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Silverspider

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They are beautiful in an icky fuzzy spider way.

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This spider is the size of a man’s hand and has a beautiful (as far as that word can be applied to a spider) body covered in soft silver hairs. They live in groups of up to ten on large orb webs that can be up to forty feet long and five feet high. Their normal diet is insects. If they bite a human the effect is to give the human a sense of total happiness that lasts for an hour. Many humans will end up getting bitten on purpose after getting addicted to the venom. A small amount of venom just makes a person a bit slow-witted. Too much will lead to brain damage or even death.



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Voted EchoMirage
November 13, 2005, 12:11
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Spider sense tingling! I need a new dose!

a black market might evolve about the spiders - those with a better/purer/less dangerous venom earning a prime price...

or the people could collect them like pokemons and exchange tips aout what soft of bug to feed them so that the venom has a better/different effect
Voted Scrasamax
November 14, 2005, 17:24
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Voted Zylithan
November 17, 2005, 17:25
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I like this post. It's not something to fight, but is something that could really add to a world. A player or NPC could become hooked... players could have to find more spiders... the spiders could get a sickness and the players are asked to find a way to cure them by a rich addict. Recreational drug use is very realistic, and I'm sure in "dark" times like most campaigns the urge of common folk to "escape" would be quite high.
Voted Michael Jotne Slayer
November 22, 2005, 20:32
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Voted Dragon Lord
November 23, 2005, 8:24
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Nice example of a background item - something that makes the game world just a little more "real" - like it - 4/5
Cheka Man
December 22, 2005, 12:26
Cheka Man
December 22, 2005, 12:34
Voted Mourngrymn
April 22, 2006, 13:21
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This shows some great ideas Cheka. I really like the idea of their bite being addicting, however I feel that this needs to be better detailed in order to make it a better submission. I realize this is an older submission but I think it has far better potential than a single paragraph.
Voted Murometz
August 24, 2006, 15:08
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Intriguing bite!
Voted PoisonAlchemist
March 22, 2013, 0:36
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I would like more from this submission, it brings to mind another submission I read somewhere about a place that lives in harmony with a colony of spiders deep in the swamp. I think the venom is what makes them unique, and should be elaborated on.
Voted valadaar
April 22, 2013, 9:55
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Short, but quite interesting. Given that many drugs were intended as toxins by the plants and animals that produce them, this seems reasonable.

Someone _could_ put an illusion on a non-silverspider as an means to assassinate someone.

Voted Moonlake
June 27, 2013, 4:05
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I'm with Mourn in terms of views on this sub.


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Wet Faeries

       By: Murometz

Sages and naturalists frown at the common name given to these strange creatures by the small folk, but sometimes the silliest nicknames for creatures, places and people persevere in the minds of many. “Purifiers”, “Pond Jellies”, “Breath-Stealers”, “Lung-Ticklers” and “River Butterflies” are much less commonly heard appellations for these life forms. Wet Faeries are basically (and simply) a species of fist-sized, fresh-water jellyfish. Several traits steer them toward the peculiar category however. Firstly, Wet Faeries are nearly invisible in the water, much like their marine cousins but even more so. One can swim in a river swarming with these critters and not even notice their presence. Secondly, they possess the unique ability to clean and purify whatever body of water they inhabit. They do this via some sort of biological filtration process, sucking in all toxins present in the water, and releasing it back in its purest form. Needless to say, they are both a blessing and a curse to whichever folk dwell beside the rivers and lakes Wet Faeries inhabit. On one hand, no purer water can be found anywhere than a Wet Faerie lake or pond, and yet, in “pure” water “life” tends in fact to die out, lacking the needed nutrients to prosper. Thirdly, their “sting” is (unfortunately) virulently poisonous to all mammalians. Wet Faeries are loathe to sting anyone or anything, using their barbed fronds as a last line of defense, but if stung, most swimmers will suffer respiratory arrest, and die within minutes, usually drowning before they can make it back to shore.

Alchemists, druids, and less savory characters have studied these creatures over the years, and have predictably found all the ways Wet Faeries could be exploited. Morbidly humorous, some bards find it, that the Poisoners and Assassins Guilds as well as the Healer’s Union, all prize these creatures. The assassins use the extracted venom in obvious fashion, while the priests and healers use the still-living jelly-fish to sterilize other poison potions and to cure those already poisoned on death’s door.

It is known that a certain Earl Von Trumble keeps his vast castle moat stocked with Wet Faeries, the waters so clear that every bone of every one of his past enemies can be clearly seen on the bottom, twenty two feet below.

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