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Minotaurs

Minotaurs are a well-known race, having the head, horns shoulders, and feet of a bull or cow, a bovine tail, and the burly body of a human but much taller; averaging 7 feet upon full adulthood, shorter for females (not counting the horns of either genders). They are great warriors and skilled Rangers, Shamans, and mercenaries. They have some magickal talent but prefer stealth, strength, and power. They are sometimes employed as guards.
Minotaurs are a peaceful, tribal race, their clans consisting of warriors, hunters, and shamans. They worship the Earth Mother, and believe that Life is not given, it is borrowed, and that someday you have to give it back (Death).

While peaceful in nature, Minotaurs are not an enemy you want to make. They will fight back with every ounce of their strength. They are noble, proud, but remain ever humble, strongly sticking to their beliefs and traditions.

The first Minotaur was the Minotaur of the Labyrinth, which fed on human flesh as he had no other alternate food source. The Minotaur was originally human but his mother, the Ancient Greek Queen Pasiphae of Crete, had conceived him with another man (after being tricked by a love potion) – Her husband, King Minos, punished his wife by merging the poor boy with a bull calf using sorcery but realized too late his folly of creating a monster and hid the creature he dubbed the Minotaur in the Labyrinth, while fabricating the myth that the Greek Sea God, Poseidon, was to blame.

The Minotaur raped several human women (some whom survived their encounters with him) before he was slain by the hero Theseus. The surviving women he raped bore minotaur sons and daughters, continuing the race. Minotaurs average about three- to four hundred years of life and can go long periods without food.

Minotaurs can reproduce with each other and humans, as well as human-related beings.
I realize not all of you are gonna like the way I portray how Minotaurs came to be.

But I wanted to create an origin that didn't involve the Greek Gods, and when you think about it Minos was that cruel.

Besides that, in the Fantasian universe, there are no gods at all - but there were arrogant and power-hungry mages that masqueraded as gods to bully very naive and impressionable mortals (at the time) to worship them.
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Salvestro Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Nice explanation. I enjoy reading creative ideas about where minotaurs came from.
I kind of imagined that if minotaurs existed as a race in our world then the explanation would simply be that the myth of the minotaur would naturally have been just a myth and that more existed in far out of the way corners of the world.
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TGWolven5 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Do u think I should've gone with that instead?
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Salvestro Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
You can make up whatever you want. That's just how I describe where my modern day minotaurs come from.
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TGWolven5 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I just fear the origin involving rape may be too offensive
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Salvestro Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Then again the origin of the minotaur involves bestiality so any added rape couldn't hurt a story. But honestly, it is good to conscious of that stuff. I personally find the myth of the minotaur too weird.
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TGWolven5 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Of course it's wierd:
The Gods send Minos a beautiful bull to sacrifice to them, but Minos doesn't since he wants to keep it. The Gods are irked so they make Pasiphae fall in love with the bull and... well, along came the minotaur.

It's just that my book is intended for young readers and above (10-13+)

For those over 13, the rape involved would make better sense than godly intervention, but what about the readers younger and who don't understand rape?
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Salvestro Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
If it's meant for a young adult audience then the rape part wouldn't be allowed at all by any publisher. If you were going for a younger audience then I think the origin story will need a change.
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TGWolven5 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, in fear of censorship, the rape-origin for minotaurs would not actually be mentioned in the books at all. If it came down to it, it would be mentioned on a wiki, if one for my books was ever made.

Unless I wrote a nicer version of the origin where instead of rape, the Minotaur of the Labyrinth fell in love with a girl sent into the labyrinth and they actually made love. The girl concieved, Theseus kills the Minotaur, she's set free, and her child is a minotaur like its father before it, and it continues the race by procreating with humans
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Jakegothicsnake Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
You know, I always imagined that the Minotaur from Greek Myth would have impregnated some of his female victims, if there was ever a greek myth setting that had more living minotaurs in them. lol
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TGWolven5 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, that's really the only explanation I can think of, but I didn't, in any way, meant for it to be insulting to women.
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