20th Juna 3781, 9th Eon
The dense forests, underground caves and open plains of the middle west.
Humongous snakes that grow up to twenty to twenty five meters in length, from head to tail-tip.
Basilisks are some of the most terrifying creatures in this world. Truly, I've had a passionate fear for snakes all my life, and basilisks make my insides turn. But... all in the name of science and study... I analysed them as best I could, with the greatest of caution. For basilisks are dangerous, dangerous creatures which have a fierce reputation that they uphold very well. King of the Serpents and Snakes, the basilisk is truly a behemoth that only fools do not fear. Living for about nine hundred years in their life time, they can be extremely old beasts, and still be a superb threat to any living creature.
A basilisk is exceptionally lethal in many ways. It's eyes possess magic than can kill any living soul instantaneously. Not minutes. Not seconds. Instantly. Meeting eye to eye with one of these monsters is your end. Or if seen in a reflection, it has been seen to paralyze the victim entirely. Stiff as a rock, which our department calls "Petrification". The only known cure for Petrification is a draught from the rare mandrake plant. Not easy to acquire. But, strangely enough, is that weasels, of all creatures, are immune to its deathly gaze. Yes, weasels, the small woodland creatures that dart along the ground, have no effect against a basilisks' glare. My hypothesis is that weasels being the average predator of normal snakes, has some kind of evolutionary trait that make it protected against all snake-related ailments and abilities. But this is speculation, merely. Spiders are apparently resistant to these affects as well, but the reasoning behind this is totally beyond me.
The other ruinous trait of the basilisk is its venom. Not only is the venom in their teeth, but where ever it slithers, it leaves a trail of hideous liquid which reeks of death and poison. Not as strong as the venom in their jaws, but still potent enough to kill most living creatures. The venom in their teeth is the real killer however. The target starts to become limp and feeble as the poison destroys the victims body more and more. The cure... is rumoured to be phoenix tears, but this is to be discovered, by yours truly when I study phoenixes later. We shall uncover that myth for sure.
The basilisks' skin is extremely well armoured, much like dragons. For this, and their poisons, they are fairly commonly hunted for military purposes. But only the bravest hunters will go seeking these beasts to kill them, but if they are successfully killed, the rewards are plentiful. However, if the hunters are lucky, they may acquire its shed skin on the ground, which could be equally rewarded, but basilisks only shed their skin roughly two to three times a year. And the skin decomposes within two days unless applied with agents.
Head Professor of Mythology and Cryptozoology at the University of Adrastia