This weeks Creature Files features: Minotaur
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The glossary of Radiant Heroes gives a brief definition to Minotaur:
“Minotaur – Minotaur are large, powerful, and aggressive humanoid creatures possessing the fur, hind hooves, and head of a bull. Most are extremely territorial and do not communicate with outsiders. The more civilized minotaur live in isolated villages exclusively with their own kind and attack intruders at will. It is extremely rare to encounter one outside of its community unless it is pillaging or part of a band of mercenaries. (i.e. Marlow)”
Let’s begin with the first part; “large, powerful and aggressive”. The might be a brutal statement to some, but the typical temperament of a Minotaur in the Radiant Heroes world is not welcoming. Many renditions of the artwork show a Minotaur wielding a giant weapon and that exists for a reason – they excel in combat and they know it.
Being one of the largest (in broadness and height) races to walk the lands, Minotaur are the pinnacle of physical might. They tend to favor large weapons, such as the great ax or great club; knowing that their opponent would be unfamiliar and unprepared to defend against it. Is there truly that much thought put into it? Unlikely, however Minotaur are not afraid to throw their weight around and if you are going to have a weapon; why not the biggest one you can carry?
Secondly, “Most are extremely territorial and do not communicate with outsiders. The more civilized minotaur live in isolated villages exclusively with their own kind and attack intruders at will. It is extremely rare to encounter one outside of its community unless it is pillaging or part of a band of mercenaries.”
Minotaur do not like being told what to do. Some of the more primitive clans are also very competitive and would fight to the death over what others might consider trivial things (i.e who eats first, who has a better ax, etc.). Never mind outsiders whom have no right to speak since they are small, squishy things. More rare; the civilized clans have learned that there is strength in numbers and have communities that are exclusively Minotaur since others would be a threat to their way of life.
Most nations and other cities would prefer not to barter with any of these clans, but in the interest of some rare resources or in the exchange of services, there are exceptions. The services a Minotaur could offer are, as you have likely guessed, mercenary work. Imagine if you could deliver a herd of sheep to the Minotaur and receive the efforts of a small, intimidating and powerful militia to handle an issue with a rival city – good deal?
Yes is the answer.
It is through these agreements that some of these civilized but sheltered Minotaur are able to experience the world. With those experiences do they sometimes leave the clan to begin their life anew and transcend from their isolated upbringing. Marlow is the perfect example of this extremely rare occurrence.
Worth mentioning while discussing Minotaur is their faith.
They do not worship as other faiths do, but instead they believe that their ties with Tauros, the Lord of Battle, are felt. Particularly Tauros is felt in the swing of a great weapon, his song is heard in the howl of battle, and his embodiment is portrayed in the fields of victory. There is no text even dedicated to Tauros because it is believed that he prefers to exist only in the thrill of combat – which is convenient since most Minotaur can not read.
When faced with a Minotaur outside of his/her clan, I hope after all this, that you give them a chance before judging them because of their look and reputation. If they are with their clan however, I just hope you see them first.
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