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Physics, and a dumb teacher in General
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By Dikiyoba:
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Dikiyoba is 25% of Dikiyoba's calculus class. That makes calculus a lot more interesting than one might expect.
Funny. I was 25% of my calculus course, 16.67% of my physics course, and am 25% of my computing course (which is in University). Hooray for small classes!

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One more post I must make, and Apprentice no longer I will be!
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STUPIDEST POST EVER!!! in General
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By SupaNik:
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Well... meat is murder. Discuss.
Not only is meat murder, but eating plants is too. They're both living organisms, with the rights entailed. It's time we stop discriminating based on kingdom.

For more information, listen to "Carrot Juice is Murder" by The Arrogant Worms.

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Salads are only for murderers
Coleslaw's a facist regime
Don't think that they don't have feelings
Just 'cause a radish can't scream...
- Carrot Juice is Murder (The Arrogant Worms)
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Hooray. in General
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Descartes proved everything based on the axiom that he existed. This being Spiderweb General, I can prove the same on the axiom that root beer is good.

By Alorael:
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I take it as axiomatically true that one equals two. May I have a miter now?
'1' is defined as the multiplicative inverse. By defining '2' as the same, you imply a * 2 = a.
Now you need another symbol to represent 1 + 1.
(Sorry, I've been doing math ALL afternoon)

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"What ... is your favourite colour?"
"Blue. NO WAIT! Aaahh....."
- Quest for the Holy Grail
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Physics, and a dumb teacher in General
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Thralni, I find it strange that your teacher didn't even mention that the formula could be found empirically.

I think you would have enjoyed my physics prof more: after giving a rapid-fire introduction to specific relativity, she declared it to be a martini moment. She then consumed a martini and stated that the problem had become much clearer. Fun class.

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There once was a young lady named Bright
Whose speed was far faster than light
She left one day
In a relative way
And returned the previous night
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Ideas Refreshment in General
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In keeping with the spirit of bad ideas, how's this sound: In Avernum 5, instead of playing with humans, nephilim, and sliths, you can choose between Giant Intelligent Friendly Talking Spiders, Giant Intelligent Friendly Talking Cockroaches, and Giant Intelligent Friendly Talking Chitrachs.

The sad thing is, I only made up one race. GIFTSs were tolerable, but the GIFTCs were beyond the pale.

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Somebody get the Giant Intelligent Friendly Talking Spider Repellant!
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Hooray. in General
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One does not have to prove that root beer is good, because the statement is an axiom, not a lemma.
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my world(would appreciate ideas) in General
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Arghhhhhhhhh: what are you making this world for? Writing a novel? A campaign setting? A Blades scenario? Any advice we can offer depends on what the world will exist for.

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Summoning food is the equivalent of Chinese takeout: once the spell's duration ends, you're hungry again.
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All-Nephilim Group in Blades of Avernum
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You know, most of these problems can be solved with a little imagination.

For instance, I started playing APF with a nephil singleton. Imagine my suprise when I'm attacked by a group of nephilim because they have never seen 'humans' before. Then, I justified it to myself. My nephil was actually a nephar, and I mentally replaced 'humans' with 'freak'. It's making the whole scenario more relevant: I'm one of the imperfections that need to be destroyed.

I haven't played MA yet. But I'm sure something similar could be found.

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Someone call the Giant Intelligent Friendly Talking Spider Exterminator!
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SMBTI redesign in General
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Profile Homepage #30
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Alorael, who might have to start a political party based on how wonderful things are right now.
Sorry, the Liberal Party of Canada beat you to it.

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It's time to turn off our war machine and turn on our kids.
- The President (Canadian Bacon)
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Hanged? in General
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To put into context:

By Jewels:
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There is no difference between the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament, only the way we relate to him has changed.
By Khoth:
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These days, he waits for people he doesn't like to die before he beats them up?
By myself:
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Actually, we all deserve to be 'beat up'.
By Khoth:
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What a wonderful view of humanity you have. Still, if that's how you feel, send me a plane ticket and I'll come and beat you up, as a special favour.
Jewels was refering to the fact that ceremonies of the Old Testament are no longer needed, since they existed to foreshadow Christ. Khoth began the unrelated topic of tolerance vs. intolerance. I started the unrelated topic of the state of mankind without God. To clarify: we have nothing inherent in us to endear ourselves to God.
(Thanks for the offer. I'll go to your place right after TM urinates on me.)

