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October 17, 2010



Aspect of Balodius Event

Since we are new and have so few adults, THOSE THAT HAVE NOT REACHED THE ADULT STAGE can join in on the ball instead IF THEY PLEASE. However, next event, only those that have reached the adult stage can participate in the adult part of the festivities.


Sign-ups end on November 1st.
Event images are due November 30th.

It's Fall, also known as Gaeldun to the gryphons of Windsonde. This short lived but loved season is associated with Balodious: god of the gray, of space and time between. Every year at the Gaeldun-Equinox, a grand celebration is held in this god's honor --An event similar to what we consider to be Halloween! This is a time where boundaries of the seasons, of life and death, and even those of the aeries themselves are blurred.  

Before nightfall, the gryphs of different aeries have the opportunity to cross the borders into the aeries of their choice, and come together to share their stores of food with each other in a giant feast. Held on the border between grandesque and Twistoult, this feast is meant to bring the different aeries together in anticipation of the coming winter months, and helps heal some severed ties. A great entrance is made by each aerie, all doing a unique flight pattern in unison when coming down to join the other aeries, as if trying to show off their aerie's talent and pride. Meanwhile, the gryphons also show their talent and pride in how they prepare and present their elaborate feasts!

At twilight, the daytime celebrations shift into nighttime festivities: the Eve of Tu-Gaeldun. When the sun has vanished from the horizon, the young gryphs of Windsonde paint themselves in bright, festive autumn colors, or deathly scary ones, and head off to participate in a foraging game, where they collect berries and trinkets from across the different Aeries. Most gryphon parents encourage their young ones to either set off in groups, or to join a group along the way, just to be safe.  This often results in mixed crowds, gryphs from different aeries all playing together, keeping one another safe, and trading the treats they receive.

While the young gryphs are occupied, the adults can participate in a masked ball, in which they adorn themselves with colorful paint, masks, and trinkets. These decorations stay on all evening, and names are never to be spoken.  For the evening, all of the gryphons are anonymous:  the age, clan, aerie, and sometimes even gender are obscured.  They are then asked to perform in an almost tribal type dance which consists of moves both on the ground and in the air with partners that they chose, or of which are chosen for them (for those sneaky bachelors).  When the fires die down and the Eve of Tu-Gaeldun comes to a close, only then are the masks removed and the gryphons find out whom they’ve spent the night with!


Sign up with a partner, or ask to be placed in a drawing where your partner will be picked for you. If you sign up with a partner, both of you have to agree. If you sign up for the drawing, your partner will be chosen for you, no questions asked. When your partner is chosen, draw an image of the two gryphons dancing or interacting at the ball. Remember, gryphons are not allowed to say their names or what aerie's they are from when they are at the ball, it's all part of the fun!

Young Gryphons:
Draw yourself visiting a different Aerie and getting berries or trinkets! Or, if you want, you can draw yourself trading the berries and trinkets with other younger gryphons. Remember, most young gryphons don't go alone, they usually go out with friends, and sometimes even mingle with the other aerie's!

1. Images have to be up to Windsonde's standards. This means the image must be fully colored, shaded, and with a background.
2. When "dressing up" using paint, trinkets, and masks, a gryph will usually imitate natural things or religious figures. Think NATURAL.
3. Each of you are doing a picture if your gryph is an adult. This means you do one picture, and your partner does another. No collabs.

ADULTS: Comment with your partner's name, and what gryphons you will be using. If you want the partner to be random, put "RANDOM" and then your gryphon's name.
YOUNG GRYPHS: Comment saying that you are going to participate, and with what gryph you will be using.

Sign-ups end on November 1st.
Event images are due November 30th.

More info may still be coming!  So check back in up to the sign-up date!
And please bear with us as this is our first event :D

BGArts/Lysimache : Quinlan/Daine

Squizilla - Arzu (f)
adubioussoul - Emese (f)
comixqueen - Reva (f)
shadechristiwolven - Braenwyen (f)
Ciameth - Kiya (f)
windfalcon - Equinox (f)
Rekyrem - Gozah (f)
Nashoba-Hostina - Cotuil (f)

tricksparrow - Pasquale (m)
Skysealer - Skooma (m)
nekonotaishou - Tafari (m)
PhearKiki - Veaar (m)
Bailiwick - Grimmald (m)
Ulario - Mal (m)
MidnasShadow - Giovanni (m)
pavocristo - Parsa (m)
SageKorppi - Jhator (m)


CinnamoonAkia - Vencejo
Kyrrahbird - Krenari
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Ulario Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Err... just a note that I'm currently signed up for both the ball and young gryphons. I should just be signed up for the ball. :)
LacedDog Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Student Filmographer
Ah thanks for pointing that out, fixing that right now~
CinnamoonAkia Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wanna join toooo! I'll be using my young gryph, Vencejo
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010   General Artist
Hooray, another young gryph event-er! You're all added!
Kyrrahbird Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This sounds great! I'll definitely have a go!
I should be able to finish mine in time :D
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010   General Artist
I presume you mean for the ball event, yes? If not, I'll scoot ya to the Young Gryph event :D
Kyrrahbird Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry > i'm a young gryph :P Ill be entering with Krenari >[link]
I should read right through next time :D
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010   General Artist
Well yes, I know you're a young gryph for the moment, but the young ones can participate in either event if they wish. By that, do you mean you'd rather participate in the Young Gryph event?
Kyrrahbird Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
yes thats the idea :)
sorry for making it difficult for you
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010   General Artist
Oh hon, you're not making it difficult, it's all good!
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