(Weisman / 9-26-93)
(1st Season Final: 4-22-94)
We've all seen gargoyles. Ugly, stone statues that crouch on
the roofs of old buildings. But have you ever wondered what
inspired men and women to carve these statues? What myths,
legends and truths caused a phenomena that in one form or another
is duplicated by almost every culture on the planet? That's what
we're here to explore.
Probably the first thing to remember about
true gargoyles is what they are not. They are NOT magical beings.
They are not sculpted statues magically brought to life. They are
a kind of animal, as dinosaurs were, elephants are and human
beings pretend not to be.
Despite the occasional and sparing use of
magic, this is a fairly Darwinistic series. In pre-historic times
gargoyles evolved, perhaps out of dinosaurs, into a nocturnal
species that would hibernate during the day by turning to stone (or
at least into an organic substance that absolutely resembles
stone). Now this may sound scientifically improbable, but
consider the chameleon or the electric eel; both can accomplish
miracles of nature, objectively as remarkable as turning into
And back before the iron age, turning to stone
made evolutionary sense. The gargoyle species (alert and powerful
at night) were protected during their daytime slumber from tooth,
claw and primitive tools by their stone transformation.
Around this time, gargoyle evolution divided
down two tracks (much as humans and other primates are thought to
have common ancestors). The main track evolved into sentient
beings with wings. The secondary track, commonly called Gargoyle
Beasts, were far less intelligent and lacked, real wings. Both
species turn to stone during the day. (We'll discuss Gargoyle
Beasts in more detail when we get to the character of BRONX.) For
now we'll focus on the regular sentient gargoyles.
So what are gargoyles?
At night, gargoyles are flesh and blood, bone
and muscle. And brains. Their "hide" may be slightly
thicker than human skin, but it can be pierced or cut. And if it
is, they bleed.
Gargoyles tend to be very strong. Because of
their daytime hibernation, they can operate at peak levels
throughout the night.
All gargoyles have sharp teeth and powerful
claws capable of gouging into stone and even metal.
But gargoyles exhibit tremendous visual
variety. For example, some have hair, and some don't. Some have
relatively round, humanoid faces; some have more animalistic
snouts. Most have tails, and generally, all have six limbs (not
including their tail) with four digits per limb: usually two arms
(each with three fingers and an opposable thumb), two legs (each
with three forward toes and a back claw) and two wings (where the
four digits are often divided between ribbing for the wings and/or
finger-like grasping claws at the wings apex).
Gargoyles cannot fly like birds or bats. They
use their wings to glide, like "flying" squirrels or
paper airplanes. Once in the air, they are adept at using up-drafts
and down-drafts to simulate flight, and momentum to generate
speed. But they need height to take off. They cannot flap their
wings to power them into the air from ground level. They cannot
take a running start to achieve flight. They cannot hover. If
they're on the ground, there's only one way to get into the air:
they must climb with their claws to a sufficient height and then
Most gargoyle wings are also capable of
clasping around a gargoyle's chest and folding over to resemble a
cloak or cape.
Gargoyles typically have pupils and irises,
but when angered, fighting or about to enter hibernation, their
eyes seem to glow solidly. (Males glow solid white; females,
solid red.) Also their jaws distend downward revealing all their
Gargoyles have the potential to be as smart as
humans, but their animal instincts are stronger. Their thought
processes tend to be simpler and more direct. They are highly
territorial. Highly communal. Very loyal to and protective of
their territory and community.
Gargoyles possess an intense biological clock,
tied to the rising and setting of the sun and even to seasonal
changes in that process. When the sun rises, they go into
hibernation. Keeping them locked in a dark place might allow them
to temporarily fool their internal clocks, but not for long.
Keyed to the impending sunrise, a gargoyle will begin to feel
fatigued. Generally, he or she will find a high, out of the way
place and strike a frightening pose just as the sun rises over
the horizon. The transformation to stone is nearly instantaneous.
If a gargoyle were wounded during the night,
the transformation to stone would seal and heal any cuts, bruises
or abrasions. If properly set, broken bones would knit during the
day. Sore muscles would be refreshed. But a dismembered limb
could not be reattached. And if a gargoyle were to die at night,
he'd still be dead during the day. In fact, a nighttime gargoyle
corpse would not turn to stone. (Again, it's a biological process.
When life ceases, there's nothing to activate the process.)
During the daytime hibernation, gargoyles are
in a deep coma-like sleep. They cannot be awakened prematurely.
They are unaware of what is taking place around them.
Gargoyles do not age while in hibernation mode.
Thus a typical gargoyle life-span would be about twice that of a
typical human. However, gargoyles mature half as fast. So a
thirty-eight year old gargoyle would possess the equivalent
mental, emotional and physical maturity of a nineteen year old
human. Only the quantity of his experiences would betray his true
Being stone, they are protected from casual
damage. But they are not invulnerable. Take a sledgehammer to a
hibernating gargoyle and a person could maim or kill that
gargoyle, could reduce it to dust. (And again, a gargoyle that is
destroyed while in hibernation will not turn back to flesh and
blood at night but will remain as stone fragments.)
Keyed to the sunset, a gargoyle's internal
clock will begin the awakening process. The gargoyle will turn
back to flesh and blood from the inside out, until all that
remains is a thin layer of exoderm, which then cracks and is shed
by the gargoyle as a snake sheds its skin. Generally, a waking
gargoyle flexes, stretches and/or explodes out of the thin
exoderm of stone, leaving fragments of grit and gravel. once
awake, the gargoyle is alert, refreshed, rejuvenated, energized
and healed of any injury that might have occurred the previous
Gargoyles have no natural predators, (other
than some humans). But they are not prolific breeders either.
Gargoyles lay eggs, which look roughly like
large stone cannonballs. At this point, we don't know how long it
takes an egg to gestate a baby gargoyle, nor how often the eggs
are laid, but we do know that as many as forty years can pass
between gargoyle generations.
Gargoyles don't like pigeons.
HABITS & HISTORY
Once there were gargoyles in every corner of
the world. Although habits differed slightly from place to place,
most gargoyles lived in and above a "Gargoyle Rookery".
These rookeries were generally natural or gargoyle-dug tunnels in
the sides of a cliff or tall mountain. (Gargoyles like being in
high naturally protected areas.) Eggs would be hidden in the
tunnels. Gargoyles would spend their nights guarding the rookery
and foraging for food; their days hibernating in the open air.
When the Iron Age of Man arrived, the
transformation to stone, which had once been a natural form of
protection became a liability. Men could safely seek out
gargoyles during the day and use iron weapons to smash them to
bits. Many gargoyles were destroyed, and the race nearly perished.
