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'''Griffons''' are giant flying creatures which by the time of [[Dragon Age (Ages)|Dragon Age]] are considered to be extinct.
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'''Griffons''' were giant flying creatures with the bodies of lions and the heads, wings and claws of eagles. By the time of [[Dragon Age (Ages)|Dragon Age]] they are considered to be extinct.
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
The griffons once served as mounts for the [[Grey Wardens]], who still use them as their [[symbol]]. The number of griffons slowly dwindled after the [[Fourth Blight]], before finally becoming extinct 200 years prior to the outbreak of the [[Fifth Blight]], during the [[Storm Age]].
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The griffons were native to the Wandering Hills and the northern reaches of the Hunterhorn Mountains. They were fierce predators, but certain groups among the Anders and Orth managed to forge alliances with the creatures. Some of them later joined the [[Grey Wardens]] and taught their new brothers how to ride griffons in battle.
   
The rank of the High Constable, who is the second-in-command of the Grey Wardens, used to be the aerial commander during the Wardens' use of griffons.<ref>[[High Constable's Mace]]</ref>
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The Wardens experimented with relocating griffons' eyries, but no chicks ever survived.<ref name="GR2P7">''[[Dragon Age (pen and paper RPG)|Dragon Age RPG: Set 2]]'', Player's Guide, p. 7</ref> The [[Blights]] devastated the eyries and the griffons slowly died off, finally becoming extinct during the [[Storm Age]]. Rumors occasionally surface of them surviving in some remote area, but have always come to naught.
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The griffons' fur and plumage varied from charcoal black to brilliant white, with most bearing the grey hues between. Many Grey Wardens believe that it was this coloration that inspired their order's name. The Griffon Rampant remains the symbol of the Grey Wardens to this day, and griffon iconography appears on many Grey Warden artifacts.<ref name="GR2P7" /> The rank of the High Constable, who is the second-in-command of the Grey Wardens, used to be the aerial commander.<ref>[[High Constable's Mace]]</ref>
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* Some of the armour that was used by the Grey Warden griffon riders can still be found in the Grey Warden's item stash in [[Denerim]].
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* Some of the armor that was used by the Grey Warden griffon riders can still be found in the Grey Warden's item stash in [[Denerim]].
 
* There are several items which are named after griffons.
 
* There are several items which are named after griffons.
 
* [[Weisshaupt Fortress]] still holds griffon quarters.
 
* [[Weisshaupt Fortress]] still holds griffon quarters.

Revision as of 19:32, July 4, 2013


Griffons were giant flying creatures with the bodies of lions and the heads, wings and claws of eagles. By the time of Dragon Age they are considered to be extinct.

Background

The griffons were native to the Wandering Hills and the northern reaches of the Hunterhorn Mountains. They were fierce predators, but certain groups among the Anders and Orth managed to forge alliances with the creatures. Some of them later joined the Grey Wardens and taught their new brothers how to ride griffons in battle.

The Wardens experimented with relocating griffons' eyries, but no chicks ever survived.[1] The Blights devastated the eyries and the griffons slowly died off, finally becoming extinct during the Storm Age. Rumors occasionally surface of them surviving in some remote area, but have always come to naught.

The griffons' fur and plumage varied from charcoal black to brilliant white, with most bearing the grey hues between. Many Grey Wardens believe that it was this coloration that inspired their order's name. The Griffon Rampant remains the symbol of the Grey Wardens to this day, and griffon iconography appears on many Grey Warden artifacts.[1] The rank of the High Constable, who is the second-in-command of the Grey Wardens, used to be the aerial commander.[2]

Trivia

  • Some of the armor that was used by the Grey Warden griffon riders can still be found in the Grey Warden's item stash in Denerim.
  • There are several items which are named after griffons.
  • Weisshaupt Fortress still holds griffon quarters.
  • Corff the Bartender is apparently working on a novel involving something called "Speed Griffons".

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Dragon Age RPG: Set 2, Player's Guide, p. 7
  2. High Constable's Mace
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