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The Unremembered of a Bygone Age by AssasinMonkey The Unremembered of a Bygone Age by AssasinMonkey
Those unremembered of a bygone age. These prehistoric gryphons do not exist merely as fossils, simply forgotten and lost in the world. Not often seen, or survived, they largely remain reliant on their old ancient instincts. No-creature is quite sure where these creatures first originated from in the evolutional history.

It is thought these ancient beasts are the one true genetic heritage of the Gryphons and even of the old mysterious Conduit Gryphons who are thought to be the living deities of all modern gryphon kinds. Perhaps the Conduits themself were responsible for erasing their prehistoric cousin into near extinction. But few common gryphons even know about their far historic past.


Had this idea for a bit, kinda world building for my still existing "First Contact War" universe. The first contact between Equines and Gryphons (Alternative MLP History). It's always been about touching about a broad amount of subjects, rather than a single story. This one is not specifically about the shown (hypothetical) encounter, but simply the fact that these creatures are something that exist in this world I created.

This wasn't a specific dinosaur, but more just a mishmash of w/e I thought would be interesting. But the idea is also that, just like regular gryphons, there are many variations and species variations to them. (So any bird like dinosaur would already qualify quite easily as a swap)

They're supposed to be even more mysterious and ancient than some of the other "ancients" I've made, but way less knowledge about them. I suppose palaeontology isn't really a priority yet for the Gryphons. But I'm sure they'd find some old remnants of these apparently still living creatures.

Anyhow. This was just a brief painting of a concept I was curious about. Even though I havn't build my universe in quite a while, I have still thought a lot about it over the years. Figuring things out, thinking of what else. It's a massive project that'll never truly be finished, but perhaps still fun to keep building. Ideally it'd become a world with enough background lore, where stories can be build on.

Approx Time: 5 hours
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xHelloBeautifulx Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018
Holy, epically wondrous! This Badass Gryphon Dinosaur is stunning and The Majestic Earth Pony looks incredible. The designs, first contact war, wings, manes, tails, eyes, talons, nails, scowl, teeth, feathers, fur tufts, scales, battle, interaction, cutie mark, purple satchel, flight, forest, blaze, flames, sparks, embers, wildfire, ashes, field, trees, branches, stems, roots, flowers, leaves, brush, plant life, haze, wind, sky, clouds, debris, moonlight, rays, shadows, reflection, effects, movement, flow, realisticness, atmosphere, hues, textures, concept, composition, uniqueness, lighting, colors, style, and other details are also sensational. Amazingly Radical work! :iconfantasticplz:
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JQuasarD Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2018
What are you doing in the middle of a forest fire? Where's your mummy?

I don't know. She got lost, I think. I'm really scared.

Don't worry, I'll carry you out.

It's your claws I'm scared of!

Hmph. Well, that's a new one. Mostly you kids are afraid of my teeth. Brave.

No, it's not that. I'm not scared of your teeth. I'm TERRIFIED of them.

Eergh. Never mind now. Let's go find your mummy.
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ipadGnome Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic
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:iconmadcomputerscientist:
madcomputerscientist Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2018  Professional Artist
Dino griffons, yes plz.
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Kittastica Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how did this take you 5 hours? amazing! you're truly amongst one of my favourite artists. i love seeing your art on my notifications. keep up the great work!
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dstears Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2018
The details here are great!
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:icondanieljamieson:
Danieljamieson Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2018  Professional General Artist
Wow what a great scene to show off a cool creature. 
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DillaJohn Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Leave that BABY ALONE YOU! PUNK! O.Q
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ackelb Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
This is awesome!
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Emeowrald Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018
That is awesome. I love the lighting and the velocipratorish face on the Griffin. 
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Ganondox Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Using a dinosaur in a griffon is the most metal thing I've ever seen. 
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Zaloffshat Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018
This is EPIC! I'm curious what's the story behind the little character that's encountered this great gryphon.
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soulSmith1 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Student Artisan Crafter
nice
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Eskerata Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Gilda had a makeover, huh?
MLP Gilda (Fight) Plz "Don't make me hit you."

Kidding! Chill, my waifu.

Gilda (aw great) plz "That's better. . ."Gilda (what!) plz "WAIFU?"

This is, in all seriousness, a grand piece. 
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bbasco2 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018
Scorpan?
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Lediblock2 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018
Oh Jesus Christ, imagine what a terror bird Gryphon would be like...
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MemoChidoOuO Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018
Fucking Isane. Wow
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Siansaar Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Well, that little pony is done for.
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ChangelingX Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't realize this was mlp fanart at first asdfgh
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X-Force02ranger Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwww what the hell is that??????
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MLP-Hot-Rod Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018
Awesome design & background

Now somepony save that poor filly!

All Might: CANTERLOT SMASH!!!
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GokuMartin Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018
Actually, gryphons were nice guys until the Idol of Boreas got lost...
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JericaWinters Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope the little guy makes it out alive. :(
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XD-e-R-r-A-C-i-A-zX Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hurry! We need one hero/heroine!
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Drarkusss0 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so epic
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Renarde-Louve Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018
Amazing :O
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gizmo01 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is what Samus Arun feeled then she first meet Ridley.

Outstanding work :) 
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guanxiaohua1986 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018
Incredible!
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Mokey1980s Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018
Nice, I really like the story behind this piece. Even the piece itself just as much. A job well done =D
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zacharyknox222 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
i love it!
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zacharyknox222 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
i like it!
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CrizzMendez Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018
Marvellous Oops! Clap 
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templar127 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018
Terrifying and Badass!
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IBAIPshow Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Professional Artist
:O
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:iconfloverale-hellewen:
Floverale-Hellewen Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Wow, you did it so fast...
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Sylveondream Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Teach me your ways sensei
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Alfredison Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Holy, dude, you don’t need ponies on your arts. Really
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jamestkelley Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hauntingly beautiful. Well done, Assasin! :D
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Celefin Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018
A giant archaeopteryx and a sabre-toothed tiger mated in a magical crystal cave and they brought this abomination into the world that evolution would then refine into modern griffons.
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Anyway. Amazing design, once again complete with snackpony for size comparison.
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mistypine01 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautifully and frighteningly stunning art.
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GrandMoffPony Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018
Awesome!
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Delta52775 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018
This is amazing, I love the dinosaur look you put on the gryphon. :)
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!!!
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ninllot Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018
Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! pobre potra 
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Phaedrolous Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018  Student General Artist
Yikes.  Nice work on the saurian hint in the griffon's face. 
MLP really expanded the horizon for griffon forms/looks.
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HaruAxeman Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...this looks amazing!
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