Magic: the Gathering - WTF is a Cockatrice ?!?
MTG now has two cards with this creature type
• Cockatrice - a flying green creature with with conditional deathtouch prints in Limited Alpha / Beta, Unlimited, Revised, Fourth, Fifth and Time Spiral. A bit similar to Thicket Basilisk except without the feathers.
• Deathgaze Cockatrice - a flying black creature with deathtouch newly minted for Magic 2014. Rulak (a bog guide) has this to say about Cockatrice - “Sometimes I come across a stone finger or foot and I know I’m in cockatrice territory.”
So what the hell is it?
A cockatrice is a mythical beast, essentially a hybrid critter, two-legged dragon with a rooster’s head. Its reputed magical abilities include turning people to stone or killing them outright by glaring at them similar to your mother-in-law’s gaze. In this respect, they are related to Gorgons or Basilisks. The weasel is reported to be the only animal that is immune to the deathly glance of a cockatrice.
Deathgaze Cockatrice art by Kev Walker, Cockatrice art by Dan Frazier, Cockatrice Concept at by Dan Scott.
Aside : This critter reminds me of the Krafayis from the Doctor Who episode ‘Vincent and the Doctor’.