It’s always nice to learn that the human race didn’t wipe out a species. It turns out, the Dodo is still alive. The species is actually a ‘Diricawl’, a magical bird that can teleport. So it’s not extinct, it just learned that humans are unsafe spaces and made themselves scarce. Good for them.
So for today’s converstion from Fantastic Beasts to Dungeons & Dragons, we have a lil’ fluffy bird that can teleport.
Whenever something can teleport, it leans me away from labelling a creature a beast. Beasts in D&D are real world animals (real world adjacent) and are mostly mundane. I think ‘fey’ creature suits a sneaky, fluffy, BAMFing bird quite nicely.
To ensure that this guy really could have left explorers thinking he was extinct, I added a special stealth-in-foliage trick. This is an ability that wood elves get, so it gels with this being a creature from the Fey Realm.
I also added gave the Diricawl the ability to hide straight after teleporting. To me, this conjures up an image of a big, cuddly dodo materialising from silvery mist with a smug look and side-stepping casually into the shadows. Maybe even with a wink to camera?
Thank you for reading.
What do you think of the Diricawl? Does it do the deceiving-dodo justice? If you want more interesting Fantastic Beasts ready for D&D, click here.