Lord Fzoul Chembryl, High Priest of the Dark Shrine and second-in-command of the Zhentarim, and Manxam, the most powerful eye tyrant in the lands of the northwest Inner Sea lands. (Clyde Caldwell, AD&D Forgotten Realms Campaign Set: DM’s Sourcebook of the Realms, TSR, 1987)
Nature may reach the same result in many ways. Like a wave in the physical world, in the infinite ocean of the medium which pervades all, so in the world of organisms, in life, an impulse started proceeds onward, at times, may be, with the speed of light, at times, again, so slowly that for ages and ages it seems to stay, passing through processes of a complexity inconceivable to men, but in all its forms, in all its stages, its energy ever and ever integrally present. A single ray of light from a distant star falling upon the eye of a tyrant in bygone times may have altered the course of his life, may have changed the destiny of nations, may have transformed the surface of the globe, so intricate, so inconceivably complex are the processes in Nature. In no way can we get such an overwhelming idea of the grandeur of Nature than when we consider, that in accordance with the law of the conservation of energy, throughout the Infinite, the forces are in a perfect balance, and hence the energy of a single thought may determine the motion of a universe.
My concept art for the Dungeons and Dragons Beholder. This is a personal piece I did a while ago. The idea was that each eye and eyestalk would be different sizes and shapes. The central eye on a beholder emits a cone of Anti-Magic. Beholders are trademarks of Dungeons and Dragons and Wizards of the Coast.
The Beholder has many names: Eye Tyrant, Evil Eye, Witness, Observer, but across countless worlds and realms, they’re all universally known for their cruelty, insanity, racism, and as that weird eye-ball-themed creature wot is just a head and a mouth. Taking control of a Dungeon and bullying lesser-species seems second nature to these creatures, but how do they,
“Live in a Vacuum”?
Where do they come from? First and foremost, Beholders are ‘Aliens’ in both the literal and physical sense: a naturally psychic creature, their true extraterrestrial origins are lost across to vast a distance of both space and time. Individually, though, Beholders asexually reproduce: somewhat like potatoes, the eye-stalks of a Beholder can begin to swell, expand, physically mature, and develop into an entirely ‘new’ Beholder. All Beholders think themselves to be perfect & flawless, so while these growths develop they consider them part of their bodies and thus refrain from tearing them off immediately, but once they become heavy enough; the stalk dries, snaps off, and the new Beholder is greeted to the xenophobic scrutiny of it’s parent. 85% of all Beholder offspring are immediately killed and eaten on the spot for being imperfect, but the remaining 15% are either perfect copies or manage to escape their progenitors wrath.
What do they eat when there’s no Humans? Beholders do not belong in the wild, they are a paranoid, schizophrenic, creature that will quickly think themselves to death if they are void of even the simplest or remote intellectual competition- their survival is not a matter of resisting and adapting to nature, but surviving themselves. You may ask yourself, “wouldn’t Beholders find comfort being the smartest creature around?” The answer is, of course, no, as paranoia does not rule on a basis of reason: Beholders will use their psychic powers, petrification, & disintegration eye-beams to dominate their environment, construct a lair, and then with nothing antagonizing them; quickly find an enemy in every tree, lizard, squirrel, or bee.
How do they get into Dungeons? It’s not difficult to imagine how a Beholder finds itself the owner of a Dungeon: they either make it themselves, or they ‘acquire’ one, a better question might be, “How do they get introduce into Nature?” Beholders are a naturally psychic creature, meaning they possess a crystal brain and can travel freely between close, neighboring, physical and ethereal dimensions, they can even use this ability to hop-skotch between dimensions onto other planets… Unfortunately, not every world is habituated and sometimes the distances between dimensions is too great for a Beholder to pass through and the orbit of the previous dimension they used has passed- stranding them on empty worlds, these Beholders are typically lucky enough to just die of thirst and hunger.
I’m really interested in Sunnys and Tildas story’s and how they seem to mirror each other,.
Being forged into killers and made regents by their barons and being treated like favorites. Being given an immeasurable amount of trust. Quinn saw Sunny as the son, Ryder couldn’t be to him and Widow semi adopts Tilda like a daughter after her ordeal with her former husband.
Funny how MK is the catalyst for them both to start questioning about their life’s and what they really want. Seeing Quinn grow worse from his tumor and opening his eyes to what a tyrant his master is, causes Sunny to start breaking away. Tildas growing doubts about her mother being as genuine as she used to think brings conflict. Of course there’s that point when they all reach the crossroads. Sunnys told MK, he’d never been given a choice, but the boy does. Veil gives Tilda a choice to chose betweenkilling widow or sparing her, because Veils a perspective woman, she can read between the lines pretty well. The discussion about Widow has been a hot topic already, but choices of free will seem to anger barons, like they’re actions of treachery against their authority.
Sunnys breaking away condemned him a traitor and Quinn made no attempt to hide what their stations are, he’s the master and Sunny a slave to do with as he chooses. Tilda grew up a slave in the widow household, her privilage started after after the barons abuse ended but after her defiant words to Minerva in the promo, widow shows her true colors by reminding Tilda of her place and striking her, widows her mistress and Tilda is a slave. But both are now fighting back.
“The beholder (eye tyrant, sphere of many eyes) is most frequently found underground, although it infrequently will lair in desolate wildernesses.” (Tom Wham illus. from AD&D Monster Manual by Gary Gygax, TSR, 1977)