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Chronicle - The Hatching of the Basilisk

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  • Chronicle - The Hatching of the Basilisk

    Second month, twentieth day
    Year Five of the Recent Awakenings

    The Hatching of the Basilisk

    To the Denizenry of Her Majesty's Castle Marrach;

    In accordance to the will of the Lord Chamberlain, and in upholding the duties charged to me as an Assistant Chronicler, I hereby submit an account of the hatching of the Basilisk.

    Several moons past, the visiting trader, Master Ali-Jahib, gifted her Majesty Queen Vivienne with a necklace. In the pendant of the necklace was a black opal. Approximately a fortnight past, however, it was noticed that the opal appeared to be growing. It became hot and continued to grow, and even melted a golden stand on which it had been placed.

    Mistress Zia and the jewelers were given the task of determining how the opal could be moved to the keystone of the great bridge, revealed ser Arian, an apprentice to Mistress Zia. Initiate Uwaine, a bound sorcerer, was also summoned by Her Majesty. He and the other sorcerers examined the opal, trying to determine if its growth and heat was magical in nature. It apparently was not. The sorcerers were attempting to reproduce the effects observed of Her Majesty’s growing opal with a normal opal, yet no success appeared to be had.

    On the eleventh of this moon, Captain Darvius and Sergeants Briseis and Raulison responded to Her Majesty’s chambers. There they found a snake of unusual size, with what appeared to be stubby wings protruding from its back. Also there was the melted golden stand and the two halves of the opal. The creature had hatched from within.

    Standing near the shell/opal’s halves was a marble statue. Upon close examination later, it was determined that the statue was actually that of a petrified Handmaiden Isaria. The sera had been turned to stone by the hatched snake. Thus the snake was called a ‘Basilisk’.

    The Royal Guard managed to safety escort Her Majesty to her petition room off the Royal Throneroom. They then returned and cornered the basilisk, and drew their swords. Sergeant Raulison was able to wound the basilisk, but it spit a cloud of yellow gas at him. According to witnesses, the Sergeant appeared unaffected, but began to show symptoms three days later.

    The basilisk managed to escape. Since then, it has been spotted at least twice, in both the Inner and Outer Baileys. It also appears to be growing. On behalf of her Majesty the Queen, Master Stix posted a warning regarding the basilisk. While a cure is being sought for the handmaiden’s petrified state, she has been placed in the Royal Chapel.

    This chronicle will be subject to changes and corrections, as I humbly ask that the readers indicate to me through their discretion any falsehood I may have mistakenly communicated.

    In service to Her Majesty Queen Vivienne, the Lord Chamberlain, the Chronicler's Office, and the Denizenry of our Gracious Queen's Realm;

    Ser Darcy
    Assistant Chronicler