Half-Minotaurs

The first half-minotaurs were the result of magically joining minotaurs with humans. Created many centuries ago as slaves to a powerful and evil sorcerer, the half-minotaurs have multiplied, and thrived in a remote mountain range, even creating a small nation of their kind among the native stones. Because of this magical union of human and minotaur, half-minotaurs are less powerful, but more clever and rational than their brutal, erratic cousins, making them fearsome foes indeed. They have a highly developed culture based upon their militant nature. Warriors hold the most prominent positions in their society, while priests and arcane spellcasters also hold positions of high standing. The half-minotaurs are a nation of strong-willed warriors with a reputation of being great military tacticians, metalsmiths, and respectable arms dealers throughout the region.

Physical Description: Half-minotuars possess the large, powerful physiques of their kin, but are smaller in stature, standing about 7 feet tall. They have the characteristic bovine heads and great horns of the race, a lust for battle, but are far more intelligent and disciplined than normal minotaurs. Their fur ranges in color from black, dark brown, tan, and gray, to light brown, rust, and white. Their eyes are typically brown, though blue or green do occasionally occur. Half-minotaurs favor sturdy clothes of simple design.

Society: Half-minotaurs construct vast cities of stone with near impenetrable defenses; high walls, tall towers, and such. They are ruled by their leader, the Horned Emperor, with an assembly of clan lords called the High Council who serve as both the war and political council. Individual clan lords speak for their clans and function as military officers during times of war. Half-minotaurs are trained from youth to wield a weapon with devastating effect. As warriors they display strength, discipline, and place their personal honor and the honor of their clans above all things, save the good of the empire. Warriors are held in greater esteem, for they live by the sword, and daily put their lives on the line to protect them.

Relations: Half-minotaurs are loyal, honor bound, and readily fight to defend the freedom of their people. They have an affinity for war, but unlike other races they refer to use their military might in defense of their way of life. Half-minotaurs prefer the company of humans and dwarves, for they share many of the same characteristics with these two races. They respect the strength of half-orcs, and their ability to survive in the face of ongoing challenges, while halflings and gnomes are viewed with grudging acceptance for their cleverness and stealth. Elves and half-elves are but weak and fragile creatures in their eyes, and are required to prove themselves as worthy foes or allies. Above all else, half-minotaurs abhor creatures of the lower planes, including those tainted by their blood, and will outright seek to destroy them.

Alignment and Religion: Half-minotaurs tend to be lawful neutral. However, due to their history, they possess a deep seeded hatred for demons and their ilk, and will often seek their destruction at every turn. Therefore, they seldom associate with dark powers or dabble in fell magic, preferring the path of the sorcerer or magus if one is drawn to the arcane arts. The people hold religious leaders in high regard. Those who gravitate to a life of piety typically worship deities of war, strength, honor, discipline, and justice.

Adventurers: Militant by nature, most half-minotaurs are warriors, favoring heavy blades or axes, plate armor, and heavy metal shields of superior quality, often crafted by their own metalworkers. Due to their militant lifestyle, most half-minotuars are stern, rigid, and obstinate, and tend to lack a sense of humor. However, there are fiercely loyal to friends, family, and their people, and deem such dependability as a necessary component in upholding their code of personal honor. Since they stringently adhere to this code, they detest slavery of any kind, and will gives their lives to uphold the freedom of anyone, friend or foe. Half-minotaurs prefer classes that exude strength, discipline, and honor. Such classes include the fighter and cavalier, while those that focus on battle magic favor the magus.

Male Names: Arak, Gornath, Harothir, Kauthak, Kolkan, Korr, Oruin, Orinoru, Therak, Valoroc, Vraxis.