From ancient tales to medieval heraldry, the griffin has always been a popular creature in the fantasy repetoire. Authors Frank Luke and Julie C. Gilbert join us today with their reasons for choosing this majestic beast:
When the call for submissions was announced, I knew immediately that I did not want dragons or mermaids. They would be too popular; surely multiple people would want the grand dragon. But I looked at my own setting, Azuran, to see what fantastic creatures it housed. Story notes for unpublished pieces mentioned griffin riders. That immediately moved griffins to the forefront, but I needed more. In my research for griffins, I found old tales that treated them as riddle masters like the sphinxes. In that moment, the story idea blossomed in my mind—a griffin rider from afar carrying news of a threat, a brave knight to serve as escort, and a griffin who spoke in riddles (her riddle "he smelled like a shadow" was the first one I came up with in planning). Naturally, with griffins traditionally being fierce fighters, the action-adventure aspect solidified.
Julie C. Gilbert
As soon as I learned that a lot of people wanted to do dragon stories, I quickly switched to griffin. They’re pretty majestic creatures. They seem the sort of companion that would stand by you until the bitter end. They also have a warrior’s heart. So, it made sense to have them be featured prominently in The Golden City Captives. I really can’t say much more without spoilers, but I look forward to hearing people’s thoughts on the portrayal of griffins in this story.
Don't miss Destiny's Flight or The Golden City Captives and the griffins found therein.