Griffons may be extinct but their legend is immortal. Long ago they lived and soared the skies, untameable, fearsome, and known for their courage. Their feathers were said to have the sturdiness of Worl Wood bark and their talons the edge of star-fell steel. There are even stories of them squaring off against fully grown dragons, crying defiance against even the mightiest of wyrms. Too proud to be ridden by folk, only evil men ever broke them as steeds through nefarious means. Instead, griffons fought side by side with goodly knights in many wars throughout ancient history, until their kind was mysteriously snuffed out.
Due to their reputation, iconography of griffons are used in heraldry of many cultures. Colorful designs of swept wings, lion’s paws, eagle eyes, and talons are are common symbols associated with courage and warfare.