The Spider Queen
An impossible love
The Spider Queen is a Koushan Mai myth that tells the story of Seiran, the goddess of secrets and stars, and her lover, the monstrous Isor, Lord of Spiders.You need to leave this forest, my love, before your form withers and all the stars die out.
The StorySeiran was a young goddess, a curious goddess. She spent much of her time wandering the wild lands of Vasethal, from the icy mountains to the fertile plains. Her mother, Kore, however, warned her never to set foot in some of the dark ancient forests of the land, as these forests were home to monstrous beings, many immortal and equal in power to the gods themselves.
This only made Seiran more curious and, one day, she could not contain her curiosity any longer. She entered one of the ancient forests, where the twisted trees grew so tall and so thick that they blocked out all traces of the sky. After walking for about an hour, Seiran found herself lost and realised she had been walking in circles, unable to tell where she had come from. She chose a direction and began to walk in what she hoped was a straight line, reasoning that the forest must come to an end eventually. However, the forest only grew denser. Darker. She began to notice that the branches of the trees were coated in glistening spider webs. Undeterred, the young goddess continued walking, and the webs grew thicker and more numerous, until everything around her was white as though covered in snow. Ever curious, Seiran reached out and touched her fingers to the web, finding it enticingly soft. When she tried to pull her hand back, however, she found that it would not come. The more she tried to extract her hand, the more she became tangled up, until eventually she found herself hopelessly trapped, the web clutching at her like a cage. "What is this?" A dark, silky voice reached her ears from the darkness. "A goddess has come to join me for dinner." A male figure approached from out of the shadows, his gait unnatural as he almost skittered across the forest floor. His body was that of an enormous black spider, though a human torso emerged from his abdomen and human arms were folded across his chest. He had a sharp, handsome face, and long dark hair that almost reached the ground. His black eyes glittered in the darkness. Seiran knew him from stories, and she swallowed down her fear.