On the Inductive Fallacy: I agree with you. Some Christians selectively ignore parts of the Bible. That doesn't mean all do.

I think we have different definition on 'ceremonial'. From Wikipedia:
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A ceremony is an activity, infused with ritual significance, performed on a special occasion.
(Such as sacrifices, etc.)

For more on the change from Old to New Testament, read Hebrews 10.

I think Student of Trinity summed up Paul's logic pretty well. A modern day analogy: nothing is inherently wrong with cartoons depicting different races and religions, yet (most) editors refuse to print them because of the controversy.

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What do you get when you mix an insomniac, an agnostic, and a dyslexic?
Someone who stays up all night wondering whether there really is a dog.
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Hanged? in General
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By Alorael:
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Alorael, who would further like to know what makes physical euphoria evidence for the God of the New Testament when the Old Testament works just as well. Or, for that matter, how about those who hold entirely different religious faiths and who also experience religious ecstasy?
I have a name for faith based on self-inflection alone: "warm, fuzzy religion".

By Khoth:
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These days, he waits for people he doesn't like to die before he beats them up?
Actually, we all deserve to be 'beat up'.

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1. Of the ten commandments, the first four are ceremonial, not moral.
Let's see (I'll render it into monosyllables):
1: I'm the only God.
2: Worship me in the right way.
3: Show some respect towards me.
4: Set aside time to worship me and get spiritually fed.
Ceremonial? The way I've always thought of it was this: 1-4 is how we relate to God, 5-10 is how we relate to those around us.

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2. There's no mention in the ten commandments of things like homosexuality, which most christians are against.
True (unless you intepret the seventh flexibly). In fact, they don't mention a lot (not strange, considering their length). This is why the Bible is a book, and not a pamphlet. As for the cited example: the practice of homosexuality is condemned in both the Old and New Testament, and never condoned.

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3. And before you say, "Ah, but Paul said..." to point two, Paul also said that women shouldn't wear jewellery, and most christians seem happy to ignore that one.
Since I'm not writing this at home, I can't look up that passage with my handy-dandy concordances to put it in context. I can think of another passage: Paul once tells women of one church to avoid braiding their hair. Why? It was in vogue for the prostitutes at that time.

I'm sure you'll find other passages that "many Christians" don't obey. Don't fall prey to an Inductive Fallacy.

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I don't believe that anyone gets their morality from the Bible (with the possible exception of Jack Chick). It's heavily filtered by selective reading and accumulated (highly mutable) tradition of dubious provenance. And I am very glad of that (the fewer Jack Chicks, the better).
Gah! I'm denied the right to exist! Mostly, I agree with you. Sola Scriptura.

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I'm always amused when people say things like "Islam is an inherently violent religion. The Koran says {thing which is mild in comparison to much of the Bible}"
The Koran preaches pacifism. So does Catholicism. But look at the Crusades. I think it's more of a problem of separation of church and state. Inevitably, both get corrupted.

- Dintiradan (also known as "whoever it was")

PS: Thanks a lot for the title of the Pascal book, Jewels!

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May he without komi place the first stone.
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It ain't all over 'til...Oh...Erm... in General
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By Thralni:
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I'd be a funny film, in which chickens take over the world.
Have you ever played the Chickens games? I think they're by BrainJar.

Oh yes, the movie. If I was a movie, I'd be ... a BetaMax.

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You think they are cute. They think you are inferior.
- Chickens II
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It ain't over til the diva chokes on her tongue in General
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"Malcolm" by The Arrogant Worms

C'mon, embrace the inner psychotic chainsaw-wielding maniac inside you!

Sigh, if only all life's problems were that simple...

