"Fear will envelope the world. Everything will be consumed by madness. This world I envision will be a haven, Medusa. I will become the mother of all things. "
Arachne Gorgon (アラクネ, Arakune Gōgon), known as The Heretic and the Mother of Demon Weapons, was the leader of Arachnophobia. She was also the oldest of the Gorgon Sisters, formerly an associate of both Death and Eibon of some sort, and the darkest blemish in witch history who intended to use Madness to replace the ideals which the Death Weapon Meister Academy stands for. She is the second main antagonist in the Soul Eater series.
The name "Arachne" comes from the Greek word "arachne" meaning "spider". According to legend, the first spider was originally a human woman (named Arachne) who was such a skilled weaver that she boasted she could weave better then Athena, who is the goddess of crafts among others. After a weaving contest that didn't go in Athena's favor, she flew into a rage and turned Arachne into a spider.
Starting the organization known as Arachnophobia, Arachne was the witch who created the Demon Weapons. By sacrificing the souls of fellow witches, she became the most brazen heretic in the witch community; the consequence was her being hunted down by both the Witch Order and by Death. Mortally injured by the shinigami, she split her body into pieces by turning into little spiders and hiding her soul within the Oldest Golem, and was thought to be dead for over eight hundred years.
Arachne is portrayed as a calm and intelligent individual. She rarely, if ever, shows any form of distress other than mild irritation; she showed no irritation when Mosquito told her that BREW was damaged in the explosion and left useless, and even used it as an advantage to trick DWMA into thinking they still had BREW intact by withholding the true information. Likely due to her abilities, Arachne is not above taking advantage of someone's weaknesses and using it to influence them into joining her. She has done this using the Moral Manipulation Machine on Kim and Jackie, and later on using her powers to influence Soul Eater Evans.
She also, like Medusa, is a sinister individual. She is manipulating and cunning. She also holds little disregard for anything she deems unworthy to her or her cause. She rarely shows any visible signs of fear or anger. In the anime, she only shows anger in one instance, in which she expressed her deep hated towards Death. She also has no fear in creating opportunities with ending his life. She even rigged a facility on the Lost Island in an attempt to do so.
Arachne also greatly enjoys champagne—the finest vintage. In almost all of her scenes, she is seen drinking one. When she had emerged after 800 years and met with Mosquito, the first thing she asked for was champagne. In the anime, she preferred to drink wine moments after being nearly strangled to death by Asura.
She carries herself in an aristocratic manner, as if she were from a noble stock. This is further supported by the fact that she prefers only the finest champagne. She is almost never seen standing up. Immediately after awakening, she was quickly seen atop a golem watching over the ongoing battle. When she wished to retreat, instead of simply walking away, she was carried off by Giriko. She was welcomed by her butler while walking on a red carpet and is driven by him in a luxurious limousine.
She seems to be a power-hungry individual. Her goal is to replace the World Power that is DWMA and become the "Mother Of All".
Like her sister, Medusa, Arachne also seems to express particular interest in "madness", eventually becoming madness itself within the Manga. In the Anime, Arachne is instead allied with Asura but still plans to use madness created by Asura for her own goals.
Main article: Arachne Gorgon/Relationships
Arachne enjoys the unique position of having made enemies of both the DWMA and the overall witch community. Because her experiments which included producing demon weapons required killing witches for their souls' transformation properties, many witches despise Arachne for killing their peers. When Death recruited these demon weapons as students to hunt other witches, Arachne's status as the mother of all weapons only further infuriated witches.
As the leader of Arachnophobia, Arachne uses her comforting personality and her deceptiveness to get what she desires from others. Presenting herself as a maternal figure to her followers, Arachne can attract new members of Arachnophobia, pretending to provide love and support, as she and Mosquito claim she would offer to Crona, Kim, Jacqueline, and, in the anime, Asura. But, behind this pleasantness, Arachne is easily willing to sacrifice the followers who love her to further her own schemes. As such, while many of her followers love her, she has no love for others, not even her own family, such as her sister Medusa.
Arachne has an extremely pale and flawless complexion, making it appear like she’s almost constructed entirely out of porcelain. She has a curvy figure, with very large breasts, a thin waist, and wide hips. Her facial features comprise of long dark/black hair, worn in an upwards manner with two long strands that frame either side of her face, and eyes that have both completely grey irises and pupils, each containing a black spider web pattern.
Her typical clothing consists simply of a long black sleeveless dress; however, this dress is incredibly long, in that it completely conceals her feet, while ending in eight small trailing pieces of fabric like the legs of a spider. A narrow black band encircles her neck featuring a small spider emblem that lies at its front and eight extensions that protrude outwards upon the back, with four emerging from either side. Spider web netting branches the gap between the band and the dress, extending downwards from the aforementioned spider emblem. Two large "sleeves", separated entirely from the dress, are worn on her arms, ending just after her elbows. Each of these "sleeves" also display four protrusions, appearing at the ends of the significant amount of overhanging fabric. She also wears two spider earrings that hang downwards from her ears.
