So, after belatedly discovering that the illithoid, as a race, had approximately 10 years between first sharding and then showing up on the surface, I'm stuck with a few questions about them, and wondering if anyone might have any insight. Or, possibly just some interesting proposed canon.
How did the illithoid become so proficient in martial arts? They splintered from a serpentine Primal God, without the benefit of the star shape to work with, and they had only 10 years to gain the knowledge.
- Proficiency is entirely the result of training with Scorpion cultists, spread hastily through illithoid numbers.
- Proficiency is the result of eaten fragments of martial arts Elders, and some of the illithoid happened to inherit those particular skills (unlikely, illithoid culture would probably show a lot more varied interests and martial types if there were whole fragments of Elder in there all over.)
- Proficiency is the natural result of not having weapons, and having to struggle for freedom in the darkness (unlikely, 10 years of existence.)
- Proficiency is the result of eating a ton of kephera martial arts masters (unknown, don't have a timeframe for how long the kephera have been around. Might be plausible if Keph sharded hundreds or thousands of years before CE.)
Wondering if there's an official explanation someplace or just some interesting idea I haven't thought about.