Professor Sarah Ruth Darstein (a.k.a. Silk Weaver)
They love me till I get them home...Born Sarah Ruth Darstein to affluent parents from the United Kingdom, she was raised in the Saxon city of London. A bright student with a love for mythology, she traveled to Athens, the cultural center of the Mediteranian Sea, in the spring of 1993. While there she visited the Temple of Athena. During a tour of the temple's subterranean library, she came across a scroll retellimg the Tale of Arachne. Hiding it, and taking it back to her hotel room, she became cursed. Now, Sarah teaches at the Harlem Institute of Cultural Studies in New Yorkshire. During the day her students, especially the men, clamor for her attention as her seductive looks and bewitching retelling of myths involving lust captivate the young hearts and minds. Occasionally, a lucky student may find themselves closer in her presence, secluded in her office, or even invited out for a bite to eat. When alone, her curse becomes apparent, as four spindly extra legs unfold from around her abdomen, capturing her prey as she grooms their hair or caresses their body. By the end of her time alone with them life energy has been drained. She never kills, but her students do not usually continue to succeed in other classes after a quiet encounter with her.
Teacher and Nemesis of the Collegiate
Of course she's evil, Aiden. Attractive older women are always evil. You really did party too hard in college, didn't you?
Two members of the Barrel of Heroes, Heatwave and Relay dealt first hand with the sinister Madame Weaver during their time at the Harlem Institute. As an instructor, the young men excelled in her class. But as they began to notice the downtrodden and fatigued states of several other men on campus, they jumped into an investigation. With their friend Regina Thompson, they discovered the truth of their instructor. A unique artifact, the Orb of Apollo, said to be capable of curing curses had come into the arachanoid villains possession. However, due to the nature of her own curse, the orb amplified her need for life energy from the young, driving her to seduce and capture more young men then her careful hiding would normally allow. The orb was eventually removed from the home of Madame Weaver, and many of the young men easily recovered. However, Ms. Thompson was given her own power in the process, becoming the powerful Sunbringer. Unable to initially control her powers, she was taken in by Madame Weaver, and now continues to lead young heroes to the side of good within the Collegiate with her former nemesis as their benefactor.
Two extra sets of legs, which she hides by wrapping them around her waist. This gives her a fuller, more natural looking figure when wearing clothes.
- Biological sex
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