Largo. Slowly. Broadly. Grand, sweeping strokes were made across the collected knowledge and insight of but a few of the helpful members on OKA. I had hoped that this post would be in much more detail, but unfortunately tumblr hiccuped and ate my post, so a lot of the data was lost.
To make it short (really, really short), however, myself and a few of the helpful members over at OKA had gone over the riddle and its possible answers for days, it seems like. Our answers ranged from anything to saurian proto-birds, quetzalcoatl, phoenix, -gryph types, flying serpents…eventually coming across the idea of a cockatrice, which seemed to strike a few notes with me.
I went back to Imladriscion to check my answer - and she had told me that I was close, but feared I was being too literal. Telling me that the third element in the riddle was change, changing the riddle to:
“What’s dragon and bird and mixed with change?”
It added a whole new dynamic to the riddle, and one that pretty much rendered outside help useless for much of the process. Symbolism. Symbols can be intensely personal - and a riddle riddled with it in an attempt to aid my Awakening, something that ‘s already an intimately personal experience, made it painfully clear to me that it was something that ultimately I was going to have to go it alone for.