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Jess Owen
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
Author of The Summer King Chronicles! I write epic young adult fantasy featuring animal characters. And sometimes I draw them, too ;)

I post about gryfon and writing things on my
I post sketches and WIPs on INSTAGRAM:…
And I repost the same stuffs on
And occasionally I put things on the BOOK OF FACE:


October 1-3 I will be in MISSOULA, MT for events celebrating The Big Read. Check out the schedule here:
Hey frens, if you've ever asked me for writing advice, I dole out a bunch of it on my Patreon. Currently I'm doing a series of FREE posts on revision. Starts here:
Another Inktober approaches. Who else is ready to jam it the first four days, then fall into a pit of Inadequacy Despair?
I've been tagged(!) by :icondot-doll:

I don't usually do these because darnit there's only so much time in the day. But I find myself between edits, about to launch into the Gryfon Party, feeling blessed and celebratory. And this is just plain fun. So here we go!


Post 8 facts about your character.
Tag other characters.
Post their names along with their creator’s avatars.

Dot asked me about Caj, which is good, because I luvs him. And goodness this is probably more than eight facts because I do love talking about my gryfs.

  Noble Caj by ElementalJess

1. Caj is from a noble family native to the Ostral Shores, gryfons who are considered Aesir, but known as Lakelanders. His bloodline is renowned on both sides for their discipline and skill in combat. He has no siblings, which many Lakelanders regret, because they would probably be awesome as well.

2. He became an initiated warrior by famously routing twenty eagles from Aesir hunting grounds in his youth. (Rumor has it he was alone, but he will correct anyone that he was in fact with a patrol of five other gryfons, including Sverin -- who was not granted warrior status for the battle. Only after the Conquering in the Silver Isles did Per see fit to recognize his "feckless" and undisciplined son as a warrior).

3. "Noble Caj" and his father, Cai, were known before and after the Conquering for their sense of fairness, justice, and mercy. Many gryfons too intimidated to approach Sverin will often go through his wingbrother, Caj. They became wingbrothers when they were young after feeling immediately happy and at ease in each other's company, Caj enjoying Sverin's powerful spirit and sense of adventure, and Sverin appreciating Caj's steadiness and reliability.

4. As a young gryfon, his only goal in life was to rise in the ranks and become First Sentinel of the Dawn Spire, find a practical and quiet mate, and raise a large family. He is brave and loyal but not terribly adventurous, and enjoys predictable routines.

5. It was actually Caj's mother, Bara, who was a descendant of the gryfons who flew with Kajar, and passed on the dragon's curse to her son. She did not survive the journey to the Silver Isles when the cursed families left the Winderost.

6. After the Conquering, Sverin pressured Caj to mate with an Aesir-- specifically his father's cousin, Eyvin, but Caj had already turned his attention to the young Vanir healer, Sigrun. He saw her practical nature and objectivity in healing all gryfons who came into her care as rare qualities. He courted her for a year after the Conquering, and when she finally realized Stigr was not going to return, she let herself see all the wonderful things about Caj. But not before speaking with Ragna, who agreed that if Sigrun was going to mate with an Aesir, he was probably the only one worthy of her.

7. He does not care for fish at all.

8. He is outrageously proud of his daughter, Thyra, and it is thanks mostly to Sigrun that Thyra didn't end up spoiled as a nestling, for how Caj doted on her. As Thyra grew into a huntress, Caj's natural sense of order and discipline took hold and helped to refine his daughter's character -- but their loving bond will always be sealed by long days of playing and sparring, hunting, and nights falling asleep to Caj's voice, singing for her, Shard, and Sigrun all the legends of his home.

Enough about gryfs!

1. :iconfarloft-the-dragon: I see Farloft everywhere -- tell us about another character of your choice.

2. :iconra-meenan: Tell us more about Izzy :D

3. :iconnetraptor: You have some new stories out . . . tell us about a new character of your choice.

4. :iconcomixqueen: Tell me about the stryx! Who are they? What are they? Tell me your favorite one.

5. :iconmcah: Tell us about a secondary Pelted Paradox character of your choice, preferably from Earthrise trilogy. I LOVE DEM ALL.

6. :iconeagleflyte: Tell us more about one of your gryphon or avian characters of choice.

7. :iconlvadams: Tell us more about Keshaar!

8. :iconmistywren: Tell us about a character of your choice from the Aberrants.

Okay, I would do a million more peoples but I must go forth and do Things. Can't wait to hear everyone's stuff. Remember to put my lil icon in so I know you finished your list!

Fair winds ^__^
  • Listening to: Mumford and Sons
  • Reading: The Naiad Chronicles
  • Watching: House Hunters.
  • Eating: Cookies.
  • Drinking: Coffee


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DenDream Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist
Thank you for the watch! It means a lot! ^^
ElementalJess Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Any time ;D
Dokusa Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there! Sorry, saw you were online and figured maybe this would be the better way to reach you then via post comments. My question was:
"Hello! Just wondering about something in the Summer King World: can different genders be wingbonded? Like, can a female griffin and a male griffin be wingsister and wingbrother, or is that not a common practice?"

Thanks for taking the time to read this; and great job on the books! I absolutely adore grumpy ole Stigr!
ElementalJess Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hallo! Sorry I missed your comment, before.
I've had this question alot! The simple answer is yes, but it's very uncommon. In general, males and females are raised with different expectations, and young gryfons tend to bond and befriend and trust someone whose experience mirrors their own, who knows what they're going through at any given stage of life.

That said, just as in our world, it is possible for gryfons of all different backgrounds, upbringing, and gender to decide to take the wingbrother/sister pledge.
GDTrekkie Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ElementalJess Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, love it. 
CookiBatter Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the watch! I LOVE your books!
ElementalJess Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You! Thanks for the note :D
Cookie-Batter Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch aswell! ^^
CookiBatter Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yw :)
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