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Kalara of the Land of Athiria writes...

Mr. Weisman,

In your mind do you think dragons are evil or good? In the course of the show there are several references to these fantasy creatures. In the Gargoyles world are there any good dragons or only evil ones. Because in the episode "Pendragon" the stone dragon seems to be bad. It was only a stone dragon. However, is there a race of dragons like gargoyle or are they only a species of fantasty creatures?

Greg responds...

The stone dragon in "Pendragon" was a magical construct. Or at any rate it was brought to a semblance of life by magic. It wasn't truly alive. And I don't consider it a true dragon. Nor do I consider it evil. It was "programmed" to perform a specific function. To test for the one true king.

I'm not going to confirm or deny the existance of real dragons in the gargoyles universe, but if you've watched the series, you'll know thematically that I would never define an entire species, gargoyle, fae, human or dragons (if there are dragons) as either good or evil. To quote Goliath, "There is good and evil in all of us, human and gargoyle alike."

Nothing is one thing. Let alone an entire species.

Response recorded on March 08, 2000

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Greg "Xanatos" Bishansky writes...

How close is the world of "Gargoyles" to the real world? When I ask this I mean in the "Gargoyles" universe is Clinton the President. Is Giuliani (sp?) the mayor of NYC? Or would you create your own characters to fill the rolls of important well-known officials?

Greg responds...

I don't know for sure. I avoided that kind of thing so I wouldn't have to decide. I'd tend to lean toward keeping it more real. But if I had a really great story...

Response recorded on March 03, 2000

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Aris Katsaris writes...

When you included vampires in the series, would we have seen
any of the literary vampire figures, like the famous Count
Dracula or (the not-so-famous) Lord Ruthven?

Greg responds...

Dracula certainly in one form or another. I'm not familiar with Ruthven. But as I've said ad nauseum, given enough time and episodes, we'd have covered everything.

Response recorded on March 03, 2000

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LSZ writes...

Dear Greg, some questions on the First First Race:

1) What was the nature of this ancient, pre-Gargoyle race? Organic like humanity? also organic but symbiotic with nature like the Gargates? MAgical like the fae?
2) Could you hint on why this race died out? Just roughly..war, disease, etc?
3) Does the arrival of the Gargoyles or Fae have anything to do with the passing of this race?
4) Is this race actually dead or gone away?

Greg responds...

1. I'm not sure how to answer this without giving too much away. Which probably gives too much away right there.

2. No.

3. No.

4. Dead.

Response recorded on March 03, 2000

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Aris Katsaris writes...

In "Hunter's Moon" one of the requirement for Demona's spell to work was that it should be cast in "holy ground". For that reason she uses an abandoned church... The question I'm going to ask is a bit vague, but hopefully you'll understand it: what does this place's "holiness" as pertaining to the spell, derive from? Is it something all places of worship would have, even "pagan" ones? Does it derive from people considering it 'holy' or is an objective "gift" (so to speak) from the deity in question and thus unrelated to belief?

It's almost certainly something which you couldn't answer within the series (I think), but perhaps you could answer it here... :-)

Greg responds...

I want to posit that some ground just is holy. Or perhaps more clinically, these locations act as a nexus of mystic energy. The fact that churches temples, etc. are often built on such spots is no coincidence. There may be a guiding force. A sense that this is a place of prayer. Of connection to God, or the Great Spirit or the Earth or WHATEVER.

Anyway, that's how I see the Gargoyles' Universe working.

Response recorded on February 25, 2000

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Greg "Xanatos" Bishansky writes...

Here's yet another question.

Did you ever plan to bring the Headless Horseman into "Gargoyles"? Sleep Hollow isn't too far from Manhattan.

Greg responds...

Is the Headless Horseman in the public domain?

If so, we would have gotten to it eventually.

Response recorded on February 23, 2000

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Todd Jensen writes...

Did you really mean it about having a story planned for "Gargoyles" involving Santa Claus? I must confess that old St. Nick seems easier to fit into a comedy-adventure series like "Duck Tales" than something on a more serious epic level like "Gargoyles" - and I assume that you weren't going to have that story be the stereotypical "bad guys hijack Santa's sleigh and our heroes have to rescue Santa and save Christmas" one - at least, I HOPE that that wasn't the sort of story you'd planned :)

Greg responds...

Yes, I meant it. But have a little faith. It would have fit our tone and our general handling of mythic figures from Macbeth to Anansi to Oberon. Admittedly, if the series tone could run the gammut from "Future Tense" to "Vendettas", it would have been closer to the latter than the former, I suppose. But it still, first and foremost, would have been something that worked within our universe.

Response recorded on February 23, 2000

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LSZ writes...

Greg, what were the Fomorians in the Gargoyles Universe?

Greg responds...

What?

Response recorded on February 17, 2000

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Aris Katsaris writes...

In the gargoyles bible for the first season you had made mention of the existence of a 'very wise man' who first made an alliance with gargoyles building his castle of a gargoyle rookery and who ushered in the golden age of gargoyle-human relations...

Is this still how you picture it happening? The existence of a specific 'very wise man' was intriguing to me - is he just a generic figure, or someone whose name we would recognize? (I have my own idea on the subject ofcourse but I refrain from suggesting it in case it's considered a story-idea)

Greg responds...

I was being generic in the bible on purpose to simplify things. Honestly, I don't think I ever really thought there was just one person who did that. The world was too big a place and there wasn't any internet back then to facilitate communication. So that "wise man" was a place holder in my mind for a number of intelligent humans and gargoyles who made multiple alliances over multiple centuries in multiple places.

One such alliance of "wise men" was the alliance formed between Hudson and Malcolm, which was brokered by Robbie.

Another alliance was that formed between Xanatos and Demona, brokered by Owen, with a little help from Brooklyn, Mary and Finella behind the scenes.

Response recorded on February 09, 2000

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Michael Norton writes...

Mr. Weisman,

Were there any plans to deal with Beowulf in the Gargoyles series? I looked through the archives and didn't see any mention of it.

Greg responds...

I know I've answered this, but maybe it was since you asked the question. Anyway, yes. Eventually.

Response recorded on February 03, 2000


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