A Cave Fisher is a subterranean Arachnid with a long snout that houses spinnerets,enabling the creature to produce sticky filament,much like strands of a spider's webbing,which the creature uses to snag prey.
A Cave Fisher usually hunts small animals and is fond of bats,so it stretches its filament over an opening that such prey might travel through.It then climbs to a hiding spot and adheres itself to the surface to rest and wait.When prey blunders into the filament,the Cave Fisher reels in its meal.A group of Cave Fishers might work together to cover a large area with filaments,but as soon as one captures potential food,every Cave Fisher in the area competes for the prize.If a victim escapes from the initial ambush,a Cave Fisher can reclaim its prey by shooting a filament out to capture it again.
Moving up in the World
Scarce food might draw a group of Cave Fishers up to the surface realm,into a shadowy canyon or gloomy forest that features both native animal prey and creatures such as explorers or travelers occasionally moving through the area. A Cave Fisher instinctively knows that larger targets such as humanoids are more difficult to overcome,so the creatures shy away from attacking such prey unless they come across a solitary target.They might try to pick off a scout moving ahead of a group of travelers or a straggler lagging behind,rather than attracting the attention of the entire group.
Nearly every part of a Cave Fisher is useful after the creature has been dispatched.Its blood is alcoholic and tastes like strong liquor.Several Dwarven spirits include Cave Fisher blood as part of the recipe,and some Dwarves,especially berserkers,drink the blood straight.If they are gathered after being extruded,Cave Fisher filaments can be woven into rope that is thin,tough,and nearly invisible.Cave Fisher meat is edible,tasting much like crab cooked in strong wine.The creature's shell is used in the manufacture of tools,armour,and jewelry.
While some folk hunt Cave Fishers to kill them for their filaments and their blood,others capture Cave Fisher eggs and rear the hatchlings.Cave Fishers have a natural aversion to fire,since their blood is flammable.As such,Chitines and Hobgoblins sometimes use the threat of fire to train Cave Fishers,then employ them to guard passages or as beasts of war.
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Original Article written for D&D 5e,Volo's Guide to Monsters by WotC.