The Minotaur are a race of bull-like humanoids. They are known as a race of shamans and warriors who long ago developed a complex culture and system of living without the aid of trade or conquest. The Minotaur are stoic, embodying the strong and silent type with their quiet contemplation. And it is this introspective air combined with their marital prowess is why the Dominion has come to view the Minotaur as a wise and dangerous race. Minotaur rarely speak unless there is a true reason to, preferring to act instead of talk. However, once a Minotaur has learned to interact with a companion, there seems to be a more open and enthusiastic exchange of words. Since Minotaur warm slowly to non-Minotaur, they are usually silent and may sometimes appear brooding.
Gong’Nu & Minotaur Society
An island of windswept mesas and grassy plains, Gong’Nu is the Minotaur’s ancestral homeland. With Minotaur society divided amongst tribe-based villages, Gong’Nu possesses a regional structure of spiritual hierarchy. The most talented and powerful Shaman in the area traditionally holds a positions of power, though rulership is not limited to the Shaman alone. The Shamen interpret the voice of the World-Spirit and the wishes of the Ancestors; sometimes these interpretations lead to the rise of warriors in the tribe. The leader of a tribe uses the title of “Xishen.” During village meetings, all Shamen and warriors make recommendations to the Xishen, but the final decision is the Xishen’s alone to make.
For the Minotaur , nature is the mother of the world embodied in the World-Spirit, and their faith holds a deep and resonant tone within their hearts. Minotaur are connected to the ebb and flow of the world. They revere the Spirits of the land and of their Ancestors for both of whom they build shrines, and they turn to these Spirits for wisdom and guidance. This connection manifests in their deeply esoteric culture, though dark remanants of previous ages exist as seen in their Wells of Sacrifice.
Perhaps it is due to this overabundance of mysticism in Minotaur culture that their society possesses so many secret sects and societies. Each of them claims a mastery of different arts, the truth of different mysteries and a communion of different spirits. The vast majority of these societies are small and local, but one looms in lore above all others; and this is the Monastery.