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Twisted Confessional | Hazaril

Great Spiders

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Origin

Beleth visits people in their nightmares. Occasionally, they wake up pregnant. Nine months later, giant spiders eat their way out. Beleth is indiscriminate about gender, but women who undergo this process sometimes survive.

Reproduction

Although Great Spiders are born from The Five Races, this Kith only needs to lay its eggs in meat. Great Spiders are unique among the children of the gods in that they have genders.

Nature & Culture

Great Spiders range in body size from that of a dog to easily larger than a horse or bull at their largest.

Like their lesser cousins, Great Spider females tend to be larger and more aggressive than the males. In fact, their culture tends to be very matriarchal. Females are aggressive and active whereas males live solitary lives, preferring the idylls of hunting and deep contemplation to that of the life of courtship, mating and family.

Female Great Spiders often have to hunt down their mates and force them into the ritual of procreation. This creates a large degree of ill will between the mating pair, and the more proud males will fight to the death to preserve their sanctity.

Much of what are considered species differences in lesser spiders can be learned as skills and adaptations by Great Spiders. The ability to weave orb-webs, to hunt prey or even walk on water can all be learned during the life of the spider.

Exact mating rituals vary from culture to culture, but one thing holds true for all: Spider courtship is a very complex and sometimes dangerous game. Great Spiders abide by slightly different rules than their lesser counterparts in thisó rather than males seeking females to court and mate with, the situation is reversed. Aggressive females seek out recalcitrant, solitary males and goad or lure them into mating. Of course there are occasional exceptions. Some Great Spiders do come together out of a consensual desire to mate and raise spiderlings.