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Arachnid Goddess 2
Strange mature journeys in the world of Xibalba
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Comic language: English
Genre: Horror
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Number of comics: 61
Number of subscribers: 9
Visitors: 5446 visitors (18910 pages viewed)
Rating: 5 (12 votes)

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A young Australian witch lives a life of unchanging isolation before meeting with a free spirited barbarian woman from beyond the border. She soon finds the world is a fascinating yet deadly place, as she comes to terms with how little she understands both it and herself.

A sequel to the original Arachnid Goddess webcomic, set in the future of that world after the adventures of Ahab, with new and old faces. Done in a story based format, beginning with black and white before transitioning to color. Doesn't require knowledge of the first webcomic. (The story follows below the illustrations so that readers of another language may use a translation service to follow along.)

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Chernobog
Chernobog
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Most recent comments left on Arachnid Goddess 2

Chernobog
Yesterday
Chernobog
Apologies for the lateness on this one, I've been sick all week. And thank you to whomever's been upvoting the comic recently, it's appreciated.
Left on 58. Price of Entry
Chernobog
Yesterday
Chernobog
As various other Longtooths near the watery land bridge came to investigate the disturbance, Karolina paid them little heed, instead shoving Saiya's gold torq and Bali's black bead necklace at the reptilian guard. "THIS IS MY PROOF, you prick. I have the stupid bangle the old man wanted. My friend Bali paid the price for getting this god damned thing back. This was her necklace. Now... are we done here? I just want to finish my business and leave. We never wanted anything to do with you in the first place." Rottkap held her book and shovel momentarily, as the witch nearly knocked over the latter.

The Longtooth groaned pissily at her tone, staring her down, but she wouldn't look away. Another yet spoke up. "That's right. She had a Death Clan woman with her before. Now, there's just this little mushroom toothpick." Tom Thumb had since hidden himself in Rottkap's lengthy black hair when he noticed more were gathering. The lead gator man had been focused solely on Karolina the whole time, so he didn't give Rottkap any thought until now.

"Fine. And what of this one?" he said, boredly acknowledging Rottkap. "A replacement for the spider? Trying to start your own little clan, human? Weak creatures band together with irregulars from other groups, I've heard."

Karolina trembled, her eyes reddening with her new born inner fury, but she bit her bottom lip, as she slipped Bali's necklace back on under her cowl. "Grr..."

Rottkap spoke for herself. "We have no such alliance, sir. I am called Rottkap, and I'm here only behalf of updated territory changes, as per my duties under the Mushroom Queen. I am to report to whomever is in charge of this tribe." She kept her profile low, despite the importance of her claim.

Karolina noticed a small anxious twinge in the Longtooth's demeanor, if just briefly. When she mentioned 'territory', he seemed anxious and suddenly uncomfortable. "It is... good news, yes?" he groaned throatily back.

"There has definitely been a change in your favor. Miss Karolina has been responsible for leading me here, nothing more. Our meeting together was chance and our missions are not the same."

"Oh... er, well fine," the gator acknowledged, still uneasy. Karolina could tell something odd was going on, if just by how Rottkap stated her business. It sounded silver tongued enough to slip past an arrogant guard's ear, after all. What was she up to?

"Take this stripling witch to see the old shaman and... the other one. Envoy of Zanza-Anzulu, please come with me. I'll take you to our chieftain."

Karolina took back her things and the two separated. Several Longtooths escorted her down the land bridge while the main speaker shot her an evil glance before leading Rottkap away. The mushroom didn't turn to look back at Karolina, as if there were no importance between the two. Perhaps that was true. But the shovel witch managed to spy on Tom Thumb peeking out of her hair, giving her a quick wink, before ducking back in.

Karolina was now alone among her enemies. Despite fulfilling Rathalos' request on time, she could sense that something was wrong. But what it was, wasn't known to her. She gripped the shovel's haft tightly as she often did in times of concern. There was no outside help now, no words of encouragement from Bali, and no back up plan. It was time to end this damnable misadventure and all the high prices she paid, as well as those still pending.
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Chernobog
13 days ago
Chernobog
Elsewhere, Karolina followed the trail left to her through blood sensing to find the Longtooth's territory again. Rottkap was quietly following in tow, with Tom Thumb riding upon her disc-like mushroom head. They were well behaved companions as things went, sharing only meaningless pleasantries along the way. She was particularly surprised with Tom in particular, as she imagined he would have been more grating as Brand had occasionally been.

