The best possible introduction for the series comes from
creator Greg Weisman himself. Here you can find the Gargoyles
Season One Bible as it was written by him (though I've corrected
a few typos :). Below I have also added my commentary on various
points of the text, concerning details which have changed or
hypothesis which can been confirmed and other tidbits.
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 stone.
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 jump.
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 sharp teeth.
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 age.
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 night.
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.
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.1
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.
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... from without.
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, protection.
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".2 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, extinct.
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 of Manhattan.
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 the community.
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.3
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.4
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 things.
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.5
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.
These three rookery-brothers all hatched at about the same time, some 30 to 40 years before the 1000 year snooze6, 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 pals.
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 wise leader.
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 determined.
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 old7, 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 combat8. 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 his head.
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 her clan.
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 sleeping Gargoyles.
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 very positive.
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 system.
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 town.
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.
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.
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.9
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.10
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 Xanatos.
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.
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 massacre.
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;11 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.
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.12
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 opportunity.
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 possible.
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.
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 whole issue.13
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 gargoyles.)
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 for Bronx.
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 more.
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 Britain?14
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.
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 an eclipse?!
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.
1. The information that there was a specific 'very wise man' who made an alliance between humans and gargoyles in this manner is new and rather intriguing to me. My personal hypothesis is that it was Arthur - but that's only a guess, and others have disagreed with me for various reasons, among which the belief that the 'Golden Age' may have lasted for far longer than five centuries.
Note: Since the time of my comment above and in answer to a question of mine Greg has explained that the man he referred to was just a general figure representing many such alliances through the centuries... among which the case of Malcolm and Hudson...
2. In the series, it was (to be more precise): "Dormiatis dum castellum super nubes ascendat!" - "May you sleep until the castle rises above the clouds!" If the castle rested in the clouds it would be kinda foggy, wouldn't it?
3. Hatched in 938, he was 56 years old at the time of the massacre, meaning 28 "biological" years.
4. Actually I don't remember Hudson or Broadway ever crouching either, though Brooklyn and Lexington do it all the time. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
5. Though the rest of the description is 100% accurate, the Native American father of Elisa Maza is no longer Sioux but Hopi, mostly. That's due to a blunder - Arizona was mentioned as her father's origin but Arizona doesn't contain any significant Sioux population. Moreover, there was doubt concerning "Maza" being a Sioux word afterall. (it indeed was, as it turned out)
Therefore, Peter Maza has now both Hopi and Sioux ancestors, with probably a bit of Navajo in there as well...
6. Hatched in 958, they were all 36 years old ("biologically" 18).
7. Hatched in 878, he was 116 years old ("biologically" 58).
8. A sword taken from the Vikings to be exact.
9. I have no recollection of any specific character possessing this role - we've seen a lot of squads and mercenaries of Xanatos, but no single distinguishable Commando Leader.
10. A bit different from what finally aired. The robot is now spelled "COYOTE" and that's the name for a series of robots (four so far), each version improved from the previous one, and keeping the same 'head', or (in the case of Coyote v4.0) a holographic image of the head.
11. Not having the episode on tape, I originally thought that there was no demotion in the episode as finally written - Todd Jensen has corrected me on this one though: The Princess orders the captain to report to the Magus rather than directly to her - which can indeed be seen as a demotion... Thanks, Todd!
12. This is new information concerning Travis Marshall. In the show his presence is a familiar one, but his background and personality completely unexplored. Interesting though.
13. This is
perhaps the section which (alongside the COYOTE one) is the most
different from what aired and from what was later said by Greg
Weisman in 'Ask Greg': Demona was taught to read and write by the
Archmage and she then taught Goliath. Lex also learned to read
and write before awakening in the 20th century - and Brooklyn
Hudson and Broadway, ofcourse, were indeed illiterate, and a mini-arc of episodes where this issue was addressed and where they learned to read was produced, starting from "A Lighthouse in the Sea of Time" and reaching up to even the last episode by Greg Weisman, "The Journey".
interesting section which not only foreshadows a lot of later
developments (like the gargoyles of Avalon, London, Guatemala)
and hints towards specific plots like the WW2 involvement of the
London Clan in "M.I.A" and the mystery of the Easter
Island in "Sentinel", but also gives hints for the
clans we have not yet seen, like the Chinese and the Alaskan ones.
A hint for the existence of a Chinese clan exists also in the plan for the spin-off "Timedancer" in which Brooklyn's family would return carrying also a gargoyle beast from ancient China, named Fu-dog.
Note: Since the time I first wrote this, the "clans contest" has finally ended. We now know that there isn't any gargoyle clan in Alaska, nor will there be one in the foreseeable future. However, a Chinese clan does indeed exist in Xanadu and will still exist in 2198.
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Last updated: 03 Apr 2002