Contrary to what one might think from hearing the name, Mothman is a creature that isn't much like a moth. Instead, it is a humanoid owl-creature. Though reports are varied, Mothman's coloration is usually pretty dark, mostly in the range of browns and blacks. It stands about 7 feet tall, and has a wingspan of somewhere between 10 and 15 feet. It has a pair of red, glowing eyes set close to the chest. Beyond that, eyewitness accounts have described the creature as simply being terrifying beyond description.
It has the ability to fly at incredibly high speeds, at least faster than an average car, which it makes a sport of harassing. It's flight patterns also seem to defy all logic of aviation, as it can fly straight up, and only ever flaps its wings on takeoff. Other powers include a preternatural danger sense which he might use to warn others of impending disaster, and the ability to provoke extreme psychological stress in victims.
The first sighting was in West Virginia during the November of 1966, and reported sightings continued until December of 1967. Accounts claim that the sightings ended after the collapse of the Silver Bridge, which has been attributed directly to Mothman's activities.
Using Mothman in Your Games:
Mothman works very well for a mystery game. The fact that there is so much unexplained about his appearance, motives, and existence lends itself very well to the players trying to unravel these secrets. He also works well in a horror scenario, as he is quite menacing and has been noted to actively terrorize people. The fact that his appearance is in some way linked to disasters means he might have a role in causing them, which could lend itself well to an longer plotline, wherein Mothman acts as a main villain. Alternatively, some people ascribe his appearance alongside disaster as a warning of impending danger, and so he might actually be usable as an ally or as a neutral party in a different horror plot.
While you probably could include Mothman in a traditional fantasy setting as monster with stats, I feel this would be disingenuous to the folklore of the creature. It isn't something that's been reported to have been fought in the core sightings, and its origins in a relatively modern world (1960's and beyond) don't translate as well into a Medieval fantasy setting, in my opinion. Of course, you're free to do whatever you like, as roleplaying games are all about trying new ideas.
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