they find a gigantic spider, all eight of it’s eyes filled with tears. As soon as they see it, the spider speaks in their own speech! “My babies, he stole all my babies. The nasty wizard took my egg sac for his potion.”
Introducing herself as Ariadne, the spider will explain with many gestures of her eight legs how a Necromancer has stolen her egg sac to make his new potion. If asked how she can speak she will admit to eating a lesser Mage years ago and drinking one of his potions. Ariadne will explain that a magical circle around the mage’s house prevents her going near it, and promise a large reward if the PC’s will rescue her “babies”.
Assuming the PC’s decide to help her, they must find a way to cross the circle.If a mage is in the party he/she may be able to spellcast a way through. It might be possible to trick a way through-or the undead skelitons guarding the area can be destroyed and the PC’s can cross the circle by walking over the bones. If the Necromancer is defeated and the egg sac returned, the spider will reward the PC’s with several gold coins taken from her human prey over the years, and one magical item (chosen by the GM.)
Because giant spiders are allways thought of as evil killing machines I decided to make up a plot with one that was different.