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10th Aug 2019, 6:00 AM in School Raze
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Spiders, Man
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Newbiespud 10th Aug 2019, 6:00 AM edit delete
I always assumed that just about all spiders are solitary, but a bit of Googling suggests that some spiders do have social tendencies and can form colonies numbered in the hundreds. Fun fun fun!

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ZhonLord 10th Aug 2019, 6:45 AM edit delete reply
"They'd go hostile if we went murder-hobo, wouldn't they?" "Maaaaybe."

Storytime, tell about a time you created this situation as a GM, or encountered it as a player. A time when being hostile would have been the equivalent of committing self-TPK.
Venellian 10th Aug 2019, 6:58 AM edit delete reply
I once made an NPC who was indestructible as well as being a high-level wizard. The party was supposed to talk to her.
They didn't.
Greenhornet 10th Aug 2019, 7:22 AM edit delete reply
I was in a HALF Party Kill in my early RP days.
We had the standard group; a wizard, a ranger, a thief and my run-away gladiator (fighter) character.
I forget the details, but we were consulting with the ruler of a city-state when for some reason, the wizard didn't like his attitude and decided to do "something" about it.
What he had forgotten was that there was a squad of the Duke's bodyguards in the chamber, fully armed and armored. The DM had described them in a way that made them seem as just set dressing, but now they were moving in. That wasn't all. The Duke had been toying with a dagger that turned out to be MAGIC and knocked the wizard on his ass!
The thief wasn't going to let some "one percenter" get away with that and attacked.
The ranger had more sense and dove out a window with me close behind because I had screwed up making my character, giving him good skills, but low scores in STR and HP (That's why he ran away, he would have died as a gladiator).
Sooo... half the party killed, the other half on the run for "conspiracy to commit murder".
Enigmatic Jack 10th Aug 2019, 5:58 PM edit delete reply
I had an NPC like that in a game I ran a few years ago. He wasn't actually indestructible, but he was an Epic Wizard compared to a level 5 party. Of course, I'd MET players before, so if they decided to attack I had a plan in place where if they impressed him enough then he'd still help them. Any crit or max damage spell genre the party a 5% chance, and the wizard took it easy on them since he wasn't in any real danger.

They did manage to survive the fight. Then when they were given the option to teleport out, the teleport spell went wonky because someone had pilfered an item with time magic from within the tower and the whole party wound up teleporting 500 years into the past.
Zaranthan 12th Aug 2019, 10:02 PM edit delete reply
I've thrown an indestructible NPC at my party before. Well, not actually indestructible, just a high level spellcaster that spent all their top level slots on defensive spells such that it would be impractical to make them run out of hit points.

Because they were AWARE of their own nigh-immortality, I just had them no-sell the party's Sudden Yet Inevitable Assault until they got the gorram idea, had them dispense the quest token, then departed in a giant fireball that left everybody at death's door because they were violent jerks. :)
Enigmatic Jack 10th Aug 2019, 5:50 PM edit delete reply
We encountered almost this EXACT situation in the last game we played. Swarm of spiders, one of our guys noticed that they didn't immediately attack and tried talking to them, ended up being able to communicate and was told that we were the first who didn't try to attack them so they were going to let us live.

I, on the other hand, was just waiting for our commander to do much as twitch his nose and I was going to Fireball the hell out of everything that wasn't resistant or immune to fire damage. Then do it again with an energy substitution just to make sure. ;)
terrycloth 11th Aug 2019, 6:28 PM edit delete reply
We needed to do that on the last spider swarm. Who the heck makes spiderwebs immune to fire?!

"Kill it with fire! Kill it with fire!"
"Kill it with acid!"
Space Jawa 10th Aug 2019, 7:36 AM edit delete reply
"But what if I want the spiders to sing and dance?"
FanOfMostEverything 10th Aug 2019, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
"Then you should have rolled a druid/bard."
Digo Dragon 10th Aug 2019, 11:49 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I once witnessed the party Paladin, fighter, and cleric break out into Monty Python's Camelot song.