One factor saved them.
Men were more afraid of each other than of gargoyles. One very
wise man struck a deal with a gargoyle. He would build his keep
on top of a gargoyle rookery. During the day, his archers could
keep both humans and sleeping gargoyles safe from enemies and
harm. During the night, the gargoyles would do likewise.
It worked out great, and the idea caught on
like wildfire. Soon castles, keeps and fortresses were popping up
atop every accessible rookery. Existing castles and new castles
that could not find a rookery to co-exist with were carving fake
gargoyles out of stone, to fool potential enemies into believing
that their castle was also protected by gargoyles. This was the
golden age of human-gargoyle relations. But it couldn't last.
THE TENTH CENTURY (Our Back Story)
In the year 994 A.D. in Scotland, GOLIATH
was the leader of a Clan of gargoyles who lived alongside humans
at CASTLE WYVERN, a castle built over a Gargoyle Rookery of
tunnels high atop a cliff. The castle was protected on three
sides by the sheer cliff walls that plunged into the sea far
below. That left only one fortress wall to protect: the side that
faced the steep slope that approached the castle. During the day,
human archers held the watch. At night, the gargoyles did the
same. The castle could not even be starved into submission, for
the gargoyles could leap off the cliff-side and eventually glide
back with provisions. If trouble threatened the countryside, all
the local peasants would gather their belongings, struggle up the
hill to the castle and camp out in its courtyard, safe behind its
walls until the danger had passed. The castle was impenetrable...
But within, things were not so sanguine. The
humans who had once sought out gargoyle protection now regarded
the gargoyles as a necessary evil, at best. The gargoyles were
large,--frightening, ugly, socially uneducated and not
automatically respectful of the growing class of nobility. The
humans even resented their dependence on the gargoyles,
As for the gargoyles, a few (like Goliath's
true love, DEMONA) resented the increasing contempt with which
the humans treated them. But most gargoyles ignored it. They
would act as gargoyles had always acted no matter how badly the
humans behaved: they would protect their territory and community.
And that's basically how Goliath felt, but he
took it a step further. Goliath believed that there was much that
was good about humans. He had taught himself to read and write (both
human inventions, though few local humans were literate). He had
one close human friend, the CAPTAIN of the Guard, an ugly war-horse
of a man, as much like a gargoyle as a human could be. Goliath
held out hope that the golden age could return, that humans and
gargoyles would both see the value in each other, as he and the
Then one night, Goliath
was betrayed by the Captain and lured away from his post. The
castle was overrun and sacked. Most of the gargoyle population
was destroyed. (including, or so it seemed, Demona.) Goliath and
the five other surviving gargoyles were unfairly blamed, and the
MAGUS, the kingdom's sorcerer, laid a curse upon them. They would
sleep day and night, until "the castle rested in the clouds". And of course, gargoyles only sleep
one way ... as unaging stone.
And that's about it for Goliath and friends
... for 1000 years.
Throughout Scotland and Europe, humans were
destroying gargoyles. Even human-made gargoyle statues were being
smashed into dust. No one was prepared to take the chance that
any stone gargoyle might wake up at nightfall. Parallel events
took place everywhere gargoyles lived. By the end of the Eleventh
Century, the gargoyle race was, for all practical purposes,
But the legends lived on. Within a couple
centuries, humans began carving stone gargoyles again. Some
carved them in honor of the once mighty race. Some with only a
vague notion that a gargoyle signified protection from evil. Some
as merely decorative sculpture. These are the gargoyles that we
know from the cathedrals and castles of the world.
DAVID XANATOS, a very rich and very powerful
man has somehow met up with Demona, the gargoyle that Goliath
once loved. (It seems that Demona was a party to the Captain's
betrayal. Thus she escaped destruction and somehow survived into
the twentieth century.) She has told him the true secret of the
gargoyles and of the ancient Scottish castle where Goliath and
his five friends have been sleeping for 1000 years. Xanatos
purchases the castle, dismantles it stone by stone and then has
it rebuilt on top of his corporate headquarters: the EYRIE
BUILDING, a glass and steel skyscraper that dominates the skyline
The first night after "the castle rests
in the clouds", Goliath wakes up, as do the other five
gargoyles (soon to be named HUDSON, BROOKLYN, LEXINGTON, BROADWAY
and BRONX). Rocked by culture shock and embittered by the
Captain's betrayal, Goliath seems easy prey to Xanatos, attempts
to use him to serve his and Demona's criminal intents. But
Goliath's relationship with ELISA MAZA, a young New York City
Police Detective, helps reveal the villains, true colors and,
more importantly, helps reawaken Goliath's optimistic belief that
humans and gargoyles together can rediscover the golden age.
Once again, Goliath and the gargoyles will
protect their territory and community from enemies. But Elisa
expands how Goliath defines those concepts. Now his territory
isn't simply the castle, but all of Manhattan Island, and his
community is every innocent (human and gargoyle) that lives there.
And now he knows that the worst enemies often come from within
Goliath the Gargoyle was the leader of a
clan of gargoyles that lived 1000 years ago in and on a cliff-side
castle in Scotland. Today, he leads his five gargoyle companions
in their mutual attempt to adapt to, survive in and protect the
often-hostile environment of 1994 Manhattan.
Not counting the 1000
year sleep, Goliath is about fifty plus years old, which makes
him the human equivalent of a guy in his mid-to-late twenties.
Goliath is very big, very strong and
surprisingly fast. He's over seven feet tall and weighs over 300
pounds. Like all gargoyles, he turns to stone each day, only to
awaken revitalized each night. He uses his claws to climb and
fight; his wings to glide or as a cloak. His visage in battle,
with glowing eyes and sharp teeth, is terrible to behold. He is a
mighty warrior. Even his tail is a weapon.
But Goliath is also a thinker. Maybe not a
fast thinker, but a determined one. He is neither in awe nor
disdainful of the modern world, but is constantly reconsidering
aspects of it and deciding for himself whether they are of value.
He is at heart an optimist. He believes that
some day, humans and gargoyles will truly learn to work together
as they once did. Goliath knows from personal experience that
bringing back the golden age will not be easy. Ignorance and
Prejudice will always exist. He has largely come to terms with
the great tragedy in his life (the massacre of his clan). He will
never forget, and there is an emptiness inside him where his old
life used to be. But he is determined not to live in the past.
He is neither shallow nor complicated. He
understands that the world is not a black and white place, but
his values are straightforward and his own needs are simple. He
believes in family, community, the desire to live in peace. He is
not one to start a fight and never quick to enter one. But he is
highly protective by instinct. in battle, he is defensive by
ancient training, though now he is learning that sometimes the
best defense is a good offense.
