- Greek (culture)
- Cave Dweller (attribute)
- Troublesome (behaviour)
This was a spider queen who was originally a mere mortal. She was a maiden from Hydia who had unsurpassed skills in spinning wool into thread. She was so excelled that she challenged the goddess, Athene. The two entered a competition to complete a tapestry. Arachne finished first and showed it Athene for inspection. The goddess could not find a single error in Arachne’s work, not even a knot in the thread. This made her extremely jealous and out of anger and shame, she banished Arachne to live under the earth where she became half-woman, half-spider. Arachne then spent her days constantly spinning thread from her abdomen.
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