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Griffinwatch is an old waterside fortress that was built on a hill that legends say was home to a nest of griffons prior to its construction. Once a watch fort on the border between elven and human lands, Griffinwatch became redundant as the wars pushed back the elven empire and when many fortresses were moved primarily underground to defend against dragon strikes and elvish sorcery.

Griffinwatch Ruins - with grid

Griffinwatch Ruins – with grid

The fortress was later badly damaged when a team of elven and stone giant mercenaries assaulted it searching for two of the three sapphire rings of Telleen – one in the possession of Lady Brannen who lived at the fortress at the time, and the other buried with her grandfather Lord Brannen of Korse under one of the watch towers of the structure.

With the borders no longer near Griffinwatch and the war coming to an end, no one deemed it worth the effort to rebuild the fortress and it has sat on the shore of the lake for decades now, slowly being overtaken by vines, weeds, and goats. But goats are easy prey, and now the eponymous griffons have returned and seek out easy prey (especially horses) within miles of the hilltop ruins.

Griffinwatch Ruins

Griffinwatch Ruins

Griffinwatch was drawn with Mitsubishi Uni Pins on an A5 pad of 7mm graph paper while sitting in a doctor’s waiting room at the beginning of March at the request of my girlfriend who really likes the look of my ruined structures.

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