Shrouded in darkness, the lands conquered by Demons could not see the rays of the suns. Even the glamorous glint bestowed by Apollo on human would dim. Humans who survived the conquest could only illuminate the surroundings with wooden fires and live alongside the Demons.
Griffin first appeared near the end of the first war between Gods and Demons. The Gods would like to mark an end to the war with their own retreat from the realm of men. However, as they were unwilling to give up the hidden power in the realm and they wanted to leave a proof of their own existence, they instructed people to construct Holylight City and found sources of light elements for them.
: The remaining light on the sky is the avatar of Apollo.
: He left it in the realm of men before he returned to heaven.
: He is going to help the Gods who are still staying in the realm
: They will absorb light elements and create Griffin.
When the Gods were retreating from the realm of men, they hurriedly gathered the power of Elder Gods and crystalized it into a mine of ores. They also helped their human followers to build Holylight City next to the mine as a stronghold for their return in the future. At the same time, the Gods created Griffin, a winged beast with the head of an eagle and the body of a lion. The beast could turn the energy in the ores into light, so that the city was constantly covered with glamourous glints.
Returned from the realm of men, Apollo had no heart to witness the last glint engulfed by the shadow of Demons, so he created a sacred beast with the glint, which supplied light to the realm of men from within its body.
Apollo: The Gods' defeat in the realm of men is inevitable.
Apollo: But, should we give up the realm because of it?
Court of Leo - Galio: Before we figure out the Demons’ plan,
Court of Leo - Galio: we should not interfere in the realm of men.
Apollo: I understand.
Apollo: But I haven’t imagined that the glint I left would become a poor Griffin,
Apollo: which guards the ores and waits for the Gods.
Gnome Strangler: Can you see the golden glint?
Gnome Bonecrusher: That’s where Griffin is.
Gnome Strangler: I’ve heard that it’s a mythological beast. We had better not go in unpreparedly.
Gnome Bonecrusher: Our brothers are starving to a point that they will go mad anytime.
Gnome Strangler: But the Griffin’s...
Gnome Bonecrusher: If we could smuggle those luminous ores out of the city and sell them,
Gnome Bonecrusher: Maybe we can make a killing at the market.
Fire Vampire: Charge! Let’s take down the last stronghold of Gods in the realm of men.
Fire Vampire: If it lands, we stab it with our spear.
Fire Vampire: If it stays in flight, we shoot it down with our bows and arrows.
The Demons never sent a big army for a campaign, because they were busy gathering the power of the Elder Gods after they had conquered a place and they did not think the Gods would come back to fight with them for resources. Therefore, the defensive power of humans would not be sufficient to cause them any troubles. Apart from that, humans back then were yet to master the power of Elder Gods and the two clans had no conflicts of interests.
As a result, the Demons would only send small troops of soldiers to disturb the delicate Holylight City, putting it on the verge of capture. Whenever the army and the citizens were about to give up the city, Griffin would lead the human force to drive Demon soldiers out, and guard their own land time after time.
Griffin’s help made People in Holylight City become complacent. Overly aggressive people would like to take back the regions captured by Demons, but Griffin stood in front of them just like how it stood in front of their enemies, stopping them from going to war. Under the guidance of Griffin, the human force was just defending, but not attacking. It was waiting for the moment when Gods return to the realm of men.
‘Just hang in there for a little bit more. The Gods will return,’ Griffin was assuring itself with its own hoarse crow, convincing every person in Holylight City as well. ‘The dark age of human will soon end. The rays of the sun will brighten up the land again. At that moment, my mission will come to an end and I will become a part of history.’ Knowing no human language, Griffin kept these thoughts in mind during its long wait.
Whenever it saw the ambassadors of Gods flying around the boundaries of the sky, Griffin would go to meet them, and communicate with them in the language of Gods, asking the Gods when they would return to the realm of men.
King Griffin: Is it time yet?
Court of Leo - Galio: We must first figure out the Demons’ plan on this land.
Court of Leo - Galio: Gods cannot commit the same mistake again.
King Griffin: How long has it been since the Gods retreated from the realm of men?
King Griffin: Back then, it was Gods’ hope to enter the realm of men.
King Griffin: However, because of the Demons...
Court of Leo - Galio: You are the creation of Gods.
Court of Leo - Galio: Although you have been staying in the realm of men,
Court of Leo - Galio: Don’t forget your own identity.
Court of Leo - Galio: There are numerous realms similar to the realm of men,
Court of Leo - Galio: and the realm of men is just one of them.
In the end, Griffin never saw the return of the Gods. It experienced the life and death of a few generations of humans. When Gods return to the realm of men and battled the Demons in the second war, Griffin had already lost all its glints. It became a stone-grey memorial for people to remember the sacrifice of the mythological beast.