In their natural form avolakias resembled a disgusting cross between an octopus, worm and insect. They had slimy, pale gray bodies and moved around on six tentacles, each of which had an eye. They reeked of death.
These monsters preferred to rely on magic or their own spell-like abilities in combat. They would also send their undead servants into combat or, if forced into melee, would use their poisonous bite and flail with their claws.
Avolakia could animate corpses several times a day and use zombies as both minions and as a food source. Although they could eat flesh from living or freshly killed creatures they much preferred to eat undead meat. The tongue of the avolakia was composed of guttural, slobbering sounds. Most avolakias understood Undercommon, but their physiology made it impossible for them to speak it.
The avolakia lived in nests in the Lowerdark, defended by their undead minions. Avolakia were known to revere powers dedicated to death and decay, such as Ghaunadaur and Velsharoon. It was not uncommon for avolakia to occaisonally ally themselves with aboleths or the illithid, but they generally regarded humanoids as tools for their undead creations. Avolakia were known to take the form of humans with calming voices, using this ability to infiltrate religious organizations with the intent of stealing bodies to use as undead and to twist individuals to worship their dark gods. Avolakia often infiltrated drow cities in the same manner.
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Ed Bonny, Jeff Grubb, Rich Redman, Skip Williams, and Steve Winter (September 2002). Monster Manual II 3rd edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 28. ISBN 07-8692-873-5.
- ↑ Andy Collins, David Noonan, James Wyatt (2003). D&D v.3.5 Accessory Update Booklet. (TSR, Inc), p. 30.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Bruce R. Cordell, Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel, Jeff Quick (October 2003). Underdark. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 121. ISBN 0-7869-3053-5.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Ed Bonny, Jeff Grubb, Rich Redman, Skip Williams, and Steve Winter (September 2002). Monster Manual II 3rd edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 29. ISBN 07-8692-873-5.