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Arachne of Deathweb (Marvel Comics)


Sylvia Yaqua

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


  • Real Name: Sylvia Yaqua
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Deathweb
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile, originally Peru
  • Height: #’#” Weight: #lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown

Powers and Abilities

Arachne is a skilled, fast martial artist with venomous weaponry : poison-injecting spikes, and web-shooters whose webbing is poisoned with a deadly paralytic agent.


Soon after the announcement by New York’s Globe-Recorder newspaper that they would expose one of the presidential candidates as having ties with organized crime, people began to show up dead. Henry Drummond, the lawyer for the Globe, was murdered in his west coast office ; his neck was broken, and he was stuck to the wall with what appeared to be a spider’s web.

The next day, just as a press conference to reveal the candidate’s name was starting, Walt Weston, the paper’s source of the information, died from an injection of poisonous spider-venom into his neck.

Peter Parker was present at the conference, having been flown out to the west coast to follow up on the story. The Liberty Party’s presidential nomination convention was heavily attended due to the furor over the murders, and the Avengers West Coast were on hand for added protection for the candidate, one Michael Galvan.

As Galvan took the podium, the lights went out. After a minor fracas with Spider-Man, the Avengers came into conflict with Deathweb. Despite being outnumbered two-to-one, Deathweb fought ferociously and managed to seriously injure both the U.S. Agent and Hawkeye. With the impromptu appearance of Rachel, Spider-Woman’s daughter, Deathweb kidnapped her as a hostage and made good their escape.

In order to find her daughter, Spider-Woman got in touch with Mike Clemson, her government contact. Clemson working in secret with a mysterious power group known as the Conclave, was secretly in league with the Manipulator and Deathweb. When Spider-Woman found Clemson, she also found Deathweb and the Manipulator. Spider-Man followed her to this location, but found himself in a fight for his life – Spider-Woman was forced to attack him to save Rachel as the girl was Arachne’s hostage.

Deathweb fled the warehouse where the two arachnid-based heroes were fighting as the place was about to explode. Mike Clemson also escaped, vowing vengeance on Spider-Woman before disappearing into the night. Spider-Man and Spider-Woman escaped from the rubble of the warehouse and freed Rachel, who was left locked up in a trailer park.

They arrived at the Liberty Party’s convention that night in time to turn Rachel over to her father, Larry Carpenter, and to see Deathweb teleport onto the stage and murder Galvan. The disguised Avengers, not showing themselves until Rachel was safe, quickly dispatched Deathweb. While the Manipulator made his getaway, he encountered Rachel and Carpenter; seeking to prevent the girl’s kidnapping, Larry resisted the Manipulator and was killed by the villain.

Spider-Woman stopped the Manipulator from taking Rachel, but he escaped. Inside the Hollywood Bowl at the convention, Galvan’s running mate, the unassuming and unknown Wilson Lambert, took the podium and began to talk to the crowd about law and order, using Galvan’s minutes-old murder to accentuate his points.

With Deathweb still tied up on stage and under guard by the Avengers, he called for an end to the “fear and lawless terror we witnessed here tonight” then called for the immediate execution of Deathweb.

Lambert even went so far as to order the Avengers to “be the Avengers you are in name and let swift justice be done to these butchers !” Despite his claim that he wasn’t afraid of Deathweb, Lambert faltered when Arachne told the crowd that their orders were to kill Galvan and anyone else in the way but they were strictly told not to hurt Lambert. Lambert’s nervous, cagey response provided all the answers the crowd needed. Despite his denial, Lambert’s appearance of guilt buried him politically.

Deathweb’s current status is unknown, but it is assumed they are currently being held for trial on at least three counts of murder.


See illustration.


Arachne is a woman with an attitude. She is focused on her targets, shows no remorse in killing, and enjoys taunting her enemies and prolonging their suffering.

Cool but vicious, she’s the unofficial field leader of the Deathweb.

DC Universe History

These guys first appeared in the DCU when anonymously hired by Oracle : she had learned of a crime being prepared by Black Mask using a small army of minor supervillains while the JLA was recuperating from the fight with rogue angels on the West Coast, and had to turn to mercs for muscle.

Deathweb performed adequately along with Black Canary, but Oracle was careful that they would not learn too much in the way of advanced tactics, as they will undoubtedly oppose super heroes one day. Black Canary and Arachne left with an unresolved, vicious feud.


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Arachne III

Dex: 07 Str: 03 Bod: 05 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 021 HP: 040

Skills: Acrobatics*: 07, Martial artist: 08

Advantages: Lightning Reflexes, Language (Spanish)

Connections: Underworld (Low)

Drawbacks: Secret ID


  • BRACER SPIKES [BODY 08, Poison touch: 10]
  • VENOM WEBBING [BODY 06, Snare: 06, Poison touch: 08, Bonus : Poison touch and Snare can be Combined]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Helper(s): An old Dragon issue

Source of Character: Marvel Universe

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