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Vapour spider

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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
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Nice but what do they do apart from look beautiful? Do they bite ghosts?
MoonHunter
November 13, 2005, 13:40
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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
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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
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Voted Dragon Lord
November 15, 2005, 9:05
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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
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Voted KendraHeart
January 8, 2006, 1:18
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A little short but a very cool idea.
Voted Ancient Gamer
January 8, 2006, 5:24
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A bit short but I like it Kinslayer.
One thumb up!
Voted valadaar
December 5, 2006, 16:02
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Would love to see more to this.
Voted Mourngrymn
December 5, 2006, 16:36
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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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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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