So this project is partly based on a joke and on a dream, I don’t really know where I want to go with this, I only know that I love potoo birds and that I want to craft something fun and strange based on them.
So I did some researches on the potoos and I took a good quantity of notes. I want to do something with the legend about the potoo being the spirit of a woman who fell from the moon and who call her moon husband at night.
Since I have no clear directions, I will begin by generating encounters to populate the island and then I will try to make sense of what will emerge. I will try to use the monsters building blocks method I posted earlier.
My building blocks will be things related to the potoo and the island.
Building blocks (d8)
- Potoo bird
- Bugs (beetles, moths, grasshoppers and termites) (preys)
- Small birds (preys that potoo swallow whole!)
- Falcon (predators)
- Monkey (predators)
- Shipwrecked humans (who probably messed up the balance or ecology of the island)
- Rotting wood, tree stumps and mushrooms (thing that potoo camouflage as)
- Something fallen from the moon or the sky (reference to the legend)
Encounter types (d12)
- Sentient humanoids
- Mutated specialist function
- Strange chimera and hybrids
- Wild or primordial beasts (ancient ones may speak)
- Spirits (linked to a element or concept)
- Guardians (linked to a special location, gain advantage or power from it)
- Corrupted, cursed or undead
- Monstrous hoarder (accumulate stuff)
- Mimics, shapeshifters
- Deforestation, destruction of the environment
- Influenced or affected by a other building block (like falcons trained by humans or a ancient potoo spirit who hate humans) (Roll a d10 on this table to determine archetype and d8 on the building blocs table to determine relation)
- Roll two d10 on this table and mix the results, double result give a unique champion encounter with +1HD)
Potoo's aspects (d10)
- Big eyes
- Big mouth, eat things whole
- Eerie call, induce fear or sadness
- Stillness (or the need to avoid movements)
- Nocturnal, sleepy or lazy during day
- Eat insects and small birds
- Don’t hunt on the ground, mob defense
- Mate for life and lay a single egg, camouflaged hidden egg.
- Can be cartoony or spooky
My template will probably be something like: