She’s big. She’s bold. She’s beautiful. She’s none other than Manisha’s BFF, a magical cobra who goes by the name Noni (which means small but is also the name of a green fruit that matches her moss-colored eyes). Legend says these rare serpents come from teardrops mixed with the purest droplets of water straight from heaven, and hatch from eggs made from stardust under a full moon during the passing of falling stars. Magical indeed!
And if you’re not a fan of snakes, you will be! Noni is cuddly, sweet, and loyal to the end. Manisha would even say Noni is a barrel of laughs! In a world full of mortals, humanoids, and monsters, Noni is a stretch above the rest. Literally. She’s huge.
Depending on her age, you may find her coiled around Manisha’s neck where she enjoys rides and plentiful naps; slithering amid the canopy branches snatching an enemy or two; shedding highly sought-after golden snakeskin; splitting her head into two (or even seven) and spitting venom if provoked; gobbling up soldiers who may or may not be digested; or glaring at a certain slayer should he make one wrong move towards her bestie.
Let’s welcome Noni in a round of “Would You Rather?” And since Noni can’t actually speak, she’ll hiss toward her answers instead.
Thanks for joining us, Noni!
Noni: (Silent glare.)
So cute! Let’s begin. Noni, if you were to leave the floating mountains, would you rather be thrown off the cliffs or stow away on a temperamental, fire-breathing mayura that so happens to despise snakes?
We don’t blame you. Looks like a long and painful drop. Would you rather be a baby snake curled around Manisha’s neck or a full-grown behemoth giving Manisha rides on your back?
We love a giving bestie! Would you rather eat menacing lions or predatory soldiers?
Ooh, sensing some animosity there! Would you rather have one head or seven?
Would you rather live secluded and safe on the floating mountains or wreak havoc with your freedom on the ground?
We’re all about freedom! Okay, last question: Would you rather have monstrous size or venom?
Noni: (Long hiss.) VENOM.
Want to hear more from Noni? Be sure to catch her in A Drop of Venom, on sale 1/16! Just, uh, be sure to watch the fangs . . .