General Info: Psyders are gangly-legged spiders. They are about the size of a fist and feature basic arachnid anatomy; a large abdomen with four pairs of thin, hairy legs and spinners hidden on the abdomen's underside. The first three pairs of legs are covered in thick bristly hair, enabling movement on even vertical terrain. The hindmost pair is hook-shaped, hairless, and ends in dexterous claws which Psyders learn to use to manipulate thread at a young age. For a skilled Psyder, the creative possibilities are endless; for the most part however Psyders use thread for transportation, swinging swiftly from one string to another with incredible precision and speed.
Though appearing thin and fragile, a Psyder's coarse exoskeleton can withstand intense pressure, flame, water, radiation, rolled-up newspapers, or even a stray foot, so don't worry about accidentally stepping on them. Psyders are by no means indestructible, however. After enduring a certain amount of abuse, or simply at a certain age, a Psyder will shed its old shell to reveal a smooth, soft new exoskeleton, much like the one they have at birth. Until this new skin hardens Psyders are vulnerable to even the slightest possible danger.
Psyders communicate with one another by rapidly clicking together their mandibles. They sometimes pick up a word or two of mindspeech, and maybe even write words using their webbing, but it is doubtful that they can learn what these words mean. Their natural diet consists of insects and small rodents, but few Psyders will not enjoy an exotic treat.
Psyders' most distinguishing characteristic are their numerous mystical eyes, the number and mastery over which depends on rank. There are seven types of eyes, which are as follows:
Heat: An eye blessed with heat vision sees warm colors indicating varying levels of warmth, while grays represent room-temperature zones, and dark blue marks a particularly frigid area.
Mating Info: The female will set up web-made obstacles, such as traps or mazes. She will then climb to a tall place and emit streams of half-formed webbing, which catch the wind, traveling far and wide to attract the males. Wandering the various impediments, the males may become frustrated and fight each other; however, the thread-labyrinth may be designed so that the males never even contact one another. Occasionally, she will descend from her hiding spot, seize a suitor, and throw him into another portion of the large web arrangement, whether it helps or hinders the male. After a while, she seizes one of her suitors, but does not return him to the puzzle of thread—then, the mating ritual is over.
Bonding Info: Psylings, born by the hundreds, all look like tiny balls of soot. Completely dependent on their mother, each one must be tied separately to a high, safe place, allowing their exoskeletons to dry and harden. When the time is right, the threads break; ideally, the webbing cushions the fall, but does not entrap or suffocate the Psyling. Only queens have the maternal instinct to preserve their young to a bondable stage; even Black Widows cannot keep more than two-dozen. While born with all their eyes, Psylings are as good as blind until they master their own power. They grow quickly, developing any rank-distinguishing marks after a few weeks and coming to full size within a year or two.