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Twistoult is an aerie slightly smaller than Grandesque and is nestled in one of the only forested areas in Windsonde. They try to mind their own business but are occassionally harrassed by the Skrekrill for being on good terms with the Grandesques. They have an impartial relationship to both and mostly interact with the two for trading purposes. This is an aerie that likes to keep to itself politically, however, if it can help it.

The Twistoults are extremely creative with turning raw goods into valuable items, and they have access to many things the other two aeries do not.

They are rooted more traditionally in their belief system than the Grandesques and very much enjoy their rituals, which the Skrekrill consider "primitive". They have a god based system that has to do with day and night. Read about gryphon religion here.

Their clan system is based on what time of day or night the gryphon was born.

The Clans of Twistoult:
    :bulletgreen:Maor- Gryphons born in the morning.

    :bulletgreen:Abhainn- Gryphons born in the afternoon.

    :bulletgreen:Twitach- Gryphons born at twilight or dawn.

    :bulletgreen:Notach- Gryphons born at night.

    Living Space:

The Twistoult aeries resemble these images: |1|2|3|4|5|

    Current Inhabitants of Twistoult:

:pointr:When submitting challenges please title your deviation T(for Twistoult)-[character name]-[rank]-[challenge #].  For example, T-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 three challenges per category to advance!
    :bulletred:Young Gryphon

    - Your friends tell you a rumor that the shamans will be eternally grateful if you bring them a powerful medicinal fruit.  Problem is, it only grows on Tookie Island.  Do you dare venture to this mysterious island of primitive gryphons?  Do you think your friends are telling you the truth or playing a prank on you?

    - One of Queen Tulkiina's braided-leather tail-bands has broken.  She is very concerned that without four of them on her tail, she is out of balance with the god Balodius.  Go to Grandesque, find a Samhradh to craft a new braided-leather band for you, and present it to the Queen.

    :new:- Combing the beach for stuff is a fun way to pass the time with friends. Anything could wash up; some flotsam, shells, kelp, a small whale, etc. Say, what’s that over there?

    :new:- It was probably not a good idea to try making your own healing potions. Mud and berries aren’t exactly a prime healing elixir. Neither are frog legs and a tuft of fur from one of your fellow clanmates. Where did you even learn this stuff, kid?

    :new:- Tulkiina leads the near-adult youngsters of the aerie on a spiritual initiation flight (raven-style) to welcome them into their new roles as soon-to-be adults, and teaches them some life wisdom.

    - You are almost an adult, but you have a bit of time left to be a kid.  Grab a friend (or friends), find a waterfall with a pond, and go have some fun!

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


    - The ceremony for initiation into your clan has just finished.  Your parents are very proud that you have reached adulthood and completed your initiation ceremony.  Show your family and friends congratulating you!

    :new:- Twistoult is rich in raw materials.  Harvest some of the rarest, most valuable plants or stone for sale in the marketplaces of Grandesque.

    :new:- Sometimes you just need a break away from life. Where do you go? Is there a special basking spot that only you know about? A bathing pool hidden away in the rocks?

    :new:- You’ve seen some stuff. A lot of stuff. Like….weird stuff man. Is it even possible for gryphons to bend that way? How did that gryphon get stuck there?

    - Now that you are a mature adult, you are selected to transport an object of Twistoult craftsmanship to a Madadh of Skrekrill, on Skrekrill territory.  The Madadh special-ordered this item, so please handle with care during delivery!

    - The shamans feel that in order to decide what form you will take for the Final Stages you must spend time alone, meditating (a spirit journey of sorts).  Show where your journey takes you.  How does it affect your decision?

(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 beautiful Greater Gryphon.

    Human:The Queen asks that you take an offering of good will, of your choice, to the human village.  What do you present them with?

    - Now that you have human hands you can take your aery's crafting tradition to the next level.  If you choose to stay with your aery, make something beautiful, that only human hands could make, to offer to Queen Tulkiina.  If you choose to go live among the humans, make a parting gift for your family and friends to remember you by.

    :new:- The people of Dail are not familiar with the gryphon gods.  How do you honor the gods and your aerie’s traditions without revealing yourself to the humans?

    :new:- It’s your first trip through the center of Dail. You’ve managed to dress yourself in what you THINK is an appropriate outfit, but the reactions from the townsfolk suggest that something is catastrophically wrong with your clothes. What was your mistake?

