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Gargoyles are found on an architectural structure, originally designed to serve as a spout to throw rainwater clear of a building. They later became strictly ornamental and assumed many forms. Today the legends surrounding the actual reasons behind the elaborate figures are just as varied as the individual creatures themselves.
The word gargoyle itself comes from the Old French word Gargouille,meaning throat or gullet. This word is used to describe the sound that is produced when water passes through the throat and mixes with air and is also the origin of the word gargle. This word was originally used in reference to the drains atop medieval cathedrals which were later carved into the form of beasts or animals.
Some say they were meant to ward off the devil, while others believe they were meant to remind parishioners of the perils of evil. Perhaps the most interesting story, however, involves a priest and a dragon:
The priest Romanus struck a deal with the villagers of Rouen, promising to take care of the dragon called La Gargouille if they agreed to be baptized Boden Gargoyle Sentineland to build a church. The villagers agreed, and the priest headed to the River Seine, where he subdued the dragon in its cave and led it back to the town to be burned at the stake. The dragon’s head and neck, however, were well-tempered from his fire-breathing habits, and so would not burn. The remnants were instead mounted on the town wall.
Anatomy and appearanceEdit
Gargoyles are described as any sculpted creature inhabiting the upper levels of buildings, be they cathedrals or not. They are usually carved in the form of a grotesque face, figure or frightening creature. Possible characteristics include: ugly human faces, animal features, forms borrowed from mythical and imaginary creatures, and chimeric combinations of the above. It has been said that no two gargoyles are alike.
It is said that gargoyles are protective spirits that frighten away evil. Gargoyles are also said to come alive at night, flying around their hometown or city.
Range and populationEdit
Gargoyles are a distinct race, not just as a structural ornament. The typical gargoyle is a (generally) winged humanoid race with demonic features (generally horns, a tail, talons, and may or may not have a beak). Gargoyles can generally use their wings to fly or glide, and are often depicted as having a rocky hide, or being capable of turning into stone in one way or another.