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Illustration of the Huntress - Arachne legend, as rendered by HATESHI.

Arachne was a Lesser Spirit, and was also known as The Betrayer.

Arachne was the mortal enemy of The Huntress, whom she betrayed before ascending as a Lesser Spirit. She was also the patroness of betrayal and spiders. As a human, Arachne had served as a bodyguard to a powerful queen. Likewise, the Huntress served as the bodyguard to the king. The Queen, jealous of the Huntress' beauty, arranged to have Arachne setup the Huntress to appear as if she planned to commit regicide. The Huntress was banished, though Arachne was imprisoned for her knowledge of the plot.

The Huntress eventually returned, then immortal, to gain her revenge on the Queen. Arachne begged the Huntress to free her, which she did, only to have Arachne stab her in the back. Arachne then greedily drank the immortal blood of the Huntress, but at the same time, was bit by a black widow spider. Thus, Arachne was transformed into a gross creature, mixed of woman and spider. She had since been worshiped by various cults.

Shrines, Statuary, and Holy Places

Spider Temple

The most well-known of Arachne's holy places was the Spider Temple. Inside, Arachne acolytes, Arachne servants and Arachne priests and priestesses dedicate themselves to her worship.

Cleric Guilds

Displayed in the Prayer Rooms of each Cleric Guild is a state of Arachne. These prayer rooms are considered a holy shrine to multiple deities.

This woman is clearly a warrior. She is tall, muscular and trim with a self-assured bearing that borders on cockiness. At her feet is a large spider, two of its legs resting on Arachne's ankle.

K>touch Arachne
You reach out and touch the statue of Arachne.

A soft wave of magic flows over you, making your skin tingle with Arachne's energies.

Wehnimer's Landing Cleric Guild

Located in the Antechamber of Others is a statue of Arachne. This area is not considered a holy shrine.

Unusual in its form, this statue's upper half portrays a female warrior clad in blood-stained leather armor. At the waist, her body transforms into that of a large spider. Her symbol is a black widow spider on a field of red.

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Lesser Spirits - edit
Liabo: Jaston | Kuon | Laethe | Leya | Niima | Tilamaire | Voaris | Voln
Lornon: Amasalen | Onar
Neutral: Aeia | Arachne | The Huntress | Illoke | Khaarne | Meyno