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A spider was a type of arthropod. Spiders were found all over Faerûn.

A large number of hand-sized venomous spiders would sometimes group themselves into a swarm.[3]

SpeciesEdit

Electric spider
Gee'aantu
A large, tarantula-like spider from the Underdark.[4]
Guardian spider 
Giant spider 
Any spider of a giant size. Also known as "monstrous spiders", they were found in a variety of appearances and sizes and came in hunter or web-spinner varieties. Goblins used giant spiders as mounts.[5]
A huge black spider that could be summoned by the drow matron mothers of Ched Nasad.[6]
Goblin spider 
A variety of giant spider that was endemic to the landmass of Kara-Tur.[7]
Hairy spider 
A variety of small, web-less, hairy subterranean spider.[8]
Phase spider 
Aggressive predators that could move between the Ethereal Plane and the Prime Material Plane.[9]
Steeder 
A variety of giant spider that was endemic to the Underdark and often domesticated by duergar.[10]
Sword spider 
A variety of subterranean spider with razor-sharp tips on its legs.[8]
Wraith spider 
Undead giant spider.[11]
Related Creatures
  • Aranea: The aranea was a type of intelligent, shape-shifting spider thought to have been created by a Calishite wizard to infiltrate drow armies.[12]
  • Chwidencha
  • Drider: The drider was a drow aberration whose lower half was that of a spider. They inhabited the Underdark and required blood for sustenance. Driders were created from drow who failed a loyalty test to Lolth.[13]
  • Ettercap: The ettercap was an aberration between a humanoid and a spider. They had gray or purple bodies with white underbellies and sharp, chitinous claws. They often kept spiders as pets.[14]
  • Jade spider: Jade spiders were jade constructs fashioned in the shape of a spider. They were used by the drow to protect Menzoberranzan and other drow locations.[15]
  • Snow spider: A snow spider was warm-blooded mammal with eight legs and an arachnid form.[16]

Notable LocationsEdit

Spiders inhabited the forest known as the Neth Stand.[17]

Adhe Wood in the Vast was infested with ettercaps and mutant spiders of many sizes and breeds.[18]

Spiders were common in the Underdark, particularly in drow settlements, where they were revered by worshipers of Lolth.[19]

EcologyEdit

Drow often made objects and buildings in the shape of spiders.[20][21] In cultures that venerated Lolth, it was forbidden to kill a spider; those who did so were punished with death.[22] Spiders were often kept by the drow, their purpose depending on a given spider's size. The smallest ones were kept as pets by children. Those that were big enough to kill mice, meaning hand-sized, were kept as familiars by wizards. Those that were as big as a horse were used to ride upon. Those that were the size of dogs were used like guard dogs in temples to Lolth. The last category were sometimes imbued with a demon to make older ones regain their vitality, combining it with a nasty personality.[23]

Spriggans in the Feywild were sometimes known to use spiders to create web barriers in their forests.[24]

AppendixEdit

See AlsoEdit

AppearancesEdit

Adventures
The Accursed Tower
Novels
Daughter of the DrowDissolutionInsurrectionCondemnationExtinctionAnnihilationResurrectionNight of the Hunter
Video Games
Baldur's GateBaldur's Gate II: Shadows of AmnBaldur's Gate: Dark AllianceForgotten Realms: Demon StoneMenzoberranzan (game)Neverwinter NightsNeverwinter Nights 2

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 239–240. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 337. ISBN 978-0786965614.
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  4. Philip Athans (2008). A Reader's Guide to R. A. Salvatore's the Legend of Drizzt. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 153. ISBN 0-7869-4915-5.
  5. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 288–289. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  6. Thomas M. Reid (December 2003). Insurrection. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 307–308. ISBN 0-7869-3033-0.
  7. Rick Swan (July 1990). Monstrous Compendium Kara-Tur Appendix. (TSR, Inc.), p. 23. ISBN 0-88038-851-X.
  8. 8.0 8.1 James Wyatt and Rob Heinsoo (February 2001). Monster Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 79–80. ISBN 0-7869-1832-2.
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