Demon (Stone)

Current Understanding:

The word gargoyle is derived from an old French word gargouille, meaning throat. When an architect designs a waterspout on a building (a device that directs water away from the building), it is called a gargoyle. If there is a stone carving on the side of a building and has a face that resembles a strange creature, it is called a grotesque. The understanding behind creating gargoyles on buildings is to ward off evil spirits, making a gargoyle a friendly guardian for the dweller within.

The Mythology

Gargoyles are said to come to life at night, to protect the person that lives in the building where they reside. Therefore they are enslaved guardians, of a sort, but it is unlikely they show much emotion either way about it.

Creating a Gargoyle
One must have artistic talent to shape the creature out of stone or clay. The gargoyle must be mounted on a building somehow.

Gargoyle Movements
When night falls and takes a strong hold (ie, after twilight), a gargoyle may come to life.
The gargoyle must return to its original position on the building before dawn, or the rays of the sun will destroy it.


  • The stone gargoyles are tough and resistant to many things as they are still made of stone.
  • Winged gargoyles are rapid flyers, and can perform many acrobatic feats
  • Wingless gargoyles, though restricted to the ground, are versatile climbers and acrobats
  • They can disguise themselves for the statues they are when alive, and make good spies
  • They live forever unless they are destroyed.


  • Clay gargoyles are soft-fleshed when they come to life, as an animal would be, and can be easily slain
  • Not a very intelligent (or emotional) species
  • They can't talk, only grunt - but the one that they are supposed to protect has dreams in which they can speak and give warnings.

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