Fictional Item

Name: Spyder

Category: Surveillance

Size/weight: 2.34", 11 oz.

Rarity: Allegedly rare. Uncommon but found with the police and growing in popularity on the black market.

Value: ~$175

The Spyder was invented as a wartime surveillance tool. Its small size allowed for the automaton to move across the battlefield to an enemy command tent, record conversation and report back without being noticed. Postwar, Spyders have made their way into the hands of law enforcement as well as the criminal underground as a tool to record audio evidence and gain Intel on opposing criminal organizations, respectively.

Description (ca. 1921):
Invented in 1913 by an independent English inventor, the Spyder was designed as a tool for wartime surveillance. The Spyder is fitted with small motors to allow it to crawl across a battlefield, a miniature phonograph to record audio like an enemy’s battle plan, and specially designed legs that allows it to cling to surfaces like a real spider. While the recordings are short in nature, they have proven to be invaluable as a reconnaissance tool.

Their lightweight and hard-to-see design made the recorder very popular with the British army. It would later be reverse-engineered by the German army and a tool used by both the Allied and Central powers. Just to name one of many important discoveries it had uncovered, the Spyder was instrumental in for the Allies to learn the structural weaknesses of the German steam-soldier, saving countless lives.

Following the war, the Spyder was distributed throughout police forces across America. It was believed that the Spyder would be used to gather evidence and put a complete stop to the criminal underground that plagued the United States. This idea would prove too optimistic as the Spyder fell into the hands of the criminals they were recording. While the Spyder would help arrest criminals, the criminal underworld would make extensive use of the tool.

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