The Cockatrice is the latest addition to my Operation: Steam Knights concept. A heavily modified version of the Wyvern frame it utilises the same transformation technique to allow its pilot to use it as a suit of armour or ride it like a dragon.
Name: Lord Bryson
Faction: Wyvern Clan of the Eastern Shore
Known History: Lord Bryson is the cousin of Emperor Rex. Once a trusted confidant, friend and constant companion, Lord Bryson was granted the responsibility of the Sentinel of the Eastern Shore. His role was to defend the empire from invaders from the East.
After many successful battles, Bryson became obsessed with gathering and studying the wreckage of the Eastern ships washed ashore after the many battles defending the coast. But among the many artefacts collected were some of mysterious magical origin. Bryson and his knights soon fell victim to strange prophetic visions and disturbing prophesies of doom for the empire.
Rex, startled by the change in his cousin ordered the magical artefacts destroyed, but before he could, Bryson and his knights had exiled themselves, stolen the magic and created the Wyvern sect, dedicated to keeping the prophecy of a new world safe from those who would oppose it, which now included the emperor himself.
The magic also granted Bryson's Wyvern knights the power of the Changeling, which enabled them to transmogrify their armour into mechanical beasts. Bryson, thanks to his many months studying the Eastern magic, gained an armour capable of transforming into a Cockatrice, a mechanical beast with a unique power or petrification.
Weapons: In knight form Bryson wields a short sword (formed from the tail of the beast) and a chain flail, which he can use as a close quarter duelling weapon. His wings are studded with longswords which can be used by Bryson himself outside his armour or by the armour in warrior form.
Powers: His wings grant him the power of flight in both modes. In Cockatrice mode he can project a mystical energy which stops time for whoever it strikes for 60 seconds, more than enough time to dispatch them or escape.
Weakness: Bryson's obsession with the prophecy of the fall of the empire has driven him to become what he most feared, an enemy of Emperor Rex, something that often leads him to self doubt. The petrification ray affects ANYONE it strikes, even other wyvern sect members. Mirrored surfaces can reflect the beam back at Bryson.
For anyone not sure exactly what a cockatrice is.
Cockatrice: A cockatrice is a mythical beast, essentially a two-legged dragon with a rooster's head. Described by Laurence Breiner as "an ornament in the drama and poetry of the Elizabethans", it featured prominently in English thought and myth for centuries.
Its reputed magical abilities include turning people to stone or killing them by either looking at them�"the death-darting eye of Cockatrice" �touching them, or sometimes breathing on them. Like the head of Medusa, the cockatrice's powers of petrification were thought still active after death.
It was repeated in the late-medieval bestiaries that the weasel is the only animal that is immune to the glance of a cockatrice. It was also thought that a cockatrice would die instantly upon hearing a rooster crow, and according to legend, having a cockatrice look itself in a mirror is one of the few sure-fire ways to kill it.
The cockatrice was also said to fly using the set of wings affixed to its back.