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Emperor Karl Franz upon his Griffon mount Deathclaw.[2][3]

Griffons are strange creatures, resembling Hippogryphs in having eagle heads and wings, but differ in possessing leonine, rather then equine, bodies. They are at times ridden into battle by the high-ranking officers of the The Empire, prized for their sharp claws and powerful beaks (the latter consistently rivaling Greatswords' blades in power), excellent reactions and high overall resilience. Most surprising, however, is the way they can easily bypass enemy parries while staying out of reach themselves, something only the most skillful warriors can achieve after decades of training.[1]

The most famous Griffon is Deathclaw, the personal mount of Emperor Karl Franz.[1]