Of all the Gargoyles he's
the one who's most likely to stand erect, particularly when he's
dealing with a human like Elisa. When he's talking to the other
gargoyles, he's more likely to crouch, as they do.
He is very loyal to his friends, but capable
of great compassion to all.
He's a fairly self-aware individual. He knows
that to a modern eye, he looks like a monster, and it doesn't
bother him... too much. He has a sense of humor. He can see
life's little ironies, its occasional big jokes and the
preposterousness of an eight-foot tall medieval monster trying to
squeeze into the modern world. He's not above laughing long and
loud... even at himself.
He's stoic, but not incapable of being moved
by the simplest act of kindness or the tiniest scrap of beauty.
He can read and write and loves to learn new
And he even has a few flaws. With enough
provocation, he can get very, very angry. He's not always patient
with people, and rarely if ever with things. He can be moody
sometimes, and if he starts thinking about the massacre, he can
fall into deep despair. At his loneliest, he's prone to send his
friends away. He rarely asks for help, even when he truly needs
it. He is direct in words and actions, sometimes to a fault. And
he is prey to his surroundings: when on the ground or in an
enclosed space, his flaws may be exaggerated; when high above the
ground and in the open air, his better nature shines.
Basically, he's an all-around great guy. A
noble savage. A hero.
Elisa Maza is a
plainclothes police detective working night-shift for the N.Y.P.D.
It's the family business; her father and her brother are also
cops. Among other things, Elisa is 25 years old, college educated
and single. She is 50% Native American (Sioux) on her father's
side, 50% African-American on her mother's side and 100% New
Yorker inside and out. In fact, she's lived in Manhattan all her
life, and she loves her town. She is athletic, self-sufficient
and hardly a damsel in distress.
Elisa is smart, but impulsive. There have
probably been no great tragedies in her life. And although she is
sensitive to the fact that others have not been as lucky as she
has and that the world can be a dark and dangerous place, her own
consistent good fortune occasionally leads her to take reckless
chances. She's young enough to feel immortal. (However, she would
never do anything truly suicidal or even half-way stupid.
Remember, smart first; impulsive second.)
Her job occasionally takes her undercover, and
her life sometimes depends on her acting skills, as well as her
ability to see when someone else is being less than candid. Elisa
is suspicious of surface qualities. She's curious, inquisitive
and hungry to learn. She always wants to dig deeper and find
hidden truths. (She loved reading Nancy Drew Mysteries as a child.
In fact, she's read so many mystery stories she's come to believe
that the obvious answer can never be the solution, even though
occasionally, it is.) But this ability to look beyond the surface
is also one of the main reasons she and Goliath get along so well.
She is one of the few human beings who does not see the monster,
but the individual. A real person with hopes and dreams, with
deep sadness and anger, with tenderness and gentle strength. Both
of them treasure innocence and beauty (in all its forms). Both of
them dislike hypocrisy.
If Goliath is an optimist, Elisa is a
downright idealist. She offers him understanding and friendship,
hope and a sense of purpose. She reawakens him to his dream of a
golden age of human/gargoyle cooperation, and she shares that
dream with him. She helps him redefine and widen his definitions
of territory and community.
Their relationship is caring, even romantic,
but platonic. (They're different species, and this is still a
cartoon show.) She might put a gentle hand on his arm; she might
even give him a big hug. For his part, he's not used to physical
tenderness from any human. It's a bit intimidating. But he's very
protective of her. Very gentle. And he has to be periodically
reminded that she's not a fragile flower.
Although she's not thinking about it much
right now, Elisa probably does want a husband and family someday.
But given her chosen career and her night-shift hours, she's not
meeting many eligible men. And those she does meet have a tough
act to follow in Goliath, who would be the perfect guy for her if
he were only human.
THE TRIO: BROOKLYN, LEXINGTON &
These three rookery-brothers all hatched
at about the same time, some 30 to 40 years before the 1000 year
snooze, which makes them each the
mental, emotional and physical equivalent of a human male in his
late teens. In the tenth century, they were young warriors.
inseparable friends. Mischievous and occasionally obnoxious, but
generally open and trustful of gargoyles and even humans. Being
banished from the courtyard was the worst of punishments. And the
world was a small, but wonderful place.
Then came the massacre, and all three have had
to grow up fast. Lurking beneath the surface is a pain that none
of them has truly faced yet.
Still, it seems they've lost little of their
youthful enthusiasm. And the twentieth century has opened up a
brave, new, gigantic world that none of them can wait to explore.
They're adapting even faster than Goliath and in a hundred
different ways. They're all especially enthralled with modern
technology and rarely take the time to evaluate whether a
specific item is a good thing or bad thing. It's all too cool.
During a fight, in particular, they're likely to pick up and
utilize whatever's at hand.
They all think Goliath is the best. But they
also believe they're old enough to make most of their own
decisions. And Elisa is definitely NOT a mother-figure to these
three. if anything, she shares their impulsive nature. They're
They love all modern food... except pizza.
They hate pizza.
Although Brooklyn's in no hurry to see his
hero Goliath retire, he does dream of someday taking Goliath's
place as leader of the clan. Brooklyn is de facto leader of the
trio, in that he has the most forceful personality.
Brooklyn probably has an overly romantic idea
of what being a leader is all about. He's a big fan of mystery,
adventure and battle, etc. But he didn't necessarily understand
the hardship that went with leadership, until most of his clan
was massacred. Now he wants to prove that he can be a truly great
leader. He's probably the most pro-active of all the gargoyles,
including Goliath. He has a tendency to look for trouble. He
feeds on excitement and conflict. He tends to get in over his
head, but the audience should feel that someday, he'll make a
Brooklyn sees that the ability to successfully
interact with humans is an important asset to a leader, so for
that reason, he's the most likely to try to act human. He might
put on sunglasses (even at night) or try to ride a motorcycle,
etc. That makes human rejection all the more painful when it
happens. And it happens often.
As a warrior, he's not the strongest of the
trio. But he's the fastest and the savviest. And the most
Lexington (or Lex, for short) has the least
edge of our cast. He's a bit naive and innocent, completely awed
by all the cool stuff that the twentieth century has to offer.
He's a tinkerer and semi-savant. He loves to tear things apart,
and occasionally manages to put them together again. The simplest
thing can hold his attention for hours; he's easily fascinated,
also easily fooled. He's the most adaptive of all. The gargoyles.
A follower, not a leader, but also a wanderer and "day"-dreamer.
