An urophion was created by inserting an illithid tadpole into a roper, resulting in these miserable creatures. They were used as guards and sentries.[1]


An urophion was a truly unique creature, and was evidence of the willingness of the illithid to attempt to create ceremorphs even from the most unlikely organisms. What was truly unique about the urophion was that it was the only known case of ceremorphosis working on a cold-blooded creature. An urophion was nearly identical in every regard to a roper in appearance.[1]


Urophions acted as guardians and sentinels in illithid cities. They were similar to ropers in behavior, predominately solitary, sedentary and stationary. Urophions were just as intelligent as regular illithid with psionic abilities that were nearly as powerful. Even though in almost every regard they were equally powerful to illithid, they were still considered lesser by their illithid overlords and were forced into dreary servitude. Their only honor was that when they died they would be fed to the elder brain. Most remained loyal to the illithid yet some did tend to become independent and wander off on their own.[citation needed]


An urophion was gifted with acute senses that allowed it to sense creatures over long distances. An urophion's main method of destroying its foes was to stun its prey with psionics, and then stretch out its tentacles, which were up to fifty feet long.The urophion would then grasp its stunned victim and then pull on it. When the prey had reached the urophion, it would consume the prey's brain.[1]


In Oryndoll there were around 320 urophions in 1370 DR.[3]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Richard Baker, James Jacobs, and Steve Winter (April 2005). Lords of Madness: The Book of Aberrations. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 66,170–171. ISBN 0-7869-3657-6.
  2. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 215. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  3. Eric L. Boyd (1999). Drizzt Do'Urden's Guide to the Underdark. (TSR, Inc), pp. 22–23,31,78,80. ISBN 0-7869-1509-9.