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November 13, 2005, 12:31 pm

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Vapour spider


Spiders of the moonlight, weaving webs of smoke, mist, and moonbeams.

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The vapour spider has a translucent and glassy appearance, and a rather soft & fragile body.  They only appear at night, and seem more prevalent with stronger moonlight, but this is perhaps only because they are more easily seen.  They seem to have no natural predators.

Vapour spiders create webs that are even more ephemeral than the standard variety, yet somehow even more resilient. It is said that they spin their webs not out of silk, but instead of smoke, mist, and moonbeams. Even the pattern of the web resembles swirls of vapour or smoke rather than a typical spiderweb pattern. Yet, when you pass your hands through it, the web is not disturbed, and remains undamaged.

They have never been seen eating an insect, nor has anything ever been seen caught in their webs.  Vapour spiders do not even bite in self-defence. Some loremasters believe that they do not exist entirely in this plane of existance, and instead form their webs of visible ether, catching tiny spirit-creatures invisible to the eye.

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Voted Cheka Man
November 13, 2005, 13:27
Nice but what do they do apart from look beautiful? Do they bite ghosts?
November 13, 2005, 13:40
Cheka, these are all part of the insect's thread, The animal version of whimsical flora. They are mostly here for color rather than mangling adventurers.
Voted Zylithan
November 14, 2005, 0:44
Although I tend towards more "useful" creatures, I like the idea. I wish you would write more about them. Too often I think people write that nobody knows the history of these things instead of coming up with a creative suggestion (which the readers can always ignore, or use to inspire them to come up with other ideas... I find even suggested ideas I don't like to be much more helpful than no suggestions at all.)
Voted Scrasamax
November 14, 2005, 17:27
Only voted
Voted Dragon Lord
November 15, 2005, 9:05
Wow - spiritual spiders that eat little spirits - brilliant - give that man a sugar lump

Definitely a candidate for the "wish I'd thought of that" award

4.5 / 5
Voted Michael Jotne Slayer
November 17, 2005, 0:24
Only voted
Voted KendraHeart
January 8, 2006, 1:18
A little short but a very cool idea.
Voted Ancient Gamer
January 8, 2006, 5:24
A bit short but I like it Kinslayer.
One thumb up!
Voted valadaar
December 5, 2006, 16:02
Would love to see more to this.
Voted Mourngrymn
December 5, 2006, 16:36
One of those oldies but goodies. I do wish there was a little more information. Possibly even information that normal sages do not know but information specific about them in their realm perhaps. But as a color piece, they are wonderful.

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Castoria, Land of Shattered Stars

       By: Veretrix

Castoria was once a thriving and prosperous nation, a rich trade center for the surrounding lands. This all changed when, on one fateful night nearly a century ago, the Mist of Eternity rolled in and surrounded the land, obscuring more of the outside world as days and nights passed.

By the time the Mist blocked out the sun, a new light shone during what was assumed to be daytime: The Starpoint Spire, a mysterious place atop Castoria's highest peak in the northern-central region. Some say that there is some sort of building atop the mountain shining the dim "sunlight" onto the land, but it is only ever too bright or too dark to fully make out any structure, not to mention the mountain's immense height.

Not a month after the Spire's light lit up, the stars fell. Flaming rocks and debris from far-flung edges of space plummeted downward onto the eastern region of Castoria. Once the shower subsided, a strange energy from within the fallen stars transformed the eastern lands in what are now known as The Voidwastes, a barren gray land littered with craters and strange alien creatures (these can vary, but I had Pathfinder's Akatas in mind).

To the south, strange mechanism of eldritch origin are again at work after aeons of rest in the Ruins of Kchuthngnl, an ancient city of non-human creation that is estimated by scholars to be no less that five millennia old.

To the west, the once peaceful and serene forest, now known as The Plagued Woods, has been experiencing corruptions of the wildlife and humanoids living there. Some humans have reported creatures that appear not unlike a halfling, except that they can open their mouths to massive proportions to swallow creatures the size of an ogre.

When adventurers and citizens alike try to make an escape from Castoria, they are never seen again, and it is utterly unknown whether they found hopeful sanctuary or agonizing death withing the Mist's depths.

What is unknown to all residents of Castoria is that all of these events occurred because of the actions of a secret but powerful cult loyal to the Elder Gods who call the space between the planes their abhorrent home. The cult still lives on, larger than ever, and their plan is for the alien horrors to incubate and thrive within the dome of mist that now envelops Castoria, so that when the Elder Gods return as the cult's prophecy foretells, they will have an army of blasphemous creation at their disposal that they will use to make war with and enslave the denizens of the Material Plane.

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