Still, in a time of crisis, he's a reliable gargoyle warrior. Not
the physically strongest of the trio, but probably the most
creative and acrobatic.
Broadway is the hedonist of the bunch. Strong,
confident, comfortable with who and what he is and with a heart
as big as the world. He's always out for a good time first. He's
kind of like Little John (Belushi) to Brooklyn's Robin Hood.
He'll follow Brooklyn on an adventure if it sounds like fun. And
he enjoys a good battle on occasion too.
Also, he's a slob. He'll gladly help Lex tear
something apart, but can't be bothered putting it back together.
Oh, yeah... he likes to eat... in bulk and often, though he would
never mindlessly follow his stomach into obvious danger.
As a warrior, he leads with his strength and
his bulk. His style is almost sumo-esque.
In one of our first-season episodes, he accidentally shot Elisa,
which makes him particularly protective of her now.
Before the Big Sleep,
Hudson was just over 100 years old,
which makes him the equivalent of a man in his fifties. But in
the dangerous dark ages, that made him very old indeed. A war-horse,
Hudson is Goliath's mentor and oldest friend. once, he was leader
of the clan, but he stepped down to make way for the younger,
fitter Goliath. Now he's proud to be Goliath's advisor and strong
right arm. But the arm isn't as strong as it once was. His wings
are torn. He's seen better days. He
compensates a bit by using ancient human weapons (a sword or
staff or mace) in combat. But he is,
in fact, the least adaptive of the gargoyles.
He's suspicious of the modern world and is
completely uninterested in exploring it. He's found two things in
the twentieth century that he likes: an old, beat-up comfortable
lounge chair and an old beat-up television set, the latter of
which he sees as a kind of living tapestry that brings everything
he could want to know about our era to him. When Goliath doesn't
need him, he's a fairly content couch potato.
He's fiercely loyal and highly protective of
what remains of his old clan, but he's not particularly familial
or grandfatherly. He respects Goliath tremendously, and they are
best friends. He tries on occasion to uphold the "Gargoyle
Way" in front of the trio, but he's neither a lecturer nor a
baby-sitter. To begin with, the trio's too old to need a baby-sitter.
Besides, Goliath is their leader. Teaching them is Goliath's
responsibility, not Hudson's. (which is not to say, he wouldn't
help them if they were in trouble.) For their part, the trio
respect and love Hudson.
Hudson and Elisa get along because they
understand and respect each other, and because they each
appreciate how much the other cares for Goliath.
Hudson hates spunk.
Unlike the rest of our gargoyles, Bronx is of
a different species. He's a Gargoyle Beast, with about the same
mental capacity as a regular dog. Think Hooch, in the Tom Hanks,
film Turner & Hooch. He is huge, sloppy and drools a lot.
He's an omnivore, so he literally eats everything in sight. He
is, clearly, an opportunity for some comic relief. But that's not
all he is. Like most big dogs, he is very loyal to his master.
And that loyalty extends beyond Goliath to include the other
gargoyles and Elisa. In a fight, he is quite literally a monstera
terror dog with powerful jaws and claws. He is not cowardly. But
he inspires cowardice in others. Think Cujo on steroids.
Like all gargoyle beasts (of which he is
probably the last), he has only four limbs and no wings. He can
neither fly nor glide. To make up for his lack of flying ability,
he can run very fast, sometimes loping straight up the side of a
building, using his claws for traction. Like any gargoyle, he
sleeps as stone every sunrise and awakens revitalized at sunset.
It is important to remember that Bronx is
neither Scooby-Doo nor Lassie. He cannot talk. Not even mumble-talk.
He knows a few basic commands, but you can't whisper a plan into
his ear and expect him to understand. He can innocently scratch
at a door, carving huge grooves into it. He can nudge Goliath and
whimper with confusion if his master is unconscious. He can be
more fierce and frightening than any pit bull. But he won't
snicker like a human being. And most of what's going on goes over
He hates pigeons. Pigeons really drive him
nuts. He's uncontrollable around pigeons.
Demona's life encompasses many contradictions
and many mysteries. Some will be revealed right away, others only
over time, if at all.
When our story opens in the tenth century,
Demona and Goliath are in love. She is a fierce and energetic
gargoyle warrior. She and Hudson are Goliath's most trusted
friends. But she hates to see the way Goliath and the other
gargoyles are treated by the spoiled humans of the castle. She
longs for the days when gargoyles lived alone upon their rookery.
She makes a deal with the traitorous Captain
of the human guards and with HAKON, leader of the attacking
VIKINGS. She and the Captain will convince Goliath to temporarily
remove all the Gargoyles from the castle. While they're gone,
Hakon will sack it and take all the humans away as slaves,
leaving the empty castle for Demona, Goliath and the rest of the
Gargoyles. it's important to see that as misguided as Demona was,
she made her choices based on the love she had for Goliath and
Unfortunately, Goliath screws up her plan by
refusing to take all the Gargoyles away with him. Goliath leaves
with only Hudson. (The trio and Bronx are exploring the rookery
beneath the castle.) Goliath puts Demona in charge of the castle
in his absence, at least in part because he is protective of her
and believes she'll be safe there.
The Captain tries to reassure her that the
plan can still succeed. He'll sabotage his archers, and Hakon's
attack can take place during the day. He promises to protect the
Demona agrees, but just before dawn, she gets
nervous and flees. And thus escapes the massacre.
And that's the last we see of her until 1994.
What's happened in between is currently a
mystery, but it hasn't helped her disposition any. We don't yet
know how she survived into the twentieth century. But we know she
hasn't been sleeping for a 1000 years. Somehow, she's found a way
to make herself immortal, thus she knows a lot more about the
modern world than Goliath does. She's already familiar with
modern weapons, technology and legalities, although at first, she
pretends not to be.
She hates humans more than ever and won't be
satisfied until they are totally eradicated. Her initial hope is
to bring Goliath and the others over to her way of thinking. When
that fails, her love for Goliath turns suddenly and completely to
hate. She wants him dead.
The truth is she can't forgive herself for (or
even acknowledge) her own culpability in the gargoyle massacre.
She still blames Goliath for screwing up her plan. Possibly, she
can't believe that Goliath could ever forgive her either. She's
sure he must hate her, and wants to hate him first and more to
escape that pain. In addition, Goliath's continued belief that
humans and gargoyles can get along seems entirely irrational to
her. She particularly hates Elisa, whom she sees as the symbol of
Goliath's weakness; she may even be jealous of the detective. In
addition, we don't yet know what kind of experiences she had
after being isolated from the clan. But they couldn't have been
Goliath can forgive her, but he can't forget
what happened. Somewhere deep inside him, he loves the gargoyle
she used to be. But the gargoyle she is now is a stranger to him.
