The griff is a winged, tailed creature, like a soft, cuddly dragon,
that is more dragonnish than birdy with a life expectancy exceeding 350
years. This sort of minor-league dragon is
not to be confused with its distant relative, the griffin. Unlike the
above, griffs have only a short-range flight capability. Brains in the
Underground are entirely overrated, as seen in the cases
of the wildly neurotic griff, which operates from a fearful sensitivity
known only to the extremely intelligent, a cowardice the renders this
creature nearly useless in an underground adventure. High Magic is best
understood by dragons, and by association, griffs
(though the knowledge of griffs concerning High Magic is confined to
scattered bits of the Old Tongue that are half hearsay and lore).
Griffs love magic objects and anything gold or jeweled, as a crow
would; their nests, which are the hollows of trees, are often vertiable
treasure troves, always handy for a few good magical objects. The
entire breed has an inherrant ability for the solving of riddles.
is known about the so-called "rogue" griffs, which were seen in
abundance during the Great Monster Uprising of the Second Age of Magic.
They appear to be of a different species than the Lesser Serpentus
IMPORTANT EVENTS REGARDING GRIFFS:
967 GUE, a flock of griffs stumbled upon the wrecked ship of Y'Gael
deep in the Great Sea near the Dragon Archipelago. Onboard they
discovered the Coconut of Quendor. This magical talisman protected the
griffs, caused them to flourish as they carefully hoarded the Coconut.
While it is not known how long the griffs had the Coconut in
possession, a greedy horde of dragons fell upon them in attempt to
reclaim the relic which was rightful theirs, and it was lost again to
the talons of the Watchdragon who departed somewhere into the vicinity
of the Great Sea. And all that remained was a bedtime tale that told
that only the bravest, most important griff in the world would defeat
the old Watchdragon and reclaim the Coconut for his race. In the
meantime, without the Coconut, the griffs were quite
defenseless—already lacking the natural protection of their armored
dragon cousins—and over time dwindled in number to the point where
there were only a handful left in the entire Empire.
GUE, the legendary griff spoken about in the tales, assisted the
adventurer AFGNCAAP, recovered the Coconut of Quendor, and ultimately
brought about the end of the Second Inquisition and the dawn of the
Second Age of Magic.