Those familiar with Arthurian legend may already recognize the Glatisant, or Questing Beast. But for some, this might be a new creature. In her tale An Adventurer's Heart, Nicole Zoltack tackles this fearsome beast:
Only those who are true lovers of the Arthurian legend know of the beast Glatisant. Also known as the questing beast, the Glatisant is rather strange. Many knights like Sir Percival embarked on quests to vanquish the foe.
The Glatisant has the head and neck of a snake. Its feet are that of a hart’s. The chest is that of a leopard, but the lower torso is that of a lion. Given that it’s also called the barking beast, it’s no surprise that the Glatisant barks. Interestingly enough, medieval people often were confused by animals that they thought were mixtures of other animals. Giraffes, for example, they thought were half camel, half leopard, so they called them camelopardalis. The Glatisant is another kind of hybrid creature.
I am--you guessed it!—a lover of the Arthurian legend, and wanted to create a female warrior, almost a knight herself, who would go on adventure after adventure. Of course, she would need a great sword and also a quest. If she had to prove her worth to gain the sword, even better. And what should the quest entail? Besting a creature. Which creature? The first one I thought of was the Glatisant. Yes. The Glasisant. Not a dragon or harpy or a more traditional beast. I like to walk on the wild side. The barking side? Whichever. LOL