    :new:- You’ve encountered a pushy, rude individual by the name of “Sir Captain Duffield”. He is an old world type of explorer and military man, and is bound and determined to get into the deep sanctum of Twistoult to ‘document’ (hunt and collect) its flora and fauna. He is equally bound and determined to meet Queen Tulkiina herself. You’ve heard of his plans….and he’s getting all his gear prepared for a long trek. What do you do?

    :new:- Dail is full of many new things, but horses are the worst! Do you combat your natural fear of the giant neigh-beasts, or run screaming every time you see one? (yes, this challenge is for every aerie!)

    Greater Gryphon: The rest of the aery now looks up to you as a powerful, spiritual being and leader.  It is time to begin your training as a shaman for the aery.  Show what you are learning from the other shamans or show yourself advising young gryphons in the ways of the Twistoult.
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xKaseix Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I'm confused about the clan symbols...when I click the links they open up to astrological symbols, but each time the symbols change. Is this just my browser or has the link been broken?
Ciameth Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe the links are broken.  The group is old and several of the links in the aerie descriptions no longer work.  We are going to sweep through and replace them as soon as possible.
xKaseix Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Oh okay, no worries!
Peppermint334 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have some questions for you here:
:bulletblack: When war time comes, which side is Twistoult standing on? Are they neural, are they fighting for/with Grandesque or are they on their own?
:bulletblack: And are Twistoult clans partially connected with any "job" of some kind? If yes, would you please specify which?
:bulletblack: Does gryphons of the same gang hang out with each other?
:bulletblack: What are clans linked to in this aery? And how important are they?

I can forgive you if you do not respond to all for those.
rydicanubis Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
The submissions from the now over war event, and the description of the relationship between the aeries in this journal should give you an idea of how the aeries interact.

Twistoult gryphons do not have the same kind of militant or societal roles as the other two aeries. Some gryophons may end up specializing in certain things.

Gryphons may or may not associate more or less with other members of their clan, depending on individual personality.

You can read about what the clan system is based on, as well as the importance of their beliefs in this journal, as well as the one on gryphon religion.
Peppermint334 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I'll check (or double-check) theses out!
CaptainTropica Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, is it safe to ask, even though my other questions haven't been answered ;
i/e: (join request / application and griphon request)

I would like to know, if a Cheetah and Osprey mix is welcome to this colony? or do the mods pick for you??
shadechristiwolven Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Professional
umm. . . so. . . INCREDIBLY random question but: what's the flora of Twistoult? specifically, are there rubber trees?
SageKorppi Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the delay on the response! And yeah, pretty much any plant you'd consider "foresty" would be fine.
Obany Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
Hmmm do you have anymore information on the living climates for Twistoult? I'm trying to figure out what kind of environment to stick Eira in. She's all white and gray. Does it ever snow? Is snow rare? Are there mountain peaks where there might be more snow then not? I'm not a super realist, but it may be unfitting to stick a white looking gryphon in the cover of tropical vegetation. C: Bottom line, is it a boreal, tropical, or varied in the mountains ?
SageKorppi Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Good question! I'm unsure about snow in the mountain tops, I will have to ask Bailiwick about this.

But also, the gryphons have advanced pretty far so her being less than camouflaged wouldn't be too big of a deal except in certain circumstances, much like humans in the real world. She may have issues hunting, or being stealthy among Tookie Islanders, but otherwise she'd probably be pretty okay.
Obany Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Ok :D Sounds good to me C: Thanks for the fast response <3
Shade703 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
Uber excited about Windsonde, I was on it when it was a forum, with Calias.

I was wondering if there is some interaction with humans, would some Twistoult gryphons learn to make and perhaps play human instruments; that is if there weren't any gryphon instruments already about?

And just quickly, is there still a reservation thread or do we submit a reservation with our joining application?
SageKorppi Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
They would likely have instruments made by humans or humanoid gryphs. Gryphs could likely only play string instruments or drums, but I couldn't imagien a non-humanoid gryph could play any sort of wind instrument.

And you submit your combination request with your membership application :)
Shade703 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Trying to imagine somebody with a beak trying to play a flute is ridiculously amusing.

Thanks! I'll get to it then :D
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010   General Artist
Oh man, I can't wait till I'm able to get going on these! XD
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