The Gargoyle

Introduction:

In the Third Age of the Reflected Worlds much of humanity had been fooled by The Prophets testimony. He convinced people to seek out what they thought were the Dead Gods, but were actually Demons. One of those groups of people followed a false god named Garos. In their fanatical devotion they used grim and radiant magic to permanently turn themselves into a likeness of their god. They even named themselves Gargoyles in his honor.

Their loyalty to the Demon Lord Garos was unquestioned, and in the name of their 'god' they committed deeds both vile and terrible. This new Gargoyle race forsook their human heritage entirely and gave Gargoylethemselves over to what they perceived as their god.

But not everyone in the Reflected Worlds was fooled by the false gods. Eventually the Enchantress exposed Garos to the Gargoyles for what he was, a demon. She revealed his lies, and showed them the bitter truth. The Gargoyles now knew they had been deceived, and everything they had believed was shown to be false.

Upon discovering their folly, the Gargoyles threw down their false God, and exposed him to the rest of the world as a Demon Lord. Great was their anger when they learned of the deception, and the race united in the fires of truth and redemption. Other human factions still following other Demon Lords derided them for their lack of vision and true faith, and called upon the Gargoyles to cast down their blasphemous ways and return to the worship of the 'true gods'. In their righteous anger the Gargoyles went to war against the civilizations that continued to follow the Demons. The wars raged on for years, and in the end the Gargoyles and their avenging legions swept the various cults from the worlds forever.

Afterwards, they swore an oath of loyalty to the Enchantress and her bloodline until the end of days. When other humans ridiculed them for the look of their bodies, the Enchantress showed compassion and respect. In this time of shaken beliefs, she became their rock, and they learned much from her mentorship of the values of freedom, honor and truth.

Gargoyles can barely tolerate the rule of the Eyes of Darkness, but they are sworn to the female bloodline of the Enchantress, and so they endure, hoping to redeem her as they were once redeemed.

Description:

Gargoyles have hide in place of skin with strange ritualistic patterns. They are hairless, which make them great long distance runners with amazing endurance. But in the cold they stiffen up which makes them move a little slower.

Gargoyles have excellent hearing, and their long pointed ears are quite keen to pick up many sounds that a human might miss. But Gargoyles' red demonic looking eyes are not quite as good as humans. Their bravery is legendary. Their bodies are squat and powerful, which helps them absorb greater impacts when leaping from tall places.

Culture:

Gargoyles on the whole are disciplined, ordered and extremely just in their dealings with one another and outsiders alike. Gargoyles despise liars, half-truths and chaos in all things. Hard work, uncompromising morals (even to the detriment of the gargoyle) and honorable living combine in the Gargoyle way of life to form a balance that carries them through all manner of hardships. Where a human in the face of a battle against superior numbers might try to lie their way out and live, a gargoyle would simple tell his opponents that he plans to take as many of them with him as he can, and he will.

A gargoyle is happiest when hard at work, toiling away on some task, job or quest. They particularly enjoy a military endeavor or honorable duty. To a Gargoyle, laziness and laxity in any form (physical or moral) are the greatest sins short of lying, and must therefore be avoided at all costs. 'A minute wasted is a minute given to the demons.' is a popular Gargoyle saying.

Not content merely to endure hardships, gargoyles often seek hardship wherever they can find it as a test of their strength, morals and integrity. 'No stone can be called hard until it is struck.' is a saying every young Gargoyle memorizes from his or her elders.

Discipline is the single most driving trait of a Gargoyle, and every accomplishment (and even failure) is attributed to discipline (or the lack thereof). A Gargoyle's day is rigidly planned out in almost exacting detail, from the moment he rises until his eyes close for the night.

The Gargoyles greatest art form is called an honor statue. Gargoyles value the honorable deeds of their fallen kin. They do not believe in an afterlife, and so what they do in this life, and how they are remembered is of vital importance. Therefore, gargoyles who are honorable and worthy, whose deeds impress their fellows, and whose deaths were worthy, are granted an honor statue. This is a very life like and utterly accurate stone depiction of the gargoyle to whom they honor and remember. The various objects: weapons, armor, etc, that his gargoyle wore and used in his life now adorn the statue. In fact, gargoyles will go to great lengths to recover the artifacts of any gargoyle granted an honor statue, even at the cost of their lives.

Stone Masonry

Owing to their patience and their understanding of stone, Gargoyles are excellent stonemasons. They create intricate and awe-inspiring works of architecture and sculpture. Gargoyles build and live in great circular castles of stone which have very tall stone spires in the center. Stone spires exist in almost every Gargoyle enclave due to their love of heights. They also offer the military usefulness of a tall watch tower. Finally, these spires act to honor their deceased heroes. High up and set into the spires are niches where gargoyles display the honor statues of their kin who uphel