Possibly the least numerous of the races on account of unfortunate past events and their slow reproduction rate of once every twenty years to lay eggs and the needed ten years for hatching. On the up side, they can glide, have twice the life span of a human and most major injuries(outside the loss of limbs), diseases and toxins are eliminated as soon as they enter their dormant stone state. This stone state has been theorized to allow them to store solar energy which enables them to have tremendous physical strength that normally would have required them to eat the equivalent of three cows a day instead of the much smaller amounts usually eaten. They have no indigenous technical knowledge, but some individuals can learn human tech with amazing ease like Lexington.
Their appearance varies widely from each individual, but there are some common elements. Most have separate gliding wings attached to their back, but a minority have a kind of web structure similar to a flying squirrel which prevents from using their arms in flight. As compensation, this creates a streamlined gliding profile that allows them to be the fastest fliers of the race. Since they are restricted to gliding, gargoyles must usually climb to a high point in order to launch. Fortunately, these beings have sharp talons that can easily penetrate rock or masonry. This means they can climb most surfaces simply by gouging handholds with their talons penetrating the surface. Combine this with their great average strength, the talons also make deadly weapons, although heavy armor seems to be resistant.
Another common element is that gargoyles' eyes glow when they get emotionally excited and aggressive, with the colors being white for males and red for females. General appearance elements tend to be regional in character. For instance, Scottish clans tend to be leather skinned and often look roughly like Biblical demons. English ones, on the other hand, tend to look more like humanoid animals like Lions and Unicorns, while the Guatemalan clan is more reptilian in appearance. It is interesting to note that the native legends of these regions include beings that resemble the local gargoyles.
Another subsection are the gargoyle beasts like Bronx and Boudicca. These creatures have the intelligence of dogs and act and sound in a similar fashion. It is not yet clear how the differentiation between the beasts and the intelligent variety occurs, but the eggs containing beasts are stored along with the others in a common rookery. The beasts have the same genetic relationship to gargoyles that apes do with humans. That is, they are close cousins, species-wise, but cannot interbreed.
Gargoyle social institutions are traditionally informal in nature. The clans are organized with usually a leader, a second in command and sometimes an adviser who have authority over the others while the others make contributions depending on what skills they have. Children are raised communally and rarely know their biological parents, but clans like the Manhattan clan are abandoning that custom in favor of human style familial relations. Another human influence is the use of individual names. In the past, most Scottish gargoyles were not named except for duty titles like Leader or descriptions like Goliath's moniker for Demona being the "Angel of the Night". However by the twentieth century, most clans have adopted names both to more live with humans and the ease of personal identification.
Another key element of the Gargoyle nature is the instinctive urge to protect. This urge will usually compel them to at least make some general inspection of their protectorate once a night. They still can have lives aside from their protection duties, but generally, if they spot trouble in their area, most will move to respond to it. It appears that this urge can only be resisted by the means of defining what exactly they are protecting.
Gargoyles appear to inhabit all climates and social interactions with other species, ranging from the Guatemalan clan with only four surviving members in continual warfare with humans threatening their forest, to the prosperous Japanese clan with dozens cohabiting amiably with the resident human population. Most clans have kept a low profile for centuries, but the Manhattan clan has been forced into the public spotlight and now must convince the human population that they are an intelligent species that means humanity no harm.