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Malcolm solves his problems with a chainsaw/And he never has the same problem twice!
- The Arrogant Worms
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"The End of Blades" Discussion in Blades of Avernum
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That's odd. About a month ago, a thread was started asking how many people are in the midst of designing a scenario. Even if a tenth of those people actually complete one, the Blades community is far from dead.

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Triad: We wish the return of Linda.
Conrac: Oh, swell. She only summoned a demon lord into the tower once. She's only mildly insane. What a wonderful idea! Let's proceed at once!
Triad: We appreciate your acquiescence.
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
Hanged? in General
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By TM:
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I am inspired by the Holy Spirit to pee all over you.
Now you come up with a decent counter-argument before I give you a golden shower. No, really.
I'd be careful, TM. My God can beat up your god.
(Not a decent counter-argument, I know, but there happens to be the absence of a good argument)

By Belisarius:
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Realpolitik is a terrible and inhumane political concept which serves only those interested in power for its own sake. It has no place in a democratic society, which must act on its ideals.
I didn't mean to defend Realpolitik, I just meant to point out that the cited reason for the war wasn't the only motivation. Stopping the genocide from getting worse was a good reason (strangely, never mentioned much at the time), destroying WMDs wasn't. The gain of territory in the Middle East was just a 'fringe-benifit'.

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The belief that Christ fulfilled the Mosaic covenant is more than a little lame, and fairly shaky when you consider most of those who believe this also, conveniently enough, consider certain parts of Leviticus (no homosexuality, for instance, and no non-vaginal sex) sinful anyway.
You are confusing the Levitical (or ceremonial) law with the moral law (such as the Ten Commandments). Morality has not changed; it is not relative to time
(I have never, ever, read anywhere in the Bible that non-vaginal sex, with a married partner at least, is prohibited. Maybe it's in the 'Catholic Canon', or you heard it from some TV evangelist. Always go back to the source.)

By Jewels:
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What are you talking about? You can't be inspired by something that doesn't exsist.
Ah, the heart of the matter. If you want to, we can start a new thread debating the existence of God; this one wasn't originally meant for such debates.

EDIT: Sorry Jewels, I misread your post. I've got to stop these late-night posts...

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Epiphanies occur only to those who didn't get the concept in the first place.

[ Thursday, February 16, 2006 10:37: Message edited by: Dintiradan ]
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
should i get avernum... in Avernum 4
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I've yet to play A4 (March is coming too slowly!), yet I don't think it will be a problem to play it first. Jeff did a pretty good job in A2 and A3 summarizing what came first. Personally, I played the A3 demo first, and had few problems figuring out the history.

It all boils down to how much money (and time) you want to spend. If you just want to buy one game, I'd recommend downloading the trilogy demos, then playing A4. I've found the quality of the games have increased as the series went on, and (hopefully) A4 is even better.

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I've seem to misplaced my sanity. Have you seen it?
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Let's Go! in General
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Top Ten Quotes from Order of the Stick (Tyran. can dispute later):

Order of the Stick! Your broken corpses will taste delicious lightly seasoned with nutmeg!
- The Thing in the Darkness (OotS #103)

Never bet against the gullibility of the good guys.
- Xykon (OotS #106)

Who will be the moron after Gortok's white-hot anger crushes your little body into a mangled bloody pulp while Gortok sings a jaunty tune to accompany your unanswered cries for mercy?
- Gortok (OotS #132)

Your approval fills me with shame.
- Roy (OotS #171)

Vomit. Now. And aim for the halfling.
- Vaarsuvius (OotS #183)

Hey, look, I just regenerated a finger. Guess which one.
- Xykon (OotS #191)

Sacrificing minions: is there any problem it CAN'T solve?
- Xykon (OotS #192)

I think I just had an evilgasm.
- Xykon (OotS #197)

Dragons: colour-coded for YOUR convenience!
- Elan (OotS #207)

Dude, don't taunt the god-killing abomination.
- Loki (OotS #275)

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Null Bugs: Annoying the crap out of adventurers for over a decade!
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United States Outsourcing Torture? in General
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If someone is prepared to die in the attempt to cause as much collateral damage as possible, I have a hard time feeling empathy for that person, especially if that person knows of other planned attempts to cause more collateral damage.

