingly squeezed Its gelatinous green immensity... green, sticky spawn of the stars... great Cthulhu slid greasily into the water... There was a bursting as of an exploding bladder, a slushy nastiness as of a cloven sunfish, a stench as of a thousand opened graves... For an instant the ship was befouled by an acrid and blinding green cloud, and then there was only a venomous seething astern; where—God in heaven!—the scattered plasticity of that nameless sky-spawn was nebulously recombining in its hateful original form
 

pogre

Adventurer
My sons were terribly disappointed that mindflayers apparently have skeletons. My youngest said, "Awww, I thought they were cephalapods!"
 

Mirtek

Explorer
They must be kind of moist as one of the key differences of undead mindflayer liches is their dry Skin
 

TheSword

Explorer
They must be kind of moist as one of the key differences of undead mindflayer liches is their dry Skin
I was going to say this. Lords of Madness and the Illithiad are the best sources I’ve seen, with more in The Underdark. Both the 3.5 and 2nd edition version. Alhoon, or Ilithiliches are referenced in Ruins of Myth Drannor (one of the best source books/boxes ever!)
 

Oofta

Title? I don't need no stinkin' title.
I always thought they were soft and cuddly, smelled slightly of polyester and stuffing.

Oh wait, maybe I'm thinking of the wrong version?

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