Prologue: Out of the Web

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Post by Seb on Fri 27 Sep - 16:40

She would immediately try and follow her, as far as she could, and even when the other was out of sight, would search the area thoroughly to find her. She wasn't very knowledgeable of spiders who would not stick around their territory and so thought her enemy would.
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Post by Admin on Fri 27 Sep - 17:49

Searching for her prey, the Komaci Spider looked everywhere. The world of a spider is a truly vast place filled with countless hiding places and almost limitless directions. What is however very limited, is its memory. After a short time, it forgot what it was looking for, only that it did.

Sometime later, vibrations on the ground attracted her attention. Below her, a million army ants were breaking apart and carrying the remains of an unfortunate jumping spider that had seemingly met it's end in a brutal fight.
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Post by Seb on Fri 27 Sep - 18:35

[i]Running into a legion of ants was bad news. The Nephila Komaci needed to use its natural advantages to cope with the consequences of its newfound hunger.

She would climb to a branch -not so high this time, and would attach herself to it, and would once again slide down, unto the dead spider's corpse that was carried by ants. Of course, she would choose in advance a spot where she thought the spiders would go.

Her plan was that of a weaver. Complex, yet easy. Once she'd be onto the dead spider's body, she would roll silk onto the spider head, or leg, whatever would stick out and would be eady to fasten to. Then she would suddenly run away, uninterested by the swarm if ants, and would climb back onto a branch, with a second strand of silk still attaching her to the corpse. Once on the branch she would pull as strong as she could, and would attach thst strand to the tree.

So at that point, the dead spider would be attached from two strands: the first one vertically and the second more obliquely. Nephila Komaci would reach for the vertical strand and pull the spider up a bit, lifting her more from the ground. She would then slide down again, tie another strand of silk to the corpse from the branch, and pull a bit. Slowly she would work a web around the hanging corpse, with sticky web and all, preventing to the best of her skill that others would eat the prey without themselves getting caught in the web.

She worked relentlessly, with a furious pace, and aggressive manner. Hunger spoke through her actions.[/b]
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Post by Admin on Sat 28 Sep - 18:33

It never crossed her limited mind, but mere hours ago, she would have been completely incapable of such a plan. It required anticipation of movements, a skill that most spiders never display or need. It also required the most basic of engineering understanding as well, something she just now began to unravel. Luckily, such basic concepts are almost second nature to creatures that use webbing in almost everything they do. So it was, that the spider developed intellect and forethought. By far, her deadliest weapon.

The ants never saw it coming. They were droning on, accomplishing they jobs, dismantling and carrying a creature several times their size. The webbing attached to a part of a leg that was still tied to about half of the main body. One ant was lifted off the ground with it and tried hard to cut the webs to free its prize. It only succeeded in getting glued. It was, however, still alive and very much in fighting shape. It was also stuck at the very heart of the web.

Below, other army ants were alerted to the trapped one's predicament and were trying to locate it. A single one wasn't much of a threat, however. So, the spider would need to decide if finishing the web and gaining her prey was worth the risk of giving the rest time to fight back.
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Re: Prologue: Out of the Web

Post by Seb on Sun 29 Sep - 13:54

Dry efficiency was needed here. To get the spider, she would need to forego her more natural feeding habits. She would travel to an angle where the ant would not be able to bite her. She'd probably be too busy with writhing through the web crazily, so Nephila Komaci would bite her quickly, not with a shot of venom, but to chop her in half: this she knew her bite would be strong enough to do.

This would need to be done quickly. If she would succeed at doing this with haste, she would spin her golden web with celerity. If the ant would prove too much a challenge and took too much time, she would flee.

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Post by Admin on Sun 29 Sep - 15:56

Both adversaries were desperate. Both trying to kill before they were killed. The Komaci tried hard not to leave any of its appendages close to the ant's reach while it attacked but failed. One of its upper body limbs were still too close.

Which would have been very bad, except for the fact that the ant was busy being pierced right through its thorax by the spider's chelicerae (the fangs) at the time of its victorious blow. This had the fortunate side effect of taking the fight right out of it and its bite simply slid across the spider's exoskeleton harmlessly. For good measure, the spider moved it's body in a way as to rip apart the ant in two halves.

The rest of ants were still on the move, however, so the spider returned to spin her web immediately. Her enemies were moving quickly but still didn't quite know how to reach their friend. Never had she woven so fast, she made several strands go from the jumping spider to the low branches above form the basis of the web. A real web would have had several others strands intersecting these lines to reinforce and help navigation. These intersections also be the parts of the web with "glue" on it, where the ants would remain stuck. But there was simply no time for this. The lines remained mostly bare. She did, however have time to make intersections near the heart enough to cover her body size and ensure she would have the best mobility and stability. Otherwise, there were two intersections between her and the sides of the web that would slow down progress.

As it turned out, the ants weren't very adept at rope walking, their leg spans were meant to be spread out, not focused on a strand. Most of the ants simply fell to the ground. Those that managed with extreme clumsiness to hang on were stopped at the intersections. None of the ants reached her or her snack. In time, the ants gave up.
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Re: Prologue: Out of the Web

Post by Seb on Sun 29 Sep - 16:13

She took no more pride in this victory than in any other she had before. She had outdone herself, but hardly realized how ridiculously cunning she had become in the last few hours. She lost no time, and ate the prey she had injected her venom into some ago now. This was the only important thing for her now.
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Post by Admin on Tue 1 Oct - 21:53

This time, she felt it. She couldn't explain it, she couldn't say what had happened exactly, but something was off. She had made the web's central area in order to have enough space to turn and defend herself. But now that she was done eating, it was no longer large enough to turn confortably. That was odd.

