I suppose to be fair to Longbow -- although who really wants to be? -- the intel they were able to gather is reasonably solid. I've been able to verify the whispers I heard ... whispers that said Chosen Ones who reach a high enough Threat Level are able to induct new members into the fold as either Wolf Spiders or Blood Widows. Luckily for us, Lord Recluse has been satisfied enough with the Chosen Ones that the Spider class is no longer limited to males, and the Widow class is now open to them. Fraternization's not a problem, from what I understand: just be aware that the rumors of Widows eating their mates isn't limited solely to the animal kingdom.
Wolf Spiders, once inducted, are given an Arachnos submachine gun, and they'll receive progressive training in its single-shot, short burst and long burst modes. As well, they're provided with Arachnos web grenades. Ah, the fright heroes feel when they're bound to the ground and held for pummeling: how delicious. Once Wolf Spiders have proven themselves in battle, they'll have access to a more comprehensive arsenal of frag and venom grenades, as well as some basic training in how best to support their comrades in arms. Once they reach Threat Level 24, though, they'll have the opportunity to chose a career path more suited to their natures. After all, while an Arachnos agent's arms are as far-reaching as a heroic Kheldian's, you'll find them far better suited to grasping opportunities.
For Crab Spiders, their strength comes from the backpack designed to honor Lord Recluse's might. Aside from their own phenomenal fighting abilities, they'll be able to utilize the Melee strength of an additional four arms, providing them with an overwhelming attack. If the melee capabilities aren't enough, Crabs also have access to Channel Gun, Longfang, and Suppression modes on their packs. It's hardly surprising that they're some of the most feared warriors walking around the Rogue Isles, and that's even without access to the Omega Maneuver. I will say, I'm surprised any Longbow managed to escape its effects in order to show its results, but the memories of the abject horror on the faces of the heroes in the briefing will keep me pleasantly amused for a good long time.
Blood Widows are martial arts specialists, and -- as they advance -- they're provided with an array of unpleasantly poisoned darts. Well, unpleasant for heroes, of course. Or their enemies. Or old school chums who haven't kept in touch. You know, I think I'll stand behind this wall for a moment: their darts are unpleasant to anyone other than themselves. On the martial arts side, they become difficult to hit, yet they have no difficulty finding pain-inducing targets on their enemies' bodies. Much like the Spiders, Widows have two different career options open to them once they reach Threat Level 24.
If they choose to walk the path of the Night Widow, they will find their mind expanded in ways they never before dreamt of. Their martial arts studies will proceed apace, but they'll also be trained in devastating mental blasts. Tying that in with their own ability to fade into the woodwork, viciously gutting any enemy who happens to walk by, and you see why they're one of the more feared classes Arachnos trains. The combination has proven remarkably effective in the past, and I see no reason why it will be less so moving forward. In their own way, the Night Widows are as horrifying a combatant as the Bane or Crab Spiders, with the caveat that their weapons can never be taken from them.
So yes, Chosen Ones: strengthen yourselves for the upcoming battles, and prepare to induct your allies into the cause. Help them train in the ways of the Spiders and the Widows, and you can earn infamy and dishonor for generations to come. Place your name in the history books while you can, my comrades. We're approaching the Midnight Hour even as we speak.