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Minotaur

The first minotaur was born of the unnatural lust between Pasiphae and the Cretan bull as a result of King Minos’ transgressions against Poseidon. It dwelt in the Labyrinth, which was an elaborate maze constructed by King Minos of Crete and designed by the architect Daedalus to hold the minotaur.

When Minos won the war against the Athenians, he exacted his revenge by forcing them to sacrifice seven maids and youths every ninth year into the Labyrinth to be eaten by the minotaur. Other minotaurs have since been spotted, indicating that it’s possible the minotaur did more with the maids than eat them.

Headstrong And Bullheaded

Minotaurs are headstrong and bullheaded, capable of incredibly stubborn acts of self-destruction. They are also the pinnacle of masculine virility and see any other strong male, or even any stronger being, as a threat to be pummeled into submission.

Minotaurs don’t get along with many people because of their cannibalistic habits. Those who can refrain from consuming their comrades tend to work best with other beings that are of equal strength. Minotaurs are also complemented well by strong female personalities like amazons and gorgons.

A Landless People

Minotaurs are not numerous enough to have lands. They are all too often captured for sport by Minoans, who are fond of using them in arenas for their bull-leaping events.

Minotaurs hail exclusively from Crete.

Minotaurs make for able-bodied trackers, capable of navigating any maze. As such, they are sometimes kept on retainer by rich nobles who enjoy the spectacle of a minotaur guard.

Minotaurs worship Poseidon, their original progenitor who caused Pasiphae to fall in lost with a bull. Some also worship Ares for his strength and bloodlust.

Traits

Your minotaur heritage manifests in a variety of traits you share with your kin.

Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 2 and your Wisdom score increases by 1.

Age. Minotaurs mature at 15 and age at about the same rate as humans.

Alignment. Minotaurs aren’t evil by nature, they’re simply selfish. As a result, they tend towards neutral alignments. They are less lawful and more chaotic.

Size. The minotaur is a half-man, half-bull humanoid that stands more than 7 feet tall and weighs about 700 pounds. Minotaurs have bull heads but are otherwise humanoid— they do not have hooves. Your size is Medium.

Speed. Your base walking speed is 40 feet.

Charge. If you move at least 30 feet straight toward a target and then hit it with a melee weapon attack on the same turn, you can immediately follow that attack with a bonus action, making one attack against the target with your horns.

Horns. Your horns are natural melee weapons, which you can use to make unarmed strikes. If you hit with them, you deal piercing damage equal to 1d6 + your Strength modifier, instead of the bludgeoning damage normal for an unarmed strike.

Keen Smell. Minotaurs are adept trackers. You have advantage on Wisdom (Perception), Wisdom (Survival), and Intelligence (Investigation) checks that involve smell.

Powerful Build. You count as one size larger when determining your carrying capacity and the weight you can push, drag, or lift.

Natural Armor. You have thick, leathery skin. When you aren’t wearing armor, your AC is 12 +your Constitution modifier. You can use your natural armor to determine your AC if the armor you wear would leave you with a lower AC. A shield’s benefits apply as normal while you use your natural armor.

Minotaur Weapons Training. You are proficient with the greataxe.

Languages. You can read, write, and speak Common and Giant.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

5E RPG: Ancient Adventures. Copyright 2020, Mal and Tal, LLC; Author Michael Tresca.