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Sphinxes were a race of intelligent, immortal magical beasts. It was said that they once held a vast kingdom given to them by the gods in an effort to teach mortals the way of truth. The sphinxes had their own methods, however, by teaching mortals to think for themselves with riddles and parables. The four most common subraces of sphinx were the androsphinx, criosphinx, gynosphinx, and hieracosphinx.
Sphinxes tended to be very solitary creatures and were territorial. Many made their lairs within the ruins of ancient civilizations or in isolated caves. They were neither good nor evil, but followed their own path, just as any mortal did.
Androsphinxes were a male subrace of sphinx. They were physically powerful creatures with inherent magical powers and a terrifying roar. While they tended to be short-tempered and terse, androsphinxes possessed good-natured ideals and always attempted to do the right thing.
A gynosphinx was a female sphinx. While not as physically powerful as an androsphinx, the gynosphinx was still a capable combatant and possessesed a number of magical powers. The gynosphinx was the sole female sphinx subrace.
Gynosphinxes preferred to pursue intellectual ideals. They loved to collect knowledge and ancient lore, and delight in solving riddles, puzzles and mental challenges.
- Canisphinx — Jackal-headed, predatory sphinxes
- Criosphinx — Male ram-headed sphinxes with low intelligence and generally had the sole aim of finding a gynosphinx mate.
- Dracosphinx — Evil, crocodilian sphinxes that made their lair on river banks
- Hieracosphinx — Evil, savage and animal-intelligent hawk-headed sphinxes
- Luposphinx — Wolf-headed, forest-dwelling sphinxes
- Saurosphinx — Reptilian-faced, conversational sphinxes
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