The rhagodessa is a monstrous arachnid native to tropical climes. A type of solifugid, or “sun spider”, the rhagodessa lacks venom but makes up for it with its massive, shearing jaws.
A rhagodessa is roughly the size of a small pony, and nearly a third of its weight is taken up by its enormous hooked mandibles. These arachnids possess five pairs of legs, the foremost pair being adapted into a pair of grabbing pedipalps that allow it to secure its prey. The common rhagodessa is dark brown with yellow stripes, its body covered in patches of bristly fur.
Rhagodessas are nocturnal hunting predators that favor rocky hills where they can rest during the day. After sunset, they venture out into the lowlands below in search of prey. Rhagodessas tend to stake out a specific hunting ground, rarely traveling more than a few miles from their lairs. Some hobgoblin tribes in Sargava’s Bandu Hills have taken advantage of these creatures, building strongholds near a rhagodessa’s nest and using it as a guardian.