Bone Griffons

Bone Griffons

Bone Griffons

Bone Griffons

In the distant past of the Uncharted Seas two great races vied for power: the Dragon Lords and the Ancients. At the head of the Ancients army was a people called the Griffons, a proud race of warriors from a region known as Sancerac, or what is now known as The Shifting Shores.

In a mighty war the Ancients decided to destroy the Dragon Lords once and for all. They assembled a massive fleet of transport ships, and recruited hundreds of thousands of troops from among the various allies they had. At the head of this force was the Griffons and they had one objective: march into the nesting grounds of the Ancestor Dragons, and with the assistance of the Ancients sorcerers, slay them all.

Bone Griffons Nightmare Class Flagship (Fore)

Bone Griffons Nightmare Class Flagship (Fore)

The war was brutal, and with the destruction of their ancient beasts the Dragon Lords called forth their most powerfdul magi, summoning forth a torrent of raw magical energy, within which they sealed the foul air of wasting sickness, disease and plague, and spread it on the winds to infect their enemies. This foul torrent washed across all the lands of the region, infecting friends and enemies alike. It was a dark time for all.

Bone Griffons Phantom Class Destroyer (Fore)

Bone Griffons Phantom Class Destroyer (Fore)

This magical sickness came to be known as the Withering, as its victims became weak, their bones atrophied and their flesh rotted. Those who were closest to the nesting grounds suffered the worst effects, and all of the Griffons became sick and disheartened. They fled to Sancerac where all of their people were also infected, some died horrible deaths, and others slowly became undead, unable to pass over into the land of the spirits.

Bone Griffons Orcus Class Frigate

Bone Griffons Orcus Class Frigate

The magi of Griffons battled to save their people, but they could not save the mortal lives of their people. Instead, the magic of the Griffons melded with the energy of the Withering, creating a new energy that stabilised its effects, but killed its host in the process. The victims of this process lived on in undeath, and so the people of Sancerac became known as the Bone Griffons.

Laws of the Bone
The Bone Griffons are organised into regiments which they call Claws, each of which is named after its leader. The most famous of the Bone Griffon warriors is Barus the Stricken, who lost all of his family to the Withering, and has drawn the largest number of followers to his banner, the Rotting Griffon.

The Bone Griffons still sail galleys, as the technology of ship construction has moved on while the undead were exiled. The Bone Griffons are warriors first and sailors second, and value the ability to control a ship with muscle power. It is a matter of pride to most of the undead warriors that their unflagging stamina allows them to row their galleys all day, and still fight for hours without rest.

That is not to say that the Bone Griffons do not appreciate a little help, as some of their war galleys are crippled from the ravages of the sea and cannot be rowed efficiently. The undead have used their magic to raise the corpses of whales (the Orcus) and various serpents from the sea bed, to instill in them the same elements of the Withering that keeps the Bone Griffons from dying normally. These carrion creatures drag their war galleys through the sea, and are a terrible sight to behold.