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Arachne


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Arachne
Powers and Abilities Invulnerable to gunshots or fire, traps its victims with strong web.
Vulnerabilities Decapitation
Appearance Humanoid with mottled skin and double irised-eyes.
Episode(s) 6.13 Unforgiven

Samuel: Best guess -- it came from an arachne.

Sam: You ever seen one?
Samuel: No one has -- not outside of Crete, not for about 2,000 years.
Sam: Then what do we even know about them?

Samuel: Zip. Just a bunch of guesses and a blurry picture on the side of a Greek vase.

Samuel and Sam, 6.13 Unforgiven

History

Arachne are humanoid monsters with spider-like abilities and attributes. They haven't been seen outside of Crete in 2,000 years, but a female arachnid appears in Bristol, Rhode Island, in 2010/11. Their poisonous bite can turn humans into arachne. Once turned, arachne can mate and produce offspring. Because of their rarity, there is little lore on them or on how to kill them.[1]

Characteristics

Powers and Abilities

  • Are strong and invulnerable to gunshot or fire.[1]
  • Can spin a strong web in which they capture their victims.[1]
  • Can infect others with a bite so that they turn into arachne themselves.[1]
  • Can mate and reproduce with each other.[1]

Weaknesses

  • Decapitation - Cutting off an arachne's head is the only guaranteed way to kill it.
  • The Colt (assumption)

Episodes

6.13 Unforgiven

During the year that Sam is without his soul, he and Samuel Campbell hunt an arachne in Bristol, Rhode Island, that takes men in their thirties and poisons them in order to turn them into arachne and mate with them. Because arachne haven't been seen for 2,000 years, they are unsure how to kill it. Samuel suggests they "just go at it until something sticks." They use the local Sheriff Roy Dobbs as bait and then follow the arachne to her lair. Sam kills her by decapitating her and, when they find her victims covered in her web and suffering from her poison, Sam declares the poisoned men beyond help and shoots them all before he and Samuel burn the building. Unknown to them, the arachne survive and escape.

A year later Sheriff Roy Dobbs, now an arachne, lures Sam back to Bristol by taking woman that Sam slept with, in order to exact revenge. Sam initially remembers nothing of the original hunt, but it returns to him as flashes of memory fragments. Dobbs catches Sam and Dean, but with the help of the sheriff's wife Brenna Dobbs, they escape, and Sam decapitates him.

Arachne in Lore

Arachne, a goddess in Greek mythology, was originally a mortal who was an expert weaver taught by the goddess Athena. Arachne was proud of her work, and proclaimed herself better than Athena. After Athena challenges her to see her is the best weaver, Arachne weaves a tapestry showing the Gods in the worst light. Enraged Athena destroys the tapestry, and then Arachne kills herself. Athena is distressed and decides to make an Archne a goddess - but in the form of a spider. The first spider.[2]

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