Shield Spiders are a fictional species seen in the novel The Wandering Inn.


Shield Spiders are large spiders (half as tall as the average humans) who gather in large nests underground and only come out in the Fall to look for prey. Their hide can withstand steel blades, and even Acid Fly acid, if barely. They can, however, be killed by fire. While they are normally silent, Shielf Spiders give off a blood-curling shriek when dying or seriously injured. It is believed that none can tame a Shield Spider, even one taken at birth, except for one who possesses the magical class of Beastmaster, though that is not quite true, as a tribe of Goblins called the Broken Spear Tribe managed to tame Shield Spiders to use them in battle.