Inspired by He-Man.org’s Roast Gooble Dinner podcast, welcome to PGPoA’s latest MOTUC Bio Discussion!
Real Name: Araneus, son of Raknus
One of the last remaining members of an ancient Eternian race of Spider Warriors called the Arachna, Webstor™ was awoken from hibernation beneath Snake Mountain and occasionally allies himself with Skeletor®. In ancient times, the Arachna were an advanced dominant race until driven underground by the Snake Men™. Araneus retains much of the knowledge of his people and while seemingly savage, is an expert mathematician and strategist, as well as an accomplished escape artist. He often arms himself with a grappling hook Fast Pack and uses his climbing power to escape capture!
Portrait source: Original card art
This bio is mostly a mixture of Millennium cartoon material and what I’m guessing is some original ideas by the Bio Writers (BW). The name of his race comes right from that show, as does the idea of Webstor “hibernating” beneath Snake Mountain and “occasionally” allying himself with Skeletor (as he did in the Council of Evil storyline).
There’s as much information about his race as Webstor himself. The idea of the Arachna being an “advanced dominant race” fits with MOTU’s tradition of constantly revealing another ancient race of overlords.
It’s odd, but interesting, that he’s an “expert mathematician.” I guess that must just be an innate talent of his, because I’m not really clear on how useful a talent math is going to be when you’re spinning webs or trying to inject poison into people, but what do I know? Not math, I’ll tell you that much. Maybe Webstor just had a really good AP Calculus teacher.
The “Fast Pack” sounds less like a piece of complex mechanical climbing equipment and more like plastic-sealed cardboard tray of child-size Lays potato chip bags.
His real name, Araneus, is a genus of spiders. While we can debate the necessity of a lot of these real names all day, I think this one is harmless, perhaps even mildly cool. Kind of weird that he gets the “son of Raknus” appellation, though.
Next time: Teela!