The Orphans of Cathorna
Weighing around 1 kg and approximately a foot across from tip to tip, Despair Spiders are tough and aggressive. They are fast, agile foes, able to cover ground at least as quickly as a running human, and to scramble up vertical surfaces at similar speeds. While dark brown in colour, they are more black widow than tarantula, with scattered coarse hairs across a hard, glossy carapace and similar hairs on their legs. They have two large eyes above six smaller orbs, all set about vicious downward-swept fangs two inches long.
In battle, they strike quickly and fearlessly, leaping on their foes and striking with their fangs. While deeep, the wounds they inflict are generally less than the smallest stiletto would do, but the greenish-yellow venom the bite delivers is much more dangerous. Victims immediately experience a wave of despair, enough to make weaker minds surrender to their fate; only the strong-willed can continue to fight.
Despair spiders have only been encountered once, in the metal mine in Thror’s Hills in June 1640. Beckett and Erfiren took samples of their venom.
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