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The bat faced gargoyle or gargoylous nox, is a creature the size of the average human. A natural habitat for one is a cave deep in a forest near a stream. However since all gargoyles are critically endangered most today are raised in captivity. A bat face is born the size of a human baby, with soft, underdeveloped wings, a tail, a bat like nose and pointed ears. They range in color from dark gray to slate colored, they are hatched from eggs that look like stones, usually found in deep, moving, fresh water. A bat face, despite the similar features to the mammal of its namesake, is born knowing how to survive, like a reptile. The newborn bat face spends its first few hours in the water in hatched in, it starts to swim with its tail and catch small fish. The gargoyle learns to walk on four legs when it emerges from the deep water. The gargoyle now has its claws harden and chases anything smaller than it to eat in the stream it was born in. A bat face's teeth, like a crocodile's, are solid points made to tear chunks of flesh off small enough to swallow whole. The growing gargoyle with eat birds, fairies, squirrels, and as it grows it will eat things like rabbits and raccoons. However this little gargoyle isn't exactly an apex predator. The baby gargoyle can fall prey to things like owls, coyotes, griffins, basilisks, large demons and young dragons. Luckily magick has blessed the bat face with a great natural defense. The gargoyle can change the color and density of its dermis layer of skin to match stone around it. This makes the gargoyle not only hard to see but hard to get to. This is more than just a way to keep predators at bay, gargoyles "turn to stone" as a way to regulate body temperature during the day. The gargoyle retains this skill long after infancy to help it keep from overheating during the day. As impressive as gargoyle's are their cooling system is ineffective, making them require much more water than something it's size, and forces them to mostly hunt at night which is where the little bat face shines.

7 years old the young bat face leaves the water behind for good. Hunting in the night, with a slender agile frame, the gargoyle uses its tail for balance as it runs down prey like rabbits and raccoons on all fours. The hunter has become the hunted. The bat face has bright blue eyes made to see in the day and night, it's blue eyes however give off a red eye shine when a light is shown in them. This confuses another major night hunter, the demon, into thinking that another demon is nearby with bioluminescent red eyes. As the gargoyle grows he starts to build the strength in his still growing wings. The bat face now starts to climb trees, in the night it waits to ambush owls and raccoons, or sometimes it uses its sharp hearing and night vision to pinpoint a deer under it, and uses its underdeveloped wings like a parachute to land on it. Being the size of a human child the gargoyle clings to the deer with claws while tearing at its neck with its flesh shredding teeth. It's at this time the gargoyle learns another important skill, imitation. A gargoyle can make a wide variety of sounds, some have even been taught human speech and can converse. In the wild, a gargoyle uses this as a lure, making the sounds of a squirrel on the ground to call down a nice fat owl. Gargoyles, like mermaids, centaurs, fauns, and other creatures of at or near human intelligence respectively, also begin to invent simple tools to use while hunting. Numerous examples of spears and stone knives exist, as well as some complex stone clubs. The bat face like other gargoyles have another great tool in their bag of tricks, they can and do learn to use magick.

At age 11 the bat face gargoyle absorbs its tail, using the stored fat and energy in the tail to fully develop its wings and stands on two legs. It's at this point the gargoyle also forms blue bioluminescence markings on its face or body, showing its a gargoyle ready to find a mate and take on demons. The gargoyle learns to use its wings in short order, becoming death from the sky to its main source of food, demons. The gargoyle uses its super articulated wings to fly more graceful than a harpy. The bat face uses its wings in tandem with its hearing to locate and drop down on demons. Gargoyles also have a unique adaptation around this age, a thin watery saliva that is poisonous to only demons. Called "gargoyle water" it is a fluid dripping from a gargoyle's mouth and often on its neck and hands. The wizards of the dark ages claimed a drop of it could make a well safe to drink from again, and when it could be gathered it was used as a way to keep away demons, the scent would scare them. One bite from a gargoyle and the water would enter the demon's blood and it would start to weaken and die not long after, well within earshot of the bat faced gargoyle. This is also when the gargoyle finds a permanent home, a cave not far from where it was born. A place to hide from the light and heat of the sun, and a place to mate. The bat face learns the magick of the water it was born in to summon the one weather where it can come out during the day, rain storms. Durning a rain storm it wasn't uncommon for a gargoyle to wander into ever-expanding human settlements. This would be quite frightening to most people that large man sized flying creatures patrolled the skies and forests and seemed to come and go with the storms. Gargoyles may have been revered, this was lost to history due to pagan culture being wiped out. What we do know is that gargoyles can not only summons storms but also floods. The male bat faced gargoyle is fiercely territorial, two male gargoyles will not share even the same stream. The will fight, often to the death if no one backs down. These fights are often on the ground, folding up their wings and fighting tooth and nail in addition to magick, until one flies away or is killed. A heartwarming quality is that gargoyles not only mate for life but if the male is being overpowered by another male, rather than abandon him she will join in the fight. Gargoyle reproduction varies but mating usually occurs in the spring with the bat face, and they can produce an egg a year.

