Kerub, the armored griffin
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The last griffins have been extinct in Signum for three or four hundred years. Annals describing the rising of the Dornell dynasty in the Griffin Empire mention these powerful and proud creatures. Reportedly Amadeus Dornell, the founder of the dynasty himself, fought his numerous foes riding a mighty white-winged griffin.
Memories of those times have almost faded in people’s memory. Nobody could say for sure why there are no griffins in Signum anymore. Their images are left only as a symbol on legions’ war banners. And so many fables have been told about these creatures that in the end people stopped believing that back in the day dignified screams of griffins filled the skies above Signum.
Everything changed when grypharims came. People said that the touch of Queen Zenobia awoke to life petrified griffin eggs high in the mountains. But grypharims only laughed hearing such stories.
– Things are much simpler, — Queen Zenobia explained to the novices from her order. — Griffins, just like grypharims, are blessed with good grace of goddess Aria. When Aria went to voluntary exile to one of the external worlds, her connection with her creations was broken. But due to the magic knowledge we received from the goddess and the Gems of life that appeared from her blood, we were able to keep this connection. Another fate befell griffins in our world. But now, when the laws of universe in Signum are violated, griffins are reborn at the will of the goddess. We believe that goddess Aria will come back here one day and we will finally be able to serve as we did in the past.
Legionaries cover bodies of young griffins with the most robust armour there is, so that in battle they are even more deadly to their enemies and invincible for their arrows and lances. Kerub is a young leader of a Wing of battle griffins, and he is armoured from claws to beak. When he takes a nosedive at his enemies, the sound of his wings reminds hurricane blasts. His steel claws tear the flesh of his foes apart. Kerub is still young, but sometime he will select a rider — the person who will be able to harness him, so that they would race against the wind. Cassandra predicts that he rider will be a great warrior of the Grypharim Empire. The one who will give rise to a new dynasty.