3. II - Griffins
114th Novendon 3778, 9th Eon
High in the mountains to the southern east regions.
Griffins grow to all sizes. They can either be small finches, no bigger than cats. Owls no bigger than wagons. Or the famous eagle griffins, which grow from being a chick about the size of a puppy, to great beasts the size of barns.
Their wingspan grows about fifty meters in length.
Rather odd but fantastic creatures. Having my own, I have a dear love for these beings. They are seen as the royalty of the animal kingdom; the kings of both the land and sky. The eagle is the Ruler of the Clouds, and the lion is the Lord of the Jungle, and so the Griffins are seen as the most noble of all creatures. But those are the famous griffins of legends, like my griffin. Other griffins can be based from other birds and cats, such as the vulture and the leopard, the house cat and the sparrow, or the raven and the panther. All are species of griffin, found all over the world.
Like dragons, they are extremely intelligent beasts, but unfortunately do not speak our language or any other tongue aside their own. Yet they can understand other languages with great knowledge. My own griffin, Maganin, understands every command I say. I found her as only a chick and raised her as my own, and she has grown to half her size now after twenty years. Large enough for me to be able to be astride her and take flight to tour me around the world to find all sorts of creatures. She was the very reason, when I found her at the age of seven, for my love of cryptozoology.
Griffins' diets usually rely on land based herbivores. The griffins will swoop down upon their prey and clutch on tightly with their talons. Then with their powerful wings, will carry the carcass back to their nests where they will feed their chicks.
Head Professor of Mythology and Cryptozoology at the University of Adrastia