First off, the story has been collected into one page and has a title: Axe, Beak and Claw. As dr_strych9 once put it, "Yes, I chose a more permanent title... No, I don't care if you think it sucks. I like it. That's all there is to it." While that's a little more vehement a sentiment than i feel, it'll do.
The final word count is either 22265 or 22253 (depending on whether you believe lynx -dump axe-beak-claw.html | wc -w or copying and pasting the story from my browser into wc -w), which puts it in the 'novella' size category. When i first started writing it, i thought it was a short story. It took fourteen months and one day to complete. The seed idea for this story was the notion of an airborne delivery service run by a gryphon rider.
It's been a fun exercise. I don't think it sucks, but i'm quite aware that it has warts. If i were interested in publishing this, i'd want to plane out the D&D stuff; i'd probably combine halflings, dwarves and gnomes into a shortish race of my own manufacture. Some of the clichés would have to be reworked. And the more obviously
stolen lifted borrowed bits would need to spackled. As ever, any and all criticism, editing, suggestions and advice are welcome and encouraged.
( exegesis follows )