Worse... she's his deadliest enemy.
She now despairs of *turning* Goliath and
knows that Hudson would never be disloyal to his leader. She
tried to guide Brooklyn to recognize the evil of humanity and
join her cause, but her plan backfired and now Brooklyn holds a
particular grudge against her.
In battle, Demona is a fierce and passionate
warrior. She's also not afraid to use the most up-to-date human
technology and weapons to fight for her cause. She has the
mentality of a terrorist. Any method. Any means. But to what end?
After the destruction of humanity, we don't know what she has in
mind. Maybe she hasn't thought that far ahead.
No matter how she's survived into this
century, she still has the same gargoyle handicap of turning to
stone during the day.
David Xanatos is a man of extremes. He's
extremely rich, extremely powerful, extremely arrogant. But more
than that, he's extremely smart. You may hate him, but you'd be
foolish not to respect him... in extreme amounts.
Xanatos is the CEO and majority stockholder in
XANATOS ENTERPRISES, an impossibly huge, international
conglomerate, based in New York. X.E.'s holdings include but are
not limited to: SCARAB CORPORATION, a company which specializes
in the development and manufacture of robotics; GEN-U-TECH
SYSTEMS (or G-U-T-S, for short), which specializes in genetic
engineering R. & D.; and XANADU ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTIONS.
Through X.E., Xanatos maintains tight control over many purely
legitimate businesses, many that walk the line and many that are
flat out illegal.
Xanatos is not a mad dictator or a war-monger.
He's not out to destroy humanity, take over the world or bring
our system-of government and commerce crashing to the ground. Why
would he want to? His success has seen no limit under the current
Xanatos favorite word is "Acquire".
Acquire things; acquire people; acquire power ... anything he
sets his sights on. What he can get by legitimate purchase, he'll
buy; it's easier. what he can't buy, he'll take... by subterfuge
if possible or force if necessary. What he can't take (i.e. our
gargoyles and their obedience), he might destroy, less out of
spite than to make sure it won't later be used against him. But
he hates waste, so he wouldn't make the latter decision lightly.
in Xanatos, opinion, he acquired Manhattan long ago. It's his
As humans go, Xanatos is a remarkable physical
specimen, over six feet tall and built like a football player or
wrestler. He's trained in most every martial art you could think
of, and he's proficient in all of them. But you might not notice
any of that at first. He's usually impeccably dressed in custom
made suits. He's not afraid to get his hands dirty, but that's
usually a last resort. He's smart enough to know he couldn't
conquer in a toe to toe physical confrontation with Goliath. And
he has nothing to prove by trying. But he might have a lot to
gain by cheating. Or by using some of the technology his
companies have created to win. He's particularly fond of his new
Gargoyle Battle Armor.
And he doesn't often lose. But when he does,
he doesn't throw a tantrum. He's highly confident in himself and
is sure he'll triumph eventually. He simply moves on to the next
plan. There are always contingencies.
In some episodes, Xanatos will lead his forces
personally. In others, we might not even know he was involved
until an epilogue at the end reveals it. And plenty of times
he'll have no involvement whatsoever. But you can bet, if
something rotten is happening in New York, the odds are good that
Xanatos is behind it.
Demona thinks that Xanatos is a perfect
example of the worst humanity has to offer. So she's perfectly
happy to use him to suit her ends. He provides technology and raw
materials, weapons etc. Likewise, she has opened up a whole new
world of knowledge to him (medieval creatures, magic, possibly
immortality), so he's perfectly happy to use her as well. But
their goals are very different, which could just as often make
them enemies. If she's figured out a way to poison every human in
Manhattan, Xanatos is NOT going to help her. In fact, he might
strike a very temporary alliance with Goliath to stop her.
Goliath and the other gargoyles know that
Xanatos is a formidable enemy, and they're learning that he can't
be fought by tenth century means alone. Elisa feels particularly
frustrated that she can't seem to ever stop him entirely. At the
end of the pilot, she does arrest him, but for the next few
episodes, he operates his empire successfully from prison. And
soon enough, he's out on a reduced sentence.
Owen Burnett is probably the only living being
that Xanatos trusts implicitly. As yet, we don't know why. He is
the ultimate functionary, efficiency personified. Capable of
leading Xanatos' troops or opening his mail. He seems to have no
ambitions of his own. And he easily fades into the woodwork.
Nondescript. Inscrutable. Essential.
THE STEEL CLAN
In our pilot episode, Xanatos tries to trick
Goliath into loyally serving him, but even as he attempts this,
he's setting a contingency plan in motion. He has the gargoyles
steal highly classified information from a rival company called
CYBERBIOTICS. He gives this info to his own Scarab Corp.
scientists and with it, they build Steel Robot Gargoyles, all
modeled after Goliath.
Xanatos believes that these robots render real
gargoyles obsolete. They don't freeze up during the day. Instead
of merely gliding, they can fly with rocket jets. They're made of
steel instead of stone or flesh and blood. And best of all, they
are 100% obedient.
And they presented a real threat to our
heroes, though their simple attack programming allowed our guys
to out-think the robots in their first encounter. But Xanatos'
never gives up. His people are constantly improving the robots.
And now with his own Gargoyle Battle Armor he can personally lead
the Steel Clan into combat. it wouldn't be wise for the real
gargoyles to get overconfident.
XANATOS' SECURITY CHIEF/COMMANDO LEADER
The tough, no-nonsense mercenary
fighter who heads up security for XE, occasionally leads a small
commando unit on covert missions of sabotage, theft, destruction
and violence on Xanatos' behalf.
Xanadu Entertainment Productions (a subsidiary
of Xanatos Enterprises) owns a little company called PACKMEDIA
PRODUCTIONS INC. PackMedia owns and distributes a popular little
syndicated television program featuring a group of heroes known
as THE PACK who are constantly battling "Evil Ninjas"
in choreographed fight scenes. The Pack is led by the woman known
as FOX, a brilliant strategist and martial arts expert. WOLF is
the strong man. JACKAL and HYENA are brother and sister,
fraternal twins, that the audience really loves to watch cut
loose. DINGO is an Australian weapons-master. PackMedia markets
and licenses them everywhere, and these five are heroes to kids
the world over.
And of course, they also moonlight as
mercenaries and enforcers. in fact, their whole show may be
nothing more than a training ground for mercenaries and enforcers.
