Gryphs

Gryphs are quadrupeds with avian head and forelegs. They use their nimble front claws to manipulate their world and to walk. Some Gryphs are winged some are not. All breeds of Gryph that can fly value any sort of air magic.

Here are some of the current identified breeds of gryphs:

Hippogryphs

  • Appearance: Songbird forequarters, ungulate (hooved) hindquarters.
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Civilisations: Tend to be primarily wild grazers or gentle farmers.
    • Sometimes they will build complex aviaries in giant forests or partway up mountains.
    • Wingless versions live mostly in the open, or in cities on the plains.
  • Communication: They communicate using complex songs unique to their songbird forequarters.
  • They tend to like naturalistic magic.

Gryphons: Felines

  • Appearance: Birds of prey as their forequarters (often owls) with feline hindquarters
  • Diet: Carnivorous, will hunt hippogryphs, centaurs or small mammals (if gryphon is small in stature).
  • Civilisations: Tend to value noble sensibilities with a strong sense of proper societal roles.
    • Will also build complex aviaries in giant forests or partway up mountains.
    • Wingless versions will become livestock farmers often
  • Communication: Their language is harsher then their Hippogryph cousins, with a screeching quality
  • They tend to like weaponised magic, thus only valuing druids for their air control.

Gryphon: Canine

  • Appearance: Much like their feline counterparts, more like to have raptor forequarters
  • Diet: Carnivorous, will hunt, but also scavenge if needed.
  • Civilisations: They prefer to be in small tribal groups and will in-fight for status.
    • Prefer natural caves to forests for their aviaries.
  • Communication: Much like the communication of other gryphons
  • They also tend to like weaponised magic, thus only valuing druids for their air control.

Gryphons: Vulpine

  • Appearance: Much like other gryphons, more like to have vulture forequarters. They are smaller than the majority of other gryphons (though there are small canine and feline gryphons)
  • Diet: Carnivorous, mostly feasting on carrion.
  • Civilisations: They are often in pairs or very small packs, meeting only at carcasses where they’ll fight for their fair share.
    • Prefer living in burrows and nests in forests.
  • Communication: Much like the communication of other gryphons
  • They also tend to have little preference for any one sort of magic.

 

 

If you have any other Gryph breeds you’d like considered in this universe please share. By the way the Aetherverse is open for anyone to write in as long as you link back to my world-building page.

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