While Desna was still a young goddess, she would spend many nights listening to tales of Curchanus' travels. Their long talks came to a sudden end when the envious demon lord Lamashtu led Curchanus into a trap, robbing him of his dominion over beasts and catapulting the demon into divinity. This attack was too much for the god to withstand, and he was killed as a result of the theft. As his final act, he passed on his dominion over travel to Desna, who had always treasured the tales of his journeys.21 It is said that this theft caused humans to lose their bond with animals, who thereafter only saw them with suspicion and mistrust.1 Some ancient shrines on remote paths still bear faint echoes of the dead god's power.1
Curchanus created the first griffons in response to prayers from his worshippers. These original griffons are believed to have been highly intelligent and to have protected their god's faithful, but regressed into their current bestial state after Curchanus' death.4
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- Sean K Reynolds. (2007). Desna. The Skinsaw Murders, p. 71. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-037-7
- James Jacobs. (2010). Lords of Chaos, p. 7. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-250-0
- Logan Bonner, Jason Bulmahn, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Mark Seifter, et al. (2019). Bestiary (Second Edition), p. 194. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-170-2
- James Jacobs, Kevin Kulp, Rob McCreary, and Owen K.C. Stephens. (2010). City of Seven Spears. City of Seven Spears, p. 47. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-274-6