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    The rats appear to be non-magical, even if some of them, at closer inspection, seem to have some mutations. A few have them have four eyes, others two tails, some big warts, a number miscolored fur, and one even have three heads, like a rat-cerberus.

    The snake is magical though, and right now it is devouring one of the rats whole as it slithers into the cage. The rats are panicking, but there is no escape from the cage.

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    "Oi! Get out of there!" Erasmus points his wand at the cage and casts a spell, trying to put the snake and rats to sleep. If it succeeds, he'll try to investigate the snake more closely.

    The detect magic spell gives Erasmus some idea of the spell on the snake, whether it is a spell of transmutation, illusion, protection, necromancy, or another type of effect. He gains no nature into its exact nature, however.
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    The snake's presence is clearly agitating the considerable number of wolves in the pens. Some of them are quite young, which of course raises the hackles of their parents.
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    The snake and the rats are suddenly and abruptly put to sleep by the spell, the snakes eyes closing just as it was about to swallow its victim whole. The other rats ending up sleeping in strange positions as they were attempting to squeeze themselves out of the cage.

    But if Erasmus investigates the snake closer, he will find that no spell has been cast on it. It appears to be a naturally magical creature that appears like, while large, a perfectly normal snake. The species might be difficult to determine though. It looks like a type of boa, but the white skin and the red eyes does not match any type of boa that exist in real life. In addition, it has fangs which boas shouldn't have as they swallow their prey alive.
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    Erasmus picks up the sleeping snake, then looks around for an empty cage that might hold it.

    He ignores the wolves for now.
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    [Beast Pens]

    There's plenty of empty pens and cages around, so putting the snake in one of them shouldn't be a problem.
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    Erasmus tries to find one that will fit the snake, and is also portable.
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    Finding such a cage will be easy enough, but then the wolves turn their heads towards the exit, rather than the snake. Someone else is coming, though Erasmus might have trouble distinguishing any actual sounds of footsteps.
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    Erasmus is slightly drunk (he's always slightly drunk) and concentrating on putting the snake in the cage, so he doesn't hear the person coming.
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    The door opens and a rather short, brown-skinned goblin strides in, whose image is conveniently his player's avatar.

    "What in the Devouring Dark is going on here?"
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    Erasmus looks up from the sleeping snake. "'Ello guv. This 'ere snake was loose and spookin' the animals." The goblin's aggressive manner and phrasing makes Erasmus a bit sheepish.

    If the goblin is carrying any magical items, Erasmus' spell should detect them unless they are cloaked against such powers.
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    Dipsnig stops and surveys the area. The wolves appear to be calmed down by his presence and stop growling. The goblin is loaded with magic items great and small, most notable being the crossbow on his back and the crystal-studded bracer on his left wrist.

    "A snake? We don't keep any snakes here. So how did it get here?" He walks over to the cage. "You would be our new hire, I presume. I'm Dipsnig Razortooh, Chief Executive here. Or just 'boss', if you'd rather."
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    "I don't know 'ow it got in 'ere, boss. I just found it wandering around the base. When it got into the rat cage, I put it to sleep."
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    The snake is still sleeping, not doing anything yet. Dipsnig might note that it looks a lot like the snakes that makes up Dena's hair. Its simply larger than them and, well, have a tail.

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    "Good job, then. But... why does it look like one of Dena's snakes?" Dipsnig asks, his long ears twitching.
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    "I don't know, boss," Erasmus replies.
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    Dipsnig raises his wrist-band to his mouth and tries to call Dena using it.
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    One signal, two signals...

    "Yeah? What's up? Kinda preoccupied at the moment." SHe replies.

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    "Then I'll make it quick. A snake snuck into our beast pens and ate a rat. And it looks a lot like those on your head, except bigger and with a back half," Dipsnig explains briefly.
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    "****. Alright, I've been looking for it. I'll be righ over. Just make sure it doesn't go anywhere. I'll talk to you in a minute."

    Then she hangs up.

    As it turns out, Dena wasn't too far away as she will arrive at the beast pens in less than a minute. "Where is it? Blasted thing appeared in my room last night and then snuck out the door before I could blink."

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    Erasmus holds out the cage with the sleeping snake inside it. " 'Ere it is marm. Sound asleep. I 'ad to burn three spells to catch it."
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    "I was really kind of hoping it was a coincidence," Dipsnig remarks. "Do your snakes just occasionally detach themselves from your head?"
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    "No." Dena walks up to the cage where the sleeping snake is contained. "But it might have happened now." She gestures one of the smaller snakes, if not the smallest, that comes out of her scalp. "See this one? It was larger yesterday, and it looked different too..." She frowns, gesturing dismissively. "I don't want to hear about it though. Let's just focus on this thing, it might be dangerous."

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    "It tried to eat me, but backed off when I used magic. Whatever it is, it's a magical creature." Erasmus looks down at the snake.
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    Dipsnig pinches the bridge of his nose. Snakes escaping from his senior officer's head and crawling around are new, he must admit. So nice of life to provide him with new headaches regularly.

    "Well, so far it's eaten a rat, which isn't out of the ordinary for snakes." Or for goblins. "But that might change pretty soon. We can have our beast handler speak with it and see what happens."
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    "Looks can be deceiving, yeah. Especially if that thing is magical." Dena agrees with a glance at the snake. "But who would our beast handler be at this point? Haven't seen anyone around in a while, though admittedly I am not up here much."
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    "Still Roxie, she's just been busy for a while now." Also an NPC and off-screen. "But if you want, we can do a more thorough magic scan first. Erasmus?"
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    "I can do it, but I'll need a pearl and an owl feather, and it'll take an 'our, or I could use up another spell to do it quickly, but I'd still need the components." Erasmus already is drawing his wand.
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    Dena narrows her eyes. "Just what would your spell detect, exactly? Since I tell you right now, don't think much good will come of that thing." She turns to look down at Dipsnig. "Best case, its either something we could tame, or sell the body parts of, worst case.... well, I can think of a lot of bad cases."

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    "I don't know if it will work. The ritual is intended to identify magical artifacts. It might not work on a living thing. Might be worth a try, though."
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