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Integration between species can have its fair share of hiccups, especially when children are thrown together without proper knowledge of their fellow sapient's anatomy. Silverstream aims to fix that by giving a classroom lecture on how to interact with hippogryphs safely.

Set post season 9

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You have spelled "hippogryph" correctly by the Ancient Greeks . . . And incorrectly, according to the show, which favors the 'griff' spelling.

My OCD doesn't know which side to be on. Congrats.

Hmmm, think Silverstream should have added that 'flying on/with' remarks would also apply to pegasi and griffons as an aside ...

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You have spelled "hippogryph" correctly by the Ancient Greeks . . . And incorrectly, according to the show, which favors the 'griff' spelling.
My OCD doesn't know which side to be on. Congrats.

Twilight Sparkle: "Actually, the Ancient Greeks spelled it ιππόγρυφος. As always, if you want help with OCD (actually CDO), I'm your go-to-pony. :twilightsmile:"
Kevin Lee: "STAAAPPIT! Goway, Twilight! Go!Go!Go!Go!Gitouttahere! :twilightangry2:"
Twilight Sparkle: "Actually, that's one of my smilie icons, Kevin. :twilightsmile:"
Kevin Lee: ":facehoof:"
Twilight Sparkle: "That, too. :twilightsheepish:"

Basically, dangerous in the front, rear, to the sides, above, and beneath. Dangerous in the air, too. Forgot to mention dangerous in the water, though. Hippogriffs can breathe water and therefore can go a lot deeper than humans can, and they might forget the human needs to breathe air while pulling them down to eagerly show off their home.... And their aquatic tails can really pack a wallop, so don't go grabbing their tails without permission. :moustache:

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Hippogriffs can breathe water and therefore can go a lot deeper than humans can, and they might forget the human needs to breathe air while pulling them down to eagerly show off their home...

I can’t picture seaponies doing that, but I can picture the season 10 kelpies drowning people by accident.

The hippogriff will need a safety harness for you to ride on, and they’ll have to pass a test to allow riders. But if you find a hippogryph that’s passed the test, has riding gear, and you have a parent or guardian with you. You can ride a hippogryph!”

I was reminded of all the times in the Pokémon anime where Ash would casually jump on something with wings and ride it through the sky, somehow never losing his grip and falling.


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Hippogriffs can breathe water and therefore can go a lot deeper than humans can, and they might forget the human needs to breathe air while pulling them down to eagerly show off their home....

Well, they do have their pearl shards which at one point turned the CMC into sea ponies. I wonder if those things would work on other species?

This is a cute lil story

Danger: Birb will CHOMP

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Gryphon/griffon/griffin/gryffin/etc and hippogriff/hippogryph/hippogryff/etc are Greek words using the Greek alphabet. The various spellings using the Latin alphabet (which English uses) are transliterations, where we guess the Latin spelling using the phonics (which letters are associated with which sounds) of our language of choice (in this case, English). All transliterations are "correct" so long as they can be interpreted, using the destination language's phonics, to sound the same as the original word when spoken aloud.

I prefer Gryphon and Hippogryph, myself. Don't ask me why, because I don't have a good reason. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Very cute story!

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Isn't grammar fun like that? :trollestia:

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Personally, I always thought the "gryphon" and "hippogryph" spellings look classier, more formal, and have a more "ancient" or "antique" feel, that adds to the mystique of the creatures it names, so if I were to hazard a guess, it might be a similar case for you.

That said, I myself tend to bounce between both spellings, depending on the medium I'm using it in. For MLP, I tend to think the less formal-looking "griffon" and "hippogriff" spellings as fitting the franchise's more playful outlook better. :twilightsmile:

But above all else, to each their own. As already pointed out, either spelling (and technically a few others still, though those are much rarer in English) is technically correct, so it's up to personal preference.

Kinda makes it sound like you just don't want to be anywhere terribly close to a hippogriff at all.

So, about as dangerous as the average housecat.

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I knew I'd find you here, featherhead. :ajsmug:

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Dan #16 · March 16th · · ·

First of a series, I hope? Kids need to know the rules for snuggling up next to a tough, but cute dragon to stay warm in winter. Or how not to irritate a kirin. Or why only buffalo are legally allowed to use peyote for religious practices (Sandbar and Yona got in deep shit that one time they borrowed some from the dormroom across the hall. As it turns out, despite body mass, Yaks not best at dealing with perception alteration, and earthpony magic reacts badly to it.)

