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The Grimorum Arcanorum

Appendix B: A Guide to the Gargoyles Universe

By Todd Jensen


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A member of the Pack. He and his twin sister, Hyena, were mercenaries who joined that organization, and became noted for their deadly swiftness and accuracy. They and the rest of the Pack eagerly hunted the gargoyles when they first appeared in New York, but were defeated by them. Jackal and Hyena somehow managed to escape arrest, unlike Fox and Wolf, at the end of that encounter, but continued to work for Fox (and, unwittingly, for Xanatos as well). On her instructions, they went to the Diamond Exchange to steal the Coyote Diamond, and when Xanatos purchased it first, tried to steal it from him, but were foiled, in part by the timely arrival of Elisa and Derek Maza. Fox next ordered them to assassinate Xanatos for interfering, which they attempted to do, but were foiled once more, this time by the gargoyles. (In fact, Fox had been using them without their knowing it as part of a scheme to lure Derek into Xanatos's service; Jackal and Hyena were intended to fail all along). This time, they were captured and sent to prison on Riker's Island, alongside Fox and Wolf.

They and Wolf were broken out afterwards by Dingo and Coyote 1.0, and proceeded to battle the gargoyles again, meeting with defeat once more. Desirous of being able to finally wreak vengeance upon the clan, Jackal voluntarily became a cyborg (as did Hyena), becoming outfitted with mechanical parts, but even this was not enough to defeat the clan. After the Pack's third defeat at the gargoyles' hands, Jackal fled from New York to Egypt, alongside Hyena and Wolf, with some help from Xanatos.

Xanatos employed the Pack there to help the Emir summon up Anubis. Anubis's jackal-head intrigued Jackal, as did the Egyptian god's great power, and so when the Emir used the Scroll of Thoth to make himself the avatar of Anubis, Jackal intervened so that he could become the avatar himself instead. Driven mad (or, to be more accurate, madder) by the great power he now had, he decided to destroy all life on the planet, but was fortunately foiled by the Emir in the end, who used the Scroll of Thoth to become Anubis's avatar in Jackal's place.

Afterwards, Jackal and Hyena parted ways with the rest of the Pack, and eventually came to Guatemala, where Preston Vogel employed them to deal with the Mayan gargoyles. Using some of his usual cunning, Jackal decided to render these gargoyles vulnerable by sending Hyena to New York to destroy the Mayan Sun Amulet, while he prepared to attack the gargoyles in their ensuing stone sleep. Fortunately, Hyena was thwarted in New York by Lexington and Broadway, and Jackal subsequently routed by the Mayan gargoyles and Bronx.

[Jackal and Hyena will eventually join the Ultra-Pack, and presumably be upgraded in the process again, although we do not know what form that upgrading will take.]

One of the more quick-witted members of the Pack (Jackal and Hyena are noted for their wisecracking), Jackal is also one of the most chillingly psychotic and ruthless of them. Not only was he ready to destroy all life on the planet during the time that he was Anubis's avatar, but he also entertains the fantasy (which has fortunately never been fulfilled) of coming upon Goliath in his stone sleep, and reshaping his facial features to make him look like Jackal.

A gargoyle in the Mayan clan. He is one of the clan's four pendant-wearers, and thus survived the massacre of his clan by the poachers. He continued to help defend the rain forest in his clan's protectorate from Cyberbiotics, and from Jackal and Hyena in Preston Vogel's employ. Afterwards, he and [his mate] Turquesa went to Avalon, to plant some of the rare herbs and flowers from the rain forest there, so that they can survive even if the rest of the rain forest is destroyed. [They have since returned to Guatemala to rejoin Zafiro and Obsidiana.]

A grocery store keeper in a run-down part of New York. Although the neighborhood that his store is in is a high-crime area and he is frequently robbed, he chooses to stay so that the local residents can have a place to buy groceries. It was his bold stand that helped inspire Goliath to take up the mission of protecting Manhattan from criminals, beginning with one particular thief that targeted Mr. Jaffe's store.

Mr. Jaffe is an old friend of Matt's, who visited his store often as a boy.

An older friend of and advisor to Max Loew, who helped him re-activate the Golem.
A citizen of New York, who spends much time jogging. His real name is currently unknown. The Jogger has often encountered Elisa and the gargoyles, and was even interviewed about the gargoyles by "Nightwatch" following their revelation to the world. He has even sighted Oberon once (and couldn't believe his eyes when he did).

[A New Olympian. Jove believes that the New Olympians should rule over humanity and be worshipped by them, even as their ancestors the Olympians were, and will form a faction dedicated to that goal after New Olympus makes contact with the outside world, Helios and a son of Boreas being among his followers. Jove is one of the more human-like New Olympians, whose unique feature is the power to hurl lightning bolts.

<Jove is named after an alternate name of Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Zeus. (This Jove is most familiar to the modern world through the stereotypically British oath, "By Jove!").>]

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