Darkweavers vaguely resembled a spider. Their grey, fleshy body was split into two segments. The first segment had clusters of spider-like eyes on all sides and a fanged mouth on the underside. Both segments had four tentacles each; darkweavers normally walked on all eight tentacles but could rear back on the second set of four to allow use of the front set in fighting or manipulating objects.
Darkweavers were able climbers, possessed darkvision, and spoke the Abyssal, Common, and Infernal languages. They also healed remarkably fast and could regrow lost tentacles within a day. Darkweavers had innate spell-like abilities that allowed them to replicate the effects of the spells confusion, darkness, tongues, web, and suggestion three times each day, as well as the spell shadow walk once each day.
Darkweavers could also travel between shadows in a way that was similar to the dimension door spell. A darkweaver could use this ability to travel up to a total distance of 320 ft (98 m) each day, split into increments as small as 10 ft (3 m). The creatures were covered in natural armor made out of shadow-stuff; it aided them in hiding in shadows.
By far the most potent ability of darkweavers were the shadowy, semi-solid strands that perpetually surrounded them for 60 ft (18 m). This web, of sorts, provided concealment to all creatures within it, even from creatures with darkvision or blindsight. Only truesight allowed for normal vision. The web also prevented creatures that entered its area from going any direction other than that of the darkweaver. Darkweavers were naturally immune to the effects of their own and others' webs.
Darkweavers were solitary creatures of sinister motives.
Darkweavers were native to the Plane of Shadow, and they fed on the strength of other creatures. Although solitary by nature, they would sometimes enslave dangerous carnivores or evil creatures by bringing them the still-living corpse of its own prey, ensnaring the creature when it approached, and then allowing it to eat the corpse. Darkweavers would repeat this until the creature in question came to rely on it for food or view it as an ally.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Eric Cagle, Jesse Decker, James Jacobs, Erik Mona, Matthew Sernett, Chris Thomasson, and James Wyatt (April 2003). Fiend Folio. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 39–41. ISBN 0-7869-2780-1.
- ↑ Ed Stark, James Jacobs, Erik Mona (June 13, 2006). Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 148–150. ISBN 0-7869-3919-2.