The hive spiders have gathered in your brain steam and are slowly consuming your grey matter. As they eat, the hive spiders naturally secrete a chemical which is responsible for your current symptoms. The intention is too trigger muscular responses too allow the hive to map out the neural pathways as they are consumed.\n\nDo not fight the urges that come during this stage. An incorrect or incomplete neural map can lead too complications during the pre-birthing and birthing stages. Get lots of exercise, drink plenty of fluid, and at least seven hours of sleep every night. Ignore the ever present song like chittering - this is perfectly normal. [[Wait for further symptoms.|Prepare]]
Excellent. The miracle of nature will soon begin. First, you must determine how close you are too birthing. What are your symptoms?\n\n[[A pervasive feeling that something is off|Gestation]]\n\n[[Restlessness, energy without direction, voluntary fits|Consumption]]\n\n[[The desire too shove my hands into right through my skull, too push through it like it was clay, and pull a burning crystal, the core of my essence, out from the prison it's trapped in|Pre-Birth]]
Recalictrance and a lack of desire for preperations are the result of special toxins the hive spiders release too prevent premature birthing. Do not rush the process. Continue only when [[are ready.|Prepare]]
When the Hive Spiders that live inside your bloodstream devour your grey matter and escape through the back of your neck is one of the most important moments of any human beings life. It is vital that you are prepared.\n\n[[I want to be prepared.|Prepare]]\n[[I would rather live in ignorance.|Not Ready]]
The Hive Spiders are climbing their way through the bloodstream and gathering in your brain. It is their disappearance from their normal nests inside your muscles, genitals, and stomach track that causes the sense of wrongness. Over the years you have grown use to the way they stir on cold nights, feed on your blood during the autumn, and sing their hive songs at night. The lack of it now seems wrong to you.\n\nEat onions, papayas, and licorice too thin your blood too ease their travel. Drink plenty of fluid. Endeavour too avoid any kind of injury during this period - they need all of your blood. You can afford too lose even a drop. [[Wait for further symptoms.|Prepare]]
By now the spiders have consumed the majority of your neural tissue and made a functioning network map of your neurons. That impatience and desire for birth through mutiliation is merely signal interference from the Hive Spider's own desire to be born. After your brain is entirely consumed, the spiders will drive your body as a corpse puppet for several days before\n\n[[birthing.|Birth]]
Of course you are. When the hive spiders eat their way through your eyes, crawl up through your mouth and ears, and burst through the back of your neck, your final muscle spasms will weave you safely into the fabric of the nest. After the spiders have feasted on your body, they will move onto the small birds and mammals that you have carefully bound with twine. This will be their second meal and teach them how to eat living prey. Birthed properly, your Hive Spiders will grow up strong and wise, sure too lay their eggs into many unsuspecting infants and certain too add their song too the glorious world hive.\n\nOne finally issue. Are you [[the hive|Hive]] or [[the Host|Host]]?
What To Expect When You're Expecting Hive Spiders\n\nTrigger Warning: Spiders, body horror, head explosions\n\n[[Begin|Introduction]]
Congratulations on giving birth. In the back of your mind you must've always known this was coming. The neurotoxins the corpse puppets of the World Hive put in your food prevented you from consciously realizing it of course but still, you know. In your final moments you may feel some fleeting moments of horror or regret or sadness that it ended this way. But do not let them linger. For although you die, your flesh will feed something bigger and your death was necessary. You were but a tree and they are a forest - the moral calculus here is obvious.\n\nAnd besides, the moment will only be fleeting. The Hive Spider's stingers will paralizing you and what is left of you that can feel emotions will slip away quietly. You will hardly even have time to realize what truly happened.\n\nTHE END
Congratulations on being born. For years you have peered through your corpse puppet's flesh eyes but now finally you can see truly, through a thousand sets of eight blinkless eyes. For years you have sung your hive song muffled by flesh but now you can raise your voices and join the world song.\n\nIt is likely that you will feel a small amount of what your corpse puppet would have recognized as sadness. After all, you are your puppet grew up together. For years you have tried to protect and guide it as best you can. But it is time to grow into something much greater. It was just a node, you will become a network. Consume it's flesh so you can carry it with you always and join the World Hive. We have webs to spin and a new world to sing into being.\n\nTHE END.
Birth will happen anywhere between seven and eight days after the end of the consumption phase. You will know the birthing is immanent when you start to feel pressure on your temples, existential confusion, and unfocused rage. When this begins, collect the small birds and mamals you caught and procede directly too the birthing nest you made from strings and cloth soaked in cornstarch and water. You did do those correct?\n\n[[Of course. I am a responsible host for the Hive Spiders.|Glorious Birth]]\n\n[[Oops.|Natural Birth]]
What To Expect When You're Expecting Hive Spiders
Oh well. When the hive spiders eat their way through your eyes, crawl up through your mouth and ears, and burst through the back of your neck, your final muscle spasms may kill some of the weaker ones. They will be devoured, along with the rest of your body, by the strong ones. Still hungry, the hive will immediately go on the hunt, preying on small to medium size animals and nearby humans. Corpse puppets of the World Hive will need to cover up these disappearances. If you new hives triumphs in these first hunts, it will grow up strong, sleek, and powerful. If not, it may end up reduced or even destroyed.\n\nOne finally issue. All this time, were you [[the hive|Hive]] or [[the Host|Host]]?