He's a big boy.
And yes, sorry about doubling down on the cliffhanger weekend with an ominous lack of commentary. And a preview image that was just a black circle. And various doom flags that I totally knew were doom flags.
It does, in fact, appear that Mr. Verres is alive, though he's not getting up under his own power any time soon, and there IS a giant Lion Owl Griffin flying at him with talons extended.
Someone might want to get on that.
Lion Owl Griffin
This is one of those "I've been waiting years to have this guy show up" moments. I figure, if you're going to have cat-bird beings, you should be able to combine variety of different birds and cats.
From an imagination standpoint, I mean. There are probably pretty reasonable arguments for why a species wouldn't just be full of random mixes of other animals.
Granted, an African Lion is a pretty obvious choice, but part of this guy's job is to be a big boy, and a lion's mane makes him look like an even bigger boy. Someone else can be a more obscure kitty-bird.