Magic & Abilities
Arachne's Magic: Much is unknown about Arachne's particular Magic. Her magic in particular, however, works opposite of Medusa's own Vector Magic in which instead of focusing on direct attack spells, utilize spells in which attacks people from within on a more psychological plane rather then purely physical. This Magic also allows her to spy on others with her Spider familiars and split her soul into the shape of a spiderweb and pull others into Madness.
Madness Wavelength (狂気の波長, Kyōki no hachō): Arachne is one of the few individuals outside the Great Old Ones who possesses a Madness Wavelength under her own power and not from a facilitator like that of the Black Blood. This Madness Wavelength is powerful enough to be felt by someone like Franken Stein from Loew Village (Czech Repbulic) to Death City (USA), whose inclination to Madness makes him sensitive.
- Arachne's Madness: Those under its effects begin feeling a powerfully painful sensation with their heads, described by Kilik Rung as spiders being inside his head and ripping it apart. Sid Barett comments that the Madness also makes him feel like he's "losing his mind". In her Disembodied form, this madness was powerful enough to affect most of the DWMA and Arachnophobia forces around, including the likes of Sid Barett, Mira Naigus, Soul Eater, Ox Ford, Black☆Star, Kim Diehl, and Jacqueline O'Lantern Dupré.
Above-Average Strength: Arachne has displayed some degree of incredible strength, having blocked an attack from Crona and even with the use of her fan.
Considerable Combat Skill: Not much is relatively known on Arachne's ability in close quarters combat. However, when Crona attempted to kill Arachne, Arachne easily blocked one of their attacks and retaliated with a slap from the fan in addition.
Immense Durability: Arachne is one of the few individuals to have survived an encounter with Death, despite recieving fatal injuries. She also was able to survive Asura's skin scarves slamming and choking her with moderate injuries in the anime.
Immense Power: Out of all the Gorgon Sisters. Arachne stands out as the most powerful out of the three and is known to be a powerful Witch, perhaps one of the most powerful Witches seen in the series, with her powers being highly by those who practice Magic and is considered a formidable enemy to even Death.
- Arachne's Fan: Arachne often carries a fan around, which has spider-like designs. It is also a very durable object, able to block Ragnarok's sword form.
Despite having some considerable skill in close combat, she lacks physical attacks and according statements made even by herself, she no longer possesses the physcial combat skills she had due to being out of commission for over 800 years. This plays into her downfall in the manga when she loses to Maka Albarn.
- Arachne's Magic
- Immobilizing Threads: Arachne can create threads that leave a person immobilized for an unknown amount of time - possibly depending on how strong the subject is.
- Magic Attack: A magical spell in which is capable of targetting a target's emotional weakness and uses it against them.
- Offensive Webs: After gaining her disembodied form, Arachne can offensively shoot webs at her opponents.
- Tracking Spiders: Arachne uses various spider familiars to use as a sort of surveillance devices and also uses it to spy on her enemies and even eavesdrop.
- Disembodied Form: A form she has unlocked after abandoning her physical body and becoming one with madness. Much of her magic prowess is amplified and planned to use this form to fuse with Asura and make herself more powerful in the manga.
Much of Arachne's early life is unknown. Arachne was born as the eldest of the Gorgon Sisters and later in her life, was an associate of both Death and Eibon but for unknown reasons, all three grew distant from one another despite some level of closeness. She would then start Arachnophobia and met Mosquito at some point in time appointing him as her steward. Her early plans during her time in Arachnophobia also involved making a device that could brainwash others.
Wanting "BREW" for herself, Arachne decided to hide the Demon Tool on Lost Island to collect it at a later time and rigged the entire island to explode. She also manage to collect the Eibon's blueprints in which is presumably on the the Demon Weapons in addition. She rigged Lost Island to explode to cleverly hide it from Death's collection as well as attempt to end the God of Death's life by using the powerful force of the explosion to kill him. She then escapes prior to the destruction of Lost Island.
Hunted by Death and the Witch Order
Having the blueprints for the creation of the Demon Weapons, Arachne performed the experiment by killing other Witches for their souls and manufacturing them in large quantities This caused her to be labelled the most brazen heretic and darkest blemish in the Witch Order and she was hunted as a result by not only her own kind but Death himself. She was corned in Loew Village and expected aid from her sister, Medusa Gorgon, to fight Death. However, Medusa had betrayed her and left her to fight Death alone and pushed her into certain death during their battle, with the God of Death being the far superior opponent. Badly wounded, she broke her body into pieces as spiders, which hid across the globe, and hid her soul inside the Oldest Golem.
For the next 800 years, she would watch the entire world from her spiders and gained knowledge from it, including information about the DWMA and its establishment. Her soul inside the Oldest Golem would also be watched by one of her servants, Giriko.
