The subtle hourglass figure of this tiny offshoot of an elven female is all you can see due to a strange silvery aura covering her. Her face is the exception, for it shows through as a near picture perfect model of beauty. The only spoiler in the package is the strange look of madness in her shimmering silver eyes.
It is best to keep the room pinned to the ground if possible so that the Ilvari cannot pull pranks by going invisible. Avoid the writhing dreamvines and keep an eye on your stance not being forced down or objects becoming bananas. There are various ways to be knocked down and the Ilvari pixies like to jump out of invisibility with melee attacks. The sprites and the pixies both cast dispel magics, and the pixies will major ewave sometimes.
If hunting with a sorcerer you can use Grasp of the Grave (709) to knock things down as they show up. The Ilvari pixies sometimes have Arcane Barrier (1720) which blocks low level attack spells. In this case it is helpful to push their TD down with the hex curse and lock them into RT with Pain (711). It is unwise to fight in a room with more than one Ilvari pixie present because they cast Major Elemental Wave (435) with random attunement.
The safest way to hunt the derelict village is with area effect spells. With a sorcerer this would involve keeping Grasp of the Grave (709) active and using open cast Corrupt Essence (703), both of which at the moment will reveal pixies without actually forcing them into view. Open cast Implosion (720) and Elemental Dispel (417) cycles will knock everything out of invisibility, and kill everything for the same mana it would take to kill a single pixie with Pain (711) when its arcane barrier and bark skin are up. There will be little treasure as a result, but you will rarely be seriously injured.
The Ilvari pixies are male elementalists and the Ilvari sprites are female empaths. They cast elemental and spirit dispels respectively, which in combination can react badly inflicting damage on the target. There is a wide array of pranks and environmental hazards. Only the pixies can go invisible, so if pranks are happening, that means there is at least one in the room. They sometimes come out of hiding and e-wave in the same action.
The dust forces you into stance offensive if hit and calms you so you do not want to attack.
An Ilvari sprite blows a handful of chalky dust at you! You manage to avoid the dust! An Ilvari sprite blows a handful of twinkling dust at you! Your cares and concerns suddenly depart from you and you open your eyes to the truly marvelous world around you. You want nothing more than to merrily revel in your surroundings and let life pass you by!
- Bark Skin effect
The bark skin will absorb melee and magical attacks for some number of hits until it crumbles. Both pixies and sprites have it.
You swing a gleaming rune-scribed maul at an Ilvari sprite! The layer of bark on an Ilvari sprite hardens and absorbs the attack! The bark crackles as it crumbles to dust.
With a bit of effort, you manage to peel your giant banana. Inside, you find a twisted orase runestaff capped with a smoky crystal orb! Roundtime: 4 sec. An Ilvari sprite blows a handful of chalky dust at you! A giant banana suddenly appears in your hand!
- Spirit Dispel
An Ilvari sprite blows a kiss at you! The powerful look leaves you. You are coated in a hazy film.
- Other messaging
You feel an odd tickling sensation at the back of your legs and you turn to find an Ilvari sprite standing behind you giggling! Something giggles in the shadows. The wind stirs and there is the faint echo of giggling nearby. An Ilvari sprite spins around in a mad dance! A knobby layer of bark swiftly forms on an Ilvari sprite. An Ilvari sprite spins around in a mad dance! (attempting to cast Sympathy) An Ilvari sprite closes her eyes in deep concentration... An Ilvari sprite opens her eyes, looking less focused. An Ilvari sprite dances south. An Ilvari sprite sobs pitifully over her wounds. An Ilvari sprite sheds tears of manic joy. An Ilvari sprite flits back to her feet. An Ilvari sprite sits down and begins to apply some crude first aid to herself. An Ilvari sprite tickles your corpse mercilessly. She seems disappointed that it doesn't react. An Ilvari sprite raises a finger to her lips. (spell prep) An Ilvari sprite blows a kiss at you! (spell cast) The Ilvari sprite's eyes grow dim as her lifeforce fades away. (death) An Ilvari sprite vanishes in a flash of colorful light. (decay)
Behind the scenes
The Ilvari are fey spirits who take corporeal forms resembling small elves. Their mischievous nature has been twisted by dark power corrupting their environment. The colored lights are a reference to "faerie fire" or "fools fire", the glowing fog of pookas and other things in the folklore of fairy mythology. The word "Ilvari" is a De-ICE'd replacement of the word Iylari, which was the high elven race, as opposed to the Erlini "wood elves" such as those of the Elven Village. The story of the Red Forest and the Ilvari is based on the idea of fairies replacing children with changelings and dancing in fairy rings.
- Brieson discusses the history of the Ilvari (log)
- A bard tells the alleged history of the Ilvari (log)
- The Red Forest returns in rare lunar alignment (log)
- The Broken Lands and ki-lin: Part 3 (log): Shadow Valley, Castle Anwyn, Red Forest
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