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June 16, 2013, 12:31 am

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Skittering Steel


Spindly, steel spiders, spinning silk so sharp. (100-word sub)

Deep within the mines they began. Originally, those who mined the earth thought they'd struck odd deposits of metal, but the jagged chunks of metal unfurled themselves and spiders of steel and copper, bronze and silver skittered free when the earth imprisoning them turned to rubble. Fangs penetrated the miners' flesh, injecting poisonous mercury into their blood.

Now they haunt those mines, spinning webs of steel which, if walked into haphazardly, can cause potentially fatal slices and gashes.
To destroy them they must be crushed. Their scrap value makes hunting them worthwile - especially if you find a golden Arachnid!

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Voted Moonlake
May 27, 2013, 7:44
What the score says. However, I really wish you would de-100 this sub. Seems like their creation story would be an interesting one.
May 27, 2013, 8:07
i already have a few thoughts about expanding this, Moon :) Perhaps in the coming week or two i'll beef it up.
I just wanted to get something out because I feel like I haven't managed to put anything up in too long! the 100-challenge is a good way to do that!
May 27, 2013, 18:49
Ah, good to hear your plans for this sub. Personally, I always use the 100 word format for "abandoned ideas" or sth that came to me on-the-fly and didn't fit into the more serious stream of pieces that I write. But I know what you mean by getting sth out first.
Voted Murometz
May 27, 2013, 11:24
Quite flavorful, and I would also like to see the expansion. Just wondering aloud, but wouldn't iron be more appropriate as opposed to "worked" steel? Anyhoo, these critters capture the imagination!
Voted Elbin
May 27, 2013, 13:02
The most colourful 100-word I have read so far!
Voted Cheka Man
May 27, 2013, 13:23
These should be a bigger submission.
May 28, 2013, 18:13
It's a 100 word challenge, which I assume means 100 words or less to fully develop an idea.
Voted Dossta
May 28, 2013, 14:28
Fantastic seed idea! I really want to see more about these guys. They remind me of the Silverfish you find in Minecraft -- terrifying little creatures that live in stone and swarm out in packs once you break the rock open. I can imagine a party of adventurers, desperate to escape an underground cave system, being entirely too unwary of where they try to dig their way out . . .
Voted PoisonAlchemist
May 28, 2013, 18:15
I like that they inject mercury, a very flavorful idea. I think this makes a good 100 word sub because I don't really need more explanation - they're spiders made of metal. Pretty sweet.
Voted valadaar
June 25, 2014, 13:05
This is quite interesting - I like the picture speed-painted with the words here.
Cheka Man
June 25, 2014, 18:02
Could one be domesticated?
Voted Aramax
January 15, 2015, 8:57
reproducing treasure!

Love it!


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