Most magical constructs are capable of being used only by a Fey, a magic-using dragon or a magic-using human or gargoyle. But it is possible to create a magical construct that is so powerful, and so 'hair-trigger', that even a mortal who does not possess the magic-manipulation gene sequence can use it.
The talismans known as the Eye of Odin and the Phoenix Gate are such two magical constructs. The spell to open the way to Avalon is another. But in truth, it's not the spell-words themselves that posesses the magic. The magical mists that lie between Avalon and the mortal realm are keyed to respond to those words, wherever and whenever they are spoken; they will create a conduit to the island from whatever body of water is in closest proximity to the speaker of those words.
I'm not going to give details on all the different magical talismans that were used in the show; the people who organized the gargoyles-fans website already have a webpage that does that quite nicely (go to www dot gargoyles-fans dot org, slash characters slash magic dot htm) But there's one talisman that they failed to mention:
THE PRAYING GARGOYLE
Just as with all the other sections of "Getting Biblical," part of what's written here is canon from the show, part of it is gleaned from the wee tidbits of information Greg Weisman doled out in the Station 8 "Ask Greg" archives, and the rest is either deduced and extrapolated from those bits of information, or just plain made up by yours truly.
The Praying Gargoyle is an artifact from ancient Atlantis, several thousand years old.
Atlantis was indeed a thriving civilization, with magic and technology working side by side to give all its inhabitants a better life. Atlantis was home to people of four different intelligent races: humans, Fey, gargoyles and sentient dragons. It was more-or-less destroyed and sank under the waves in a cataclysm caused by an out-of-control spell that mixed mortal and Fey magics (See, Owen was right; doing that is a really bad idea!)
Sometime before the cataclysm, the Praying Gargoyle was created by unknown parties. The creators used stone dust made from a gargoyle's stone skin, powdered Atlantean crystal, and a whopping amount of mortal magic. They designed a magical talisman to be used solely by and for the protection of gargoyles.
The Praying Gargoyle is not a 'one-trick pony'. The magic that is contained within it and channeled through it can be used in a variety of ways by a skilled gargoyle mage. But all the spells must be for the protection of gargoyles; the talisman will not allow any other.
There is a price that a mage must pay for using the Praying Gargoyle; some portion of his/her own life force. The amount of life force demanded depends on the 'impact area' of the spell. A spell designed to protect a single clan of gargoyles for just a night and a day would probably shave a year or two off the spell-caster's lifespan. A spell designed to last centuries or to protect gargoyles all over the world would certainly drain the caster of all his/her life energies, killing him/her on the spot. (Yes, Demona knew of this price when she was preparing to use it during "Hunter's Moon". She was counting on the spell of immortality cast on her by the Weird Sisters to revive her, as it's done countless times before.)
The Praying Gargoyle has been destroyed several times over the millennia. But each time, it slowly heals itself. (Yes, it heals, not rebuilds. Think about it.) The process takes roughly sixty years, but once it's finished, the talisman is ready for use and as powerful as ever.
I first published this Guide back in October 2001, with roughly two-thirds of the information that's presented here in this edition. These are all the facts and snippets of history I wanted to share with readers outside of the stories I'll be telling. (More backstory will certainly be told as the series progresses, but the pertinent characters will do the storytelling, and it will likely be historical data that should remain exclusive to my 'verse, instead of available to all.)
Any author who wishes to use this material in their own stories, may do so with my blessing.