The origins of these mysterious creatures are lost. They are a fearful fusion of feline and avian, and they assume the best attributes of each race; the head, beak, talons and wings of an eagle, and the strong body of a lion, along with the lion's tail and powerful hindquarters. With this powerful combination, Griffons are able to fly, see in the darkness with their piercing infravision, while using their formidable lion's claws and eagle's bite to rend flesh to pieces. It is also hard to hurt a griffon, for their thick leathery pelts provide a powerful racial armor protection. Griffons are creatures of great intelligence; unfortunately, their physical form is poorly designed for the subtle motions of spellcasting, and so they make poor spellcasters.
As with their bodies, their abilities are a mix of all. They are long-lived, and though they learn slowly, they are perhaps the most versatile of all the creatures in the realm.
- Abbreviation: Grf.
- Racial Size: large.
- Racial TNL: 4000 XP.
- Well-Suited to Be: assassins, berserkers, black circle initiates*, bodyguards, monks, paladins, rogues, shadowfists, warriors.
*Must attain prestige before remort.
Griffons, akin to harpies, are good at most roles and classes (with the noticable exception of archery), though they excel at none.
They have a negative archery mod and a decent melee damage mod. Griffons have no racial stealth modifier. They are large sized, which is negative for stealth, but they also have very good dexterity, which is positive, resulting in a neutral overall stealth rating. The high dex should help with some rogue skills, as well as dodging. The large size should hurt Slip and Disengage at lord.
While decent in gains and and abilities, and generally a very loveable race, the main flaw is the high TNL which is viewed by many as too high for the abilities presented.