Giant Spiders? Why?
From Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter, and back again, there have been Giant Spiders in our fantasy readings. We all have killed spiders, some of us have killed Giant Spiders. I consider them to be an under-used classic. So… let’s add some spice.
We are going to compile a scroll of add-ons/features for Giant Spiders and other, usually boring, Giant Fantasy Creatures. Some will be bizarre, some mundane, some… within the reason limitations of reality. Others, not so much. But, now, I present you with the first batch of "mutations" as I will call them.
Lethal Injection -
The spider has a stinger that can inject and acid capable of liquefying a human from the inside out. Used on victims encased in silk webbing it makes for a nice treat, like yogurt in a tube. But the tube is silk… and the yogurt.. liquefied human remains.. yum.
Over 400 Babies! -
Many, many, many younglings scampering about. In you hair, ears, eyes, nose, and mouth. They can be stomped… but will they ever stop?
Natural/Unnatural Flight -
Maybe they have wings? Maybe they can fly without wings… Levitation, or…
Thats telekinesis, Kyle! -
Add some Powers of the Mind, possibly a superhuman intellect
Humanify me, Cap’n! -
Add human limbs! Arms, for weapons! Legs, for kicking! or even go beyond and add parts from other creatures. Like a dragon’s tail!
Add/Remove the Normal -
More or less legs, eyes, stomachs?
Take Caution Around Flames -
Maybe it’s got highly flammable webbing? And can breathe fire… maybe not.
Mm.. Thats Good Eatin’ -
It’s entirely possible that Giant Spiders taste delicious! Maybe they have been hunted to near extinction?
Add your own! And when using these, feel free to mix and match. Also: If you have an idea for something other than a Giant Spider put it up anyway!
Additional Ideas (8)
Spiders that speak
Webbing that looks like treasure
No one giant spider, but a whole swarm of them with deadly bites
Intelligent spiders with their own kingdom
1 - Critter's mucus is poisonous, with highly variable contact poison effect.
2 - Critter flickers in and out of invisibility.
3 - Has chameleon ability.
4 - Explodes if slain.
5 - Dissolves into ooze (temporarily) if attacked. Will reform later.
6 - Can spit mucus up to 10' away. Might be poisonous, caustic, nausea-inducing, or extremely sticky.
7 - Has the ability to transform into a swarm of tiny critters if disturbed.
8 - Has electric shock touch. Slime trail will conduct this charge.
9 - Sprouts dragonfly wings and flies.
10 - When threatened, enlarges to 10' in length. Woah!
11 - Randomly shifts form when excited to different small-sized creatures.
12 - Can teleport short distances.
13 - Can engulf objects twice it's size (Familiars watch out!)
14 - Splits into two smaller critters if damaged. New critters retain this ability.
15 - Mucus is acidic. Leaves smoking slime trail.
16 - Bursts into a mass of mucus if slain. Mucus is poisonous, caustic, nausea-inducing, or extremely sticky.
17 - Capable of speech, but dreadfully stupid.
18 - Capable of speech and sounds very intelligent. However it is as stupid as normal critters and its words are polysyllablic word salad.
19 - Critter moves much faster then normal
20 - Roll twice on this table.
Aranea from the 3.5 D&D Monster Manual can shapeshift between a human form (usually an old lady), a hybrid form, and a spider form. They can also cast spells as a low level sorceror.
Some Fresh Ideas:
Super Speed -
Nothing like seeing a creepy critter move fast with creepy jerking movements.
The Spider's blood could spray forth when it recives a wound and melt someone's gear, or poison them. Maybe make it a hallucinagen.
Slippery Webs -
Maybe its webbing is very slick and slippery, could be used to grease up a chute if the spider was smart enough.
Immunity to certain types of Damage -
Be it Fire or Cold, or even Bludgeoning or Slashing. Possibly Acid, Sound, or any other Elemental/Physical immunity.
Urticating Hair (Suggested by my good friend Rosemary Bats) -
This is Real! Many tarantula species will frequently kick hairs off their abdomens, directing them toward potential attackers. These hairs can embed themselves in the other animal's skin or eyes, thus inducing physical irritation. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urticating_hair
Bites that acutally heal certain diseases.
Bites that cause short term numbness, making weapons very hard to hold.
Were-spiders-any human bitten by one and not killed becomes a giant spider for a certain time every full moon.