5. IV - Sphinxes
67th Stepanbor 3780, 9th Eon
Southern eastern regions. Mainly living in the expansive deserts, sometimes roost in the higher mountains.
About the size of a large horse, being from about the size of a terrier hound as a cub. Their wingspan can grow about 10-15m.
The Sphinx is a very graceful creature. Very proud, with an ego to outmatch the size of themselves. They show themselves as the most splendid of creatures, and men all fall for it. Strange as they are, they all have relatively feminine looks, even males, or even if there are males. That is a mystery we have yet to really uncover. But despite their arrogance, they're extremely intelligent and devious. They use tricks and allures to catch prey, such as using the scent of flowers in the mountains to lure herbivores, or what's more deceitful is in the desert, they create illusions and mirages of water for thirsty animals to be easily fooled. For so long we thought it was the sky playing pranks on us, but I have found that a Sphinxes' eyes glow bright white when a mirage appears. It is some sort of magic that I couldn't study further.
Sphinxes and griffins have always been argued whether they were both decedents of a long lost species that created them both. Their subspecies can also be seen as very similar. But Sphinxes are illusive to any humans. I spent many, many months finally pinning down a sphinx in my sight, only for it to the be spooked away. Frustrating to say the least.
But something similar with griffins as well, is that groups of sphinxes will attack intruding manticores in mid flight. Griffins and sphinxes have been seen regularly teaming together to take on an intruding manticore. Seems both creatures fully know the concept of the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Hieracosphinx (An argued decedent of a Griffin)
Head Professor of Mythology and Cryptozoology at the University of Adrastia