Final adult challenge for my Windsonde gryphon Kiya [link]Some Skrekrill louts are massing near the border. Get rid of them any way you can!
Kiya was on foot for a change. She was scouring the borders of Grandesque territory for potential gold deposits so she would have material for crafting, and money to spend in the town of Dale once she learned to take human form. When she crested the top of an eroded hill she thought might have potential, she froze. The dusty desert floor was full of Skrekrills!
They had an eviscerated buffalo, no doubt poached from Grandesque's herds. She had never met any of the intruders in person, but recognized a few of them from gossip and stories told around the aerie. This was not a crowd she planned to mess with!
Kiya had never considered herself a fighter. The few times she had run into serious trouble, she had fled as fast as her feathers could carry her! She could do that again. None of the Skrekrill had seen her yet. Kiya ducked below the crest of the hill. Her heart was beating fast and she was afraid, but she felt something else too. What right did these Skrekrill have to run wild in Grandesque, making the borderlands unsafe for gryphons like her? This wasn't the first time she had run into a scary Skrekrill in her own territory.
Kiya knew she lacked the ability to fight off one of those mean-looking gryphons, much less five. She flew back to the aerie as fast as she could, seeking Titania's two Maralachs, Skooma and Skerry. Once they heard what was going on, they rounded up a quick posse. Aren and Tiberius volunteered immediately. Kiya quietly tried to back out, but Skooma noticed her. His eyes narrowed. "Are you spineless
?," he asked. "Defend your aerie."
Shrinking with embarrassment, Kiya laid her ears flat and curled her tail between her legs. It was true; not once had she ever lifted a claw to do anything
for Grandesque, yet she depended on the aerie to protect her. "I'll come!" she said weakly, her poor legs already shaking.
Four Skrekrill gluttons were still gnawing at their kill when the Grandesque appeared on the horizon. Kerberus spotted them immediately, uttering an eagle-scream challenge. At once, both sides mobilized.
Both Skooma and Kerberus were airborn before either could be pinned to the ground by an opponent. Aren and Tiberius barreled into the fray like a pair of tanks, targeting the Skrekrill owlgryph Briggen. With absolute terror, Kiya saw Valcaur bounding towards her with a fixated look in his red eyes. She panicked and ducked at the very same instant he leaped over her head to grapple with Skerry. He wasn't going to let that one in the air this time ([link]
Kerberus's call had alerted the fifth member of their poaching party to Grandesque's presence and Bellicose came racing in not a minute later. She eyed Tiberius flanking Briggen and prepared to circle in and tackle the massive, stubby-legged gray gryphon. Adoerak had the same idea. Having taken to the air, Kiya saw that two-against-one was about to shift towards two-against-three. She couldn't let that happen! Without another thought she shrieked and dove, drawing the kitegryphon's attention. Adrenaline coursed through her body, alive with terror and exhilaration. For the first time in her life, she was doing something brave!
Short version: MASSIVE GRYPHON SKIRMISH!
I think being involved in this fight might give Kiya some much-needed confidence. Better late than never. She might even be brave enough to fly to Tookie Island now! That can't be as terrifying as this experience... right?
Featuring, from left to right
's Bellicose [link]
's Tiberius [link]
's Aren [link]
's Briggen [link]
's Skerry [link]
's Skooma [link]
My character Valcauroch [link]
's Kerberus [link]
's Adoerak [link]