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Aranea: Book of the Spider


Aranea: Book of the Spider reintroduces a classic D&D creature that was first introduced in 1981 and was ahead of its time due to its moral ambiguity. Included herein is everything you need as a DM to include Aranea into your games and—as a player—everything you need to create a character inspired by or descended from giant, magical, shapeshifting spiders that secretly live among others.

The Drow are not D&D's only secretive, magical, intelligent spider-people...

This book includes two sections. Part one is a DM's guide and bestiary that includes a variety of aranea write-ups, two types of undead aranea (the arasheem and the yeshom), and the ascendant fateweaver, a powerful aranea mage that has become a sort of archfey. In addition, this section includes three fully-developed aranea NPCs. Part two includes a host of player options... including the option to play a friendly neighborhood spider-monk.


A DM's Guide to the Aranea


  • Aranea (CR1)
  • Aranea Guardian (CR4)
  • Aranea Mage (CR5)
  • Aranea Wanderer (CR2)
  • Aranea Weaver Elder (CR5)
  • Arasheem (CR6)
  • Arasheem Mastermind (CR12)
  • Ascendant Fateweaver (CR20)
  • Yeshom (CR17)


  • Sianna, Wandering Grifter (CR3)
  • Grivishk, Fey-Touched Hermit (CR 6) and Aszalia, Advanced Dryad (CR 4)
  • Korduur, Vengeful Necromancer (CR 8)

Player Options

  • Character Race: Half-Aranean
  • Racial Feats
  • Monastic Tradition: Way of the Webslinger
  • Sorcerous Origin: Spider-Born
  • Warlock Patron: Arasheem Worldspinner
  • Magic of the Aranea: New Spells

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