The bat face used to live to be well over 2 centuries old in the wild, until the spread of christianity, and with that, trophy hunting. The pagans of old had a healthy respect and fear of these creatures, telling the new invaders stories of them. This was unfortunately the gargoyles' undoing, when the priests found the pagans respected and feared the creatures in the woods more than their god, they decided to show them that they are better. Heads of gargoyles were mounted on the outsides of churches as they were hunted to near extinction in Europe. The heads of course, decayed but were replaced with statues of the creatures with holes so that water could flow from their mouths. With there natural predator gone the demon population continues to explode despite the church's impotent efforts to fight them. That's why gargoyle conservation and rehabilitation is so important. Gargoyles are a wondrous and graceful creature that we want to see return to our night skies and with your help it can happen.
life cycle of the bat faced gargoyle and psa
this is my attempt at a pseudo documentary/ public service announcement 
so little is known about gargoyles, so here's something interesting :)
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pagan altar by Uponbatishwings
pagan altar
just reorganized my altar after some recent trials
i like it, some cool features are:
the agate crystal
handmade gargoyle idol
handmade gargoyle plush 
blue glass stones
potion vial
gargoyle boxes (no looking inside >.>)
sky blue candle
oil that seeped out of a gargoyle i had 
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past present and beyond by Uponbatishwings
past present and beyond
my funko batman collection 
unmasked batman and batman beyond are from comic con
blue arkham batman is a hot topic exclusive 
all by funko ^_^
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50 Secrets About Yourself. 

1. What is your natural hair color?

brown with natural highlights 

2. Where was your ID pic taken?

in my room

3. What's your middle name?

Cameron

4. Your current relationship status?

Single. -.-

5. Honestly, does your crush like you back?

nope. 

6. What is your current mood?

neutral with slight sadness 

7. What's the color of your underwear?

blue :blush:

8. What is one thing that makes you happy?

Friends who love and support me

9. Who was the last person you cuddled with?

.....no one... :(

10. If you could go back in time, and change something what would it be?

SO MUCH. especially if i could talk to the past me. 

11. If you MUST be an animal for ONE day?

if it has to be a real animal, bat, but if not i want to be a gargoyle :D

12. Ever had a near-death experience?

Once... i was 8 running from a friend in their house and i smashed through a glass door. i didn't even know what happened and i wasn't even hurt. o.o 

13. Something you do a lot?

Worrying 

14. What's the name of the song stuck in your head right now?

i am machine Three days grace 

15. Where would you go if you could go anywhere?

paris, or berlin

16. Name someone with the same b-day as you?

J. P. Morgan apparently :O

17. When was the last time you cried?

idk, its been very long

18. Have you ever sang in front of a large audience?

nope, i once read a poem in front of one in 6th grade

19. If you could have one superpower what would it be?

winged flight! and i mean bat wings! driving is a pain >.<

20. What's the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?

most likely physical traits unless i hear about them first 

21. What's your biggest secret?

oh thats easy its (this post edited for content)

22. What's your favorite color?

sky blue and light gray as well

23. When was the last time you lied?

Probably yesterday.

24. Do you still watch kiddy movies or TV shows?

constantly XD XD XD

25. What are you eating or drinking at the moment?

Nothing...but I need water! -dries up-

26. What's your favorite smell?

rain! and candles that smell like rain :P

27. If you could describe life in one word what would it be?

strange :P

28. When was the last time you gave/received a hug?

hmmmm.... not for awhile actually o.o 

29. Have you ever been kissed in the rain?

No.....

30. What are you thinking about right now?

how to answer the questions :P

31. What should you be doing?

Plenty of other things XD

32. What was the last thing that made you upset?

upset? idk

33. Do you like working in the yard?

My weed whacker shall cut down the insect forests! :P (but i do try to avoid hitting bugs, spiders, and especially toads)

34. If you could have any last name in the world, what would you want?

I like my own, its german for home protector :icondragonlaplz:

35. Name 5 things in your closet:

clothes, xmas decorations, a sleeping bag, some old albums, and my gothic coats. 

36. Do you act different around your crush/partner?

yes, I'm kinda hyper, no one seems to notice though :P

37. When was the last time you slept with a stuffed animal?

>.>
<.<
last night...

38. How many times do you take a shower a week?

Every day (typically). 

39. Do you brush your teeth everyday?

of course!

40. Have you ever said something stupid in front of your crush?

maybe :P

41. Have you ever watched a hockey game?

yes but i was very young and don't even remember who won XD

42. Do you lie about your age?

nope

43. Ever been jealous about something stupid?

yes XP

44. Do you pick your nose?

>.> who are you working for!? 

45. What's the one food you hate?

peanuts, well its not so much i hate them, more like they will kill me. and they are everywhere.... :iconpeanutbutterplz:

46. What's the one junk food you cant live without?

i don't really eat a lot of chips or candy, is a burger junk? i pick that :P

47. How old were you when you found out Santa was fake?

7 or 8 definitely

48. Have you ever blown your nose and looked inside the napkin?

yea, because i sometimes have nosebleeds because of allergies :/

49. Describe your favorite underwear you have?

ummmmm.... :blush:

50. Did you lie in any of these questions?

is a lie of omission REALLY a lie? XP

Tag 4 people and send them a note about it. and no tag-backs!

  • Mood: Winter Downs
  • Listening to: south park on tv
  • Reading: nothing
  • Watching: my laptop
  • Playing: with my skelanimals :P
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: nothing

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