Birth name: Keary
Pride name: Misokazuki (Though she doesn't have this name yet in this image, I introduced her as Miso the first time, so I figured I'd make it clear where that comes from. She doesn't gain this name until she and her sister join Kasai's Pride when she is age 10. Kasai is another griffin who will be drawn and posted soon, I hope.)
Origin Culture: Celt
Bird Type: Hen Harrier Hawk
Ability/Position: Not Yet Determined
Keary is the second child of Niamh and Fiacre, and the younger sister of Dierdre (later known as Gyosei).
She is unusual in several ways, even from birth. For starters, she is a Celt, a rare type of griffin distinguished by the thick, tufty ruff ringing the back of her head, a thick-boned, tough build and a naturally independent, and occasionally somewhat abrasive, personality. She, like most Celts lives far in the North with her parents and sister in a cave carved out of one of the many steep, rocky cliffs of her seaside homeland. She also has melanism, an uncommon genetic condition that causes her entire body to be solid black except for her sapphire blue eyes.
She shows a substantial amount of energy soon after being introduced to the world, bouncing around and trying to run almost immediately after her birth. She also shows an immediate liking to her sire, gaining her the name Keary, meaning "father's dark child", and soon after attaches herself to her ten-year-old sister. In an adorable sequence in the prologue, the newborn Keary begins to mimic the caring, but rather confused Dierdre, who dubs her "Ms. Eep" after the young griffiness's repeated excited squeaks. She gains her lifelong love of mountain goat meat with her first meal, a young ram provided for her by Dierdre. That evening, the young female leaves her parents' side to curl up with Dierdre, who usually sleeps separate from her family. The pair become inseparable after this and go on to take on the world together.
Spirit: Cosantóir ("Protector")
Abilities: Not Yet Determined
Though at this age, Keary's spirit, like her, is still developing its personality, it already shows up in the young griffiness's intense loyalty to her family. Like many Celts, she will grow close to and eventually learn to communicate with and gain the aid of her spirit. It is then that she names him.
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I plan to do another couple of her in the coming months. One as a cub (chick? Not sure how that works when they're half and half) where she's playing like a kitten and one as an adult, full color.