But her focus was hardly on them. Rottkap had her own business in these lands, and she hers. Part of her felt elated as she came upon the lands of Siouxsie's captors, for she navigated in a foreign land successfully on her own without Bali leading her. But if not for these damned alligator people... Karolina felt the black bead necklace under the cowl Brand gave her.

Journeying through swampy land until she reached water on two sides flanking a sandy land bridge into the heart of the Longtooth's outpost, she saw several rising from the water lazily, only watching her this time. How many had she passed already that she failed to notice? No doubt, they knew of her arrival befor she was aware of them.

As she made her way inward, she felt a growing sense of disgust. Why, she asked of herself. Why couldn't they have left her, Bali, and Siouxsie alone? If Bali was as dead as she imagined... this had almost entirely been all for naught. Of course, if she had not raised Siouxsie from the dead, then none of this would be happening either. This whole misadventure seemed to be one long chain reaction of an error she created.

However, instead of feeling self loathing or lament, she felt increasingly hostile towards these Xibalbans. They were no threat to them! Bali's apparent demise again reminded her of the misfortune arising from this place. Her self loathing became disdain for these reptiles instead. Maybe it was the awakening by Rottkap that made her feel that way, she wasn't sure. But she felt much less intimidated by them now, somehow.

Before long, a Longtooth stood before her on the path, motioning that she stop. She glared up at him, breathing slowly out of her nose in irritation.

"You're pretty bold to just saunter in here so casually. I know you made a deal with the old shaman Rathalos... clemency for proof of the spy's death, I believe. So, where is it?" he grunted, gurgling.

Karolina grimaced further. Who the hell was this guy? Where was Rathalos? "My deal isn't with you," she said tersely. "Where is Rathalos?"

"You'll see him soon enough. I want to see proof, human. Now."

Rottkap and Tom seemed invisible to the Longtooth. They looked uneasily towards Karolina, who seemed to be struggling with something.

The witch looked down at Saiya's torq on her wrist. To think, everything they had gone through, just to tell a more convincing lie with this scrap of metal. Planting her shovel head first into the soft earth, she went to remove the bangle. However, Karolina paused mid-way.

"Proof, huh?"
Left on 57. Where the Whole Mess Started
Chernobog
8th Jun 2018
Chernobog
Lengthy explanation incoming!

All of her kind are quite capable of lifting a fairly light weight Xibalban like Bali off the ground, they're just not quick about it. Imagine a truck built for torque so it can ascend hills with a load, but its top speed is fairly poor.

That said, that size and slow flight coupled with generally undefended bodies makes them punching bags for the more hostile ground based barbarians, so they adapted to flying higher than most can reach. What few other flying Xibalbans there are, generally don't have a ton of reason to go that high, so it becomes their niche. Bloodflowers want to avoid trouble because they're bad in dangerous encounters, yet their feeding requirements demand they single out someone. So, using a wide ranging view from above to find a choice target, they have to sluggishly ambush, grab someone, and lift them off. This is usually made with the promise of returning someone below safely for their cooperation while feeding on them, at least if the prey is dangerous. And because they can perceive oncoming most gusts and breezes, they can usually navigate competently that high up.

So in short, yes, she has reasons to fear attack from below. She's not fast enough, strong enough, or skillful enough to fight off ground based dangers. And she's a very big target. Also, you might have been able to tell, but she still doesn't trust Bali anymore than she has to yet. Aside for protection from below, she knows Bali wouldn't dare attack her this high up since falling would not be the Death Clan's best idea.

Real mosquitoes may be a hassle for us, but their Xibalban counterparts have a whole different set of problems set against them. Not everyone can be truly brutal or equally matched in Xibalba.
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Grey Garou
7th Jun 2018
Grey Garou
Two thousand feet?!? Wow. Astrile has a lot of flying strength. Why so high, especially with a passenger? Is she that afraid of some sort of ground threat?
Left on 56. High Times