“If you want to embrace this life of unrestricted academia, you must also embrace the chaos that comes with it. Or at least acknowledge it exists.”—excerpt of a letter addressed to Iriswood’s founding headmaster
In the years following the opening of Iriswood University the school suffered several devastating attacks from both the local wildlife and a few of the Wailing Valley’s wilder inhabitants. Fearing intervention at the hands of the regional government, the headmaster solicited suggestions from the faculty. One particularly enterprising naturalist, the gnome Jessaly Jinxtoggle, suggested using the local fauna to their advantage. Thus, the Zephyrs were created.
Upon completion of rigorous, years-long training—including griffin husbandry—an individual may assume the mantle of Zephyr. Assigned to the four cardinal directions, they now keep the borders of Iriswood.