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Source: Bestiary 6, pg(s). 69
Cutlass spiders are constructs that often see use on pirate ships and other nautical locations, where they serve as guardians, bodyguards, or even assassins. These golems have the ability to add magic weapons to their bodies, and in so doing gain the properties of that magic weapon in their natural attacks.
Cutlass spiders appear like some sort of hellish cross between an arachnid and a pile of swords big enough to supply an entire army. Standing atop eight razor sharp legs a cutlass spider normally reaches at least eight feet in height although, due to their ramshackle design, some may be substantially larger or smaller. While shaped like spiders, the cutlass spider is an unnatural creature created from hundreds and hundreds of weapons attached to wooden planks or bound to each other with potent magic. It never stands still, its strange design meaning it constantly moves and sways. As a result of their unique construction, cutlass spiders weigh at least 1,500 pounds.
Habitat & Ecology
Cutlass spiders are generally built by magic users in remote locations who do not have easy access to the exotic, esoteric ingredients necessary to create more powerful, complex constructs. As such, cutlass spiders are most often found in a ramshackle fortress of scoundrels, like the pirate lairs of the Shackles, or the bandit keeps of the River Kingdoms. Within these lairs, cutlass spiders fulfil a variety of roles from guardian and enforcer to assassin. As constructs, cutlass spiders have no real impact on the surrounding natural environment. Despite their name, cutlass spiders can be created from any sort of weapon and most contain a variety of weapons. There are rumours of some being created with only the finest of weapons, though whether these cutlass spiders would be more effective is debatable. Even after their creation, cutlass spiders can use their weapon thief ability to continue adding weapons to their frame.
On rare occasions a cutlass spider can gain sentience, a unique condition for a mindless construct, when consuming intelligent magic weaponry. Consuming a magic weapon is not an unusual occurrence itself and, normally, when this occurs the magic of the weapon is diffused across the whole cutlass spider granting it the abilities of the absorbed magic weapon and making it more effective in combat. When a cutlass spider absorbs an intelligent weapon, it overpowers the spider's former commands giving it a new sense of purpose and inherits the magic weapon's personality.
A cutlass spider can collapse its body into an avalanche of sharpened swords that damages its opponents. A cutlass spider can share the enhancement of any magical weapon it absorbs amongst all the weapons that comprise its body. Furthermore, a cutlass spider can wrench away an opponent's weapon and absorb it into its body before the opponent can react; this is called its weapon thief ability.
- The Armageddon Echo stated "Any land" but Bestiary 6 takes precedence for monster statistics.
- Robert Brookes et al. (2017). Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 6, p. 69. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-931-8
- Jason Bulmahn, Hal Maclean, Rob McCreary. (2008). Bestiary. The Armageddon Echo, p. 84. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-128-2
- Jason Bulmahn, Hal Maclean, Rob McCreary. (2008). Bestiary. The Armageddon Echo, p. 85. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-128-2