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Prologue: Out of the Web

Post by Admin on Sun 15 Sep - 17:29

The last time the world went dark, something unusual occurred. At the height of all her long weeks of existence, the spider had never known such a traumatic event. On occasion, the sky above split open with terrorizing, blinding flashes of white light. The earth below shock and made her webs vibrate like nothing before ever had.

The tiny male next to her had held onto her webs with everything it had. It did not catch in the wind as easily as her, and held on easily. She struggled a bit more, but her strength was undeniable and in the end she braved fury of the earth and sky unscathed. What had she done to so anger the earth and sky? The thought, completely unlike any other she ever had before came unbidden to her mind and was instantly washed away by the work before her.

While her webs were vastly more enduring than required to laugh at the fury of the earth and sky, some of the the wooden branches she had chosen as anchors were not. The flew away and tore her home to pieces. Normally, this would not be much of a problem. Normally, as always, she would not have cared. Would not have been capable of caring. She would simply have respun as needed. But, today, something was different. Today she was bothered by something she did not understand.

Today, she was annoyed.
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Post by Seb on Sun 15 Sep - 22:53

Annoyed. She couldn't, wouldn't and didn't care (or even thought) of explaining it. She simply needed to deal with it. And she would deal with it the same way she dealt with everything else. And there were only two solutions.

Flee, or eat.

Without any proper understanding of this newly acquired frustration of hers, she could only use that energy towards consuming what prey what caught in what was left of her web. She ran towards a moth that had been pushed into the web by a gust of wind. She approached speedily, having suddenly forgotten about how slowly she usually fell down insects caught in her glued webs. Soon, with horrendous haste, the moth was completely and utterly incapable of movement. It was then bitten through and through, like the spider was mad its toxin mixing with the moth's blood. And it was eaten, still alive. And the same fate befell three other prisoners, a ravening spider devouring them... frustratingly.

And then she started weaving anew. Her web had been damaged, and it needed to be repaired.
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Post by Admin on Mon 16 Sep - 3:03

The spider began to weave her webs back into place. She was, however, still affected by the same problem. She worked with frustration and that made her movements filled with too much energy. That made her clumsy and inefficient. Some of her golden silk got into a tangle she could not get rid of. Annoyance made way to anger.

And still she hungered. Yet her belly was filled to the brim. She simply could not eat more than she already did. Yet, still she hungered.

Nearby, vibrations in her webs reminded her of the presence of the tiny male. He was moving away from her. Something primal in it sensed instinctively that something was wrong. Something was not natural.
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Post by Seb on Mon 16 Sep - 15:36

Anger made her confused, and being confused made her angry.

Anger made her want to lash out... at something. There was no thinking, just acting, upon the instinct of what she felt. She ran around on her own web, in patterns no one could understand, and she took bites at what insects were caught (and not yet fully coated with golden silk) in her web, and she even took bites at her web itself, not caring for the destruction of what she had put so much careful effort into building.

Nothing was important, as she was unable to process than a thought at once.

Anger. Bite.
Anger. Eat.
Anger. Destroy.

For her, this was a not a "feeling" or a "state of mind", this was just... doing things. She lashed at what came close to her, right until her web was not even solid enough to stand her considerable weight.
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Post by Admin on Thu 19 Sep - 22:05

Ground.

A rarely felt sensation. Herbs of all kinds were tickling her belly and sliding under her immense legs. On the ground vibrations came from everywhere. A chaotic and dangerous world.

- A worm tunneled away from her ridiculously slowly.
- The wind in the grass.
- Steps from a giant beast, far away.
- A snake several times her size stopped slithering when it felt the thud of her body hitting the ground.
- A bird of some sort, yelling loudly.
- The tiny male, slowly climbing up a tree.
- A ... thing, hard to identify, on a branch far above. Moving in place frantically.

Anger and hunger, made way for... dread.
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Re: Prologue: Out of the Web

Post by Seb on Thu 19 Sep - 22:14

It knew the comfort of its web no more. But dread, she knew not either. Nothing so powerful in the ways of fear, anyway. So it knew, wisely, to flee. It ran amongst the true chaos of the ground, and towards a branch, which would lead to a tree, which would in turn lead to a crack, or some place to hide.

Nothing else than pure instinct drove the swiftness of her movements.
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Post by Admin on Sat 21 Sep - 2:40

The spider went, leaving behind her home and "family", in as much as one such as her could have one. She ran as fast as she could. The vibrations caught by her legs told her that the snake had resumed slithering and that the bird was still yelling loudly. She had lost track of the tiny male but was getting closer to the thing moving in place frantically.

As a member of the Nephila Komaci familly of spider, her leg span was an impressive six inch. Finding a hiding spot for a body this size was possible, but it was also difficult. A mere crack would not do, but trees sometimes had cavities and holes that could hold her in. She managed to find one after a few minutes. Her new home had an angle which did not allow her to see the ground below unless she poked her head out. But what she did see, was that her view from inside overlooked a butterfly attempting to leave it's chrysalis a mere few meters away.

