Griffins are Otherworld creatures with a passing resemblance to the classical legendary creature they were named after. Historic records of griffins are somewhat confused with the classical term becoming the dominant term in the late Middle Ages of a generic set that also include “dragon“, “large bird”, “big cat” or “winged creature”. Many academics theorise that British pre-Roman terms may have been more specific.
Otherworld griffins are, as with the classical cousin, a combination of cat and bird. The body of the creature more closely resembles the size and colouring of a cougar of the Americas although the tail has a tuft of feathers of a darker brown at the end. The head and wings are not dissimilar to the common buzzard, although scaled up to be proportional to the body. Similar to buzzards, the Otherworld griffin prefers woodlands and eats a varied diet of small to large mammals, snakes, lizards, and carrion. Griffins tend to be territorial but live in breeding pairs and can be sociable enough to allow overlapping territories with their extended families. They are known to purr, cry with a sound similar to a cat’s meow or a buzzard’s peea-ay, and occasionally hiss if scared or angry.
They are much more common than unicorns and dragons, and are often observed in their wheeling flight above their territories. However, Ranger records with Unnatural Resources suggest that it is rare to see them if they are aware of human activity. As with smaller cats, their spirit form is essentially identical to their animal form, with the addition of thumbs and the ability to walk comfortably on their hind legs.