It is a shape-shifting creature known as a Glamour who is billions of years old. Although It lived on planet Earth for many years, It originated in a void/dimension outside the regions of space known as the Macroverse. Since Its true identity is unclear, due to its shape-shifting abilities and being from another universe, It’s real name and species are called Deadlights, but few know this, which is why it is referred to as IT. The form of a female spider seems to be Its true physical form on Earth, living deep below the fictional town of Derry, Maine.
It can morph into any other person, animal or object (including combinations thereof). This ability is useful for A) appearing as the target’s loved ones or friends to lure them into a trap or B) appearing as the target’s worst fear. However, It’s favorite and most common form is that of a circus performer named “Pennywise the Dancing Clown,” as kids love a clown and generally, it seems that the people in Derry happily accepted the presence of a stray circus performer.
It’s real name (if indeed, it has one) is unknown. Although, several times in the novel, It calls itself by the name Robert “Bob” Gray. This may be an allusion to real-life child cannibal Albert Fish, who reportedly used the name “Robert Gray” as an alias. He may also get his first name from Robert “Bob” Bell, the man who originally portrayed Bozo the clown.
It’s primary goal is to feed on humans, generally preferring children over adults since they were easier to scare and manipulate. According to the creature, frightened flesh tastes better and uses fear to “salt the meat”.
It lives below towns and cities, makings its lair in abandoned sewer lines, subway tunnels, and caverns. It rarely strays further than a few miles from its lair, preferring to cow and cull prey from the safety of its domain.
On initiative count 20 (losing initiative ties), It takes a lair action to cause one of the following effects. It can not use the same lair action two rounds in a row:
- It shows a creature within 5 feet of it its deadlights. If the creature can see It’s deadlights, It can force the creature to make a DC 16 Wisdom saving throw if It isn’t incapacitated. On a failed saving throw, the creature can’t divert its eyes and is restrained. The target must repeat the saving throw at the end of its next turn. On a success, the effect ends. On a failure, the creature is permanently paralyzed. While paralyzed, the creature is aware of its surroundings and levitates as if under the effects of the levitate spell. A creature that isn’t surprised can avert its eyes to avoid the saving throw at the start of its turn. If the target takes damage from a source other than It, or someone uses an action to shake or slap the paralyzed target, the target can repeat its saving throw. If the target succeeds this saving throw, the effect ends for it. Otherwise, the target is paralyzed until a greater restoration spell or similar magic is cast upon it.
- It uses one of its innate spells.
- It regains 22 (4d10) hit points.
- It can use its action to teleport itself from its current location to any other spot within 1 mile of its lair, or back to its lair. It does not need to see the location in order to teleport to it. It can bring along objects weighing up to 1,200 pounds with it. It can also bring one willing or incapacitated Medium or smaller creature with it.
- If a mature humanoid spends at least 24 hours within 1 mile of It’s lair while It is conscious, that creature must succeed on a DC 16 Wisdom saving throw or be affected by It’s Madness. It’s Madness is a character flaw that lasts until cured, It is destroyed, or It is hibernating. While affected, It and all of It’s illusions are invisible to the target unless It chooses to be seen. In addition, the target believes that any creature that tries to convince the target of It’s existence is lying or insane themselves.
- Mature humanoids within 1 mile of It’s lair become unusually uninhibited, taking actions which would generally contradict its better nature. Affected humanoids rampantly steal from others, imbibe alcohol with greater frequency, or even commit acts of violence and indecency.
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