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Qualith was the written language of illithids.[1][2][3][4] It took the form of four parallel lines that had texture that conveyed meaning when read by an illithid scanning its four tentacles along the lines simultaneously.[4] It could be written on parchment, in books,[3] or carved into surfaces.[2]

Qualith was extremely difficult to read for non-illithids and usually required magic to decipher[1] because each of the four lines of script modified the others and only when taken as a whole was the full meaning understandable. Some specially trained dwarves known as caradhakers[5] (which loosely translates to "mindstalker") were said to be able to grasp the basic meaning (but not the nuances) by running four fingers over the striations.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 221. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bruce R. Cordell, Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel, Jeff Quick (October 2003). Underdark. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 170. ISBN 0-7869-3053-5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel (2003-10-24). Underdark Dungeons (Zipped PDF) p. 3. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2009-10-07.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Bruce R. Cordell (March 1998). “Mindstalkers”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #245 (TSR, Inc.), p. 40.
  5. Bruce R. Cordell (March 1998). “Mindstalkers”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #245 (TSR, Inc.), p. 37.
  6. Bruce R. Cordell (March 1998). “Mindstalkers”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #245 (TSR, Inc.), p. 41.

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