A spider-like creature the size of a horse skitters out of the pit. The creature’s body is dark brown with yellow stripes, its furred legs long and spindly. The front pair of its many legs rear up threateningly, their tips sharpening into curved blades capable of holding its prey in place at the end of the hook. The monster’s head is dominated by immense mandibles that chatter and click with obvious hunger.
These arachnids are nocturnal hunters that dwell in caverns, moving out into the surrounding countryside to seek food only well after the sun has set.
Although they’re all but mindless, the carnifex is also a creature of habit. Once it finds a hunting ground that’s fertile, it tends to remain close to its new lair. This trait makes the carnifex an excellent guardian; as long it ’s kept relatively well -fed, a carnifex settles into any small cavern or underground chamber and remains content to stay there, only rarely wandering into trouble in any nearby regions.