year AD 635, the dragon-like monster known as Azael terrorized cities and
villages without remorse, and without hesitation. Day and night, from town to
town, nothing was able to stop this purple behemoth. The Archbishops of
Romania, with the help of the powerful sorcerer, St. Romanus, finally devised
a spell that would entrap and subdue the mighty beast. Lured with an offer of
sacrifice by the people of Romania, Azael fell into the sorcerer's trap and a
powerful spell was placed upon his body, magic rune markings that enslaved the
creature to the whims of man. Under the control of the church, Azael's power
was used against his will to protect the humans from evil. The rune markings
left on his skin also turned Azael into stone when he was not called upon.
Azael was furious, but could not break the sorcerer's spell. Years went by as
the church hid behind Azael's might, annihilating its enemies. Finally, after
decades of peace, the statue of Azael, along with its secrets seemed to fade
away, forgotten and lost in time...leaving the beast in a slumber for more
than a thousand years.
day. A small group of religious fanatics find an ancient relic - a mysterious
book. Within this book contains the legend of St. Romanus and the spell to
call upon the legendary gargoyle, Azael. With the resurgence of Darkstalkers
appearing around the world, the fanatics construct a plan to find the statue
of Azael to call upon him once again, and use his power to protect man against
the demons and monsters they greatly fear.
a long journey, the group finds the ancient, abandoned cathedral where the
statue of Azael resides. They remove the floor panels to discover a hidden
chamber underground, and proceed through. Upon finding the ancient statue, they waste no
time and use the spell to awaken the beast from his stone slumber. Stone
breaks and chip away, falling onto the ground and radiant flesh of regal color
appears... Azael is once again alive. "You! Monster! We have summoned you to
once again rid the demons of the world!" says the leader of the group.
"Hmmm... Foolish flesh creature, you have no power over me!" says
Azael, "In my dormancy, I have grown more powerful than ever...and you humans have
gotten weaker." Within seconds, the group is massacred with ease. Azael
takes flight, breaking through the cathedral's ceiling into the liberating
dark night. Hovering over his imprisonment, he
ponders, "How much time has passed? And what of these demons the humans
mentioned? No matter, I shall make the humans pay.. Never again shall I be
fooled by man!"
his victory, Azael takes notice of his new found powers. "It seems these
markings on my skin do more than just allow me to turn into stone... maybe I
wasn't the only one enslaved with this spell." A nearby statue of a small
gargoyle seems to be reacting to the rune markings. Azael reaches out to the
statue near him and his rune markings start to glow. The gargoyle statue then
breaks its stone and becomes alive. "Awaken, my brethren. I have freed you
from the human's spell." The smaller gargoyle cowers at the sight of
"Do not be frightened, little one.. come with me, let us find any others and
free them from this stone curse." As the two gargoyles take flight, the
small gargoyle speaks, "Where is our home?" Azael smirks, "The
pain shall soon be over."
was exceptionally effortless."
only just begun..."
armor and attacks, limited magic user.
The part of the body that is blocking turns into stone to absorb hits.
The part of the body attacking (fists, tail, feet) turns to stone on
Can grab a chunk of the ground (rune markings then glow) and throw at
enemy, if it hits, will turn them into stone for a short time.
Wings sprout and can perform a number of air attacks/ double jumps.
completely into stone. Attacks become much stronger, but cannot block
or use air attacks.
Grabs opponent, rune markings glow, then throws the opponent and
opponent turns to stone for a short time.
Azael can also use tail to
grab opponent from the air and slam them on the ground.
tail from near full screen to sweep opponent.
Turns into stone mode and unleashes a barrage of stone spikes at the
Move 2: Several
gargoyle statues appear and turn alive, then does damage to opponent.
(Special Grab Super)
Turns into stone in classic 'gargoyle squatting' position.
is 'loosely' based on this Gargoyle legend:
French legend that sprang up around the name of St.
Romanus ("Romain") (AD
631-641), the former chancellor of the Merovingian king Clotaire
II who was made bishop
of Rouen, relates how he delivered the country around Rouen from
a monster called Gargouille or Goji.
La Gargouille is said to have been the typical dragon with batlike wings, a
long neck, and the ability to breathe fire from its mouth. There are multiple
versions of the story, either that St. Romanus subdued the creature with a
crucifix, or he captured the creature with the help of the only volunteer, a
condemned man. In each, the monster is led back to Rouen and
burned, but its head and neck would not burn due to being tempered by its own
fire breath. The head was then mounted on the walls of the newly built church
to scare off evil spirits, and used for protection. In commemoration of St.
Romain, the Archbishops of Rouen were granted the right to set a prisoner free
on the day that the reliquary of
the saint was carried in procession." -Wikipedia
Azael was created for Capcom's Darkstalkers
Resurrection: Embrace The Dark contest by JET3000, Mr. Yagami, and