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A griffon, griffin,[9][10] or gryphon is a ferocious avian carnivore with the muscular body of a lion and the head, forelegs, and wings of an eagle.[1] They are related to the hippogriffs.

Distribution and domestication

Fan art of a griffon over the Brokenveil Bluffs, by Kiyoko.[art 2]

After the Chroma Conclave was defeated, Fort Daxio's Gale Regiment tamed a variety of griffons, hippogriffs, and wyverns to ward against airborne threats.[11]

There has been a population of griffins near Zephrah at least since 789 PD.[12]

Between 812 PD and 836 PD, poachers frequent into the Summit Peaks to slay all the parents and steal griffon eggs, leading them to extinction.[13][14]

Soldiers of the Kryn Dynasty tamed ash-gray griffons of the Xhorhas for the military purposes and clad them with armor.[15]

Rastum Den, a Dwendalian encampment on the edge of the Pearlbow Wilderness, breeds and trains military griffons for Righteous Brand riders.[16]

History

Campaign One: Vox Machina

When Keyleth was a child she found a male baby griffin that got separated from his mom. The half-elf captured the creature and tucked him up under her shirt.[17]

At some point before 807 PD a team of poachers had two young griffins among the beasts they had captured.[18] When Vex'ahlia attacked the poachers in their camp and found Trinket, she also freed the griffins, that run away to the forest.[19]

On their mission to deliver a Horn of Orcus to safety in the Platinum Sanctuary in Vasselheim, Kima of Vord and Vox Machina boarded a skyship named Deera to travel over the Ozmit Sea. During the voyage, the ship was attacked by a group of bandits riding a griffon and three wyverns.[20] While flying up and over the edge of the Deera, an already heavily wounded griffon was pierced by a crossbow bolt from a guard, sending it off the side of the ship to slowly find itself embraced by the ocean waves.[21]

Campaign Two: The Mighty Nein

Fan art of the griffin riders, by Alex Payne.[art 3]

To ease the search for the Chantry of the Dawn and Yasha, Caleb Polymorphed himself into a giant eagle and, taking Nott, launched into the air. However, they were immediately spotted by three griffon riders who give chase. Caleb dropped the spell, safely landed himself and Nott using Feather Fall, and distracted the remaining one who managed to kept up with their actions. Nott, using Phantasmal Force, convinced the rider that his griffon was running away.

Exandria Unlimited

Fan art of Tempus, by Dian Huynh.[22]

Zerxus Ilerez, First Knight of Avalir, rode an amethyst griffon named Tempus.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 See D&D: Monster Manual, 5th ed., p. 174.
  2. See "Voice of the Tempest" (1x90) at 3:29:43.
  3. See "Enter Vasselheim" (1x16) at 0:09:50.
  4. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 69.
  5. See "Voice of the Tempest" (1x90) at 3:29:43.
  6. See "In Love and War" (2x57) at 1:10:03.
  7. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 122.
  8. See "Excelsior" (E3x01) at 28:58.
  9. See "Voice of the Tempest" (1x90) at 3:29:43.
  10. See "Enter Vasselheim" (1x16) at 0:09:50.
  11. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 94.
  12. See "Voice of the Tempest" (1x90) from 3:30:37 through 3:31:26.  Keyleth explained that she encountered baby griffins in her youth, and they were still in the region when she was doing her Aramenté.
  13. See Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 45.
  14. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 71.
  15. See "In Love and War" (2x57) at 1:10:03.
  16. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 104.
  17. See "Voice of the Tempest" (1x90) at 3:31:26.
  18. See Critical Role: Vox Machina - Kith & Kin, p. 176.
  19. See Critical Role: Vox Machina - Kith & Kin, p. 178.
  20. See "Skyward" (1x15) at 2:08:55.
  21. See "Skyward" (1x15) at 3:08:00.
  22. Fan art of Tempus, by Dian Huynh (source). Used with permission.

Art:

  1. Depiction of a griffon from Monster Manual, 5th Edition, p. 174. This file is unofficial Fan Content permitted under the Wizards of the Coast Fan Content Policy. Not approved/endorsed by Wizards. Portions of the materials used are property of Wizards of the Coast. ©Wizards of the Coast LLC.
  2. Fan art of a griffon over the Brokenveil Bluffs, by Kiyoko (source). Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of the griffin riders, by Alex Payne (source). Used with permission.
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