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Recap / Gargoyles S 2 Heritage

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  • Story Arc: The Avalon World Tour
  • Characters: Goliath, Elisa, Angela, Bronx, Natsilane, Grandmother, Raven
  • Enemy(ies): Raven

Arriving in Canada, the world tourists encounter their first children of Oberon through Grandmother, who is trying to teach the skeptical Natsilane (Also goes by "Nick") the ways of his heritage in order to face the malevolent Raven, who terrorizes the area.

Grandmother and Raven return (in cameo) in the first part of "The Gathering".


This Episode contains the following Tropes

  • Artistic License: Although Natsilane is a member of the Haida nation, during the battle against Raven he is dressed like a stereotypical "Plains Indian" chief, very different from traditional Haida garb. This is most likely an error due to oversight.
  • Belly Mouth: The Thunderbird that Grandmother transforms herself into has a second, more humanoid, mouth in its mid section.
  • Creepy Crows: Raven is one of Oberon's Children and a more malicious version of the Native American trickster hero, able to change into a human, raven, or raven-headed gargoyle.
  • Good Old Ways: Grandmother is insistent that Natsilane must fulfill his traditional obligations, however he may disdain the supernatural.
  • Heroic Lineage: The reason that Natsilane has to be the one to fight Raven is because his paternal family line is responsible for kicking him out every generation. His father did this and so did his grandfather.
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  • Instant Expert: Natsilane defeated Raven, a child of Oberon, in his first battle ever, despite knowing nothing about magic and combat. Granted, his magical relics did most of the work. Raven clearly has much more skill than he does.
  • Magical Native American: Both Grandmother and Raven have this motif, given that Raven is apparently this 'verse's version of the real life mythological trickster figure, and Grandmother acts the part with her herbal medicines. Though considering that they are Children of Oberon, their ability to channel magic naturally is justified. Natsilane, on the other hand, is a zigzagged example in that he is a Harvard educated college graduate who has a disbelief in the supernatural at first, but manages to fight the trickster Raven after embracing his heritage.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Raven, fittingly given that he well known for being The Trickster in many Native American myths, manages to fool Goliath and Angela into believing that Grandmother is a malevolent sorceress and he is a persecuted gargoyle.
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  • The Masquerade: In this case, one detail about the Children of Oberon is revealed in this episode. Grandmother mentions that they are prohibited from directly interacting with Humans, hence why she tries unsuccessfully to show herself as a sea serpent and thunderbird to Natsilane on two different occasions rather than tell him directly.
  • Shout-Out: To Shakespeare. Elisa Maza quotes the famous line from Hamlet, "There are more things in heaven and earth..." - bringing yet another piece of Shakespeare into Gargoyles.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Raven didn't think much of Natsilane, a college student with no experience with the supernatural or being a chief. Despite some initial hesitation, Natsilane is brave enough to confront him and continue fighting after losing the first round, which is when his relics kick in.
  • World-Healing Wave: After Raven is driven off, Grandmother turns her hair into a stream that restores the island's plant life.

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