Into The Black Tides Tuesdays: Bloodweaver Varothan

Happy Halloween, my terrifying trick-or-treaters, and welcome to week eight of our Into the Black Tides Tuesdays! What better way to celebrate the spookiest time of the year than to talk about all of the scary new things in Otherworlds with you?

This week, we’re sinking our teeth into the bloodweaver varothan, which is a brand new sub-race coming to a tabletop near you!

The Webs We Weave

These shifty, spider-like varothan sustain themselves on the blood of others, much like their blood brother counterparts. However, they differ in the fact that they are able to transform themselves into spiders. As such, the bloodweavers retain some of their arachnid powers in their original forms, like enhanced senses and the ability to weave a web from the blood of their victims. Think of it as Spider-Man and Morbius getting together and having a child that could transform into an arachnid at will!

When spinning a bloodweb, the varothan channel the blood they’ve consumed into their fingertips. This web can be up to 100 feet wide by 100 feet tall, and anything that comes into contact with it is instantly grappled. It doesn’t sound too bad until you take into account the fact that if you aren’t careful in breaking free, it causes your flesh to peel off your body like you're a banana.

Captain Vayne leading her men, Krayden (left) and Jackson (right).   Illustrated by Samuel Donato

Captain Vayne leading her men, Krayden (left) and Jackson (right).

Illustrated by Samuel Donato

All Eyes on You

Just because bloodweavers transform into spiders in their down time doesn’t mean they have eight eyes. That’s a pretty common misconception. However, they are able to see through the eyes of their little spider friends, and that’s kind of the same thing, right? So, that dark spot crawling across your wall in the middle of the night… it’s nothing. Or... you’re being watched... which means you’ll be waking up in the morning with a stiff neck, feeling like an empty Capri-Sun.

Either way, I wouldn’t worry about it too much.

The ability to see through spiders allows bloodweavers to default a Wisdom(Perception) roll to a specific number - 6/8/10/12/13 +1d6 to be exact. This means that as your character achieves new tier levels, their rolls become even higher, to a maximum of 13. It also means that you get to summon tiny spiders to watch over things, which is pretty cool, too.

Eight-Legged Friends

Surprisingly enough, bloodweavers only have two legs while in their human forms. I know, it would be pretty sweet to have eight legs all the time (think of the speed bonus!). However, upon transforming into their spider counterparts, they are granted some nifty bonuses that make the whole “bipedal bloodsucking humanoid” thing worth it – they become faster, more nimble, and are much more frightening.

Eight Frightful Articles 

That ends it for today's Into The Black Tides Tuesdays. We hope you have enjoyed them so far, and have a wonderfully spooky Halloween! (While Halloween may be passing, we're still keeping the spooky spirit alive by delivering these articles through the months of November and December.)

If you missed the last seven arcticles, you can read them here.  In addition, a week ago we released a super spooky Grimdark Adventures module, which you can check out here.

What Halloween plans do you have this year? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

 Until next time, my Franken-friends,


Edited by Abby Edwards

Vincent Baker

Hello! The name is Vincent Baker and I'm a game designer. I love video games, but my heart is in tabletop games .I've created Otherworlds and Spellslingers.

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