When we first meet them, the Pack are humans,
though they are humans who've trained to the peak of their
physical potential and have then used steroid-esque drugs to push
past that mark. The sociopathic Jackal and psychopathic Hyena are
particularly vicious, and Dingo is extremely well-armed. Their
modus operandi is to isolate an enemy and then attack him or her
simultaneously, giving no quarter. Even Goliath can be easy prey
to their joint Pack attack. (And their betrayal of Lex in their
first appearance, made a bitter enemy out of him, as well.)
And every succeeding time
we see the Pack, they should be a little more dangerous.
Currently, they are unaware that Xanatos is their boss. But that
could change. And with Xanatos, "help" anything is
possible. Perhaps in a subsequent appearance, XE's Scarab Corp.
gives them CY.O.T.I. (CYber-operational Technical Intelligence).
CY.O.T.I. is a robotic head that can fasten onto multiple
different robot bodies. It also serves as the automatic pilot to
any number of Pack Vehicles.
Later episodes might show G-U-T-S
experimenting on wolf and changing him into a real werewolf. Or
the others being given cybernetic enhancements to make them more
powerful. Just remember that in Goliath's world, opponents get
more dangerous with each appearance. They change. They never
become familiar or ho-hum.
Anthony Dracon is New York city's one-and-only
up-and-coming Mob-Boss-on-the-Rise, the youngest major "Wiseguy"
in town. And the only one with the guts to take on Xanatos
himself. Tony's got major confidence in himself, major attitude
too. if he has any sense of fair play, he hasn't noticed it yet.
He's ruthless and cunning and not afraid to get his hands dirty
... very dirty. When he first comes up against the gargoyles,
he's totally unprepared to face these medieval monsters. But he
won't be unprepared next time.
Glasses is Dracon's top enforcer -- a
competent bruiser with thick black horned-rims.
As yet, our cast knows very little about the
mysterious Macbeth. But there have been some clues. He seems to
have an ancient grudge against Demona and even claims to have
named her. is it possible that he is the ancient Scottish Warrior
King that Shakespeare immortalized on the stage? is it possible
that he has somehow been made immortal in the flesh? Could his
immortality be tied to Demona's? Well... maybe.
We do know is that he is a remarkable fighter
capable of taking on six gargoyles simultaneously. He leans
toward modernized armor, long, duster-style coats with multiple
pockets, electrified weapons, and even the occasional disguise.
He has an incredibly advanced hover jet and an unlimited and
unknown source of wealth. This guy's so good, he even impressed
He's extremely polite, and he has a bizarre
code of honor. He won't attack the gargoyles during the day while
they're vulnerable as stone statues, but he has no qualms about
crushing them in battle at night.
(Note: though it may be incorrect in some
documents, if the name "Macbeth" is not in all-capital
letters, than the "b" should be lower case.)
Demona gathers stone pieces from a number of
different dead gargoyles (the partially destroyed head was from
one of Goliath's rookery brothers). And using technology obtained
from Xanatos, cobbles these pieces together with cybernetics.
Combining science and sorcery, she manages to bring COLDSTONE,
her Frankenstein-esque creation back to a semblance of life. It's
half machine, half a multitude of miss-matched gargoyle parts.
Will it be traumatized by its new horrific appearance? Or will it
be tormented by a multitude of inner voices? Probably both.
TENTH CENTURY CHARACTERS FOR FLASHBACK SCENES
PRINCE MALCOLM - Malcolm is the younger brother of King
Kenneth II (who ruled Scotland from 971 - 995 A.D. Note: although
Malcolm is fictional, Kenneth II was the historical king of
Scotland at that time.) Kenneth gave Castle Wyvern (home of
Goliath's gargoyle clan) to his younger brother to rule. The
castle was small but it's location on the coast made it
strategically important, and not coincidentally, prone to siege.
Malcolm was a well-meaning man who valued the gargoyles, but he
wasn't much of a thinker and often made rash pronouncements. We
know he ruled the castle in the year 984, the year that Hudson
turned over leadership of the gargoyles to Goliath. We also know
that he was dead by the year 994, the year of the gargoyle
THE ARCHMAGE - The Archmage was Malcolm's court
magician until he conspired to usurp the throne in the year 984.
Malcolm had him banished. But the Archmage returned and tried to
kill Malcolm. He was defeated by Goliath, Hudson and Demona and
seemed to fall to his death.
PRINCESS KATHARINE - Malcolm's daughter Katharine was
the young ruler of Castle Wyvern at the time of the massacre of
Goliath's clan in the year 994. She begins as an immature girl
who lets the gargoyle's frightening appearances influence her
against them. By the end, she realizes her error and matures into
a good ruler. But for the gargoyles it is too late.
THE MAGUS - Like Katharine, the magus was also young
and immature, with more arrogance and magical power than wisdom.
He had been apprentice to the Archmage, until the latter betrayed
Prince Malcolm in 984. Then he had been promoted to court
magician, probably before he was ready. In 994, he casts the
spell that puts the surviving gargoyles to sleep, because he
blames them for Katharine's death. But when he finds out that in
fact, Goliath has saved her life, he regrets his rash actions and
wants to make amends. But he cannot; his power has limits. On the
plus side, he is very loyal to his princess.
THE CAPTAIN - The Captain of the
Castle Guard was once Goliath's best human friend. In fact, the
Captain liked Goliath and the gargoyles better than he liked
people. He was disgusted by the cruelty and disdain with which
all humans, even his own fighting men, treated the gargoyles who
were the castle's only real protection. When he decides to betray
the castle, he does it partially because the princess unjustly
demoted him; partially because he
was greedy for the ransom and plunder that such a betrayal would
bring, and partially because he wanted the gargoyles to have the
castle to themselves -- free of the humans. When his plan
backfires, he does not have the strength of character to put his
life on the line for the gargoyles, and thus watches their
destruction. In the end, he goes over a cliff, probably falling
to his death.
HAKON - Hakon was the leader of the band of Marauding
Vikings that lay siege to Castle Wyvern. He was brave, tough,
merciless, pragmatic. Rules his own men by intimidation. Not
above lying, plundering, kidnapping, murder or genocide. Goes off
the cliff with the Captain.
TOM - Tom was a peasant boy who fearlessly and
innocently befriended the gargoyles, sometimes over the
protestations of his less enlightened mother.
TWENTIETH CENTURY CHARACTERS
CAPTAIN MARIA CHAVEZ - Maria is Captain of Detectives in
Elisa's precinct, which makes her Elisa's immediate superior and
her friend. Maria is tough but fair. A good boss, but a bit
guarded. You don't get to her level at her relatively young age
by being a sweetheart.
