Classification: Demon (Stone)
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.
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.
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
gargoyles, though restricted to the ground, are versatile climbers
- They can
disguise themselves for the statues they are when alive, and make
- 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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