Gryfons are easily recognizable by their helmet-protected heads and ability to fly at great speeds. The lands of Lyth stretch far and wide, so being able to traverse it quickly via self-propelled flight is a great asset. As a result, they are often asked to carry messages, trading goods, and other important items when time is of the essence; by request, the larger individuals may also be willing to carry passengers. They are viewed as quite the regal creatures by most other Lythians, and many desire to have a good relationship with them. If any troublesome news or individuals arrive, word travels quickly through the Gryfon community, so it's advised not to get on their bad side.
Most Gryfons are larger than the average Lythian. On all fours, they can easily reach a height of seven feet, though smaller and larger varieties do occur — usually within two feet of difference. The lighter individuals tend to be faster flyers, while the heavier individuals have greater strength. Body shapes vary greatly, though they always have muscular, wide-set shoulders, as that's where their wings sprout from. Like most avian species, Gryfons have hollow skeletal structures, though their bones are thicker in girth. Their bodies can be only furred, only feathered, or a combination of both.
Their ears come in all variations, and their hearing is pretty standard, definitely not as acute as that of a Nitpicki
or Kella Ser
All members of the species are born with an inner and outer skull. The outer skull is commonly called their "helmet" and starts off as a soft material. Unlike their bones, however, their helmet does not remain hollow, but solidifies and hardens as they grow. This growth may result in intricate designs that stretch beyond their head or reveal parts of it, though at least half of their face always remains covered. When they fully mature, their helmets stop growing. Despite this, Gryfons who desire a different helmet design may seek out Chuikhas to superheat them and remold them. This process is possible due to the helmet being structurally different from bone and causes the Gryfon no pain.
Furry or feathery manes are common but not a standard among the species, though individuals who live in colder areas are more often seen with them.
A Gryfon's wings are large (generally larger than pictured), powerful, and capable of flight. They come in all variations though feathered, furred, and webbed are the most common. Their placements can also vary slightly, though they are always positioned symmetrically on the body. They can have a secondary pair of wings that is usually smaller than their dominant one.
Gryfons are quadrupedal with two possible combinations of limbs: front paws with back talons or front talons with back paws. Despite preferring to be on all fours, all of their paws and talons have an opposable thumb or claw that makes gripping items possible; in terms of dexterity, their talons tend to be more agile. As a result, Gryfons may be seen standing, sitting, or walking upright for brief moments, though it's cumbersome and inefficient for them in the long run due to their build.
Tails come in all shapes and sizes.
- Their body is a combination of fur and/or feather.
- Gryfons have muscular, wide-set shoulders.
- Their ears come in many varieties.
- Their helmets cover at least half of their head and have different styles.
- They can have furry or feathery manes; some do not have one.
- Gryfon wings are most commonly feathered, furred, or webbed.
- They can have a smaller, secondary pair sometimes.
- Gryfons have front paws with back talons or front talons with back paws.
- Their tails come in all shapes and sizes.
The following subspecies guidelines are in addition to the general guidelines above, and do not completely override them unless explicitly stated. Those marked with an asterisk (*) require an additional subspecies item to create on top of a Lythian Slot item.
- Their faces are mostly flat with little to no outward curvature.
- Instead of helmets, Leutytos have masks, which can come in a wide variety of styles.
- They have sturdy, chunky builds.
- Leutytos Gryfons tend to be very fluffy.
- Their tails are usually bobbed.
- Instead of the talon-paw pairing, Leutytos may have both front and back paws.
Often found in temperate forests, these Gryfons have evolved to be much more compact, having smaller and chunkier builds to accommodate life amongst the trees. Their faces have shrunk accordingly, appearing almost completely flat, and allowing them superior vision over their standard counterparts.
* Subspecies marked with an asterisk require an additional item to create. Please see the Design Guidelines tab for more information.
⁂ Subspecies marked with three asterisks require an additional step to create. Please click the Mythical Ascension Quest button for more information.
* Please see the Design Guidelines tab for more information.
Baby Gryfons are scrawny little things with soft helmets that seem too big for their body. Their early helmets cover most of their head and generally become more detailed as they age, revealing parts of their face and growing into the intricate designs they will sport as adults. In addition, because they are soft, the eyeholes can move to make expressions! Though they all start with them, their wings are disproportionate to their body and do not allow for flight, though most will still flap them constantly. Despite not being able to fly, as soon as a Gryfon is born, they can take off running; this is probably a defense mechanism in case their guardians aren't immediately with them.
- They're quite skinny in comparison to full-grown Gryfons.
- Baby Gryfons still have fur and feathers, though some are not as covered as others.
- Some parts of their body may appear disproportionate, but they’ll hopefully grow into them.
- Their helmets start off soft, cover most of their face, and are usually simple in appearance.
- Their wings are small and do not allow for flight.
To grow your baby Gryfon, you'll need to complete their Origin Story Quest!
In the past, when the skies were more turbulent and none dared venture through them, a single creature had a dire message to deliver. In spite of warnings against travel through the skies, the being placed a helmet upon their head and spread their broad wings in preparation.
Off into the storms they flew, undaunted by wind, rain, or lightning. They disappeared into the distance only to reappear months later with their body strengthened and the helmet fused to their head.
Though tired and worn, the creature reported their success before taking off for their next delivery.
Gryfons are exceptionally large Lythians who originate from the wind tunnel realm of Eckio. They are born with helmets covering their face, though these change in shape and coverage as they age. They are hailed as messengers and beings of sky travel, and young ones may feel the tug of wanderlust even before their wings have developed.
Is your Gryfon from a realm with winds and open skies where they travel freely? Or are they from somewhere else? Do they feel the urge to explore faraway lands, or perhaps not? Do they decorate their helmet as a child, or dream about what it might look like in their later years? Please portray your Gryfon using their baby design or an adolescent design that’s not quite their adult form yet.
See more information about origin story quests on the Origin Stories page.
✦ Frequently Asked Questions
Does my baby Gryfon’s mask have to match it’s adult mask?
Nope! Gryfon masks often change as they age into adulthood and the colors may even shift slightly or develop patterns (or the Gryfon may also apply paint or dyes to them at various stages of life).
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I depict my Gryfon bipedal?
Yes, you may, but their anatomy is not built for perfect upright movement. Canonically, they are only seen on twos for brief moments, as it is much more comfortable for them to be on all fours.
Do my Gryfon’s talons have to resemble the example image?
Gryfon talons can be depicted with any style. They most commonly have grasping talons, but others may have talons suited for perching, running, climbing, swimming, or scratching.