Today I received an email from a new reader who wanted to know more about the gargoyles’ “coming of age”. In Dare’s book, I said: “Our mothers named us and our fathers marked us when we came of age.” And the reader wanted to know when does a gargoyle “come of age”.
A gargoyle comes of age on the thirteenth year after his birth, on the longest day of the year (or summer solstice, which is the first day of summer). At that time, the pack holds a ceremony and the boys are marked with their runes by their fathers. Interestingly, the younger members of the Greystone Pack were only twelve when their fathers died. So Havoc and Force were marked by the pack leader at that time – who was Victor!
The gargoyles are named by their mothers any time between their birth and two years of age. The mother usually waits to name the boy until she has an idea of his personality. Sometimes that’s right away. Sometimes that takes a while. But both Defiance and Havoc were named within a few days of their birth. : )
If you have any other questions, send ’em along.