- "It took our patrol quite a while to march to the gatehouse, for the road was strewn with spider webs that we had to cut through. We should have realised that something in the forest was watching us..."
- —Captain Goetz of the Drakwald patrol.[1a]
Gigantic Spiders are even larger than Giant Spiders and are solitary predators that stalk the shadowy edges of forests or caves. They grow larger than a Troll, and consider anything that moves to be a likely source of their next bloodfeast.[1a] Long ago, the precursors of the Forest Goblin tribes known today learnt that, if their broodlings were captured, these could be hand-fed and turned into great steeds for powerful leaders.[2a]
The darkest forests of the world are home to the Gigantic Spiders. These venomous creatures grow to an enormous size, sucking the life juices out of prey and leaving behind only skin-husks and bones. A full-grown Gigantic Spider is larger than a Troll, and its whole body is protected by chitinous armoured plates. All Gigantic Spiders have poisonous bite that is used to paralyse their prey.[2b]
Only the foolhardy would attempt to seek them out, and Forest Goblin Shamans fit right into that lack-of-common sense category. A gifted Shaman, touched by the Spider-god's blessings, will not be turned into a lifeless husk, but instead may be rewarded with a clutch of spiderlings. This foul brood, with each spider already the size of a horse's head, can be reared and trained. When fully grown, these Gigantic Spiders are prized as revered mount for a Goblin tribe's mightiest warriors.[2b]