Arachnocids are creatures of darkness that haunt Morton Manor's ceilings.
InvolvementEditInfesting the rotting roofs, sheltered tunnels, and darkest places of Shadow Island are a number of spider-like beings that have evolved into patient and deadly predators that silently dangle from ceilings. Growing up to three feet long, they share some arachnid traits with their earthly cousins. However, they tend to congregate in packs, have six legs instead of eight, and don’t use adhesive secretions to disable their foes. Instead, Arachnocides wait until their potential meal is directly beneath them, then drop down onto the victim’s head.
After they latch onto their prey, a large oral cavity opens to reveal thick tendrils used to strangle and incapacitate. Once the victim succumbs to this ambush, a disgusting and otherworldly display of gluttony takes place. However, if an attack misses, or the Arachnocid is shaken off, the pack quickly swarms and swipes at the victim’s feet with vicious pincers. Fortunately for those encountering the Arachnocid, they are easily eliminated with two or three well-aimed bullets or a single Shotgun blast. However, complacent adventurers can become overrun by these hungry abnormalities of the shadow world.
They are among the creatures of darkness that are unleashed by Alan onto Shadow Island and inhabit some parts of Morton Manor, including attic.
The player must be careful when dealing with these creatures as they could catch unwary individuals off guard via ambush by latching themselves onto the face or attacking with tentacles if on the ground.
- They bear striking resemblance with the Headcrabs from Half-Life series and even attack by latching themselves on the target's head like the said alien lifeforms do. Unlike Headcrabs, however, they only latch themselves on a victims' head merely as an ambush attack instead of taking over their bodies.
- It is likely that these creatures were born out of a mother, the Arachnocid, a creature removed from the final game.
- In the game boy color version of the game, the sole antagonist, Alan Morton experimented with the statuette on various test subjects, including spiders.
|Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare|
|Characters||Edward Carnby · Aline Cedrac · Alan Morton · Obed Morton · Joseph Edenshaw · Frederick Johnson · Christopher Lamb · Judas de Certo|
|Secondary Characters||Lucy Dogan Morton · Hecantonchires · Seaplane pilot · Mutilated man · Charles Fiske · Richard Morton · Archibald Morton · Jeremy Morton · Howard Morton · Samuel Gibson · Marie Cedrac · Aline's father|
|Creatures/Enemies||Dogs of Darkness · Night Ripper · Photosaurus · Luxrat· Hounds of Tindalos · Hybrid · Sprawling Plant· Arachnocid · Ophtalmicid|
|Bosses||Phocomelus · Elder Hybrid · Procuraptor · AlanShad · ObedShad|
|Locations||Shadow Island (Morton Mansion · Fort · Cemetary · Greenhouse · Chapel · Totem · Blockhouse) · World of Darkness (Nursery · Necropolis ·)|
|Items||Items · Documents · Weapons|
|Misc||Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare Prima guide · Alone in the Dark: Life is a Hideous Thing (prequel comic)|