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Arachnid (Savage Dragon comics)

Arachnid


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

“Food ! At last — Arachnid will eat ! At last Arachnid will feed ! Come closer to Arachnid so that Arachnid may feed ! Arachnid is hungry ! Arachnid wants to eat now !”


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Alter Ego: Ultimate Arachnid (may or may not be the same person)
  • Marital Status: Presumably single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Chicago sewers
  • Height: 7’+ Weight: Several hundred pounds
  • Eyes: Red Hair: Brown apparently


Powers and Abilities

Arachnid is a mutant with incredible strength, although his primary ability was to generate adhesive webbing from his wrists capable of withstanding a stress of several tons. Arachnid was physically tough enough to withstand bursts from firearms with no ill effects, although he would fold against more powerful super humans.

He was also faster than one would expect one of his size to be.


History

The mutant known as Arachnid first appeared during the early days of the Dragon’s police career. News of a cannibalistic freak living in the sewers of Chicago had drifted through to the authorities and the Dragon was sent in to investigate.

Years of feeding on homeless people and children had left Arachnid very slow moving and he was unable to put up much of a threat to Dragon. After a brief battle, the killer was arrested to answer for his multiple murders, although his real identity was never discovered (Savage Dragon #2).

Arachnid then remained in Stronghold Prison ever since, although he nearly escaped when CyberFace caused a jailbreak while seizing control of the Vicious Circle (Savage Dragon #25). He became a normal human in the wake of the Nega-Bomb explosion caused by DarkLord and the Covenant of the Sword (Savage Dragon #75).

Arachnid was later killed along with every other person on Earth when Universo consumed the entire planet after it was chosen as his next meal (Savage Dragon #103).

On the alternate Earth called the Savage World Arachnid’s history unfolded fairly similarly to that of his standard universe counterpart with him getting incarcerated for his long years of feasting upon innocent men, women and children. He did manage to escape at one point though, something his alternate self never managed.

After regaining his freedom, Arachnid attempted to abduct Angel Murphy to make her his next victim. Arachnid was opposed by both Dragon and Jennifer Murphy who apprehended him once more (Savage Dragon #100).

Several years after this recapture, Arachnid was seen on the loose once again in the stronghold of the Creater aka Johnny Redbeard. The details of his release remain unrevealed. He may have been set loose when CyberFace seized control of the Earth or fled when there was a massive breakout from Stronghold Penitentiary.

This version of Arachnid was a bit different and referred to itself as Ultimate Arachnid; it may, in fact, not have been the original, but one of the Creator’s creations, or homages, as he called them (Savage Dragon #96).

Dragon and his family had been allowed the use of a home used by the President of the United States as a reward for his good service to the country. Arachnid was found to have been staying there, having been given the use of the house by the president, later revealed to be Imposter in disguise.

Arachnid attempted to feast upon Angel Dragon once more but the sight of Jennifer Dragon sent him fleeing, unaware that she had lost her powers since their previous encounter. Arachnid’s current whereabouts are unknown (Savage Dragon #118).


Description

Arachnid is a monster with enormous upper bulk, small legs and heavy arms. He wears a coat of patchwork clothing and has a bandaged, hairy head with red eyes and occasionally bandaged shoulders and legs. In addition to his normal arms, he has four extra long, spindly arms a bit below these.

The monster has a large mouth full of broken teeth. While speaking and moving he makes some kind of monstrous sounds.


Personality

Arachnid is a cannibalistic freak that cares only for his own survival. He feels that he has to eat fresh, rare meat, and so he kills innocents and eats them. He had been hiding for years in the sewers, preying on the weak and on children, becoming like a beastly animal in the process.

It seems he eats more than he needed to and usually grows fat and lazy, even keeping bodies glued to the walls in the sewers so he can eat at any time. Although he usually keeps away from people and kills those he sees, villains have been known to convince him into going to a location or another with promises of good food.

Now following animal instinct mostly, Arachnid gets real scared whenever he sees Jennifer Murphy, aka Smasher, who once gave him a severe beating. Being used to facing normal humans, he will attempt to escape if facing powerful super humans. Whatever humanity he once possessed seems to be long gone, and he has trouble remembering things. He seems to get dumber over the years.

Arachnid follows his instincts and can be fooled or intimidated, particularly when he knows he can be hurt. He retains his ability to speak even if he always refers to himself as Arachnid.


Quotes

“Police — ha ! Oooooh… Arachnid scared… the police are going to get Arachnid. They’re going to beat Arachnid up and take him to jail. Yeah… right ! Arachnid’s got pieces of guys bigger than you in his fecal matter.”

(Seeing Smasher) “Now Arachnid knows girl ! Girl’s mother hit Arachnid — hurt Arachnid ! Arachnid does not want little girl ! Arachnid does not want to have girl’s mother hurt Arachnid again ! Arachnid will go away ! Arachnid will go far away !”


DC Universe History

Arachnid actually sounds like a bad Spider-Man clone; in the DC Universe he could be an experimental hybrid clone of a human and an insect created by LexCorp or Cadmus Project. His mind is becoming more animalistic over the years, which could be a degradation process. The story of Arachnid is bloody and he would likely have tangled with some of the Charlton heroes.


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Arachnid

Dex: 05 Str: 08 Bod: 09 Motivation: Nihilist/Survival
Int: 02 Wil: 02 Min: 02 Occupation: Cannibalistic mutant freak
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: N/A
Init: 011 HP: 025

Powers:
Extra Limb (x4): 06, Glue: 05, Growth: 01, Snare: 11

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Growth is Always On (-1) and Already Factored In
  • Snare and Glue powers have no AV (-1) and Arachnid aims using his DEX score

Skills:
Martial Artist (AV): 07, Thief (Stealth): 04

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (Chicago sewers)

Connections:
None

Drawbacks:
MIA (Eating people), MIF (Jennifer Murphy aka Smasher), Secret Identity, Strange Appearance

By Dr. Peter S Piispanen

Source of Character: Savage Dragon comics

Helper(s): www.thebrotherhoodofthefin.net (defunct), Sébastien Andrivet

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