The Great Chase
The coastal pirate nation of Gryfja is led by the terrible Manticore King.
Gryfja’s roots are as a humble nation which was comprised mostly of fishing villages. The original Manticore King came to power when he realized the fishermen were some of the toughest people he’d ever encountered due to them having to deal with constant maritime threats such as Kuo-toa and giant crabs. He harnessed the battle-hardened fisherman into a formidable fighting force who takes what they want. Once he did so that led Gryfja into conflict with some other nations they had previously traded with peacefully. They began negotiating more aggressively and eventually went to war about 60 years ago when Okiwa stood their ground a few too many times.
The current Manticore King inherited his father’s mantle and has a chip on his shoulder due to his father’s execution at the hands of the King and Queen of Okiwa after they defeated him in battle.