8. VII - Minotaurs
44th Aprarl 3782, 9th Eon
The mountains and caves of the North East. Even occupying the ruins of ancient human civilizations.
They stand tall at six foot nine in height, at an average. Some of their great, powerful and older chieftains have been documented to be almost nine feet tall; towering above any mortal man.
The tribes of the minotaurs are savage, war-mongering and blood-thirsty. Raiding, slaughtering and pillaging any village, civilization or race they can maim. They care not for life, and live for the thrill of a fight. Inhabiting the bestial tribes of the North Eastern mountains, they make up the bulk of its population. They crave violence, some saying that they lose sanity and years upon their life if they do not constantly rage war. Either they fight between themselves and other tribes, or most commonly, their target for conflict is humanity. Endless wars have been fought from the kingdom of men and these beasts.
The known origins of the minotaurs are not solid, from ancient documents and texts that archaeologists have analysed. But the most common theory I hear going around the cryptzoology department at the university is that these horrors were created from some dark... desires. Tablets and other art was found, dating back to the 3rd Eon, showing rather... intimate scenes of cattle and human women. The evidence suggests that minotaurs could've been bred from "sensual" relationships between woman and beast. Makes one shudder just to think about... But the text is not definitely stating this theory, we cannot confirm it as evidence. But the minotaurs' anatomy states something strange about them.
Some minotaurs are said to be as old as three hundred years old. Yet the Chieftains and Warlords of their tribes are gigantic compared to those underneath their power. The most famous is Ogra Torr, Sabre Toothed Minotaur. He has led several campaigns against humans, and stands over and crushes any who get in his way. But whilst sensationally violent, Minotaurs are not the most intelligent of creatures, able to only make primitive weapons and perform mass charges. No real tactics to their onslaughts, not complex fighting styles. They're rather more of a "smash now, win later" type of thought.
Head Professor of Mythology and Cryptozoology at the University of Adrastia