The spider was amused.
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Post by Seb on Tue 1 Oct - 23:30

Amused at its sudden increase in size even if it didn't quite yet understand it, amused at winning against the whole circumstances that led to its victory, amused at this now smaller web.

The spider turned round in its web, speedily, many times. Not for the first time today, it looked a little bit crazy.
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Post by Seb on Wed 2 Oct - 18:42

Well, the spider did just that for quite a while. It seemed like the most appropriate thing to do. It seemed... enjoyable? She didn't quite understand know about that concept, but she did spin on herself for a little while.

After she was over with spinning (and she had forgotten, at this point, why she was doing it, or even why she was feeling like this), she eventually was on her way, to more trees, and more preys.

Eating other spiders was not just a thing that would pass. It seemed like the most natural thing to do. Continuously, until she would grow tired and go to sleep, eventually.
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Re: Prologue: Out of the Web

Post by Admin on Sat 5 Oct - 13:58

A significant amount of time had passed since her story had began in the morning. She felt more alive than ever, and also, much, much more exhausted. She tried to enter into a hole in a tree, but found it harder to do than she used to. She managed to find one large enough to fit in and established herself comfortable. There, she rested until she felt ready to move again.

Some time later, as she was almost rested enough, vibrations alerted her. Something large was looking about on ground level, just about one meter below her.
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Post by Seb on Sat 5 Oct - 14:15

She crept out of her hole slowly as she could, and tried to get a glimpse of what had troubled her sleep. Her survival depended on much, and knowing when to stay or run was paramount.
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Post by Admin on Sat 5 Oct - 14:44

The Spider took a gander below. A large bird was using it's beak to look for sustenance under the earth and roots. It was several times the size of the spider, high on legs and had a mean, mean beak. One that could likely pierce the Komaci through and through with a single blow.
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Re: Prologue: Out of the Web

Post by Seb on Sat 5 Oct - 14:53

Since the huge bird was far below the spider, and poking the ground (where the spider was not) it seemed a fairer idea to stay put until it went away. It would stay on its guard however, ready to move if the bird was to take interest in the tree instead of the low ground.
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Post by Admin on Sat 5 Oct - 14:55

The bird looked about for a time and ate a few earthworms. It did not look up, it had no reason to and the spider didn't do anything to attract its attention. It simply continued on its way.
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Re: Prologue: Out of the Web

Post by Seb on Sat 5 Oct - 14:58

Eat or be eaten. Swiftly, brutally or without any second chance. This was this Komaci's life. It went back to finish its rest: she would hunt mercilessly upon her proper awakening.
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Post by Admin on Sat 5 Oct - 15:15

When she woke up again, the only vibrations she could sense was the wind in the leaves. The air was cooler and the condensation was turning into morning dew. The spider, somehow filled with amazement at the world's beauty saw a million little droplets form before her in a random succession. The soft light sneaking through the canopy landing just perfectly on the world. Illuminating all of its wonders just right.
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Post by Seb on Sat 5 Oct - 15:19

Never had it before taken the time to realize the perfection of the world. But this morning was different, and the spider's mind was more opened than it had ever been. And the Komaci awoke to new cunning as well. This was a perfect time for spider hunting. Webs would shine in the morning sunbeams.

And she went onto the hunt.
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Post by Admin on Sat 5 Oct - 15:50

She began her hunt, looking for spiders in their webs. They were, indeed, easy to find. They were, also, amazingly easy to kill. Her new found size and ingeniousness served her so well that by noon she had eaten no less than 8 web spinners. They were much smaller and never had a chance. Now, however, light was brighter, less perfect, and water no longer made webs so easy to spot. Things were slowing to a crawl.

When she started this, her leg span was nearly 6 inches wide. Now prowling slowly on a branch she reached a respectable 8.3 inches wide leg span. Far bigger than any orb web spinner in the entire world. None of them could stand up to her now. But first, she needed to find them. The rest of the day delivered 2 more spinners to her belly.

She hadn't found anything for several hours when night began to fall again and something attracted her attention. On the ground, quick vibrations indicated that something about half her size had just moved very quickly. When she looked, she saw nothing. Yet, vibrations still indicated movement there.

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Re: Prologue: Out of the Web

Post by Seb on Sat 5 Oct - 16:05

She would move a little closer to the spot where there was movement, but still away enough not to be sern. Stealthily hidden, she would look and wait for what moved but could not be seen. She would wait. Patiently, unmoving.
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Post by Admin on Mon 7 Oct - 21:21

The vibrations were no longer quick and intense, reminiscent of a struggle. Now, it was slow paced and inconstant. There was still nothing visible on that spot.
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Post by Seb on Mon 7 Oct - 21:52

For some reason, it came to her to look around. Up, down, left and right. Did something fall from the sky at that spot? Or did it rather seem like it came from under the earth? She would observe more, and wait. And wait.
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Post by Admin on Tue 8 Oct - 16:50

Now that she was thinking of the problem in such an angle (and with great intellectual effort) the idea of something large being just there, under the surface of the ground, made complete sense. It perfectly explained what her senses were telling her.
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Re: Prologue: Out of the Web

Post by Seb on Tue 8 Oct - 17:14

Not knowing how to fight an opponent either in water or under the earth (and not having any kind of information stating that this was a spider or not), the Komaci slowly backed away, and would hunt again for more spiders, on grounds she knew better. This was the way of the predator.
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Re: Prologue: Out of the Web

Post by Admin on Wed 9 Oct - 20:47

Wisely, the Komaci left. She found no more spiders that evening. Prowling from branch to branch relentlessly, what she did find was another unbidden and alien emotion sneaking its way into her mind. Loneliness. Impossibly, she felt she was completely lost in the eternal expanse of a world that was infinitely bigger and stranger than she ever could have imagined from the safety of her web.
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