Lesser Subdimensional Entity
Written above in Psionic is the true name of this species:
AHAZUZIATU, which means "Seizer in the Darkness”. AHAZU translates to Seizer, ZI is of,
or in, and ATU is darkness.
Basilisks are approximately seven feet in height, although their crouching stance makes
them generally appear much shorter.
Greek Mythology; Merrow Tale (2012) - B.A. Lee
Low in intelligence, yet possessed of a high degree of animal cunning, the Basilisk
are larger entities famous for their use of the Paralytic Gaze. They appear to the Unseeing as a
formless pillar of rough grey stone, and are often referred to by those with the Sight as Gargoyles
for their ability to rest motionless for years at a time. It is for this reason that they are often
employed by Elder Spawn or human Summoners as lesser guardians and watchmen. When
animated, they appear as large bipeds with barbed forelimbs and a glowing red sensory orb.
Their scaly hides range in color, and are very tough. They are capable of delivering severe
damage with their fanged mandibles and hooked forelimbs, but it is their terrible gaze that makes
them truly potent. The method by which humans and other lesser beings are influenced by the
Gaze is poorly understood, yet it is extremely effective. The red eye is employed to mesmerize
and hypnotize the potential prey, who, once so affected, is then seized by the vicious forelimbs
and drawn towards the writhing mass of stinging sensory tendrils that adorn the ventral aspect of
the being. Once struck with multitudinous agonizing stings, the prey is wakened from their
trance only to find themselves completely paralyzed by the Basilisk's Subdimensional venom.
Like a huge spider, the Basilisk will eventually drain the essential essence of their paralyzed
victims, leaving only a Husk in their wake.
They are considered to be lesser Entities in spite of their formidable strength and large size chiefly
due to their low intelligence and placid nature when not aroused. Indeed, one such being was
even found to have been incorporated into the foundational masonry of a certain Shoreham
structure that had been innocuously built around it. The sacred chest that it was charged to guard
was buried beneath it and had not been disturbed during the construction process. Thus the being
sat motionless and indifferent while stone walls were built around and above it. It was not until
decades later, when hapless new owners attempted to add an expansion to their property, that
tragedy struck, with the resulting collapse of the entire structure and accompanying demise of
workers and property owners. To this day the property remains an abandoned jumble of broken
stones and masonry that is gradually being reclaimed by the forest. The fate of the Guardian, and
the Chest, is unknown.