Griffins are common creatures in the lands of Ambrosia. They have the head and wings of an eagle, talons on their front feet, the body, tails and back legs of a Lion. If you need to go from place A to place B quickly or you are a God-king and want to guard a treasure, a Griffin is your go to. If they are wild they are only know to attack humanoid species when they feel threatened although they hunt smaller animals for food because they are carnivores. Griffins are trainable animals and can be used for transportation as well as military use. There is hot competition in Griffin breeding circles to produce the finest speciments of the species - that includes size, colouring, temperament, speed and intelligence. Griffins make excellent guardians and this is the reason most God-kings employ them as the ever vigilant guardians of their most prized possessions, in which many cases that is themselves.
The heads, wings and shoulders of a Griffin are comparable to that of a very large eagle. The lower torso is that of a large lion complete with back legs and tail. The lion's main extends from the mid of the neck down to their lower abdomen serving as the bridge between the two seemingly mismatched parts of the animal. The Griffin has lighter bone structure than might be expected from a feline creature which allows their 18 feet wingspan to give them the power of flight. Trained Griffins are also able to carry an average humanoid for several hours.
Genetics and Reproduction
In terms of reproduction, they are more similar, to the lion ancestors than their eagle counterparts. They give birth to 1 to 3 young cublets and feed them with milk for the first 3 to 6 months of their lives. The cublets are born without feathers which grow later. They usually achieve flight at about one year old.
Growth Rate & Stages
After the Griffin reaches their first year and are capable of flying their growth rate doubled until they reach full maturity at the age of three.
Brilliantly yellow beaks and white / brown feathers.
Geographic Origin and Distribution
Mostly found in the Alps and other high mountains around the Mediterranean Sea
Non sapient; highly intelligence; tameble; trainable
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
Griffins inherit the extraordinary vision of their eagle ancestors and the ability to smell out their prey from miles away.
Safe; Common; Domesticated
4 ft (ground to shoulders)
7 feet beak to tail
Muscular with light bones, wide wings allowing for flight