Weird Mana – Griffin Hands

Posted on October 23rd, 2008 by Dr. Sheexy
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I’ve always wanted to start writing a few articles about some of the stranger things in the Seiken Densetsu series, and seeing that I’ve got a lot of time on my hands before my next class, I think I’ll start it up today. Updates in this category will most likely be as sporadic as they are bizarre, but hopefully you’ll find them interesting.

Griffin Hands

The first time I saw a Griffin Hand was in Secret of Mana. And it killed me.
The second time I saw a Griffin Hand it also killed me.
Then I got killed by a Needlion.

What I’m trying to say here is don’t underestimate the Pureland like I did when I was little, the place is hardcore.

Once I finally managed to last more than a few seconds in the place I started wondering why there were just Griffin Hands running around, and I questioned whether or not I’d find some Griffin Heads or Griffin Wings or something else that made no sense running around, but I ended up beating the place and I never saw head nor tail… nor hand of them again.
This really confused me because up until this point the enemies had made at least some sense. Blobs are blobs, Tomato Men are little creepy dudes, Ninjas are Ninjas and Shapeshifters are usually a Beast Zombie or something. There of course is the Fierce Face family that consist only of a head, but a head grimacing and spitting at you makes more sense than a hand that tackles you to death.

Quite a while later I figured out Final Fantasy Adventure wasn’t actually a Final Fantasy game, and that it was the first in the Seiken Densetsu series, so I picked it up and gave it a play through. Once again I found the Griffin Hands, and wondered what they were thinking when they made them up.

Years later I managed to pick up copies of the Japanese guides for Final Fantasy Adventure and Secret of Mana, and I’ve gotten the back stories on these weird monsters figured out, they go something like this:

Final Fantasy Adventure

Griffin Hands were created by Wizards using the foot of an Eagle. They will stomp and claw you.

Ok, that’s not really all that interesting of a story… they must have realized that because Secret of Mana tells a different story:

Secret of Mana

Long ago a Griffin had its front leg cut off by a man who was drunk off of sake. Since then its front leg has held a grudge against mankind. If it stomps you, you are sure to die.

Wow. That’s a pretty hilarious story if you ask me. What gets even more interesting is the story behind the Griffin Helm mentions that Griffins are now extinct.

So one drunk guy managed to lop off the hands of every Griffin the the world I guess. Pretty amazing. And just who might that man be? The guides don’t say, but seeing that the first place you meet Jema is in a bar… kind of makes you wonder… (not really, I’m just bored)

Tune in next time for Weird Mana when we discuss the evil organization of The Black Knighthood.

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