War of the Crystal Empire
A cross between a lion and an eagle, Griffons are a product of arcane experimentation whom were bred for war. Some see them as brave warriors, reckless aviators, or simply bad news. But really, they are all of the above. Even so, Griffons live by honor and blood, never breaking a promise or contract, no matter the cost. Breaking such a promise could mean servitude, or death, depending on the offended party. Griffons have a large wingspan, allowing them great agility and speed during flight, maybe even more than Pegasi.
Physical Description With the the body of a lion, and the head, wings, and frontal talons of an eagle, Griffons are a menacing sight. A Griffon’s coat is usually, black, white, tan, or brown. Their feathers usually contrast with these colors, often being light yellow, auburn, dark brown, dark red, or white. Some Griffons prefer to dye parts of their feathers vivid colors, such as blue, red, purple, pink, yellow, grey or even black. Griffons stand as tall as an average Earth Pony, being slightly bigger than a Pegasus or
Society Griffons live by a code of honor that they apply to almost every aspect of their life. Yet, some Griffons find this code of honor a hindrance that chains them to the Old Age. They believe the code is no longer necessary, and only stops Griffons from reaching their full potential. This split in belief has fueled a war among the Griffons, splitting Griffonia into two separate parts. North Griffonia, the cold mountainous region, and South Griffonia, where steep cliffs oversee rolling plains. Most Griffons from North Griffonia are white or grey in color, and care little for “Honor”
Relations Aside from the war with themselves, Griffons are quite neutral with the other races, not really caring for one or the other. In years long passed, Griffons assisted the Unicorn kingdoms battle the Pegasi for territory and resources. However, most have forgotten about such tails, focusing on personal honor and discipline rather than history.
Alignment and Religion Depending on which Griffon you meet, they might just be honorable and stoic (Southern Griffon / Lawful Good), or aggressive and brash (Northern Griffon / Neutral). Even so, any Griffon you befriend will be loyal till death.
Adventures Though they are honor-bound to their homeland, Griffonia. Southern Griffins will sometimes leave to assist areas that need them most, questing to eliminate aggressors and restore order. Northern Griffons however, only wish to leave Griffonia, trading honor for freedom of choice. Northern Griffons often travel for fame and fortune, seeking out only the most daring quests. Griffons make fine Fighters and Paladins, but others sometimes find themselves as Rangers.
+2 Strength, +2 Wisdom, -2 Intelligence Griffons have a long history filled with wise words and even wiser actions, but are not known to be highly intelligent.
Medium Griffons are medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
Normal Speed Griffons have a base speed of 30ft and a flight speed of 60ft.
Low-Light Vision Griffons can see twice as far with normal vision in conditions of dim light.
Wingspan Griffons receive a +2 racial bonus to Fly checks.
Gliding Griffons can use their wings to glide, negating damage from a fall of any height and allowing 25 feet of forward travel for every five feet of descent, gliding at a speed of 50 feet with average maneuverability.
Flight Griffons are able to fully use their wings at level 1. At 1st level Griffons are clumsy (-8) they are poor at 3rd (-4) average at 6th (-0) good at 9th (8). Additionally, Griffons always treat Fly as a class skill. Flight is unusable in medium or heavy armor without appropriate feats, or with a heavy load.
Keen Senses Griffons receive a +2 racial bonus to Perception checks.
Minor Cloudwalk A Griffons innate magic that allows them to walk on clouds for up to a minute (but only 2 rounds in combat) before falling through.
Languages Griffons begin play speaking Griffon. Griffons with high Int can learn additional languages (Aside from secret languages such as Druidic)