Throughout ancient and medieval documentation, most refer to the unicorn as a very dangerous beast, one that will not permit itself to be taken alive. This etching from Dürer shows the unicorn in its fury, slaughtering the king’s guard. The king himself is attempting to flee, looking behind himself in dismay at the slaughter. If you were not pure of heart, encountering a unicorn in the wild might just be the last thing you ever do. I still look for a unicorn in the wild places, there are worse ways to die.