Abridged History of the 10th Age
The sages of Atva-Arunë agree that Basilisks are a reptilian horror that sprang from the same ancestor-creatures as serpents. They come in several varieties, the most common of which is the lesser basilisk. The lifecycle of these beasts has not been studied in great detail, but from what we can surmise they mate once in their lifetimes. It appears that the female basilisk proceeds to devour the male, producing a small clutch of offspring.
The greater basilisk, however, presents itself as a much greater threat. If two should be unfortunate enough to meet and breed, the resulting clutch of smaller basilisks is horrendously large. These appear to be lesser basilisks while they grow and in fact only three or four will become greater basilisks.
The entire clutch of a greater basilisk brood will fight amongst one another for resources and dominance until a few grow strong enough to challenge the remaining live mother or father beast (commonly the mother, as female mates tend to be stronger). Upon achieving this success, the remaining children feast upon the organs of the deceased parent. Amongst these organs is the basilicum or emperor’s gland which is where the strong poison of the greater basilisk is produced.
After this gland has been ingested, the children who have consumed it will have the process begun into which they transform into greater basilisks themselves and separate in order to find territories of their own, generally leaving the original territory in command of the sibling most responsible for the slaughter of the parent.
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