|Riverne - Site #A01||40 - 42||
Respawn: 12 minutes
HP = Detects Low HP; M = Detects Magic; Sc = Follows by Scent; T(S) = True-sight; T(H) = True-hearing
JA = Detects job abilities; WS = Detects weaponskills; Z(D) = Asleep in Daytime; Z(N) = Asleep at Nighttime; A(R) = Aggressive to Reive participants
In classic mythology, Griffins were creatures with the head and wings of an eagle, but the body of a lion. Griffins were depicted throughout the ancient world (Greece, Persia, Scythia, Elam). The version known to Europe primarily originates with Greek mythology, where they resided in mountains and guarded gold and in place of laying eggs, laid stones of agate. Griffin is the English translation of Gryphoi, though in recent decades, it has been back translated into Gryphon. They were popular icons in Greek mythology and adorned many artifacts. They became very popular in Medieval heraldry as well.
Hippogriffs, backtranslated into Hippogryphs in recent decades, derive from Greek mythology and are the offspring of a horse and a griffin, two animals which were considered mortal enemies. Thus, such creatures were considered very rare (the equivalent of ligers, tygons, or other such hybrids). Hippogryphs had the head, wings, and front talons of an eagle, the hind claws of a lion, and the body of a horse. In fact, a Medieval phrase "to mate griffins with horses" and a Latin phrase "to mate gryphons with mares", were used to mean something absurdly impossible (modern equivalents: when hell freezes over, when pigs fly). Medieval depictions of the Hippogriff were said to represent impossibility and love (due to the rarity of these creatures and the love needed to overcome such hate to create it). Hippogriffs were considered easier to tame than Griffins. Hippogriffs appeared in some Medieval stories, including Orlando Furioso.