I've done a bit of thinking, and sending a norn who's only just hit the youth stage to fight a fully grown grendel that has been that way for a while isn't particularly fair, especially considering the goal of the initiation is to find norns that are actually willing to fight grendels. So, I have decided that I will hatch a new grendel for each youth. If the norn loses, the grendel stays, and the stakes are raised for everyone else. Hopefully, they stand a better chance against a grendel who hasn't had as much of a chance to learn their instincts.
Pigeon Feather must love the smell of flowers; his head's barely visible through them!