The Trial of Grasses and other secret Witcher practices, seen by my own eyes is a manuscript written by Carla Demetia Crest, a sorceress and graduate of Aretuza and available exclusively to the Brotherhood of Sorcerers.
"On the third day all the children died save one, a male barely ten. Hitherto agitated by a sudden madness, he fell at once into deep stupor. His eyes took on a glassy gaze, incessantly with his hands did he clutch at clothing, or brandish them in the air as if desirous of catching a quill. His breathing grew loud and hoarse; sweat cold, clammy and malodorous appeared on his skin. Then he was once more given elixir through the vein and the seizure it did return. This time a nose-bleed did ensue, coughing turned to vomiting, after which the male weakened entirely and became inert.
- For two days more did symptoms not subside. The child's skin, hitherto drenched in sweat, grew dry and hot, the pulse ceased to be full and firm — albeit remaining of average strength, slow rather than fast. No more did he wake, nor did he scream.
- Finally, came the seventh day. The make awoke and opened his eyes, and his eyes were those of a viper..."
- pg.77, Blood of Elves (UK edition)