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* '''Revas''', griffon of [[Isseya]]
 
* '''Revas''', griffon of [[Isseya]]
 
* '''Shrike''', griffon of Danaro
 
* '''Shrike''', griffon of Danaro
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* '''Skriax''', griffon of Dendi
 
* '''Smoke''', griffon of [[Vael family|Amadis]]
 
* '''Smoke''', griffon of [[Vael family|Amadis]]
 
* '''Traveler''', griffon of Felisse
 
* '''Traveler''', griffon of Felisse

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Griffons, sometimes known as "aerials,"[1] were giant flying creatures with the bodies of lions and the heads, wings, and talons of eagles. They became extinct during the Storm Age.

Background

They were never servants, never slaves. A griffon was a partner and equal, or else it was a foe.[2]

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 Orth managed to forge alliances with the creatures. Some of these folk later joined the Grey Wardens and taught their new brothers how to ride griffons in battle. The griffon trainers had a bond with their griffons and both knew what they wanted from their relationship. For the griffon that meant grooming.[3]

Griffons chose their riders rather than being chosen by a Warden and they refused to carry riders they did not want.[4] As a result the training of griffon riders was difficult and griffons were viewed with caution and respect.

The Wardens experimented with relocating griffons' eyries, but no chicks ever survived.[5] 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.

Physiology

An adult griffon could grow to be more than twelve feet from beak to tail, with a wingspan even larger.[6] Male griffons could weigh more than one thousand pounds and females slightly less. With beaks powerful enough to break bone and claws capable of shredding armor, griffons were valued and ferocious companions to the Grey Wardens.

Griffons were expressive in their emotions. The eyes of griffons were bright gold and they would close them halfway when pleased. They also purred when content.[7]

Grey Wardens typically selected smaller and lighter Wardens to ride griffons, allowing the griffons to serve longer as steeds under harsh conditions.[8] Even so, a healthy griffon could easily fight while carrying two armored riders.

The griffons' fur and plumage varied from charcoal black to brilliant white, with most bearing grey hues. 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.[5] The High Constable, the second-in-command to the First Warden, was the aerial commander during the time of the griffons.[9]

Known griffons

  • Blacktalon, griffon of Huble
  • Crookytail, griffon of Garahel
  • Hunter, griffon of Lisme
  • Revas, griffon of Isseya
  • Shrike, griffon of Danaro
  • Skriax, griffon of Dendi
  • Smoke, griffon of Amadis
  • Traveler, griffon of Felisse

Trivia

  • Some of the armor that was used by the Grey Warden griffon riders can be found in the Grey Warden Vault in Denerim.
  • Weisshaupt Fortress contains aeries the griffons of old used to breed.[10] Aeries appear to be referred to as weyrs in Dragon Age: Inquisition.[11] Coincidentally there is a location in Antiva known as The Weyrs.
  • Corff the Bartender is apparently working on a novel involving something called "Speed Griffons".

Gallery

See also

Ico greataxe Griffon's Beak
Ico shield kitemetal Griffon's Crest
Ico helm heavy Griffon's Helm
Belt gold DA2 Griffon-Feather Belt

References

  1. Based on the Griffon's Helm description.
  2. Dragon Age: Last Flight, p. 31.
  3. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 154
  4. Dragon Age: Last Flight, p. 31.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dragon Age (tabletop RPG), Player's Guide, set 2, p. 7
  6. Dragon Age: Last Flight, p. 31.
  7. Dragon Age: Last Flight, p. 31.
  8. Dragon Age: Last Flight, p. 31.
  9. Based on the High Constable's Mace description.
  10. Per conversation with Mistress Woolsey in Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening.
  11. The Fortress of Adamant. Dragon Age.
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