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Race Nyxborn Spider,
formerly Dryad
Birthplace Theros
Lifetime Mending Era

Arasta is a gigantic humanoid spider from the plane of Theros.


Arasta was originally a beloved dryad under Nylea's care, who treated her as a sister.[1] 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[1]. 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.[1]

They say that her webs, spun from her own hair, reach from Nyx to the mortal world and even into the Underworld.

Pained by the loss of her dryad companion, it is said that Nylea sends her champions in a mission to learn Phenax's secrets to this very day.[1]

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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.



  1. a b c d Wizards RPG Team (2020), D&D Mythic Odysseys of Theros, Wizards of the Coast