What bothers me is not the US's practice of torture, but their eagerness to turn to that method before all other avenues of information gathering are exhausted.

Now we get to return to the good ol' 'reasonable doubt' debate. Oh joy.

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Excuse me for a moment, my id and super-ego are in the midst of an arguement.
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Hanged? in General
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By ef:
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There is a fundamental difference between the Quran and the Old and New Testament of the Bible. Judaism and Christianity both differentiate between the message and the messenger, who is not seen as perfect and sacrosanct. Prophets and apostles tell us of God's/Jesus' teachings, and how they do that is seen as related to their own cultural background and time. So there's space to adapt their teachings to changing times.
Not all Christians think that the Bible should be evaluated based on time. The authors of the Bible were inspired by the Holy Spirit, and thus the words are timeless. Granted, Christians no longer have to follow the Levitical law, but that is because Christ fulfilled it (for more on this topic, read the Gospel according to Matthew and the letter to the Hebrews).
(Sorry for the rant. After months in a sterile university environment, I need some theological release)

And on the topic of sanctions: these rarely work on an authoritarian country. The leaders simply take more resources from the populace, and incite anger against the countries responsible for the sanction.

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Everyone seems normal, until you get to know them.
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Hanged? in General
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From Desert Pl@h
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This is my deal with N. Korea (and what ever happened about their nukes?) They actually have nuklear weapons in the control of a dynastic ruler who has earned the hate of the world. *Thinks about George W for a second* and yet I remain a political conservative…meh. Anyway, their egregious (spelling) human rights violations aren't in the news anymore.
Perhaps it's just me, but I don't associate economic policy with foreign affairs.

Anyway, I think we all need to be reminded of the idea of Realpolitik. The United States may have invaded Iraq because of the cited ultimatum. They also did so to gain a second foothold in the Middle East. Not that I disagree the need for the war, just the reasons that were cited (having a strong hand in the turbulent Middle East and stopping the Kurdish genocide are good reasons; WMDs are not only a bad reason, but also hypocritical).

EDIT:

From Jumpin' Salmon
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It works. Rape is not the problem in Islamic countries that it is in the US. It may seem barbaric, but it is effectual. I honestly don't have a problem with it.
I think the original concern of the thread was not the law itself, but the way it was applied. None the women cited in the first post committed rape, yet were executed.

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Just say NO to skribbane!

[ Tuesday, February 14, 2006 10:59: Message edited by: Dintiradan ]
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FEUD!!!! (CLOSED) in General
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Wow. Things like that make me appreciate the fact that I'm paid by the hour and not the job.

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There's a time to think, and there's a time to act. And this, gentlemen, is no time to think.
- Sheriff Bud B. Boomer (Canadian Bacon)
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FEUD!!!! (CLOSED) in General
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You know, when you're told to leave your sanity at the door, you aren't forced to comply.

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And so the world ends. Not with a bang, but with a </html>.
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lol in General
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Maybe it's just because I'm in CompSci, but the amount of time it takes me to type "laugh out loud" instead of "lol".

Besides, the fact that one has to use a cookie-cutter expression to convey their emotions says a lot about their intellectual state.

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Dark Helmet! At last, we meet for the first time, for the last time.
(pauses for a moment thinking, then nods)
- Lone Star (Spaceballs)
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Just what is the deal with Alorael?* in General
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By Lenar Labs:
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And if you think Alorael is strange, wait till you meet Dikiyoba and Dintiridan.

YES!!! Only 26 posts, and I'm raised to the status of abberation. I feel right at home at Spiderweb.

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Evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.
- Dark Helmet (Spaceballs)
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[ Topic closed ] in General
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From Ephesos:
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Look, as we all know from the reloaded photo thread, TM's a hideous tentacle monster. So, I have this advice to offer: Don't poke the octopus, Thralni... it'll poke back.
Not a 'hideous tentacle monster'. An Illithid (or Mind Flayer). Remember, psychotic psionic overlords from the Underdark have feelings too.

Now I better shut up before the good folks from WotC sue me for copyright infringement.

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(Yet another shameless plug for OotS!)
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