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November 13, 2005, 11:31 am

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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, 12:27
Nice but what do they do apart from look beautiful? Do they bite ghosts?
November 13, 2005, 12:40
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 13, 2005, 23:44
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, 16:27
Only voted
Voted Dragon Lord
November 15, 2005, 8:05
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 16, 2005, 23:24
Only voted
Voted KendraHeart
January 8, 2006, 0:18
A little short but a very cool idea.
Voted Ancient Gamer
January 8, 2006, 4:24
A bit short but I like it Kinslayer.
One thumb up!
Voted valadaar
December 5, 2006, 15:02
Would love to see more to this.
Voted Mourngrymn
December 5, 2006, 15:36
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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His skin is the color of tallow, surprising perhaps for a renowned jungle guide, yet his natural helm of dreads and the jungle's canopy keeps the sun from bronzing his originally pale flesh. On his back are tattooed three women from the waist up, side-by-side, each resembling the other but of different ages. This is a tattoo of Molk's mother, sister, and daughter. His wife (don't bring her up to him!) was killed by marauding Qullan years ago, and appears as her own tattoo on his broad but sunken chest.

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