Frozen Male Hatchling
Species: Bleeding Heart Gryphon
Bleeding heart gryphons are most enjoyable companions, one of the easiest to care for. These sweet hatchlings hate to be alone, and they are constantly following someone around. They seem to be able to sense loneliness, and seek out those in need of comfort. Bleeding heart gryphons are not as playful as most, preferring to nap for long periods of time, or stare into space contemplatively. After a particularly hard day, a magi may retreat to their room and find this little bird already there, ready to give comfort. In the rare moments when they are not busy socializing or thinking, these little gryphons venture to the open fields surrounding The Keep, to learn how to master flight. Like all gryphons, these creatures boast huge wingspans that allow them to fly for many hours without tiring, even when they are young.
These gryphons are so named because of the red markings that can be found on the center of their chests. It is written in some very old texts that these markings are there because their heart cannot contain all of their affection without bursting. Bleeding heart gryphons are some of the most kind creatures to exist in this world: they go out of their way to care for others, of all species. Because of this, no creature of any sort has ever attempted to attack one of these birds, and they travel freely throughout the world. They prefer temperate weather, though, and tend to remain near populated areas, where they can form many friendships. Whenever a human chances to meet one of these birds, they offer whatever comforts they can, be it food or shelter. If the meeting between the two is more friendly than most, a bleeding heart gryphon may gift the human with one of their feathers. One of their soft red feathers is most coveted: it is often exchanged by lovers, usually in the form of jewelry. It gives the wearer a feeling of love and security, something sought after by all.