Well, here's a nice gryph-type-of-pheonix-thingy. I guess if you want a story, it's guarding the sacred thingunmy that floats atop that fountian of liquid flame or some such thing.
I hade some fun with the fur and I was happy with the serpintine-like tail. Coloured with
photoshop. (well, not really coloured, just played around with the lighting a bit.)