No. Enc.: 1-6
Alignment: Neutral (Inimical)
Armor Class: 5
Hit Dice: 5
Space spiders are inter-dimensional silicon-based spider-like life forms that sometimes infest starships in deep space. They are rabidly carnivorous web builders and ensnarement in the web of one of these creatures is treated as the effects of a Tangler gun. Space spiders are also sufficiently intelligent that they will phase into another dimension if seriously injured or after failing a morale check and will subsequently attempt to attack with surprise.
The bite of a space spider is poisonous and additionally the means by which space spiders propagate themselves. A victim that fails a saving throw vs. poison will become nauseated and essentially incapacitated for 1d4 hours. After the initial phase of the toxin passes, the victim will gradually become spider-like, growing bristly hairs on their body and sprouting additional sightless eyes and a large egg sac will form on their back. The victim suffers 2d6 hit points of damage per hour during this transformation unless treated with super-scientific anti-toxins. Upon the death of the victim the eggs will hatch and 5d4 newborn space spiders ( treat as 1 hit die versions of the creature) will devour the corpse.