Pocket Fiddlers

A Pocket Fiddler plucking on its webbing to attract a mate.

A Pocket Fiddler plucking on its webbing to attract a mate.

Pocket Fiddler spiders are some of the greatest natural musicians in the Westlands. They are known by their spotted bellies, but most notably the enchanting music of their stringy webs. And though they are spiders, pocket fiddlers are akin to crickets in that many folk keep them for their music.

In the dead of night, Pocket Fiddlers string tree branches and sturdy leaves with brilliant, thin webbing that bears a sapphire tint. The threads are woven and spun into long, shimmering strands that reach like lute strings from branch to branch, leaf to leaf. Pocket Fiddlers playfully pluck gentle, sweet music to attract insects and small birds.

In fact, Pocket Fiddlers have been known to mimic music as well, like mocking birds mimicking the songs of other birds. Indeed, many a minstrel has found themselves plucking in harmony with a Pocket Fiddler, and many a wanderer’s midnight whistling has enjoyed the company of those tiny strings plucking away their same melody, somewhere deep in the forest dark.