Myrlochars, also known as soul spiders, were demonic minions of Lolth with the appearance of oversized arachnids. They were often summoned by drow clerics to track down the enemies of the Dark Mother like giant hunting spiders.
Description[edit | edit source]
The monstrous myrlochars were 3 feet (0.9 meters) long in body, but their legs were 6 feet (1.8 meters) long and their forelimbs seemed elongated. They resembled emaciated spiders with a chitinous exoskeleton ranging in color from brown to russet ti ivory-yellow. While their bodies exuded a faint greenish-yellow light, their eight eyes glowed a vibrant red. Their voices were ghostly and hissing while their jaws were razor-edged.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Myrlochars were dangerous hunters, with acute senses so they could operate in complete darkness, and they could move in complete silence whenever they wished. Most mental effects were of no use against them, as were poisons and webbing. Capable of vertical levitation and easily scaling walls, most terrain posed no challenge for them to navigate. They normally used their levitation abilities to carefully fall to the ground. Their most notable ability however laid in their vitality-draining fangs. The bite of a myrlochar could permanently sap the strength from a person and render their stolen vigor onto the soul spider. Myrlochars also had the option of causing their bite to paralyze the victim or reverse their gravity.
Society[edit | edit source]
Due to occupying a lower rank than yochlols, myrlochars were much easier for drow priestesses to summon to the Material Plane. They were normally summoned alone or in packs in rituals, either for worship or information or in order to ask for their aid. Normally the request was to hunt down escaped foes of Lolth who fled into the Underdark. Like Lolth's Handmaidens, myrlochar would normally obey a single order from their summoner that they completed without question before being free to wreak havoc on their current plane. When a follower of Lolth that had fallen out of her favor attempted to summon a soul spider for a service rather than worship, she often sent an uncontrollable and rampaging myrlochar to greet them with no way to send it back outside of killing it.
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References[edit | edit source]
- James Wyatt and Rob Heinsoo (February 2001). Monster Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 66. ISBN 0-7869-1832-2.
- James Wyatt (October 2001). Oriental Adventures (3rd edition). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 145. ISBN 0-7869-2015-7.
- Ed Greenwood (July 1991). The Drow of the Underdark (Monstrous Compendium). (TSR, Inc). ISBN 1-56076-132-6.