With the head of a crow and the body of a cat, scarecrow gryphons are so named because they always claim a patch of farm field as a food source, which they then defend from pests through the strange ritual of assembling themselves intimidating costumes. Wild scarecrow gryphons often live up to their name, with costumes assembled from thorn needles, corn fluff thread, and "cloth" scavenged from animal hides and bark. However, those raised at the Keep often have magi friends who offer them finer materials to work with, and with encouragement, can assemble themselves rather splendid costumes. With some pointers and bribes, some scarecrow gryphons can even be convinced to make costumes for their magi friend, and are some of the finest tailors around after a lot of trial and error.
Bits of scrap cloth and thread gravitate towards this grey egg.
Scarecrow gryphon hatchlings start scrounging around for cloth, needles, thread, and any other sewing supplies they can get their claws on almost as soon as they are hatched, and start assembling small pieces of clothing for themselves with surprising dexterity within the day. Magi raising one might be alarmed to see their hatchling scrambling about with a sharp needle in their beak, but watching one work is enough to allay any fears. Scarecrow gryphons seem to have minor telekinesis abilities, but only relating to their sewing work, allowing them to levitate needles, thread, and cloth to help their task along. Their first attempts at clothes for themselves are often rudimentary, and the little gryphon chicks will often chatter irritably as they pull the work apart, reassembling it into something better. This process continues as they grow, which they do so with great speed, and so scarecrow gryphons are never quite pleased with their outfit until they are fully grown.
Scarecrow gryphons are not considered fully grown until they have finished assembling a full outfit for themselves, and then they will find a patch of crop field to claim as their own, strutting about proudly, aggressively fending off any invaders. Strangely, they seem to recognize the human tenders of the field as helpful, and will grudgingly allow farmers to tend and harvest their crops, as long as they are left a portion of the crop. This means they are generally well tolerated, as the protection of a scarecrow gryphon usually leads to far larger harvests in the long run.
Obtained from: Event, Halloween, Retired
Renaming cost: 2000 gold
Release date: October 25th 2023
Sprite art: Xenomorph, Xenomorph/Lazuli | Description: Kestrad