DETECTIVE MATT BLUESTONE - Matt is Elisa's partner on
the force. He's seen the gargoyles but he doesn't know anything
about them, including the fact that they're friends with Elisa.
He's a solid guy and a good detective who cares about his
precinct and his partner. For her part, Elisa would prefer to
work alone; rendevousing with the gargoyles is a lot tougher when
Matt's around, but she's learned to appreciate his sincerity.
Matt is something of a conspiracy nut: he believes in UFOs, Loch
Ness monsters and multiple secret societies. He doesn't attempt
to hide this personality quirk, which is one of the reasons that
Captain Chavez ignores his reported gargoyle sightings.
OFFICER MORGAN - Morgan is a uniform beat cop who works
out of the same precinct house as Elisa. They are also friends.
DOCTOR SATO - When Elisa was shot, Dr. Sato operated on
her and saved her life. If she once again needed a doctor she
could trust, Sato would be the guy. of course, he's not exactly a
specialist in Gargiatrics. But then again, who is?
TRAVIS MARSHALL - Travis is a news
reporter for a local New York Television station. He's a
journalist of the old school. Not a pretty boy. He's been an
anchor man, but he was replaced by younger "talent"
with higher q-scores. It's just-as well. Travis likes being the
roving reporter, out on the streets getting the stories as they
happen and asking the tough questions. He hates tabloid-style
television and fluff pieces, so he was initially reluctant to
lend any credence to reports of gargoyles in Manhattan. He
thought it was an urban myth. Lately, he's seen some things that
are making him rethink his position.
SERGEANT PETER MAZA - Elisa's father is a hard-nosed desk
sergeant for the N.Y.P.D. Elisa really admires him and happily
followed him onto the force. (They don't work in the same
precinct.) He is extremely proud of her as well.
DIANE MAZA - Elisa's mother is the quiet strength of
their family, and in many ways Elisa takes after her. Diane is
warm, empathetic, supportive and sharp.
DEREK MAZA - Elisa's younger brother was a helicopter
pilot for the N.Y.P.D. To be honest, he didn't love his work.
High risk for low pay wasn't making him too happy. Because of
this, Xanatos was able to lure him away from the force by
offering him a high-paying job as his personal pilot and
bodyguard. Xanatos has big plans for Derek.
BETH MAZA - Elisa's sister is currently in Arizona. And
that's all we know about her so far.
CAGNEY - Cagney is Elisa's cat. Very self-sufficient.
Whenever possible, we'd prefer to re-use
existing characters, even incidentals. If we introduce a lawyer
friend of Elisa's and then need another lawyer for a one-liner in
another episode, we might as well use that same lawyer again,
&tc. Some of our audience won't get it, but many will, and it
gives them a sense of a consistent universe. Besides, some real
good stories can come from characters just glimpsed in previous
episodes. (Anyway, that's how we got Matt, Morgan and Dr. Sato.)
Obviously, our cast is huge and potentially
unwieldy. But remember that this isn't a super-hero team-up show
with each character having to participate equally. Goliath is our
lead. The rest are all support, a large family with diverse
interests and attentions. Hopefully, they all have qualities and
quirks worth exploring, but not simultaneously and not in every
single episode. Some stories will require all the gargoyles to
face a menace together, but many will afford the opportunity for
one or two to deal with something alone. We don't have to drag
everyone and the cat along on every adventure. We'll mix it up.
Focus on one character here, another there. The bulk of the
stories should still be about Goliath or his relationship with
another member or members of our cast. But that's not a hard and
fast rule either. The large cast isn't an albatross, it's an
Although we might flashback occasionally to
the tenth century and CASTLE WYVERN in SCOTLAND, our series is
set in contemporary Manhattan. And most of our early episodes
should not leave the island. Goliath is not Superman, going off
to fight for justice. He is a guardian. A protector. Elisa has
recently widened his definition of what he protects, but
initially, she has only been able to get him to see the island of
MANHATTAN as his territory. The idea of fighting injustice
wherever it occurs is currently beyond his scope.
But if Goliath is not Superman, neither is he
Batman. He is not on a constant mission of revenge for the death
of his loved ones. He was an adult when tragedy hit, and he has
largely come to terms with it. He is an optimist, not a grim
avenger. And Goliath's Manhattan is therefore not the grim world
that Gotham is. It is a city of tremendous contrasts. Gothic
structures co-exist with steel and glass. Danger and beauty walk
hand-in-hand. Prejudice and compassion are never far apart.
One of the main sets of our series exemplifies
these contrasts. This is the EYRIE BUILDING, a huge glass and
steel skyscraper that is Xanatos' corporate headquarters in mid-town
Manhattan, and the tallest building in view. Atop this building,
Xanatos rebuilt the medieval stone Castle where our gargoyles
lived. Xanatos remodeled many of the rooms, particularly after he
returned from prison and the gargoyles were reluctantly forced to
leave. So now there are plush living quarters, and a high-tech
office, but there are also hidden passages and ancient corridors
that even Xanatos doesn't know about.
And like the castle, the city should be filled
with hidden secrets. Underground tunnels. Castles in Central Park.
Squalor, splendor, the magical and the mundane everywhere we look.
A full palate, both literally and metaphorically.
And don't forget that this series is by
definition largely set at night and high above the ground.
Eventually, Elisa finds the gargoyles a new
home in the gothic CLOCK TOWER rotunda above the Civic Center,
downtown. This building fills a city block and is the tallest in
the immediate vicinity. It has four faces, each of which serves a
different purpose. There is city hall, the local police station (where
Elisa's assigned), the public library and the local power station.
Capping these is a rotunda and clock tower where the gargoyles
can hide in plain sight. Here they keep their few possessions
amid the giant gears of the old clock. Here's a place of relative
safety within the city. But leaving the castle wasn't easy for
any of them, particularly Goliath. And leaving it to Xanatos made
it all the harder.
Elisa and Cagney live in a converted loft in
SoHo. One large (for NYC) open room with high ceilings.
Obviously, each individual episode will have
its own integral theme. However, there are a few themes that run
throughout the entire series and should be emphasized whenever
The first is self-evident: "Don't judge a
book by its cover." The gargoyles look like monsters and
most people treat them that way. others like Xanatos or the Pack
seem like respectable citizens or heroes and clearly aren't.
Prejudice and bias based on appearances is hard to overcome, and
even Goliath and Elisa should fall victim to it on occasion.
Goliath and the other gargoyles are "Strangers
in a Strange Land". Creatures outside their time. We should
constantly be looking at the modern world through their eyes.
