Insects and Spiders

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The species included in this section tend to be non-lethal to human-sized beings individually, but most will be found in large numbers.


Black Widow Spider

Natural Habitat 
Plains, Rural, Waste
Frequency 
Very Rare
Number 
1-4 (1)
Description
Black widows are small, black spiders with thin hairless legs and a red hourglass marking on their backs. They are 2-3 inches long.
Abilities
Black widows have no special talents, skills or magical abilities. They are not tool users, but they do spin webs.
Movement Rates 
Running: 75
PS: 1 MD: None AG: 18-20 MA: None EN: None FT: 4-6
WP: 1 PC: 10-12 PB: 3-5 TMR: 1 NA: None
Weapons
A spider may bite. Poison occurs after effective damage.
Bite: BC 30%, [D] penetration only, Close, Rank 0.
Poison: 3 DP per pulse for D10 pulses.

Fire Ant

Natural Habitat 
Plains
Frequency 
Uncommon
Number 
500-5000 (500)
Description
A Fire Ant is a bright red ant about 2 inches long.
Comments
Fire ants tend to form into columns that eat through anything in their way. These insects dislike the smell of oil, and if it is put in the ants' path, they will go around it if possible.
Abilities
Fire ants have no magic, skills, talents or other special abilities. They are not tool users, but they will use twigs and leaves to cross bodies of water.
Movement Rates 
Running: 150
PS: 1 MD: None AG: 11-13 MA: None EN: 5-7 FT: 1
WP: None PC: 10-12 PB: 2-4 TMR: 3 NA: None
Weapons
A fire ant may bite. Poison occurs after effective damage.
Bite: BC 25%, [D] penetration only, Close, Rank 0.
Poison: 2 DP once.

Killer Bee

Natural Habitat 
Plains, Waste
Frequency 
Uncommon
Number 
1-300 (200)
Description
A killer bee looks like a normal bee except that it is about an inch and a half long.
Abilities
Killer bees have no magic abilities or special talents or skills. They are not tool users, but do build hives.
Movement Rates 
Flying: 500
PS: 1 MD: None AG: 20-22 MA: None EN: 1 FT: None
WP: 7-9 PC: 15-17 PB: 6-8 TMR: 10 NA: None
Weapons
A killer bee may sting. Poison occurs after effective damage. As soon as a bee hits a target (not necessarily penetrating armour) it dies.
Sting: BC 50%, [D] penetration only, Close, Rank 0.
Poison: [D – 6] DP once.

Scorpion

Natural Habitat 
Plains, Waste
Frequency 
Rare
Number 
1-20 (1)
Description
A scorpion is a black-coloured insect about 4 inches long. The most prominent feature of a scorpion is its tail, which stretches over its back.
Comments
An alchemist can use a scorpion's tail to distil poison, and so a scorpion can be sold for about 50 Silver Pennies in a major town.
Abilities
Scorpions have no special talents, skills or magic.
Movement Rates 
Crawling: 150
PS: 1 MD: None AG: 18-20 MA: None EN: 8-10 FT: 1
WP: 1 PC: 11-13 PB: 4-5 TMR: 3 NA: None
Weapons

A scorpion may sting. Poison occurs after effective damage.

Tail: BC 65%, [D] penetration only, Close, Rank 0.
Poison: 4 DP per pulse for D5 pulses.

Tarantula

Natural Habitat 
Jungle, Waste
Frequency 
Rare
Number 
1-6 (1)
Description
Tarantulas are large, very hairy spiders about 4 inches across.
Abilities
Tarantulas have no special talents, skills, or magic abilities. They do not tool users and do not build webs.
Movement Rates 
Running: 75
PS: 1 MD: None AG: 16-18 MA: None EN: 1 FT: None
WP: 4-6 PC: 9-11 PB: 2-4 TMR: 1 NA: None
Weapons
Tarantulas may bite. Poison occurs after effective damage.
Bite: BC 25%, [D] penetration only, Close, Rank 0.
Poison: [D – 4] DP once.