Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Gargoyles are heavy and slow, but that doesn’t mean they’re stupid. Their racial name was preserved in the human subconscious, for they are one of the oldest of the Denizens. A forerunner to man they were the creatures populating the earth in the days of Eden which God promptly discarded as too cumbersome and forgot, preferring to work instead with the more malleable dust and ashes to make his creatures from.
They were still in evidence when Adam had his spat with Lilith, causing God to throw her out of Eden and it was her theft from the trees of Life and Knowledge, when Death was brought crashing into a word previously populated with vegetarians (and trust me, the Lions were really happy about trying to chew grass with rows of pointed teeth) that really gave them a ecological niche. Only when you have hordes of angry souls do you notice the benefit of a creature that eats spirits.
As Eve followed Lilith and partook of the fruit of knowledge, God stripped away her ability to see the Denizens but the racial memory of the Gargila, and their habit of eating earthbound spirits, became part of the culture, and stone effigies would be cut in their likeness to protect settlements from the spirits of the departed.
Over the centuries, they became associated with religion, their original purpose lost, and the effigies were relegated to churches. This suited the Gargila, for such places were a bountiful source of food and where better to hide than among statues of your kin?