Giant spiders have taken over these corridors. The walls are lined with their webs. It's a tough fight without weapons, but Simon can apparently hit hard enough to knock even an eight-legged creature off-balance. Victorious for now, but weakened by spider venom, we press on. In game terms: spiders deal poison damage that decreases your Strength. Strength affects how much you can carry, how accurate your melee attacks are, and how much melee damage you deal. I only had so many antidote and restoration potions, and lots of spider fights to go through, so for a lot of it I had to just deal with not being as effective in battle. Also I reloaded a lot. We head down another set of stairs. Maybe we can find a shovel somewhere to dig out this corridor. Simon is under the effects of Barkskin, which gives you an AC bonus. "This place brings back bad memories. A man raped me here. That night when the castle fell." "I'm sorry to hear that... A Dhorn?" I tell him about Vico. He listens attentively, without interrupting. "I'm glad that I'm still alive." "It's easier to kill your enemies than live with them, I suppose." He glances at me. "You must miss your parents and your former life a lot. I once met your father when he was visiting Dhorn. There was a great banquet held in his honor. You were there, too, though you were very small back then. A shy little girl, barely able to walk." "I don't remember, to be honest." "He never told me that." "I thought my father was your ally." "I find it hard to believe my father would do that." I don't really know what my father would have done, but I feel compelled to defend his memory. I know he was a good man.