No one knows where they come from. Some blame the government, citing radiation-laden nuclear test zones, while others suggest military tampering and generic experimentation to create the next great bio-weapon. One theory claims they developed below the Earth’s crust, gaining access co the surface due to a recent mining operation, while others say they are God’s retribution against the unfaithful. No matter the source of the infestation, nothing is more fearsome than a truck-size gargantuan spider, especially when its hairy legs are standing right above you.
Towing over two meters call, these dark, hairy creatures with their segmented legs make a distinct clicking sound as they travel across stone or other hard surfaces, while their razor sharp fangs leave a trail of noxious poison spittle. Frequently using webbing co aid their movement, a sure sign of a gargantuan spider problem is a five-meter length of tough webbing hanging from the rafters.
Gargantuan spiders seem to come in three varieties, separated by the coloration of the pattern on their thorax and abdomen. Blue-patterned spiders are the lease violent, preferring to make their lairs in forests and caverns near places where cattle and ocher large animals graze for food. Yellow-patterned spiders are known to actively hunt their prey, tracking it into populated areas. Yellow spiders put up a good fight bur rend to retreat co safety after being wounded. Red-patterned spiders are cunning and cruel. Known for hiding in sewer systems or abandoned buildings, these creatures have a caste for human flesh and are not afraid co indulge it.
Rare though they may be, the gargantuan spider menace has become a serious problem for many rural communities that are underprepared to deal with the threat. Those few creatures that have made it co the big cities rend co make one big scare before the authorities catch wind of the problem and send in teams w take care of it. Few people actually believe tales of the gargantuan spider menace, preferring to call them urban legends or publicity stunts instead.
In combat, a gargantuan spider relies on its paralyzing poison and piecing fangs. lt prefers to force its opponent between its legs where it can crap her while using its fangs to rip her apart. If wounded, a gargantuan spider will throw its webs at potential threats while climbing to safety.
Typical Gargantuan Spider
Reflexes 4D: brawling 5D+2, climbing 6D, jumping 5D, sneak 4D+2
Coordination 3D+2: throwing: webs 6D+1
Physique 5D: lifting 7D+2
Perception 3D+1: hide 4D+2, survival 5D+1, cracking 4D+2
Presence 1D: intimidate 2D+2, willpower 4D
Strength Damage: 4D
Fate Points: 0
Character Points: 0
Body Points: 25
Wound levels: 3
Natural Ability: fangs (damage+ 1D;+5 to combat difficulty; poison injected when brawling success beats difficulty by 10 or more); poison (causes 6 points of damage or one Wound level every 10 minutes until victim dies or is created; Mode rare stamina roll to resist); web attack (can spin and throw webbing at one target per round; a target that’s hit becomes entangled in the web, incurring a -1 D penalty co all rolls and halving movement until removed; removing the webbing requires a Physique, lifting, or contortion check of 8; additional webs increase entanglement, adding an additional 1D penalty, halving the remaining movement and increasing the Physique, lifting, or contortion check by +2); web trap (creatures entering the area of the web crap must make a Perception or search check opposed by the spider’s hide roll; failure indicating that the creature gets caught in the web; see web attack for mechanics getting out of web); large size (scale value 3)