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Basilisks are said to infest the jungles of Yi Ti,[1] and were once numerous in the Basilisk Isles, lending them their name.[2]

In some places they are used to fight other animals, such as dogs, with wagers made on the outcome. A basilisk is able to tear a large dog to pieces.[3]

Basilisks are venomous and are the source of basilisk venom.[4] The Faceless Men use a paste spiced with basilisk blood, which gives meat a savory scent but induces a violent madness in any creature with warm blood, whether man or beast.[5]

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A Clash of Kings

When Daenerys Targaryen is visiting the docks at the port of Qarth she dismounts from her silver beside a gaming pit where a basilisk is tearing a big red dog to pieces amidst a shouting ring of sailors.[3]

A Feast for Crows

Arya Stark learns of the properties of basilisk blood paste from the Waif of the Faceless Men, and suspects it may be how Jaqen H'ghar caused Weese's spotted dog to go mad and kill him.[5]

References and Notes

  1. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 23, Daenerys III.
  2. The World of Ice and Fire, The Basilisk Isles.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 63, Daenerys V.
  4. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 17, Tyrion IV.
  5. 5.0 5.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 34, Cat Of The Canals.

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