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Alignment Chaotic Evil
Type Monstrous humanoid
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Publication history
Source books Monsters of Faerun, Monstrous Compendium Annual 1, Forgotten Realms

In the Forgotten Realms campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the chitine is a monstrous humanoid. They were created inadvertently by the drow as a result of failed experiments on normal humanoids.

Publication history[edit]

The chitine first appeared in the second edition for the Forgotten Realms setting in the Monstrous Compendium Forgotten Realms Appendix II (1991), reprinted in the Monstrous Compendium Annual One (1994). The creature was further developed in Dragon #223 (November 1995).[1]

The chitine appeared in the third edition in Monsters of Faerûn (2001),[2] and Underdark (2003).[3]

The chitine appeared in the fourth edition in Monster Manual 3 (2010).[4]

Physical description[edit]

A chitine resembles a sickly, white, four-foot tall humanoid with vaguely spider-like features. They have wavy hair and sly faces with a set of spider's fangs protruding from their mouths. Chitines also have four arms which feature an additional joint (a normal humanoid has three: shoulder, elbow, and wrist, whereas the chitine has a fourth), allowing greater flexibility and dexterity.


Chitines dwell underground.


Chitines mostly serve the spider goddess/demon lord Lolth. Chitines typically hate their former masters, the drow. Chitine clerics of Lolth are rare; instead, there is a closely related but completely separate race for the worship of Lolth in Chitine society; the Choldriths. Chitines strongly live up to their spider heritage; in their underground cities and villages, they build with webs in the same way that humans build with wood and stone. They build everything out of it, homes, traps, clothing, weapons, and more.

A chitine is usually chaotic evil in alignment, though Neutral Good and Chaotic Good ones exist (usually those that have abandoned their subterranean villages for adventuring).

Further reading[edit]

Monsters of Faerûn provides information on Chitines, and their priest race the Choldriths.[2] Underdark gives even more information, including that on how to play Chitines as a player race.[3]


  1. ^ Ashley, Belinda G. "The Ecology of the Chitine" Dragon #223 (TSR, 1995)
  2. ^ a b Wyatt, James and Rob Heinsoo. Monstrous Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn (Wizards of the Coast, 2001)
  3. ^ a b Cordell, Bruce R, Gwendolyn FM Kestrel, and Jeff Quick. Underdark (Wizards of the Coast, 2003)
  4. ^ Mearls, Mike, Greg Bilsland, and Robert J. Schwalb. Monster Manual 3. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2010