Arasta was originally a beloved dryad under Nylea's care, who treated her as a sister. She was warped into a monstrous spider creature by the envious god Phenax. According to him, Nylea's interest in Arasta was due to beauty rather than true kinship. Resentful of her treatment by the gods, Arasta made her home deep within the Nessian Wood. There, she is served by countless arachnids who act as her spies and enforcers, and rarely, her own armor.
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- Arasta's character was inspired by the Greek mythological Arachne, a weaver who was transformed into a spider by Athena. In both characters, the transformation is seen as the result of the god's anger.
- The same Greek myth was referenced in Renowned Weaver.
Arasta as a WizKids miniature