I like this story, some of the earlier fanfiction I read had people "falling into Equestria" and within a paragraph or two were all perfectly associated with the Mane Six, sometimes romantically, spoke the language, took pegasi rides, and so on and so forth.

I wouldn't mind if this became a small series discussing at minimum some of the basic etiquettes for the various species. This kind of writing I say the more the merrier, but if you were just wanting a cute fish bird one-shot, you nailed it. :yay:

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I might make another one, probably a small bit of xenofiction teaching pony foals how to safely interact with humans.

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I'll look forward to reading it.

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Ash can carry 80kg pokemon with ease and jump 500 feet straight up, holding on while flying is easy.

It's rather nice and well-written, but feels... unfinished, like a snippet out of a larger story. That, and the delivered PSA does kinda boil down to 'dangerous from all sides, do not approach. Unless you're looking for a ride.' :twilightoops: I'm honestly not sure if I like this or not, or what to say about it.

Very cute, but it does make Hippogryphs seem a bit excessively dangerous for a peaceful, sapient species. Although to be fair it's only the warning about the claws- it's a bit like if a kid ran into me from the front my instinctive reaction would be to knock them over, just doesn't feel right. I don't think they'd be that 'flighty' since they're pretty much the biggest creatures around.

Young gryphs being bitey, don't make one jump when standing right behind them and don't mess with wings etc. all makes a lot of sense.

It'd be cool to see more if you expand on the genre.

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Very cute, but it does make Hippogryphs seem a bit excessively dangerous for a peaceful, sapient species. Although to be fair it's only the warning about the claws- it's a bit like if a kid ran into me from the front my instinctive reaction would be to knock them over, just doesn't feel right. I don't think they'd be that 'flighty' since they're pretty much the biggest creatures around.

You know how you kick your leg a bit when something smacks you in the knee? Imagine that except you have knives strapped to your foot. Now imagine a kid runs into your knee and you reflexively twitch your leg.

Now this is a gemstone of a short random Slice Of Life story! What with the interesting ideas coming from this, the adorable reactions, all of this is just 100 percent amazing stuff! Awesome work! I hope ya didn't mind, but I simply had to make a reading of this fic of yours!

Audio Linky!: https://youtu.be/YSHMbzaLMaE

(I don't mean to offend anyone with this comment in any way!)

D'awwwww. Why is this so cute?!

“Also like ponies, we instinctively buck our hindlegs at threats behind us. If you sneak up from behind and spook us, you could end up breaking bones or worse if we hit you in the right way. If you’re approaching one of us from behind, just give us a sign you’re there before you get too close.”

Acknowledging the inevitable "instinctual actions" and other dangerous parts of varied alien sapients is cool. Integrating with completely alien peoples is alot different than with fellow humans from other places and cultures.

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It's not about raw grip strength so much as there being something to grab on to securely without interfering with the creature's wing movements or breathing.

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Maybe if you have a pet puma or lynx. While probably not as openly hostile as a griffin, a hippogriff's claws and hooves could still do some serous damage.

If the kids are worried about what a Hippogriff could do to them, just wait until they meet a Dragon!:twilightoops:

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"Ancient Greeks spelled it ιππόγρυφος."

"So, Ippogryphos, basically?" :rainbowderp:

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"So, Ippogryphos, basically?" :rainbowderp:

Something like that, yes. Although it did first get transliterated through Latin that was spoken throughout the Roman Empire for a couple thousand years before English ever evolved, not to mention of the nearly thousand years of how long it took English to develop into what it is now--and for the most part, they didn't even have dictionaries in any language to help keep things somewhat standard throughout all that time.
It's a wonder the various forms of the word are still traceable to its roots, considering it was used to describe a mythical creature that was derived from another mythical creature! :twilightoops:
Dragons, griffons, and hippogriffs must have been real popular in fan-fiction communities over the millennia to last this long! :trollestia:

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Thanks. I commissioned SB to write this because of the way she portrayed ponies discovering a human in her first fic.

Also should ask but that last point was the obligatory Harry Potter reference right?

A bit overly brief but otherwise entertaining.

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