For a land surrounded by horrific monsters and the creatures of nightmare, the valley was decidedly peaceful and serene. Bright blue skies, sparkling clear water, the rustle of birds and small creatures, and even the occasional bleating sound from goats somewhere nearby. Silver flashes within the water indicated minnows and fish, which a soaring eagle above was quick to take advantage of, swooping in graceful arc and splashing it's front talons into the water, coming away with a minnow gripped in each -
Wait, four talons?
The griffin (Most definitely not an eagle, because eagles did not have four long claws, extended tail feathers, or a body shaped like a four-legged creature; neither were they coloured in tones of pale lavender and gold) settled in the grass nearby with it's prizes, picking them up one by one in it's beak to toss the minnows into the air and swallow them whole. It paused, scenting the air, and located the newly hatched creature, then the person beside it. For a moment the griffin simply watched warily, holding perfectly still in a way that made it seem even more birdlike.
The large, barking dog that came next was far less subtle; she bounded towards the two newcomers without a care, sticking her nose eagerly in the face of the new pup. She was some kind of large-breed poodle, curly-haired and long-legged, panting heavily with excitement.
"Makkachin!" called her owner a moment later, and as he crested the hill, Viktor's steps paused, noting an unfamiliar face and the tiny wolf pup beside him. He was still wearing a bandage on his head (Yuuri's insistence), but aside from that, seemed normal enough. The dog, Makkachin, returned immediately to his side, and he stopped before coming any closer, placing one hand on her head to scratch her ear.
"Sorry about that," he apologized, using English because it was usually a safe enough bet and seemed to be the most common language around here. "She's been cooped up the last few days, so she's excited to be outside. She doesn't really have any concept of strangers."