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Dukhsan (Dukhsan)
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The king could not interact with any of his subjects. Why?
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King - H? A? M?

Subjects? H? A? M?

Was the king the ruler of a country?

Was he physically able to interact? Or did he choose not to? If the latter, did he have a reason not to?

Are the subjects animate? Could they interact with the king?
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King - H? A? M? Male, not human, age irrelevant.

Subjects? H? A? M? Irrelevant.

Was the king the ruler of a country? No.

Are the subjects animate? Yes. Could they interact with the king? No; see below.

CLARIFICATION OF PUZZLE, now that I see it's not complete: The king could not interact with any of his subjects and have them interact back. Why? (In other words, the king cannot interact insomuch as he would not receive reciprocal interaction.) I just thought this one up, my bad. (:

That said, the following are still (somewhat) relevant questions:
Was he physically able to interact? Yes. Or did he choose not to? No. If the latter, did he have a reason not to? No reason not to.
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Is the king an animal? A pet?
Dukhsan (Dukhsan)
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Is the king an animal? Yes-ish. A pet? No.
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A lion? ("The King of Beasts"?) An animal with "king" in the name? (i.e. "king penguin"?)
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A lion? ("The King of Beasts"?) An animal with "king" in the name? (i.e. "king penguin"?) The word "king" does not show up in the name. It is not a lion.
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Is the king alive? real? fictional? are his subjects?
Is a specific way of interacting relevant? a special situation?
Did he interact with his subjects? Did they respond? Were they supposed to respond? Were they physically able to notice the king's interaction? Were they physically able to respond?
Species relevant?
An extinct species?
Were the subjects of the same species as the king?
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Is the king from a book? A comic? A movie? A cartoon? A dream? A story/joke/whatever being told verbally?
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Is the king alive? Yes. real? fictional? Fictional. are his subjects? Irrelevant.
Is a specific way of interacting relevant? Yes-ish. a special situation? Not really.

Did he interact with his subjects? Yes. Did they respond? No. Were they supposed to respond? I guess so. Were they physically able to notice the king's interaction? Yes. Were they physically able to respond? No.
Species relevant? Yes-ish.
An extinct species? No.
Were the subjects of the same species as the king? No.

Is the king from a book? A comic? A movie? A cartoon? A dream? A story/joke/whatever being told verbally? Maybe a book or a story.
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Is the king from a fable? A fairy tale?
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species: a mammal? bird? reptile? amphibian? invertebrate?
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Is the king from a fable? Doubtful. A fairy tale? No way.

species: a mammal? No. bird? No. reptile? Yes. amphibian? No. invertebrate? No.
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King Cobra? Could they not interact back because he envenomated them?
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King Cobra? No. Could they not interact back because he envenomated them? No.
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Is the king a snake? A lizard?
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Is the king a crocodilian? A dinosaur?
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Is the king a snake? A lizard? A crocodilian? A dinosaur? A lizard.
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are his subjects also lizards?
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are his subjects also lizards? Irrelevant.
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The Lizard King (aka Jim Morrison) relevant?
Dukhsan (Dukhsan)
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The Lizard King (aka Jim Morrison) relevant? Heh, nope.
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Is it the king as in the largest type lizard? Maybe a Kimodo Dragon?
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Is it the king as in the largest type lizard? No. Maybe a Kimodo Dragon? No.
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Is he King Midas? (Just checking.)
Dukhsan (Dukhsan)
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Is he King Midas? (Just checking.) No, but this is a clever guess. He can interact without touching, can't he? (:
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Might as well offer a hint: Remember that it's fictional. Not a real species, but would be "classified" as belonging to the family of lizards. This is not a modern invention.
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a dragon?
Dukhsan (Dukhsan)
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a dragon? Not quite.
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Godzilla?
Dukhsan (Dukhsan)
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Godzilla? I'm not sure if he's a king, and that would probably be modern. :P
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Are the king and his subjects in the same location?
At the same time?

Is the latin "Rex" relevant here?
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Are the king and his subjects in the same location? Yes.
At the same time? Yes.

Is the latin "Rex" relevant here? No. The puzzle's title means "king of an empty kingdom." Thinking 'Latin' might put you on the right track if you let your mind wander.
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Are ancient myths involved?
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Are ancient myths involved? This is where the reptile was first mentioned.
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The basilisk? the king of the snakes?
Does the specific kind of interaction involve: talking to the subjects? calling them? touching them? making gestures?
Relevant that snakes are deaf?
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This king and subjects thing...
Does the king regard them as subjects?
Do they recognize him as king?
Or, are the titles of king and subjects from some third-party perspective?
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The basilisk? This is it. Well done.
All of the rest of the questions should be answered in the
**********SPOILER*********
The basilisk is a mythical creature said to be king of the lizards - etymology fanatics like me will recognize its name "basiliskos" as Greek for "little king". Its touch, gaze, and perhaps even being in its presence is enough to turn any living thing to stone or kill it instantly. Any creatures living nearby are subject to its wrath, though the odor of a weasel is said to destroy it. A related beast is the cockatrice.
Thanks for playing, everyone!
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Ah. My mind jumps from "basilisk" to Harry Potter - didn't know of its mythological origins. Cool puzzle!
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So, philosophical question - how do basilisk (basilisks?) mate? Do they mate?

I remember something about cockatrices being born from the mating of two other beasties rather than from 2 cocktrices...can't remember about basilisks.

Very nice puzzle, Dukhsan!
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These creatures are (apparently) born when a chicken incubates a reptile's egg, or vice versa. I think one leads to a basilisk and the other a cockatrice; the former is mostly snake and the latter mostly chicken with some scaly bits thrown on.

Glad you guys liked it. :P
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If two basilisks gaze lovingly into eachother's eyes, will they each turn to stone?

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