As time passed, dread left her. For a time, she was once again, normal. Her craving was gone and her mind was hers. Calm, fearless. Completely, and utterly emotionless.
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Re: Prologue: Out of the Web

Post by Seb on Sat 21 Sep - 7:22

Immobile and cold, as she should be, she remembered her panic and her anger, as a distant thing and questioned it, in mostly rational fashion. She found no answer to her question, and felt that she had to resume her life at once.

Slithering out of her hole, she would walk towards the chrysalys (if there was still movement in that direction), knowing full well how defenseless, smooth and juicy a such a prey was. There, she would cover it in golden silk, and it would be the first food that she placed in her next web.
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Post by Admin on Sat 21 Sep - 13:36

Patiently, has she had always done, the spider began to weaver her web. Nothing disturbed her peace. No thought or emotion came to trouble her mind. Until...

As she was making her way to what would be the top of her web, she noticed strands from another spider's web a few meters away. That would not be a problem, the food was plentiful. They could share a tree. Likely, they did before and never even knew. Yet, whenever she would work on the top portion of her webs, she would slowly begin to work her appetite again. That voracious appetite that does not leave even when her belly is full. That was confusing, but not as much as the other emotion she began to feel. She felt territorial and possessive, it seemed as if her tree was invaded by another's web.
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Re: Prologue: Out of the Web

Post by Seb on Sat 21 Sep - 14:07

She did not wait to finish her own web. Once again she felt aggressive and hungry, and she would satisfy these instincts. She walked off her unfinished web onto the tree, and towards the other spider's web. She knew better than walking on another spider's home: she would get stuck on it herself.

So she would eat it. She crushed and ate the invader's web, and would move around until the spider would either fall down because of the weakness of the web, or because she would come and defend her home.

In either case, she would end up consumed.
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Post by Admin on Sat 21 Sep - 19:11

The intruder spider came to defend its web with intent and purpose. It was confused like never before. While it did not have to deal with things like feeling, it was left with a truly puzzling conundrum: What would DARE ever attack a huge venomous spider's web?

It seems the answer is, alarmingly, a much larger spider. The fight began with pause or hesitation. A spiders, for all their patience, are not prone to doubts. Although the venomous Spider was fast, the Nephila Komaci was fighting erratically and that gave it the upper hand as its confused opponent barely reacted in time to dodge the first attack and utterly failed to dodge the follow up. This sad mistake cost it its left from leg, torn off brutally.

It was then that the venomous spider realized an important information: It was going to die today. Not very happy about that, it decided that it would likely be more prudent to retreat. It let go of the branch and fell below attached by a string of silk.

Spider Fact:
(Potential Errata: According to the Internet, Spiders don't get stuck to their webs because of the hairs on their legs, how they walk and a certain coating on their skins. It is therefore possible to walk on another spider's webs without remaining stuck. Case in point, the males of the Nephila Komaci walk on the female's webs just fine when they find one molting.)
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Post by Seb on Sat 21 Sep - 20:17

Something happened at that moment, something as unique as her newfound sentiment towards the world.

She had a plan.

As crude as it was, she would have never thought of this before.

She went close to the other spider's string, and cut it with her mandibles. Then, she produced a similiar string and jumped down almost halfway down before the string stopped her fall, and she let herself slide down as quickly as she could: her weight made this easy.

She would then chase her beyond both their respective territories, a blatant oddity. The spider, to the human observer, could seem blind with rage.
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Post by Admin on Sat 21 Sep - 21:06

A blatant oddity that nearly ended horribly. The string she made barely latched on the wood before it was too late. A couple of meters below herself, she her free fall ended at the end of her string with a yank. Thankfully, her Exoskeleton was quite sturdy and held on. The shock hurt , but caused her no damage. And so, she was able to ignore it entirely.

Using her weight, she made the rest of the way down as fast as she could. Her enemy was apparently unharmed by the fall, but was in a serious predicament, as it landed on its back. It had managed to get back on its legs she arrived, but, it was still disoriented and wobbly. The battle resume, although with one party at a disadvantage.

She did not give the venomous spider any time to get ready for a fair fight. Its back was towards her and although it made a valiant to try to dodge anyway, she bit the venomous spider in the abdomen. Injecting her fatal poison. While the enemy was still alive, it's death was now guaranteed even if it somehow managed to survive this fight.
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Post by Seb on Sat 21 Sep - 21:11

Nothing more was necessary. She had been just the right amount of reckless, and did not wish to expose herself to venom as well. She made a few steps back, and would simply pace around the enemy carefully, until it could no longer defend itself, or hardly move.

And then, she would feast.
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Post by Admin on Sun 22 Sep - 13:07

The wounded and dying spider tried desperately to defeat its attacker, out of pure instinct, truly, for there was no point to this. It's life was already ended, only the poison was taking it's time to kill. Three times, it attacked, one missed entirely, as it was reliant on a limb that was no longer there, the other two were dodged more narrowly, but still gracefully as the Nephila Komaci was keeping her distances. It was easy to see the attacks coming and move out of the way. It helped that the spider obviously slowed by the missing body part, the loss of fluid as well as the increasing effect of the poison.

