Warning: 1) Long post ahead 2) Post about Spiders
Not too long ago I wrote about the new Typhon set for the Wizard (here https://www.reddit.com/r/diablo3/comments/fg06ky/typhon_the_father_of_all_monsters/) and I explained how Typhon was a figure from Greek Mythology. The Spirit of the Arachyr is another set that can be related to another figure in Greek (and Roman) mythology. The two-piece bonus of the set summons a permanent Spider Queen and is commanded to move to where you cast your Corpse Spiders. The design of the set is also that of a spider and unlike many of the set, the helmet is animated.
Where does the inspiration come from?
Inspiration for the Arachyr set comes from the myth about Arachne, and her punishment of becoming the first Spider in creation.
Story of Arachne
Arachne is a character from Greek Mythology whose name literally means Spider. Like that of Medusa, hers is a cautionary tale, not to anger the Gods. She is the daughter of Idmon of Colophon. Arachne was an exceptionally talented weaver and had been since a young age. Perhaps she was the best weaver of the ancient world. Arachne grew boastful about her skill and believed that her skill was greater than that of Athena, the Goddess of War, Handicraft and Practical Reason. She refused to acknowledge that her skill with weaving, in part came from the Goddess as a gift, and her stubbornness in the batter offended Athena, and the Goddess demanded that a contest be held to truly find out who was the best weaver… the Goddess Athena, or the mortal Arachne.
Athena disguised herself as an elderly lady, she approached the boasting Arachne and warned “You can never compare to any of the gods. Plead forgiveness and Athena might spare your soul.” (anyone think about Beauty and the Beast here) Arachne was arrogant and truly believed herself to be more talented than Athena and replied that she only speaks the truth, and if Athena disagreed, she should come to the mortal world and challenge Arachne. Athena was aghast at what she had just heard, a mortal believing that she was better than a Goddess. Athena removed her disguise, appearing in all her beautiful and shining glory. Straight away the two began to weave…
Athena’s woven tapestry depicted four contests between mortals and the Gods and how the Gods came out victorious. She also depicted how the mortals were punished themselves for placing themselves on the same level as the Gods. Arachne’s woven tapestry depicted how the gods – especially Zeus – had misled, abused and tricked women by seducing them. Athena was enraged at the sight of the tapestry, because on one had it was blatantly insulting the gods, and on the other it was indeed more beautiful than her own. In her rage Athena ripped Arachne’s work to ribbons and hit her on the head three times. Arachne was ashamed and terrified of the Goddess, so she hung herself.
In response to Arachne hanging herself Athena said that Arachne had to live on and yet hang. If she was careless again, she and her descendants would suffer the same fate, to her last descendant. Once she had finished her declaration, she sprinkled Arachne with the juice of Hecate’s herb; the moment she was touched by the dark poison, Arachne’s hair began to fall out, but it got worse, her nose and ears fell too. Her head and body shrank to a tiny size, her talented and slender fingers were stuck to her sides creating legs. From her belly Arachne still spins a thread, and as a spider weaves a most ancient web.
In the myth of Arachne, you see the creation of the very first spider, a woman who was punished because she was more talented than a Goddess and took pride in her work as a weaver. Now spiders weave their webs so fine and beautiful, a work of art in their own right.
I hope you enjoy this shorter piece… TTFN
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