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Ironclaws, 1011 y.a.b.; Left to right: Darius II, Alex I, Rhosus II, Cassandra I

In the northern regions of Griffonia, clans of griffons eke out a tough existence amongst the frigid crags, far removed from their more peaceful relatives to the south of the continent. Here the right to the throne belongs to the House which proves themselves most powerful, and matters of succession are often unsavory affairs.

The late King Gryphus III of House Ironclaw rose to power as a popular figure but grew increasingly megalomaniacal in his later years, seeking to expand his rule by establishing a vast empire. Gryphus looked to magical artifacts as a means to fulfill his ambitions and in 1006 y.a.b. he invaded eastern Equestria, sweeping through the kingdom towards its capital. He was defeated in the single day Siege of Canterlot.

Gryphus' younger brother Rhosus claimed the throne after his death. Gryphus was also survived by his three children (eldest to youngest): Darius, Cassandra, and Alex.

The capital city of North Griffonia is Twistspire.
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Mickchago Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015
awesome...finally someone who does griffons
roman11777 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm a bit confused as to why Rhosus became the king after Gryphus' death, and not Darius, who was his eldest son. Alex's mother had to have been pregnant with him some time during Gryphus' reign, or shorty after his death, meaning that Cassandra and Darius were already born. Wouldn't Darius have gotten the throne upon his father's death since he's, I assume, the heir? I don't know how old exactly Darius is, but let's say that he was under 16 at the time, which might result in Rhosus becoming the regent until Darius comes of age. Now, in this image, Darius is clearly older than 16 due to that rockin' featherbeard, so if that was the case, why wouldn't the regency have ended and Darius have taken the throne once he turned 16? Did Rhosus steal the throne from Darius or something? I mean, Darius looks pretty pissed about something, so I assume there'll be a succession crisis of some sort in North Griffonia's future because of all this.

Unless of course North Griffonia has a viking-style elective monarchy, or it's succession doesn't work the same way it did in medieval england, in which case none of what I said matters.
MatHav-13 Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
What would y.a.b stand for?
LazyJacob Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015
Years After Banishment?
ColorStreakPony Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So awesome!
DracoKX Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
I always get inspired to make fanfics by images like this
sosweetmiami Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
That image is really sharp. You can almost feel them glaring right at you.
This dude is really good with posing and facial expression.
Genbe89 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
some one needs to make a fanfic of this story and these characters
NatureAndDragons Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist…

Perfect theme for the picture.
Bomberhead67 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
Anyone else wish MLP was a little more like Game of Thrones?
Not like shitloads of sex and violence but a little more grim and action-y.
Furrynation13 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

What does y.a.b stand for?

Bomberhead67 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
I suppose it's "years after banishment", as the start of the equestrian calendar.
Furrynation13 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I actually started to try a make a timeline for Equestria using the before and after banishment model:…

This timeline combines canon lore along side my own personal head canon. :) 
Bomberhead67 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Hah, this looks pretty cool.
It's just that all these key events from ancient ages (Sombra's reign, Discord's defeat, Luna's banishment) are in the story only described as "a thousand years ago", so you probably put more thought into the chronology than the screenwriters did.
GhostNinjaART Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Student General Artist
PrinceUniversa Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Student Writer
For the House Ironclaw, is that a reference for Final Fantasy Tactics where certain guilds gives themselves names that represent them perfectly because that's about the only game I can think of with titles like that :D
Centaur71 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
Let's all pray he's more genteel than his Brother was...
Trainwrekcomics Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Huh, this is pretty much my headcanon for the griffons as well. Except in my headcanon, the ENTIRE griffon kingdom is like this, not just the north. Also, the ENTIRE GRIFFON species is Brutal, and I mean BRUTAL.
idislikecake Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Writers need to go and explore the Griffons more!
NightshadeTheRanger Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Student Writer
I'm writing a fic (currently just a short story until I have more time to dedicate to it) centering on the Griffin Kingdom and various characters. It's going to be told from the POV of a young Sphinx pony I came up with. 
idislikecake Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
TomFraggle Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Looks great!  :+fav:
PyromancerRayne Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
I wonder if there is a city called Talonspire....
khajiitpony Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
im guessing that alex is a squire?
aohoshi2008 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Alex looks so cute
GhostNinjaART Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Is this where Gilda is from?
SonicMila Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG LIKE FAV EVERYTHINGGilda Gilda Gilda Gilda Gilda Gilda Gilda Gilda Gilda Gilda Gilda 
WarpX97 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would love to see a Griffon empire or land on the show so badly!!! It would ROCK!!! :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:
Gretsch1962 Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, next week's episode will answer your prayers =)
Well, we wished for it, and we got it...
DracoKX Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
But the the writers will probably make our "heroes" burn it down because, you know, if Gilda is a jerk, all Griffons are jerks(sarcasm)
thegriffin88 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Gosh, I love this whole story you've put together. 
sakimura123 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great job on the art. now I had to remake my pegasus pony into a griffin, hahaha
honeyOdew Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Why am I getting Ducktales vibes, haha
Katiethelegendary Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
To put it simply, i absolutely LOVE this concept of a major region of Equestria (or beyond) being Griffon Kingdom(s), especially put into your amazing art concept. Well done, and bravo to every one of your art pieces.
Taren14 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Is King Gryphus III the villain of that New Royal Guard comic?
SmackUp911 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
For some reason, this reminds me of Whiterun, Dragonhold, and the Jarl. 
gundamfan2 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
TheExhorsecist Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013

We need a strong prince to direct our resistance--
Heroic, impartial, of noble degree.
My brother's wife's fourth cousin's foster-son, Gruffydd
Is best for the job as I'm sure you'll agree.
  What matter that Glynda's old prince's daughter?
  She's exiled to Ponyville and won't return--
  I know this for every time airships she's building
  I send my spies money to see that they burn.


Adapted very freely from Heather Rose Jones, Welsh History 101

soldier2333 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No queen? WTF
anairys Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Love it!
Le-escritor-VBA Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Do you mind me using this for project of mine?
Genbe89 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
would love to see more art of them
Bari1 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Residentevil5pwner Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
It feels like they;re looking down on me... watching with those hypnotising eyes... must...serve....gryphon...king.
Anthro-animals-rule Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
I'm sure I speak for all of us, when I say, "MLP creators, please show us gryphon kingdoms/settlements!"
Khialat Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Little Alex is easily my favourite! He doesn't look as proud or serious as the rest :D
Komatsuzaki-Xingqi Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He hasn't seen the horrors of the world he lives in. Yet.
tymime Featured By Owner May 30, 2013   General Artist
I really have to wonder now... has ANYONE done a gryphon kingdom for MLP before?
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