Forgotten Realms Wiki
Forgotten Realms Wiki

Abyssal widows were servants of Lolth, acting as her handmaidens and midwives. They guarded the gate to the Demonweb Pits.[1]


They appeared as female drow of astounding and unblemished beauty with eight spindly arachnid legs protruding from their sides, keeping them from touching the floor. The wizard Pharaun noted that their beauty was transfixing, to the point that he thought the first one he saw was Lolth herself.[1]

They could also hang upside down from the ceiling, just like a spider could.[1]


Even among drow priestesses, they were a myth, and others didn't even know they existed. They acted as handmaidens (presumably along with the yochlols) and as midwives and guardians. Their existence was prophesied, and when the Silence of Lolth came to an end, they came into existence. They were seen guarding the gate from the ruined temple of Lolth in the Abyss to the new Demonweb Pits.[1]



Although they are noted to be different from driders because of their divine beauty, it is unclear if the lower half of their bodies was that of a spider, like a drider, or if they had normal humanoid bodies except for the arachnid legs protruding from their sides and backs.




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Philip Athans (August 2005). Annihilation. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 27. ISBN 0-7869-3752-1.


True Spiders
Natural spiders: BladeBloodwebBristleBudbackDaughter of LolthDireDoomspinnerGargantuanGee'aantuGiant (Giant FlyingGiant Water)Huge (DeathjumpWolf spiderWatchspider)IceRoaveSpittingSubterranean (FlyingHairySword)TarantulaVelsharess Orbb
Magical spiders: BloodsilkElectricGlassGazeGoblinPet of KalistesSpellgauntSteeder
Planar spiders: Demonweb terrorFireMyrlocharPhaseShadowTombVortex

True Arachnids Considered Spiderkind

Related Creatures