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I don't usually do these because darnit there's only so much time in the day. But I find myself between edits, about to launch into the Gryfon Party, feeling blessed and celebratory. And this is just plain fun. So here we go!


Post 8 facts about your character.
Tag other characters.
Post their names along with their creator’s avatars.

Dot asked me about Caj, which is good, because I luvs him. And goodness this is probably more than eight facts because I do love talking about my gryfs.

  Noble Caj by ElementalJess

1. Caj is from a noble family native to the Ostral Shores, gryfons who are considered Aesir, but known as Lakelanders. His bloodline is renowned on both sides for their discipline and skill in combat. He has no siblings, which many Lakelanders regret, because they would probably be awesome as well.

2. He became an initiated warrior by famously routing twenty eagles from Aesir hunting grounds in his youth. (Rumor has it he was alone, but he will correct anyone that he was in fact with a patrol of five other gryfons, including Sverin -- who was not granted warrior status for the battle. Only after the Conquering in the Silver Isles did Per see fit to recognize his "feckless" and undisciplined son as a warrior).

3. "Noble Caj" and his father, Cai, were known before and after the Conquering for their sense of fairness, justice, and mercy. Many gryfons too intimidated to approach Sverin will often go through his wingbrother, Caj. They became wingbrothers when they were young after feeling immediately happy and at ease in each other's company, Caj enjoying Sverin's powerful spirit and sense of adventure, and Sverin appreciating Caj's steadiness and reliability.

4. As a young gryfon, his only goal in life was to rise in the ranks and become First Sentinel of the Dawn Spire, find a practical and quiet mate, and raise a large family. He is brave and loyal but not terribly adventurous, and enjoys predictable routines.

5. It was actually Caj's mother, Bara, who was a descendant of the gryfons who flew with Kajar, and passed on the dragon's curse to her son. She did not survive the journey to the Silver Isles when the cursed families left the Winderost.

6. After the Conquering, Sverin pressured Caj to mate with an Aesir-- specifically his father's cousin, Eyvin, but Caj had already turned his attention to the young Vanir healer, Sigrun. He saw her practical nature and objectivity in healing all gryfons who came into her care as rare qualities. He courted her for a year after the Conquering, and when she finally realized Stigr was not going to return, she let herself see all the wonderful things about Caj. But not before speaking with Ragna, who agreed that if Sigrun was going to mate with an Aesir, he was probably the only one worthy of her.

7. He does not care for fish at all.

8. He is outrageously proud of his daughter, Thyra, and it is thanks mostly to Sigrun that Thyra didn't end up spoiled as a nestling, for how Caj doted on her. As Thyra grew into a huntress, Caj's natural sense of order and discipline took hold and helped to refine his daughter's character -- but their loving bond will always be sealed by long days of playing and sparring, hunting, and nights falling asleep to Caj's voice, singing for her, Shard, and Sigrun all the legends of his home.

Enough about gryfs!

1. :iconfarloft-the-dragon: I see Farloft everywhere -- tell us about another character of your choice.

2. :iconra-meenan: Tell us more about Izzy :D

3. :iconnetraptor: You have some new stories out . . . tell us about a new character of your choice.

4. :iconcomixqueen: Tell me about the stryx! Who are they? What are they? Tell me your favorite one.

5. :iconmcah: Tell us about a secondary Pelted Paradox character of your choice, preferably from Earthrise trilogy. I LOVE DEM ALL.

6. :iconeagleflyte: Tell us more about one of your gryphon or avian characters of choice.

7. :iconlvadams: Tell us more about Keshaar!

8. :iconmistywren: Tell us about a character of your choice from the Aberrants.

Okay, I would do a million more peoples but I must go forth and do Things. Can't wait to hear everyone's stuff. Remember to put my lil icon in so I know you finished your list!

Fair winds ^__^
  • Listening to: Mumford and Sons
  • Reading: The Naiad Chronicles
  • Watching: House Hunters.
  • Eating: Cookies.
  • Drinking: Coffee


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Zodiacturner Featured By Owner Edited Sep 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HELLO AGAIN I am sorry if I'm bothering you BUT I have a plan to draw alllll the gryfons from all four of your books, no matter how long it takes! Unfortunately I have forgotten quite a few of the characters, seeing as how it's been a while since I read the books, so I was wondering if you happen to have a list of all the characters? I don't need descriptions or anything; I'm sure that if I hear the name, I'll remember. If you don't, that's fine, I'll just flip through the books, heh; but I am quite busy with life and school so I figured it would be easier to ask if you had a list, because I know several authors (including myself) do that just for future reference.
Again, sorry if I am appearing bothersome, I just really love all the gryfons and would love to draw each and every one of them! Thank you!
ElementalJess Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Unfortunately I don't have a comprehensive list of characters at this time... maybe I should?! But please feel free to ask me any questions about them you might have. Good luck with your drawings ^___^
Zodiacturner Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alrighty then!
SterlingHawk Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you very much for the watch! I love your books ;D
ElementalJess Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
Zodiacturner Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heyyy just out of curiosity when are you planning to write more gryfon stories? I can barely wait!
ElementalJess Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm hoping for Christmas >__<
Zodiacturner Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HorizonHarmony Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my goodness, I cannot believe you're on DA! It's an honour to meet you.
I had a question regarding TSKC! I can't seem to find the books anywhere, unless for a very high price. My local library and bookstore claims that they are 'Out of Print'
I don't understand why they'd be out of print, it'd be amazing if you could lend some insight!
ElementalJess Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! Thank you for getting in touch ^__^ I'll send you a note regarding the books.
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