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Black Basilisk by KatePfeilschiefter Black Basilisk by KatePfeilschiefter
December 15, 2009


"Be thou like the imperial basilisk,
Killing thy foe with unapparent wounds!
Gaze on oppression, till at that dread risk,
Aghast she pass from the earth’s disk.
Fear not, but gaze,- for freemen mightier grow,
And slaves more feeble, gazing on their foe.”
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Basilisk are written in many shapes and forms throughout legend. The Latin "basilískos", means little king, and as such the Basilisk is frequently referred to as the king of serpents. Descriptions vary, some saying it is a crested snake of no more than twelve fingers in length, others that it's gigantic, and some drawings depict it as a dragon rather than a serpent. Though Serpents and dragons were largely interchangeable from the time period whence this creature was believed real.
All fables of the Basilisk say it's gaze has the power to kill or turn victims to stone, and it is said to be created by hatching a chickens egg from underneath a toad.

Basilisks are not to be confused with Cockatrice, which are all but the same creature except that the cockatrice is a beaked bipedal wyvern.

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Spaddobird Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Amazing yet Terrifying! A perfect mix...
herofan135 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work! Love the use of colors.
When I was little I had this book which depicted the basilisk as a giant rooster with reptilian traits. But is that supposed to be a cockatrice then?
KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, that's a Cockatrice. The Cockatrice and Basilisk are basically reversed versions of each-other, same powers, same parentage, but entirely different. But the Basilisk is always a snake and the Cockatrice is always a dragonish rooster.
herofan135 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah ok, thanks alot for clearing that up. :)
Ulura Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
This is SO COOL! ]

Would you mind if I use it in my study on dragons? I will fully credit you and its a perfect match for my serpent dragons section.
KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, go ahead
Poppypetal Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student General Artist
could i use this? just as a header for mah horror story. (omg, y are is there a lack of comments on this awesome picture???) that would be awesome, thanx. :meow:
KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'd rather you not, but thanks for asking and thanks for your interest :)
Poppypetal Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student General Artist
ok, thats fine. =)
kaidi10 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011   General Artist
cool :dance:
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