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Grandesque
The Grandesque is the largest aerie in Windsonde. It is home to most gryphons and some of the most touted warriors call this aerie home. They are an easygoing, permissive lot that simply try to go about their business and live their lives happily. They have many amenities at Grandesque including hatchling nurseries, large sand baths, deep crystal caves, and intricate cave systems. Trade and barter are how goods are passed around.

Their culture is one of democracy. They are, as mentioned before, a permissive society on the whole. Rules and laws are very basic and mainly deal with not interfering in others lives. Since this is the case, drugs and excess are often found at Grandesque - much like in a rich casino. The Skrekrill consider their entire culture disgusting.

Grandesques are on relatively good terms with the Twistoults but violent enemy to the Skrekrill. They don't have clans insomuch as jobs. Depending on your skill, you are given a clan title to go along with your name. It is considered proper to introduce yourself with both names, or have an item that displays your clan symbol prominently. A gryphon may, at many times, belong to more than one clan.

The Clans of Grandesque:
    :bulletblue:Maralach - Advisers to the queen. (RESTRICTED.)

    :bulletblue:Balach - Warriors and fighters. Guards. Mercenaries. Assassins.

    :bulletblue:Fallean - Gatherers by trade. Food related tradesmen, excepting meat. A very large clan.

    :bulletblue:Slaghre - Hunters by trade. Meat traders, skinners. A huge clan.

    :bulletblue:Samhradh - Craftspeople. This is the largest clan in Grandesque. It includes metalsmiths, woodworkers, general tradesmen and the like. The clan name simply means "to make," or "makers".

    :bulletblue:Dearmaad - Mothers, nursemaids, childrearers, nannies.

    :bulletblue:Drusieach - Mystics, druids or spiritual advisors & healers. Grandesque does not keep up with organized religion, so most of these gryphons are quacks or cultists - this is the smallest clan on Grandesque and is a dying one.

    :bulletblue:Faclair - The aristocrats. Another huge clan. Those who don't need to work or sustain themselves alone. These types make up most of Grandesque. Generally any gryphon that is a Faclair does not overlap with another clan unless it is Dearmaad.



    Living Space:

A gryphon lives in an aerie, which is comprised of many different caverns in the canyon-like rock of their home. The aeries resemble these images: |1|2|3|4|5|

    Current Inhabitants of Grandesque:


Challenges:
:pointr:When submitting challenges please title your deviation G(for Grandesque)-[character name]-[rank]-[challenge #].  For example, G-Binky-Young Gryphon-1.  Then submit your deviation to the Rank Challenges gallery folder.
:pointr: Do not combine challenges, they must be done individually.
:pointr: You must complete the challenges in order!
    :bulletred:Young Gryphon

    1. Ahh, the forests of Twistoult are so relaxing! So relaxing that you seem to have wandered off the path. What do you find?


    2. You have blundered into Skrekrill territory, and some Gunna toughs have spotted you. What will you do?


    3. It is the Queen's custom to give a speech to all of the young gryphs before they are promoted to adults, and the old bat does drone on. Attend the ceremony or find some way to weasel out of it.

(Please add clan accessories your gryphon may have or carry to your character sheet before moving on.)

    :bulletorange:Adult

    1. Your new role as a clan member comes with both new responsibilities and new rewards. Show yourself performing an activity relating to the clan you have chosen.


    2. You are attending a midnight festival in Twistoult to honor the goddess Mordachae. Even though you may not believe in any of it, the Queen has instructed you and your fellows to make nice as a way of improving relations. Show yourself participating in a ritual, or looking down at the superstitious Twistoult ninnies.


    3. Some Skrekrill louts are massing near the border. Get rid of them any way you can!

(Please add a Humanoid or Greater-Gryphon form to your character sheet before moving on.)

    :bulletyellow:Final Stage

    1. Depending on your choice, you are now either a humanoid or a magnificent Greater Gryphon.


    ***If you've chosen to be a human, the Queen will give you a large chest of gold from the Grandesque treasury to help you start your new life. Go spend some of it in town! You can buy anything you like--just try not to blow it all in the taverns!


    ***If you've chosen to be a gryphon, the Queen will give you a smaller sum of money and a magnificent dwelling in the best part of the aerie. Show yourself settling into your new home, or buying some finery befitting your status.