After the third attack, the venomous spider did not stop its movement right away. It was now struggling with simple things like walking, stopping, turning. It was unable now to pursue such a complex task as fighting. It was, completely harmless.

The feasting began. Even with her belly still so full, she found she had quite the appetite for this meal. She craved that spider's flesh with ravenous hunger. Once the deed was done, and the other spider completely consumed, she felt stronger, more alive than ever before. Her strange almost painful hunger was gone, relieved at last. Her mind was at peace again at last.
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Post by Seb on Sun 22 Sep - 14:33

She felt stronger. And at peace. The pain of hunger now gone, she needed only one thing.

Not immediately realizing she was probably suddenly larger than she had been moments before, she ran towards another tree.

She longed for more.
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Post by Admin on Sun 22 Sep - 17:04

She was on the prowl, a truly unnatural position for a spider of that family. Other spider, such as those which prey underwater. could jump surprising distances or drop down on prey were comfortable in such a task. But, the Nephila Komaci were nowhere near made for that.

Regardless, in some crazy way, this felt right. Her limbs, unused to long treks were infused with the power of her recent kill and journeyed on, untiring. She halted from time to time, sensing vibrations to try and locate the familiar ones of a web in the winds. Then she would resume her hunt, sometimes on the ground, sometimes going from branch to branch leaving some strands behind her.

She found no such thing, but she found what seemed to be a spider nonetheless. It did not have a web, and was, like her, stalking. It stood higher than her, on a trunk.
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Re: Prologue: Out of the Web

Post by Seb on Sun 22 Sep - 18:19

A spider with no web was a spider with many secrets of its own. The Nephila Komaci knew them not. This one was not busy weaving its own. It was already on the prowl, not unlike our hairy protagonist.

Another different way of consuming it came to her. Her opponent was already perceptive, and approaching it from the trunk below would do no good. So the Nephila Komaci put her newfound cunning to use. She climbed on a different tree, very close to the one the other spider was on, making sure the little vibration she created by walking would go unnoticed by her prey. She then slowly trailed the branches until she would find one that lied just above the one the would-be-meal. She then would simply slide down and fall upon the spider. She would either be unsuspecting, or not very prepared for an attack from above. She would bite her solidly once, and then go on the defensive: it had worked once and guaranteed her safety. She had no reason to proceed differently: this spider was likely more dangerous than that which she had faced before.
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Post by Admin on Wed 25 Sep - 21:35

The Komaci was wise, her plan sound. She made her way above where her prey was, with great care not to be sensed. She was, however, extremely unsettled when she finally made ready to begin sliding down when her prey was... nowhere to be found.
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Re: Prologue: Out of the Web

Post by Seb on Thu 26 Sep - 13:41

No hesitation, only the speed of flight. She fell on the branch, and immediately crawled under it, now upside down, sticking to its coarse skin as a method of hiding. She would rapidly gain for the trunk and then climb some more, giving herself an advantage of sight through height. This would also help her sense the tingling sensation that vibrations made upon her legs, and perhaps spot her crafty opponent.
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Post by Admin on Thu 26 Sep - 17:49

She let herself fall and crawled under the branch. Before she could begin to reach for the trunk and gain height. She felt the vibration of the other Spider arrive land heavily where she stood only a heartbeat ago. That spider was fast, and it didn't travel by leg or web. It didn't try to reach her under the branch they shared and raced towards the trunk as well.
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Post by Seb on Thu 26 Sep - 18:10

Our protagonist was patient, but aggressive, and mostly longing for any decent opening on her enemy. She had not anticipated the other spider's actions, for she hadn't quite the intellect for it yet, but she knew how to react, and did: when she knew her adversary to be back on the branch, just over her, she climbed, lightning speed, back on the top of the branch to attack the running spider from the side or the rear.
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Post by Admin on Thu 26 Sep - 19:40

The enemy spider was not caught unaware. It's senses are sharp and it tried to dodge out of the way. It nearly did so, but the Nephila komaci was bigger and enough of a reach advantage to compensate. It was bitten on the side, and would likely die soon from the toxin.

As soon as the bite did it's job, the Komaci moved away while the spider was turning around to counter. The Nephila Komaci's next actions would determine her fate.
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Re: Prologue: Out of the Web

Post by Seb on Thu 26 Sep - 23:11

It quickly ran back to the underbranch, and stuck a web there, where is let itself fall down, with the strong strand of silk above her. This should prove sufficient to get away for the short moment it would take the flying spider to pass away. At any moment's notice, however, she was ready to let go and take a fall to make sure the other one would not lay a claw on her; at the very least, she wouldn't take the whole fall down since she was already engaged.
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Post by Admin on Fri 27 Sep - 16:32

She reached the ground, fast as could be. Sensing the vibrations, she realized that her prey was running away from her as fast as her legs would take it. Which, as it happens, was actually very fast. It did not help either that somehow that spider could sometimes cease to generate vibrations by travelling without touching anything. It was jumping. And that made it very confusing to follow and pretty much impossible once it was out of the Komaci's sight.
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