Ildrisses were either completely invisible, or they resembled a cloud-like mass with vaporous tentacles and red gleaming eyes. The color of their cloud form varied slightly. When traveling, ildrisses were always invisible.
Ildrisses were able to get the initial jump on any creature. When attacking, they transformed into their cloud form, striking out with their tentacles that were hardened by small bits of material.
These creatures could only be harmed by magical weapons. Additionally, all air and lightning-based magic was useless against them. Spells of this nature were dispelled when an ildriss came within 50 feet (15 m) of them, including spells with permanent effects. Magical items were immune to this dispelling effect.
Much like their windy nature, ildrisses made and broke relationships with ease. They belonged to dynamic cliques on the Elemental Plane of Air, but were always solitary creatures when encountered on the Prime Material Plane.
Groups of ildrisses did not have an established hierarchy, instead ildrisses followed the lead of others with defined goals so long as those goals suited them as well. Ildrisses served as spies for Yan-C-Bin, the Elemental Prince of Evil.
Other races of the Elemental Plane of Air viewed ildrisses with disdain, considering them to be parasites. Ildrisses often spied on other creatures for days before attacking or taking action.
Ildrisses fed on clouds, air, breezes, birds, and small elemental creatures. During the mating season they maintained strict territories, becoming instinctively aggressive to any intruders. These territories were pockets of air that moved about and not simply the air located over a stationary object or piece of land.
Rumors abounded of good-hearted ildrisses who abandoned the service of Yan-C-Bin. These timid creatures were known as fog ildrisses.
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Wolfgang Baur (1993). Secrets of the Lamp (Monstrous Compendium Pages). (TSR, Inc.). ISBN 1-56076-647-6.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Richard Baker (November 2004). Complete Arcane. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 155. ISBN 0-7869-3435-2.
- ↑ Gary Gygax (August 1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 73. ISBN 0-88038-031-4.
- ↑ Frank Mentzer (January 1985). “Ay pronunseeAYshun gyd”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #93 (TSR, Inc.), p. 26.