Quince was granted her unusual powers when an unscrupulous witch sold her a potion purported to bestow immorality. Though it conferred upon her no such effect, she quickly saw the benefit in her arachnid-like abilities. However, she also realized that unless she used them with the utmost caution, she would be regarded as a monster. The fame of heroism was an obligatory encumbrance if she hoped to live peaceably amongst her own kind.
The quince (Cydonia oblonga) is the sole member of the genus Cydonia in the family Rosaceae (which also contains apples and pears, among other fruits). It is a small deciduous tree that bears a pome fruit, similar in appearance to a pear, and bright golden-yellow when mature. Throughout history the cooked fruit has been used as food, but the tree is also grown for its attractive pale pink blossom and other ornamental qualities. It's rarely used as both masculine and feminine names or a surname.