Griffins are a race of Immortals.
Griffins resemble lions or other large cats, with feathered bodies and the heads and wings of eagle, and stand over six feet tall at the shoulder. They may be solidly colored (silver, for example) or may not be (a brindled black and gold griffin is seen in Squire.) Young Griffins have bright gold plumage to make them more visible to their parents. Griffins live and nest on coastlines, and their diet consists of fish and sea mammals such as dolphins.
Traits and magical abilitiesEdit
Humans cannot lie in the presence of Griffins, and historically they have been hunted for this valuable property and imprisoned on human shields. Griffin feathers have many useful properties, and are much sought-after by humans. Arrows fletched with griffin feathers are more accurate, and when worn near the eyes and ears, the feathers allow the wearer to see through magical illusions.
Griffin adults have the ability to magically detect the scent of their offspring on humans. If they encounter someone who has handled a stolen baby griffin, even years later, they will kill that person. Cages cannot contain a griffin, as even infants have the ability to rust metal, enabling them to escape.
Griffins are very intelligent, and don't have a very high opinion of humans, but are not inherently dangerous to humans who leave them alone. Griffins may not be killed under Tortallan law, but are often the victims of poachers.