The Spider (also known as The Web) is one of The Entities. It is the manifestation of the fear of being controlled, entrapped, being trapped and not knowing it, and your will not being your own, of being manipulated. It manifests as spiders and spider webs and patterns like spider webs.
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This article contains information from later episodes of The Magnus Archives, and may contain major spoilers for the setting and plot.
Episodes that seem to deal with this power Edit
MAG 8: Burned Out An apple contains spiders.
MAG 16: Arachnophobia A man is haunted by a spider.
MAG 19: Confession An exorcism is performed at Hill Top Road.
MAG 22: Colony There are cobwebs in the basement.
MAG 32: Hive Jane Prentiss says there were spiders and cobwebs in her attic and each webs had their own song, separate from the song of the Hive.
MAG 35: Old Passages A pile of paper is completely covered in cobweb. Breekon & Hope delivers the table and a lighter with a cobweb design to the archive.
MAG 36: Taken Ill Jonathan finds out the table and the lighter with the cobweb design has been delivered to the archive.
MAG 38: Lost and Found When Jonathan attacks a spider he discovers many worms.
MAG 51: High Pressure. Another appearance of the table.
MAG 56: Children of the Night A woman who uses mind control is full of spiders.
MAG 59: Recluse Another appearance of the table and an apple with spiders. People are trapped in cobweb.
MAG 67: Burning Desire Agnes Montague apparently burns a cobweb. A man has a box with hundreds of spiders.
MAG 69: Thought for the Day Experiments involving arachnophobia is done on Annabel Cane. Cobwebs appears. Annabel transforms, her scull is filled with cobwebs.
MAG 78: Distant Cousin Another appearance of the table.
MAG 79: Hide and Seek Talk of the table.
MAG 81: A Guest For Mr. Spider There is a book about a spider and a large spider monster.
MAG 91: The Coming Storm Another appearance of the lighter with the cobweb design.
Episodes that maybe deals with this power Edit
MAG 10: Vampire Killer The vampire uses mind control to catch people.
MAG 56: Children of the Night Another appearance of the vampires.
MAG 61: Hard Shoulder Another appearance of the vampires.
Recurring characters and concepts Edit
Raymond Fielding appears in MAG 8: Burned Out and MAG 59: Recluse.
The table appears in many episodes.
The lighter with the cobweb design appears in MAG 36: Taken Ill and MAG 91: The Coming Storm.
Connections with other powers Edit
In MAG 32: The Hive cobwebs appears in Jane Prentiss' attic, connecting the Spider with The Hive.
Jonathan Sims, working for Beholding, carries around a lighter with a cobweb design. In MAG 81: A Guest for Mr. Spider it is revealed he a a childhood encounter with the Spider.
In MAG 59: Recluse Agnes Montague, of the Desolation, lives in the home on Hill Top Road with Raymond Fielding. She thwarts Raymond's attempt to trap Ronald Sinclair. The home burns down, perhaps by the Desolation.
In MAG 67: Burning Desire Agnes Montague, of the Desolation, burns a cobweb and another man probably working for the Desolation has many spiders in a box.In MAG 19: Confession the Desolation apparently try to stop the exorcism done by father Burroughs. The exorcism seems to result in the uprooting of the tree above the box from the table. Father Burroughs is marked by the Spiral.