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The Mothman

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DATE: 12/04/72 TIME: 1 AM LOCATION: USA
ID: 1754 STATEMENT: 856

There are a handful of creatures that, when sighted, require a full agency-wide alert. The ‘Mothman’ is such a species.

It was 1972, I was a young agent and like many greenies, I was placed on the night shift. It was early in the morning when the call came in. A farmer on his way back home had stopped at a payphone and called the local sheriff's office. He claimed to have sighted a strange black creature around the height of a tall man, with large wings and glowing red eyes.
As soon as the description came through my supervisor hit the alarm, waking everyone up on site. I of course didn’t know what was going on but was later told that these creatures are ‘harbingers’ and only turn up at the sites of terrible disasters. We had to move quickly in order to prevent whatever was about to happen. The last time this was ignored was December 15, 1967. The Silver Bridge crumbled into the Ohio River during rush hour, killing 46 people without warning. A Mothman had been sighted days earlier and our team discovered one hiding close to the tragedy. Ever since that day, the agency mobilized as quickly as possible and had, at the time, averted 16 catastrophes.
We were lucky and found the creature perched on an old bridge leading into town, it was captured and taken in for study. Upon searching the area an unexploded WW2 bomb was discovered and diffused.

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ASSET ANALYSIS: Mothman
THREAT LEVEL: 4 (DANGEROUS)

Though the name suggests a type of insect, Mothmen are in fact a very large and very rare species of owl. They have an innate ability that allows them to sense when large disasters are going to happen. Our scientists dubbed the species as ‘Precognitive Scavengers’, arriving and waiting for a calamity to happen in order to feed on the dead. Despite being classed as a level 4 threat, the bird themselves are very shy and hibernate for long periods of time in mountain caves. Their level is purely based on the fact that whenever they are sighted, death is sure to follow. In the early days, many were rereleased and used as an early warning system in the wild. Only now are they being bred in captivity in the hopes of training them to hunt down disasters all over the world.

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I know a few of you might be confused why I went for owl over a moth, but in my research, most of the cases describe it as a bird and I felt like the shape fit an owl best. Hope you like it!


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B1imp's avatar

Interesting description. I do find it odd that Mothman looks more like an over sized owl in the head/face rather then moth when I see it in art/pictures/Fallout 76.

MightWarrior's avatar

Pretty cool interpretation of the mothman.

JoshuaDunlop's avatar

Thank you 😊

JohnWilkesBooth123's avatar

Moth man was always one of my favorite cryptids. I guess its just because I like moths πŸ™ƒ. Very good art you made of it. I haven't heard of Owlman until now., and I think its interesting how it comes from the same sighting.

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Thanks 😁

UNDELIVER-ME's avatar

Hmm, I don't know if I fav this one. The eyes are great though.

K4nK4n's avatar

Horrifying but so adorable.

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Thanks 😁

K4nK4n's avatar

You're welcoooome.

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Thanks 😁

fractalxavier91's avatar

Owl makes sense to me. Also kinda fits with classical mythology. Owls were considered death omens, I think.

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Thank you 😊

TerryMonahan's avatar

I drew this guy recently lmao

JoshuaDunlop's avatar

So, basically the Cornish Owlman then?

JoshuaDunlop's avatar

They could be related, but originally mothman was described as an owl/ bird and was even first referred to as the Owl man

Vladium's avatar

Well that's a different take. I grew up near that area so I'm familiar with the mothman.

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Thank you 😊

TheDinoDrawer66's avatar

I'm always reminded by this song when I hear its name...

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gojira9121's avatar

Why have the face and the speak of Owl???? this creature gets me confused for the 2 creatures between The Mothman and The Owlman.

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Well original depictions/eye witness accounts of the mothman described it as a bird/owl, it was even originally called the owlman and then later changed

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