"Creature with the body of a lion and..... massive eagle-like wings...." David typed into the google search bar.
Click! Wikipedia the free encyclopedia - Griffin.... Click!
"The griffin, griffon, or gryphon is a legendary creature with the body of a lion and the wings of an eagle. The creature originated from Greek mythology and was thought as to be divine. As the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts and the eagle was the king of the birds, the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. The griffin was also thought of as king of the creatures. Griffins are known for guarding treasure and priceless possessions. Adrienne Mayor, a classical folklorist, proposes that the griffin was an ancient misconception derived from the fossilized remains of the Protoceratops found in gold mines in the Altai mountains of Scythia, in present day southeastern Kazakhstan. In antiquity it was a symbol of divine power and a guardian of the divine. Some have suggested that the word griffin is cognate with Cherub." David read to himself.
David read on: While Griffins are most common in Ancient Greece, there is evidence of Griffins in Ancient Egyptian art as far back as 3,300 BC. Most statues have bird-like talons, although in some older illustrations griffins have a lion's forelimbs; they generally have a lion's hindquarters. Its eagle's head is conventionally given prominent ears; these are sometimes described as the lion's ears, but are often elongated (more like a horse's), and are sometimes feathered.
In heraldry, the griffin's amalgamation of lion and eagle gains in courage and boldness, and it is always drawn to powerful fierce monsters. It is used to denote strength and military courage and leadership.
Hmmmm... David thought after finishing the article. "A guardian" David repeated to himself. A guardian... As David began piecing things together he realized that this was no coincidence. Something was coming, and this creature obviously has something to do with it David thought.
"I must find the Griffon!"