AXEX: (EGYPT)

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These Griffin-like natives of North Africa were worshiped as gods by the ancient Egyptians and were said to bear the head and wings of a hawk blended with the muscular torso and razor sharp claws of a large, feral feline.

Most depictions of these HYBRID BEASTS, which — like so many other potentially “real” creatures that were included among the pantheon of Egypt’s minor deities — show three, curved appendages resting atop the their skulls. These strange adornments, which bear more than a passing resemblance to a rooster’s crest, have made some researchers conclude that human interactions with these unique creatures were almost solely with that of the, presumably predatory, males of the species.

Some investigators have gone so far as to suggest that the Axex is merely the Egyptian name for one of the world’s most famed AVIAN-ANOMALIES; the GRIFFIN. While it is possible that these beasts were one in the same, there is also the chance that they were separate sub-species indigenous to two different regions. This animal has also been associated with the winged British scavenger known as the OPINICUS.