Olaus Magnus’s Sea Monsters (1539)

Olaus Magnus produced the Carta Marina in 1539, in which he depicted a number of sea monsters. Antony Lafreri created copy of this in 1572. Magnus’s monsters are detailed by Slate magazine. It’s definitely worth a look, both to pick up on a few specific monsters (Rockas, Worms, Sea Men, Sea Orm, Rosmarus), that might be added to a sea campaign, and also to understand how such monsters appeared in the first place (Whales, Sea Cows, Sea Unicorns, Pristers, Ziphias, Balena, Orcha, Polypus).


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An old gamer flying his freak flag, I've been playing table-top role-playing games since 1978. I've been building my own system (Journeyman) since 1981.
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