This is Rhaul the winged stag gryphon.
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Rhaul is an OOAK posable art doll. He stands roughly a foot tall not including his wings when they are extended or folded, he is around 2 feet long with a wing span of over a foot. He has flexible wrists to help him with balance and a fierce attitude with keen eyes to watch over the forest he guards.
Long ago, the forest was a dark and unwelcoming place. The trees twisted and bellowed with the wind that whispered omens in the night, cursed it was, and untamed, it was a forbidden place and only a fool would venture past the edge of the willows...
When I was but a lad, no older than you are now, I would always skirt the treeline for miles. One day I decided to travel further than ever before... it was the day I ran away from home. I came across a stream that flowed out from the heart of the forest. Intrigued I began to follow it, the water was cold and unforgiving but the stones, though slick and moss covered, were perfect for traveling up the stream. it was almost as if they made a trail on purpose, one to beckon in the curious and bold of heart. As I trudged deeper, curiosity gripping at my conscience, I began to feel cold and hungry. I knew that I had been walking for a long time, but the forest was to over grown in the canopy and dark, the sky was near impossible to see. I decided that it was in my best interest to turn and leave, but to my horror, the stream I had followed had vanished. Fear gripped me as the realization settled within... I was lost. I clawed my way through trees in the direction I came but to no avail. The canopy spun above me time pasted and fear grew, try as I might, I could not find my way out. Exhaustion was overwhelming and my legs wobbled from fatigue. time bled by, what felt by eternity, my vision blurred and darkness took me.
"Child..." a voice said to me. so distant and faded, it rippled through the void around me. "Child..." It said again, this time clearer than before. I opened my eyes to see a massive creature looking down upon me. Its eyes burned with an unnatural aura, two huge black wings lay folded at its side and it had a crown of sharp points; antlers that could take down a tree. Its thick coat of fur, ratty and course was damp from the mist that drifted across the ground, and instead of hooves on its front legs, it had instead scaled talons that dug into the ground when it walked. A strong black beak was present on its regal face, but did not move when it spoke again. "This place is forbidden to your kind human. But because of your innocence in youth, we shall return you from whence you came. But you must never again set foot in this forest.. for if you do, it will be your last adventure... this forest is unforgiving and you have already over stayed your welcome..." I stared at the beast as it gazed down upon me. it was as still and quiet as the trees the surrounding it. I nodded to the beast, unsure of anything else to do, I felt as if its eyes bore into my soul and we were striking an eternal pact... this creature felt ancient and I knew that all I could do, was agree to its terms. It felt as if time stood still while we stared at each other... and after a time it bowed its head to me in acknowledgment of our agreement. "Good... now stand young one... and I shall bear you home." I stood, still weak as it lowered its crown of horns towards me. Hesitant, I grasped them firmly as it then lifted its head and me up on over upon its back... it must have been ten or twelve feet tall at the shoulder... I'd never seen a beast so large. As I lay on its back I felt the ache of exhaustion again take my body and I fell into a deep slumber.
When I opened my eyes again and looked around I was in my bed and my family surrounded me. they told me that they had found me, hypothermic and unconscious on the rocky knoll about a half mile outside of town... "How could that be?" I pondered to myself... "I saw him, I was there and he carried me out of the forest...! Didn't he...?" They all looked down at me as if waiting for an explanation, but I knew I could not tell them... not only was the forest a forbidden place, they would most likely call me crazy. Delusions they would say. set in by the hypothermia. I knew better than to open my mouth, but I knew it was all real.
I can never again return to the forest... but that is why Im telling you my story, so that perhaps one day you can solve its mysteries for yourself. It will be a dangerous journey, but your will is strong. I know in my heart you will succeed.