• Shahar Halevy

Gargoyles & Grotesques

Updated: Sep 3, 2019

Protecting sacred places of law, instilling godly terror and guilt into the hearts of men, crumbling symbols of historic might now faded - gargoyles can add unique flavor to your fantasy city's rooftops.


Just roll once on each table below, combine the results, and the party's rogue now has a cool piece of architecture to desperately cling onto when the guards inevitably throws her off a balcony.



Stone guardians in Paris, immortalized by the now-faded art of technical drawing. Taken from "History of architecture and ornament", Scranton, Pa. : International Textbook Co. ,1909

Beast (d12)

1. Monkey / fool / child

2. Crocodile / chameleon / toad

3. Lion / bear / ox

4. Bat / rat

5. Eagle / rooster / peacock / crow / sparrow / pelican

6. Goat / ram

7. Hound / wolf / fox

8. Dragon / serpent

9. Demon / king

10. Saint / angel

11. Beetle / fly / caterpillar

12. Elephant / hippopotamus / rhinoceros


Style (d12)

1. Laughing

2. Raging

3. Breathing flames (also sculpted)

4. Weeping

5. Wise (writing / reading / meditating)

6. Armored

7. Asleep

8. Judging (accusatory following glare / holding scales / pointing downwards)

9. Smoking / blowing wind / playing a trumpet

10. Gurgling water (part of a fountain / eaves trough / sewage drain)

11. Jeweled (nose ring / earrings / bracelets / scepter)

12. Clothed (rich robes / religious vestments / burial shrouds)


State (d12)

1. Cracked / chipped / shattered

2. Worn by time / weather / sand

3. Covered with droppings

4. Clean and maintained

5. Head swapped with that of another gargoyle

6. Covered with lichen / moss / vines

7. Used as a laundry hanger

8. Surrounded by incense / coins / candles

9. Misplaced (upside-down / facing a wall / toppled-over)

10. Nesting birds / hornets / pixies

11. Hollow, hiding treasure / a spy

12. Covered with graffiti / runes / forgotten code



A twist no-one saw coming. Art by the legendary Frank Frazetta

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