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Black Widow

6’ long, black spiders with a red hourglass pattern on their abdomens. Dwell in web-filled lairs and sometimes prey on humans.


Armour Class 6 [13]
Hit Dice 3* (13hp)
Attacks 1 × bite (2d6 + poison)
THAC0 17 [+2]
Movement 60’ (20’) / 120’ (40’) in webs
Saving Throws D12 W13 P14 B15 S16 (2)
Morale 8
Alignment Neutral
XP 50
Number Appearing 1d3 (1d3)
Treasure Type U

  • Poison: Causes death in 1 turn (save versus poison).
  • Webs: Creatures caught in webs become entangled and unable to move. Breaking free depends on Strength: 2d4 turns for strength in the normal human range; 4 rounds for strength above 18; 2 rounds for creatures with giant strength. The webs can be destroyed by fire in two rounds. All creatures in a flaming web suffer 1d6 points of damage.

Crab Spider

5’ long hunting spiders that can change their colour to match their surroundings.


Armour Class 7 [12]
Hit Dice 2* (9hp)
Attacks 1 × bite (1d8 + poison)
THAC0 18 [+1]
Movement 120’ (40’)
Saving Throws D12 W13 P14 B15 S16 (1)
Morale 7
Alignment Neutral
XP 25
Number Appearing 1d4 (1d4)
Treasure Type U

  • Ambush: Attack by dropping on victims from above.
  • Surprise: On a 1–4, due to camouflage.
  • Cling: Can walk on walls and ceilings.
  • Poison: Causes death in 1d4 turns (save versus poison with a +2 bonus).

Tarantella

7’ long, hairy hunting spiders that resemble tarantulas. Magical in nature.


Armour Class 5 [14]
Hit Dice 4* (18hp)
Attacks 1 × bite (1d8 + poison)
THAC0 16 [+3]
Movement 120’ (40’)
Saving Throws D12 W13 P14 B15 S16 (2)
Morale 8
Alignment Neutral
XP 125
Number Appearing 1d3 (1d3)
Treasure Type U

  • Poison: Save vs poison or dance for 2d6 turns (suffering from painful, jerking spasms that resemble a macabre dance).
  • Onlookers: Viewers of one affected by the poison must save versus spells or begin dancing in the same fashion, for as long as the poisoned victim.
  • Dancing: Those affected suffer a –4 penalty to attack rolls and AC. After 5 turns of dancing, they become exhausted: fall to the ground, helpless.