|Climate/Terrain||Jungle, Southern Cities (Warm Forest, Warm Urban)|
|Intelligence||Average to High (8-14)|
|Size||Tiny (1 inch long)|
|Hit Dice||1 hp|
|Armor Class||6 (+4)|
|Movement||Climb 18 (180 ft/round)|
|THAC0 18 (+2)||1 damage|
|THAC0 18 (+2)||1 damage|
|A hit character must spend their next turn rubbing their eyes as their only action.|
Monkey spiders are tiny, intelligent ape-folk about the size of a spider (indeed, they are likely to be mistaken for spiders at any distance greater than two feet). They are an ancient people who roam the equitorial lands and jungles of Toril, and who have recently been uncovered living right under the noses of the inhabitants there, and have taken off in popularity as intelligent companions and clever familiars for the humanoids of the region.
In the WildEdit
Monkey spiders in their natural state roam the jungles in groups usually consisting of five families of eight members each. The eldest monkey spiders in the tribe (called the male prime and female prime) make decisions for the tribe as a whole.
Monkey spiders are frugivores who subsist on berries, dates, bananas, and other fruits. They have been also known to make daring raids on honeycombs -- given their size, they are fierce combatants against wasps and bees. Monkey spiders don't build permanent lairs, using broad leaves as makeshift shelters each night.
The calls monkey spiders make is actually a complex language of chirps, hoots, and gestures. As a tribe moves through the jungle, the male primes issue "long calls," which can be heard up to 20 yards away, alerting other groups to their presence. Groups typically avoid each other, but have occasionally been driven to fight. In those instance, the male primes square off, but since they tend to be the eldest and feeblest members of the tribe, such "battles" are often simply to the point where one male prime becomes exhausted, at which time the female prime takes her tired mate and the rest of the tribe and relocates.
The chief predators of monkey spiders are insect-eating birds. Humanoid tribes have been known to consider monkey-spiders a delicacy when roasted until crunchy. They are also threatened by jungle ants, which are not predators, but compete with the creatures for resources.
Urban monkey spiders are on good terms with most urban dwellers, serving as loyal and able assistants for humanoids. They are even capable of learning Common, though they must use a "long call" to be heard by large creautres.
The popularity of the creatures has lead to slave auctions in the black markets (and some standard markets) in towns such as Samarach, Thindol, Lapaliiya, Haluraa, Dambrath, and Estagund. However, being intelligent creatures in their own right, their "popularity" itself is problematic.
In some cities, rumors persist of monkey spider underworlds, made of escaped slaves and the poor and desperate, ruled by tiny, despotic monkey spider kings. These guilds are said to be great information-brokers, with their tiny eyes and ears in every corner of noble houses and civic halls. These monkey spiders exert their influence on the courts by enlisting the aid of sympathisers of a more common urban stature.
Monstrous Compendium, Forgotten Realms Appendix II