    2. Human: Will you leave the aery for good, or maintain ties with your gryphon brothers? If you choose to stay, impress some of your fellow gryphs by showing them your new form. If you decide to leave, depict the nature of your parting.


    Gryphon: You can fly longer and farther than ever before. Soar out over the ocean and bring back news of the strange things you have seen.
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Myrethy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Regarding the completion of challenges, as I'm a little confused by the process... when one completes a challenge, do the complete it by submitting a written depiction of them completing that challenge, or is it a drawing they have to submit? Or am I completely off basis here and just plain confused? I really like the whole idea of Windsonde, I would just like some clarification on this particular part.
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Bailiwick Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
You submit artwork of your character completing the challenge. There is no written component other than what the artist may add in their comments - but its about the images here.
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Myrethy Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Okay, thanks. I hadn't looked at the Rank Challenges folder at the time I posted that comment, but I still appreciate the response.
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Aiko-Shiri Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait! Ignore that comment please
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Aiko-Shiri Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, hey I've noticed neither Aitira nor Sitira are on the list, could you add them please? c:
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hoofandsnort Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hey, I just noticed that I seem to have been removed from the sheet. Could you please add Vakia? c:

ref: [link]
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sakimura123 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hello. can you add Ashiira, please?
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
We only post the sheets for members.
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Rekyrem Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
My beloved brainchild Gozah is still listed as a young gryph. O:
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ack, sorry, will try to update that soon!!
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mumblingRain Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I am wondering if I could join this group with a young Balach (I hope there are no rule against this…) and I truly hope it's okay!
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Javen Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What's the best way to make relationships with other gryphons? I would love to include others in the challenges, would I just pick some and message their creators?
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Probably a good idea. I'm not sure we have anyone here who would be upset if you included their gryphons (as long as it wasn't in a violent or romantic way) without asking. I'd send them a message just to be safe!
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Javen Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank ya. :)
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Seffiron Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
I've completed all my young gryphon challenges, but my character Amba is still showed as a young gryphon?
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry, when updating it I base it on the character sheets in the gallery and I didn't realize you had updated Amba's sheet! I'll fix it now :)
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Seffiron Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Okay thank you :3 does Amba' sheet have everything it need?
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup! I just hadn't realized you updated it. Sorry about that!
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Seffiron Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
Okai, that's okay :3
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Squizilla Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Talib isn't listed as an adult for some reason. Can somebody please fix that ?
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Never mind, I see the update now. I'm a dummy. It's fixed though XD
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Squizilla Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Awesome, thanks!
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Kairah-Wolf Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010   Traditional Artist
This is definitly tempting!
I miiight do this.
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Teeeeeeeempted D:
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
DO IT!!! DO IT NOW!!!!
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm going to read through all the journals so I know what's going on, despite wanting to just jump right in with a character :eager:
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Lemonade4Jessa Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Does 'meat' include fish?
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you asking in context of:
:bulletblue:Slaghre - Hunters by trade. Meat traders, skinners. A huge clan.?

If so, yes fish is included as meat :)
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Lemonade4Jessa Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
The one above, the meat gatherers. Because I see Maple as a scavanger but she'd also fish, because ospreys are fishers...
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd imagine traders in meat would trade in all sorts of meat, including fish ;)
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Lemonade4Jessa Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
But would a gatherer be a fisher or only hunters? Or could a hunter specialise in one meat I.E fish? :B
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm very confused with what you are asking.

Okay, so there are two clans that deal with food.

:bulletblue:Fallean - Gatherers by trade. Food related tradesmen, excepting meat. A very large clan.


:bulletblue:Slaghre - Hunters by trade. Meat traders, skinners. A huge clan.


One, Slaghre, deals with meat (including fish), and the other does not. Now, I would imagine that with a meat-trading clan if one member is really good at catching fish, they'd probably have it catch fish.


Does this answer your question?
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Lemonade4Jessa Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
That answers my question. lol, but I mean if I put Maple in Slaghre, would she be able to work exclusively with fish or does it have to be a range? lol.
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You can draw her dealing with only fish or a whole range.
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rydicanubis Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Also EEE! I am excited! I have the first one all sketched out and starting to ink! C8
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
They're all such interesting prompts :). And I can't believe I spelled challenges wrong. How embarrassing.
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rydicanubis Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
That is because these are not just challenges, they ah challanges dahling!
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Do Grandesque and Twistoult have challanges yet?
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Skysealer Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Grandesque has just been updated with its challenges!
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