Many related arachnid species known simply as "spiders" menace the darker corners of the planet Nexus. Though they are truly giants compared to insects or ordinary spiders, they are not much larger than humans. Most subspecies are armed with a painful, venomous bite and are voracious carnivores.
Most giant spider subspecies live on or beneath the ground, though some have been known to live partly arboreal lives in the trees. Many varieties weave strong, sturdy webs in dark, tunnel-filled places, from which they hunt for prey in the immediate surrounding area. Others dwell in caves and burrows, only using their webbing to snare and trap their food.
From time to time, a truly massive Nexus spider emerges from the tunnels that run beneath Gildgrass Province and threaten the agricultural efforts of the Dominion. One such menace causing a great deal of trouble for the lowborn farmholds has been dubbed Spithra. She should not be underestimated.
Venombite spiders are an especially poisonous variety of arachnid found in dark corners of the Crimson Isle. Unlike many spider varieties, they are colonial creatures. A typical Venombite nest is comprised of dozens of hive-minded individuals ruled by one or more Venombite Queens.