The gargouille was allegedly a serpentlike water-spouting dragon that appeared in the Seine River in France. It was said to terrorize boats and flood the land. Some accounts say it was burned. The accounts of burning say that neither the monster's head or neck would burn, so they were mounted on the town's cathedral to display God's power. The creature was then said to have been carved onto buildings to be used as water drainage, therefore creating the modern gargoyle.