I have really been struggling with trying to find a schedule for this blog. I had originally planned to post here on Fridays, but that apparently isn’t going to happen. So I guess I’ll try posting here on Mondays, since that is the day I post on my other blog. Maybe that will help me keep things straight. Anyway, on with today’s lesson on Alongrid races. Today we study the Arakryll, the spider-people.
The Arakryll of Alongrid
The arakryll are warrior creatures that have the body of a man, but also have the characteristics of spiders. They stand on two legs and have two arms like a man, but that is where the resemblance ends. Their heads are bulbous and their jaws sport mandibles that open vertically instead of horizontally like most intelligent races in Alongrid. In addition to the two ‘human-like’ arms they have two sets of spider-like legs that sprout from their ribcage. These ‘legs’ are strong enough to support them and they use them as weapons when no other tool is handy. Their skin is thick and usually dark in colors to give them additional camouflage in the trees. They are simple, but not primitive. Intelligent, but not really complicated. They work off of a caste system similar to our feudal Japan, with its samurais as the peacekeepers and such. To their warriors, honor is life, although some work more for an appearance of honor than the actuality of it. Most of their weaponry is scavenged from those that they conquer, or made from bone because they live in the trees and have very limited application of fire.
Their cities (like I said) are built in the trees and made from the silk that the arakryll produce from a gland in their mouths. The city itself is constantly changing with the worker crews busily rearranging things as directed by the city architect. The streetsigns are woven right into the streets, and one only need to know what clan the city belongs to in order to read them. They are fierce in battle and usually will fight to the death rather than be captured. Their highly developed sense of honor seems to supercharge the spell-power of the elves, when they manage to capture one for sacrifice.
They live on a series of small islands affectionately referred to as ‘ The Islands of the Skull’. They were rumored to possess an ancient horn that had the power to control the monstrous Kraken, which they used to protect themselves from attack from seafaring enemies.
And that is today’s lesson on Alongrid. I would tell you what next week’s lesson will be, but at the moment I’m not sure myself. There is a plentiful amount to talk about, so I’m sure I’ll think of something.