Arachne

The myth of Arachne is not as well known as other Greek mythology. The tale is of a young woman who had impressive weaving skill.  So good in fact, that she thought she was better than the gods. She challenged an old lady in a weaving contest (the old lady turned out to be Athena, the Greek Goddess, in disguise). Arachne weaved scenes of Zeus being unfaithful to his wife, and Athena was enraged. Realizing what she had done, Arachne tried to hang herself, but, having pity, Athena changed her rope to a cobweb at the last moment, and Arachne transformed into a spider beast.

Below I have created what I imagine this beast to look like hiding in her cave. Click the image for a larger version.

Spider Lady final

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Model – Background – Spider Abdomen – Spider Legs

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Vila

The Vila are a Slavic tradition.  While there are many versions and names for this creature, they all share the same basic concept; a beautiful woman that changes forms when angry.  Some folklore believes these women to be the ghosts of fair maidens who died before their wedding night.  Despite the many tales of their origin, this enticing creature enjoys luring a weary man to kill him, and often cause storms when their tempers flare.  Below are snapshots of two Vila, both in their beautiful form and their true form.

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