Novus Bestiary began as a set of ideas born from a love of myth and monsters. Could I write a modern bestiary that would combine the old mythologies with new ones? What would it be like to mingle ancient sources like Homer's Odyssey, or Pliny's Natural History with current sources like Naughty Dog's The Last of Us and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter stories?
In addition to mixing and matching the never-ending myths that inspire us, could I do something interesting with modern web technology? What if we stopped settling for crowded wiki pages and brought back the beautiful visual and typographic considerations of the bestiaries of old? How long would it take me to write an entry on every single creature I'd ever seen in a book or on a screen?
The goal of Novus Bestiary is to become the most compelling bestiary of the current era. I want to combine the best of modern design with the timeless impact of these mythical creatures. I want game masters, authors, and fellow fantastic zoologists to be inspired and to bring these creatures into their own stories.
These creatures have captured the imagination of cultures around the world. Some will be familiar to you, while others will be completely bizarre and unexpected. Join me as I discover them one by one.
Footnote for those who enjoy behind the scenes details:
I shared my progress while building this website on my personal YouTube channel. In the videos I discuss product, design, and development decisions, as well as challenges I faced along the way. You can find the playlist here.