Any class can "bard" if you're determined enough. XD
Rastaba 13th Aug 2019, 7:05 AM edit delete reply
So does that mean if I want to turn anything into a Disney movie I just need Druid/bard?
Freelance 10th Aug 2019, 11:51 AM edit delete reply
*One of them puts on a top hat and sings,* "Hello my baby; hello my honey; hello my ragtime girl...!"
Kittoradra 10th Aug 2019, 8:41 PM edit delete reply
*another tapdances in from the side* "Send me a note by wire! Baby, my heart's on fire!"
Guest 10th Aug 2019, 3:06 PM edit delete reply
The Imperio Curse would be good for that!

But, wrong fantasy franchise though.
TheStratovarian 10th Aug 2019, 10:37 AM edit delete reply
This yona, is when you teach the big swarm how to smash like yak's and let them have all the fun they couldnt before.
Ulzgoroth 10th Aug 2019, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
I've seen spiders get very social in my boiler room. They had a dense sheet of web spanning the entire room about a foot below the ceiling, and spiders just hanging out all throughout it.
Digo Dragon 10th Aug 2019, 11:51 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I tolerate a few spiders in my house to kill off the other insects, but if they were to unionize, I'd have to break out the spray can and flip-flops because I do have an arachnophobe living in my household and what she doesn't know won't cause her to yell murder. XD
Evilbob 10th Aug 2019, 1:26 PM edit delete reply
Well, kinda hard to blame her if she got bit (or thought she got bit) by one.

No one Few people like getting bit.
Enigmatic Jack 10th Aug 2019, 6:00 PM edit delete reply
A friend of mine found a brown recluse in his bed. The hard way.
Digo Dragon 10th Aug 2019, 7:58 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
That's another reason to control the population. Too many and they start moving into places that end up getting in my way or threatening to bite us.
Winged Cat 11th Aug 2019, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
What would they unionize for? More flies? Time off to tend to their kids? (If that's a per-child thing, swarms mean the parental benefits add up fast.)
Sing And Dance 10th Aug 2019, 1:11 PM edit delete reply
Any story when the monsters or enemy suddenly began to sing and dance?
Kittoradra 10th Aug 2019, 8:43 PM edit delete reply
None yet, but I am planning to run a game... It's going to be my fourth try, and I've already decided it's not going to be the most serious of attempts. *pulls out a notebook*
Winged Cat 11th Aug 2019, 10:56 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
On the one side, a military-esque gang that had taken over a city.

On the other, a street gang of ninja from the surrounding countryside.

The party is between them as they encounter each other, weapons getting ready. Party looks for any way out of the crossfire, but this is on a street with no side alleys, and all nearby buildings are locked up tight: the residents don't want any part of this.

And then the two opposing forces begin a dance-off, with rap-battle-style songs.

Turns out, neither one really wants to be there, but each side is under orders from up above. So they get into a dance contest, and (once the party figures out what's going on and get involved) subtly arrange for the PCs to win as a third party, giving both sides excuse to leave without tipping off their superiors.
DanielLC 10th Aug 2019, 2:00 PM edit delete reply
Harvestmen are the ones really known for swarming. They're also non-venomous, which would explain the last page. (Just to clarify, they're closely related to spiders and often confused for them, but they're not spiders. You can tell since they don't have cleanly divided body segments.)
T 10th Aug 2019, 11:32 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, they are related to sooth sprites from Ghibli.
Truthkeeper 10th Aug 2019, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
Getting horrible flashbacks to Avernum's Giant Intelligent Friendly Talking Spiders.
ANW 11th Aug 2019, 6:54 PM edit delete reply
Never thought I would turn down a present.
ChosenChaos 13th Aug 2019, 2:01 AM edit delete reply
Have these spiders been spending time with Dangerous Beans, Darktan and the rest of the Clan?
merle 16th Mar 2022, 11:52 AM edit delete reply
For arachnophobes...might I suggest Adrian Tchaikovsky's excellent novel "Children of Time"? It really changed how I look at spiders. Just, ya know, be warned that there are spiders in it.