p class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Times New Roman','serif';"Basilisks…/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Times New Roman','serif';"As if the other creatures in my compendium weren't terrifying enough, now I must write on the basilisk. Basilisks are hulking, reptilian monsters with eight legs and jaws capable of crushing stone. That, however, is far from their true horror./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Times New Roman','serif';"Basilisks are venomous to the extreme, and while the sheer brute strength of their bites is more than enough to deal with a man even in plate armor, their teeth inject one of the most deadly, corrosive venoms known to man./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Times New Roman','serif';"Even the breath of a basilisk is venomous and highly acidic, but no… what span style="mso-no-proof: yes;"truly/span makes these monsters a force to be reckoned with is their gaze. Perhaps you've heard span style="mso-no-proof: yes;"rumors/span or old wives tales about the power of their eyes? /span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Times New Roman','serif';"I regret to be the one to tell you, it's all true. span style="mso-no-proof: yes;"Any who/span look into a basilisk's eyes will be turned to stone. Now, perhaps you know why their jaws are capable of chewing rock./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Times New Roman','serif';"As with many creatures, there are rumors of such monsters being kept in dungeons or in some cases even tamed. But, I can assure you this cannot be the case. They are far too deadly to keep as pets in some dungeon, and span style="mso-no-proof: yes;"definitely/span too monstrous to raise as tame beasts!/span/p
p class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-indent: -18.0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;"!- [if !supportLists]-span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;"span style="mso-list: Ignore;"-span style="font: 7.0pt 'Times New Roman';" /span/span/span!-[endif]-span lang="EN-US"span style="mso-spacerun: yes;" /span/spanspan lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11.5pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif'; color: black; background: white;"Nicholas Wolfram, Professor of Monsterology at Lestria University/span/p