After eight hundred years and reacting to Asura's Madness Wavelength, Arachne reforms herself, drawn to the her soul in which is inside the Oldest Golem. She is greeted by Giriko as she does so. Her appearance and resemblance to Medusa surprises the members of the DWMA and Giriko attempts to inform her and bring her up to speed. However, she reveals that she's already up to speed and demonstrates this by revealing Soul's mistake from last night with Maka in which he burned her dinner. As well as this, she explains that she has been watching over the world for 800 years and even was aware of Crona being the child of her baby sister, Medusa. She then offers Crona her affections instead. Crona attacks Arachne but is rebuffed with a fan slap to the face, with Arachne ordering Giriko to "rub this child out of existence" and watches as Giriko breaks through Crona's Black Blood, commenting that her sister's research hasn't amounted to much. When Justin Law appears at Crona's defense, she informs Giriko of his identity.
When Arachne notices the Oldest Golem's operating energy and gains Giriko's attention and rebuffed his attitude, she informs and orders him to withdraw. She's then carried away by Giriko. Later, she then once against meets Mosquito for the first time in over eight hundred years as she gets inside a top of the line limousine, courtesy of her steward. Seeing both Mosquito and Giriko bickering, she stops them and tells Mosquito to take her back to Baba Yaga Castle. She is taken back to the castle and is warmly greeted by her followers of the organization: Arachnophobia. She proclaims "I can beat you...Shinigami".
Arachne is informed that Arachnophobia's new Demon Tool, the Morality Manipulation Machine, is nearing completion, according to the Mosquito, who is in charge of the project. When questioned if Mosquito could handle guarding it by himself by Giriko who's itching to do something, Arachne reveals that she hired a bodyguard for him: The Bodyguard, Mifune. When questioned how she manage to hire him, she only stated the ease of manipulating a person who has a weakness.
Later, she is infomed by an apologetic Mosquito on the destruction of the Demon Tool and the lost of the fragment originating from the Book of Eibon, although was impressed by his skill. As she watches both Giriko and Mosquito bicker, she is informed by a minion of Medusa's appearance. She then tells the same minion to let her in.
Arachne meets Medusa again.
Brew: The Tempest Arc
Arachne was in the flashback at the battlefield of the Temple.
Arachne has Mosquito get Kim and her weapon partner.
Operation: Capture Baba Yaga's Castle Arc
After Arachne's resurrection due to Asura's madness, Arachne heads to her massive organization "Arachnophobia" and begins her "Magic Training"
Arachne is later discovered by Maka, Soul, and Medusa and presumed dead for unknown reasons - it is suggested that she was killed by Noah under her own orders. Shortly after this though, Maka detects the presence of Arachne within the same room containing her dead body. Soon, Arachne makes her presence known as an entity of madness and no longer bound by her body, in the hope of allying herself with Asura (though only to gain his power as her own, of course). As such, she had grown even more powerful, that not even Medusa could stand against her for more than an instant. Maka, however, manages to resist her mental attack, which Arachne notes is due to her Soul Perception and anti-demon wavelength.
As the two fought, Soul, in his spirit room, is confronted by the Little Ogre once more, urging him to call upon the black blood to help Maka. However, Soul points out that doing so will only push them into madness faster and shows the imp Arachne's spider threads over the room which she is using to attack everyone within the castle. However he devises a way use them by using his Soul Resonance through them via his piano playing to counter Arachne's power, the plan works allowing Maka to hurt Arachne's disembodied form. Eventually, Arachne is knocked down as Maka standing over her with an evolved Witch Hunt, citing she will take Arachne's soul.
Arachne refuses to give in however and continues the fight, but the black blood (designed as a dress) on Maka is too resilient and Arachne finds she used up too much power in her previous attacks. Just as Maka is about to give the final blow, Arachne blames her loss on her lack of power. Maka, however, counters that she just is simply stronger than her (something Medusa had noticed as she watched the fight) before striking her down and reducing her into a soul which Soul takes for himself.
However after Arachne is defeated, Medusa takes her discarded body as her own, revealing that the entire raid was a plot from the beginning to do so and she was using DWMA as a means to an end. Before she can kill Maka (citing that her soul perception was too dangerous to witches), the death scythe Tezca Tlipoca and his meister Enrique stop her. Medusa then flees after Tezca mentions that DWMA are about to storm the castle. When a spider web came from Medusa's eyes, this could imply the possibility of her revival through her sister.
|Witch||Eruka Frog • Angela Leon • Mizune Family • Kim Diehl • Taruho Firefly • Tabasa Butterfly • Shaula Gorgon • Ponera • Medusa Gorgon • Arachne Gorgon • Samantha• Maba • Witch Judge|
|High-Ranking Members||Maba • Witch Judge|
|Witches||Eruka Frog • Angela Leon • Mizune Family • Kim Diehl • Taruho Firefly • Tabasa Butterfly • Free • Shaula Gorgon|
|Former Members||Arachne Gorgon • Medusa Gorgon|
|Military & Resources||Guard Dog Troop • Flamethrower • Magic Flying Broomstick • Magic|
|Occurences||Witch Mass • Witch Trial|