Summary: Horned Serpents had a horned head, thus why they are named
Horned Serpent NPC
Owned by: Jaxx
Group: Magical Creatures
Game: Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
NationalityThe Horned Serpent was a magical snake found in several regions of the world, but was most common in North America.
Rank/Title/JobThe Horned Serpent was a magical snake found in several regions of the world, but was most common in North America.
Wand/Spells/SkillsThe Horned Serpent was a magical snake found in several regions of the world, but was most common in North America.
Physical AppearanceThere were several different species of Horned Serpents found world-wide; large specimens were found in the Far East, and the most diverse group still in existence was native to North America. Horned Serpents inhabited bodies of water as their natural habitat.
Horned Serpents had a horned head, thus why they are named. Certain American species also sported a jewel in the forehead.
They were regarded as intelligent, with fierce eyes.
These serpents emitted a low, musical note to sound danger. Shavings from its horn can be used as wand cores. Its jewel was said to grant powers of invisibility and flight, thus making it the most sought after element of the species.
Personality and InterestsIsolt Sayre befriended a Horned Serpent when she went to a creek by Mount Greylock in the 17th century. Isolt and the Horned Serpent could understand each other, which scared Isolt's companion, William the Pukwudgie. The serpent kept telling her the same thing - "Until I am part of your family, your family is doomed." The cryptic message concerned Isolt because she had no family at the moment and she began to think she was imagining hearing the serpent say things.
However, Isolt still visited the serpent over the years because of their strange, shared kinship, and when she and her eventual family were thinking of names for houses for Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry she named her house "Horned Serpent" in honour of it. Shortly after, Isolt received a dream the evening before Chadwick Boot's eleventh birthday. She had promised him a wand but she did not know what to use as a core. She went to the creek in the dream where the Horned Serpent rose up out the water and let her take a shard of its horn. When she woke and went to the creek, she received a horn the same way as she had in her dream. She then made a wand with the core as a core set in prickly ash wood, subsequently repeating the process with Chadwick's brother Webster's wand core. This would prove the fulfilment of the serpent's prophecy, as these wands later warned Chadwick and Webster of the approach of Gormlaith Gaunt.
HistoryAncient bestiaries suggested Horned Serpents were once native to Western Europe, but were hunted to extinction by wizards in search of potion ingredients.
Around 1620, the Irish-born witch Isolt Sayre befriended a Horned Serpent near Mount Greylock in present-day Massachusetts. She was able to understand the serpent, and when founding Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry she chose the Horned Serpent as the symbol of one of the school's four houses. Later, a long shard of horn from the same serpent was used by Isolt and her husband James Steward to craft the first American-made wands, for their adopted sons Chadwick and Webster Boot.