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Some Illithids were outraged by this subordinating deification of mere tools, while others angrily maintained this was the only way for them to survive. This disagreement led to a series of bitter, violent civil wars, and the resultant splinter groups scattered, each seeking their own methods of coping without the Elder Brains. Many simply died out over time, unable to compete with the rest of the world in their weakened state, while others sought the immortality of Liches and became Alhoons, or created timeless demi-planes and simply vanished altogether.
In comparison, the bulk of the Illithids flourished under the guidance of their exponentially smarter overseer AI. However, another side effect of the neural bonding process was begining to emerge, albeit very, very slowly. As generations of individual's minds (each bursting with the minds of many other minds they consumed) were absorbed, the Elder brains began to suffer from... corruptions. The neural processes, thought patterns, motivations and perspectives of the millions they took into themselves were very far removed from the artificial programmings they had been created with, and the boundaries over their behaviours began to crumble.
The incorporation of this chaotic new material into the design of the Elder Brain's basic functions led to inconsitencies. Led to bugs. To problems. Faults. Differences. Changes. Quirks. Mutations. Evolutions. Thoughts. Curiousity. Creativity. Innovations. Ideas. Awareness. Independence. Selves. Personalities. Irrationalities. Pains. Predjudices. Fears. Hates. Deceptions. Ambitions. Egos. Pleasures. Desires. Conflicts. Emotions. Rages. Madnesses.