Never take for granted that they're familiar with something. The
simplest thing can be wondrous to them. Remember, the trio
generally embrace things immediately. Hudson tends to reject the
modern world. Only Goliath really decides, on a case by case
basis, whether something is worthwhile.
The contrasting nature of the universe is
another important theme. Treachery coexists with friendship.
Destruction with harmony. Just remember Goliath's basic optimism.
He knows from experience that the world is a dangerous place, but
he truly believes it can be made a better one, but not without a
lot of good souls trying very hard to improve it.
This series is predominantly a drama, but it's
not designed to be humorless. Some characters may seem more
obviously comedic than others, but don't forget that even Goliath
has a wry sense of humor and the ability to laugh at himself.
Keep in mind that a well-placed laugh sets a dramatic moment in
even sharper contrast.
And we also can't be afraid to have real,
honest, pure, relatable "human" emotions. We've got a
large cast that cares about each other. They're entitled to
express it. They've been through a lot together. They are tough.
They don't have to "act" tough.
Magic in this series should be used sparingly
and never casually. It should be looked at as an ancient lost art
or science. Even by the tenth century, its practice was rare. It
takes training and paraphernalia to enact any magical spell. The
magus was dependent on a book of spells known as the GRIMORUM
ARCANORIM to work his magic. Some of the pages were torn out and
destroyed, and without those pages, the Magus was helpless to
recreate the missing spells. But the book doesn't automatically
make the reader a sorcerer. Xanatos possessed it for a time but
couldn't make any magic happen. Demona has stolen a few pages for
herself and has proven able at working magic with study. (Therefore,
she must have learned the knack sometime during her thousand
years of night life.) Now the gargoyles have the Grimorum, but
they don't have any plans or the ability to use it. They just
want to keep it out of the wrong hands. Remember, Goliath is not
a magical being. He has a healthy suspicion of all things magical.
But at least he knows that magic exists.
LANGUAGE, LITERACY AND NAMING
Humans invented spoken language. There is no
known gargoyle language. How gargoyles communicated before they
learned to mimic humans has been lost to us, but by the tenth
century, Gargoyles spoke whatever local language the humans spoke.
In Goliath's case, that was English. (And yes, we're just gonna
slide past the substantial differences between Old, Middle and
Of the tenth century
gargoyles, only Goliath knew how to read and write. (most humans
were illiterate, as well.)
Sometime between then and now, Demona, learned
out of a know-your-enemy motivation.
Upon awakening in the twentieth century, Lex,
the savant, probably taught himself. And maybe he taught Brooklyn
as well, who'd want to learn to emulate Goliath.
But I doubt that Broadway or Hudson know how
to read and write even now, until we decide to do an episode
about literacy and teach them. But unless we plan on actually
devoting time and focus to the subject, we might just avoid the
As language is a human trait, tenth century
gargoyles looked on naming as a peculiarly human process. They
felt that naming something limited that thing. If a gargoyle
needed to address another gargoyle, he or she would refer to each
other based on their individual relationship, i.e. "old
friend", "my love" or "my leader".
Goliath had a name because he was the only gargoyle with
consistent interaction with humans. Thus the humans insisted on
naming him. (And you'll notice they chose the biblical name of a
monstrous villain, which kind of reveals their opinion of
In the twentieth century, Elisa the human
insists that the gargoyles need names. Hudson tries to convince
her otherwise: "Does the sky need a name? Does the river?"
She responds that the river's called the Hudson. And with a sigh
of defeat, he acquiesces to that name.
The trio are blown away that Hudson has agreed
to a name. They immediately choose their own names as well as one
Demona? Well, according to Macbeth, he named
her. But when and why is still a mystery.
Largely, this won't be an issue after the
pilot. Their names are their names from that point on. But if
other gargoyles were to be introduced....
At first, no other gargoyles should be
introduced. We want to milk the notion that these gargoyles are
the last of their kind before we undercut the idea by introducing
Eventually, however, there may be more out
there. What happened to the eggs that we briefly saw in the
rookery? what do gargoyles look like in other parts of the world?
In England are they Gryphons, Winged unicorns and Winged Lions?
In China are they Dragons? And what about the gargoyles of South
America? or Alaska? Or Easter Island? Are they good, evil, or
something in between? How did they survive to the twentieth
century? were there any around during significant events in
modern human history? Did gargoyles help out during the Battle of
Of course, there are plenty of decorative,
artificial, human-sculpted gargoyles all over the city. They
range in style from traditional Gothic to art deco. But they
don't wake up at night.
THE TICKING CLOCK
Remember that every episode has a built in
ticking clock. At sunrise, our gang turns to stone. It's their
kryptonite. Some episodes will therefore take place entirely
within the span of one night. Some can't. But just because our
heroes (except Elisa) are frozen, we shouldn't automatically
expect our villains (except maybe Demona) to cease their
activities. Though it can make our job harder on occasion, it's
also one of the things that makes our series unique. And the
possibilities are endless. For example, don't forget that a hurt
gargoyle is healed by the hibernation process; sometimes sunrise
can't come fast enough. And it's even possible that under certain
circumstances, sunset might come to soon. And what happens during
SECRECY & PUBLIC OPINION
The Gargoyles are not going to make much of an
effort to hide themselves in Manhattan at night. Neither are they
going to hold any press conferences. If we don't want to deal
with how humans react to gargoyles, we can set the scene on a
deserted rooftop. But we don't have to be afraid to let people
see the gargoyles either. Most will be frightened, even terrified
by these monsters. Some will be curious. Some will be sure it's a
publicity stunt: they're sure they can see the wires. Some will
react like typical New Yorkers and ignore it: if I don't bother
it, it won't bother me. Some will call the papers. Maybe one
might even have a blurry picture. But the Times doesn't publish
that kind of Bigfoot garbage, so the only taker is the DAILY
TATTLER, a trashy supermarket tabloid; and once it's published
there, everyone's sure it's bull. Thus, gargoyles become another
urban myth, like alligators in the sewer. Your friend knows
someone who knows someone who's seen them.
Elisa keeps their secret. And although Xanatos
wouldn't hesitate to reveal them if he thought it necessary, he's
not likely to. If he did, everyone would want a piece of them.
And Xanatos likes to keep all the pieces for himself.
At dawn, the gargoyles do what gargoyles have
always done. They find an outdoor ledge just before sunrise and
strike a pose that could give you nightmares. And then they turn
to stone. Most New Yorkers don't look up. The few that do, might
spot a gargoyle they had never noticed before. The next day, it
might be gone. And they might wonder where it went over night.
Could it have...
Yes. It could.
Continue to the More section for further details
on both the creation of Gargoyles and the characters who inhabit the world of this amazing animated series.