Queen of Spiders, Queen of the Demonweb Pits
Greater Deity
Symbol: Black spider with female drow head hanging from a spider web
Alignment: Chaotic evil
Pantheon: Drow
Portfolio: Darkness
Domains: Trickery
Favoured Weapon: A spider (dagger)

Cruel and capricious, Lolth (lolth) emboides the absolute evil of the drow. She is malicious in her dealings with others and coldly vicious in a fight, coveting the power of deities worshiped by the surface races. Some believe her to be insane. because the Queen of Spiders pits her own worshipers against one another in an endless struggle for “station”. She can be kind and aids those she fancies, but she thrives on death, destruction, and torture – including those of her own worshipers who have displeased her. Although she can appear in the form of a giant black widow spider with crimson eyes, Lolth’s true form is that of a human-sized, exquisitely beautiful female drow.

The Queen of Spiders is the subject of terrifying legend among most surface dwellers and seen as virtually synonymous with the greatly feared drow. Few elves are even willing to discuss their deep-dwelling kin, let alone the dark deity who is blamed in large part for their depravity. Only the drow clerics of Eilistraee are even willing to speak of Lolth, and their fury at her enslavement of their kin exceeds even that of the other elven subraces. In the Underdark, her church is a well-known evil, hated by dwarves, svirfneblin, and other races for the cruelty of her clerics. Dark elves who venerate other deities, as well as all male drow who pay her homage, revile the church of the Spider Queen for its power – though they would seize such power for themselves if they could.

Fear is as strong as steel, while love and respect are soft and useless. Convert or destroy nonbeliever drow. Weed out the weak and the rebellious. Destroy impugners of the faith. Sacrifice males, slaves, and those of other races who ignore the commands of Lolth and her clerics. Raise children to praise and fear Lolth; each family should produce at least one cleric to serve her. Questioning Lolth’s motives or wisdom is a sin, as is aiding nondrow against the drow, or ignoring Lolth’s commands for the sake of a lover. Revere arachnids of all kinds; those who kill or mistreat a spider must die.


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