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    Third month, first day
    Year Five of the Recent Awakenings

    The Capture 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 capture of the creature known as the basilisk.

    On the evening of the twenty-sixth of the second moon, the creature known as the basilisk was captured. The basilisk had hatched from the opal of a necklace that had been gifted to Her Majesty, Queen Vivienne, by the travelling trader, Master Ali-Jahib. The specifics of the hatching may be read in the Chronicle “The Hatching of the Basilisk.”

    According to Nurse Ecremis, the basilisk was drawn to the fire in the Sunset Room. He headed there and found Acolyte Adayne, Winter Watch Deputy Venakhim, ser Jeffery, sera Vidula and Novitiate Kittyn. The Novitiate was, remarkably, asleep on the couch. The basilisk was curled before the fire, watching those present carefully.

    According to Nurse Ecremis, the basilisk is “not all that thick in the body, maybe half a dozen inches.” He continued, however, stating that the basilisk “was seven feet long, and had a pair of half formed wings growing from its back.” The basilisk appeared not to have reached completely maturity. The basilisk sported an injury from its encounter with Sergeant Raulison in Her Majesty’s chambers the night of its hatching.

    The basilisk noticed the Nurse, who was bearing a cage with laboratory mice in it. He tossed several of the mice to the creature, which swallowed them hungrily. The basilisk then rushed him, staring at the Nurse’s eyes. The nurse found himself paralyzed and said that it felt like he was “disconnected from [his] body.” According to the Nurse, Acolyte Adayne stepped in and took the cage, keeping the basilisk away from him. She fed the basilisk mice until the snake bit her. The Acolyte then dropped the cage and the basilisk pulled it to the fire, where it curled around it and fed on the mice within.

    After some time, the effects of the paralysis began to wear off and the Nurse was able to move once more. Nurse Ecremis warned the others to not make sudden moves, took a bottle of ether out of his medical kit, and doused a rag in it. Ether is a clear coloured liquid with a strong smell that is able to render those who inhale it unconscious.

    The basilisk had become sleepy due to the warmth and by virtue of being well fed. The Nurse, still feeling stiff from the paralysis, passed the ether soaked rag to the Acolyte. As the basilisk continued to become sleepier and sleepier, the present denizens watched. The basilisk finally fell into a deep slumber and Acolyte Adayne quietly crept to it, placing the rag under the basilisk’s nose. The basilisk drowsed on and once it was apparent that it was not going to wake, the Acolyte gestured to the others. Winter Watch deputy Venakhim and ser Jeffery rushed forward, wrapping the snake in the rug and ser Jeffery’s cloak.

    Shortly after the basilisk was bundled up, the door to the Sunset Room opened. In came Captain Darvius of the Royal Guard, apparently summoned by one of the bystanders. Nurse Ecremis informed them then that the creature had been captured. The Captain had wished the snake slain, but Nurse Ecremis convinced him that Handmaiden Isaria, who had been petrified by the basilisk, might require something of the basilisk to be returned to health.

    Wishing to place the basilisk in a place where it would be unable to escape, Acolyte Adayne recommended that the creature be placed in Lady Serista’s Amphitheatre. It can be entered only through the arch located west of the Outer Bailey shine. The archway itself can only be opened through the use of magic. Novitiate Kittyn, who had awoken during the scuffle in the Sunset Room, accompanied the group bearing the basilisk to the arch and opened it. The creature was placed within, and while still sleeping, Nurse Ecremis took samples from it.

    The basilisk has not been seen since this day, and as far as any know, the basilisk is still confined to the Amphitheatre. Handmaiden Isaria is still suffering from the petrification, though it is hoped that the samples taken by Nurse Ecremis will restore the handmaiden to health.

    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