Rasaghi | Arachnimorphs
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- Dubious consent
- Body horror
- Belly bulge
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Standing at eight to ten feet tall, the arachnimorph is comprised of a large abdomen and cephalothorax which is supported by eight powerful legs. Nestled between the two pedipalp, which serves as arms, there is torso which, despite its limbless appearance, is altogether human. The face, while human in shape, contains between six to eight eyes. Two large mandibles sit neatly in a wide mouth, which is easily given to attempts at human expression. When first faced with the concept of a half spider, half human hybrid, one might expect a sensation of fear, or at the very least healthy trepidation. However, this unusual species of spider is not only agreeable to humans but accommodating, provided you afford them with the same respect
Despite their fearsome appearance, arachnimorphs are a hospitable group with a developed culture. They live in small tribal groups of about ten or so family units with approximately five to a nest. These nests are made of thickly knitted spider silk which hangs like curtains from the trees. They are quite large, containing several ‘rooms’ in which the arachnimorphs keep house. The main room is often decorated with flowers which have been dried and hung from the ceiling in colorful mobiles. They use phosphorescent fungi to light the rooms, providing a pleasant, glowing ambiance. Each nest has a “pantry” in which they store fruit, vegetables, and fish. They are very fond of fish as a food course, to the relief of any human who meets them. It also contains a nesting area as well as a clutch room, where the eggs are kept.
An arachnimorph can lay as many as one hundred eggs at a time, each of which is about the size of a tennis ball and quite soft to the touch. They produce these eggs on a regular basis, but they remain unfertilized unless the arachnimorph mates with another of their kind. Arachnimorph have no sexual dimorphism and no concept of gender. All members of their species can both produce eggs or fertilize them, though it is impossible for one to fertilize itself as they do have an understanding of how easily offspring can be compromised through breeding habits. All members of the species have an ovipositor, which can be used to dispose of unfertilized eggs or implant fertilized ones. However, it should be noted that despite their arachnid appearance, arachnimorphs are not sexually disassociative.
They experience extreme pleasure at the act of ovipositon, often engaging in the act for strictly recreational purposes. Procreation comes at a large risk. The eggs are gelatinous to the touch and very easily broken unless they are protected inside the womb of another arachnimorph. However given the massive amount of eggs, once deposited, the recipient is rendered immobile for weeks at a time. This makes it impossible for them to hunt, fish or protect themselves, making them reliant upon their mate for such tasks.
Once the eggs harden to the consistency of a melon, they are dropped one at a time and then nestled into the thick webbing of the nesting room to await hatching. But the danger is not over yet. They are vulnerable to a number of parasites that linger close by, waiting to steal the fertilized eggs. Out of a hundred eggs, there may be only half a dozen newborn arachnimorphs. Of those, only two or three will make it to maturity and live to mate and procreate.
Arachnimorphs are by their nature curious and eager to explore. Given the opportunity, they will sneak about when humans are around, trying to learn about them without interfering until they are sure that they are not at risk. Once assured of safety, they are friendly to the point of being invasive! They seem to have a great deal of curiosity about humans in general, especially when confronted with concepts such as cooking and musical instruments.