A symbol of the impossible.
The Hippogryph (also spelled Hippogriff) is a legendary creature primarily depicted as the offspring of a griffin and a mare. Ludovico Ariosto’s poem, Orlando furioso (1516) contains an early description of medieval fantasy and thought regarding sights of such rarity. In fact the expression “to mate griffins with mares” was the same as saying “when pigs fly” back in that day since griffins frequently were said to regard horses as prey. Hence, the hippogryph was such a rarity.
According to lore, it was easier to tame than a griffin. In the few medieval legends when this fantastic creature makes an appearance, it is usually the pet of either a knight or a sorcerer. It makes an excellent steed, being able to fly as fast as lightning. The hippogryph is said to be an omnivore, eating both plants and meat.
The designer, Charlene, had her own inspirational take on the creature though:
“My personal rendition of this legendary animal was to have it with the characteristics of a regal stag and wise raven. A bit different than the traditional, but I thought it would add a fun twist! Nature is all about adaptation after all ;)” ~Charlene A. Rountree
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