Eight spindly spider legs, flocked with coarse black hairs, stretch from the back of this otherwise beautiful black-haired woman.
Jorogumo CR 12
Speed 30 ft., climb 50 ft., swim 40 ft.
Melee bite +20 (1d4+6/19-20 plus poison), 2 claws +20 (1d6+6)
Special Attacks sneak attack +3d6, web (+18 ranged, DC 23, 14 hp)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 12th; concentration +19)
At will—charm person (DC 18), detect thoughts (DC 19)
3/day—bestow curse (DC 21), suggestion (DC 19)
1/day—hold monster (DC 22), summon nature’s ally V (1 ogre spider or 1d3 giant black widow spiders or 1d4+1 giant spiders)
Str 22, Dex 19, Con 22, Int 15, Wis 17, Cha 24
Base Atk +14; CMB +20; CMD 35
Feats Dodge, Improved Critical (bite), Improved Iron Will, Iron Will, Mobility, Power Attack, Spring Attack
Skills Acrobatics +14, Bluff +19, Climb +29 (+37 with spider legs), Diplomacy +18, Perception +18, Perform (string) +10, Sense Motive +15, Stealth +19, Swim +14; Racial Modifiers +8 Climb with spider legs
Languages Aklo, Common, Sylvan
SQ change shape (giant spider; vermin shape I), spider empathy +21, swift shapechanger
Bite—injury; save Fort DC 23; frequency 1/round for 6 rounds; effect 1d6 Wisdom damage; cure 3 saves.
This ability functions as a druid’s wild empathy, save that it works only on spiders. A jorogumo gains a racial bonus on this check equal to her Hit Dice (normally +14). Spiders are normally mindless, but this empathic communication imparts upon them a modicum of implanted intelligence, allowing the jorogumo to train them and use them as guardians (though it does not grant them skills or feats).
Environment temperate mountain valleys
Organization solitary or cult (2-6 plus 2-8 spiders of various sizes)
Jorogumos are seductive schemers who secret themselves away in isolated mountain valleys where they lure travelers, especially men, to their dooms. Exclusively female, jorogumos must mate with humanoids to produce fertile eggs. After copulation, a jorogumo paralyzes her partner by poisoning him into a coma. She lays a single egg within the father’s body, then cocoons the corpse and hides the victim. Periodic visits to re-poison the victim ensure his coma lasts for the 2d4 days required for the young jorogumo to hatch and feed. Jorogumos are enthusiastic enemies of tengus and attack them on sight—they never take tengus as “mates.”