From Dungeons of Dredmor Wiki
Paralyze is a non-damaging effect on monsters that is found as a side effect of several Spells and Traps, and can be found as an enchantment on Weapons. Affected targets will be placed into a "dazed" state (where they do not move or attack) for a brief period of time. They can be attacked during this period without being able to attack back. Paralyzed creatures can be identified by a series of stars above their head. Summoned or Charmed monsters can receive the effect, but are unaffected by it and may move and attack freely.