Born into Darkness, Creations of a Mad Man
Legends of their peoples’ origins have long since been an enigma. Some say they were born in service to the glory of the puzzling maze, perhaps they are scions of the Demon Lord Baphomet, to some they are harbingers of the end days. Much like the Minotaur themselves, these legends and stories have traveled across boundless planes. In reality, the archfey lord of Nightmares brought such creatures to life in boundless mazes of his design. Unlike the myths, these labyrinths weren’t made to protect something or to hide his work, but as a means of psychological torment and dastardly experimentation. Few know the truth, but they have likely been driven to insanity by their petty pseudo-god. Like all beast folk of Arcadia, their kind was not initially born but remade. Several creatures ensnared under the Nightmare Lords grasp were warped into their current form, in an attempt to create relentless servants of chaos. To this archfey, an army of unstable beastly horrors is exactly what was needed to turn the tides in war.
Fierce in Strength and in Spirit
While the Nightmare Lord’s brainwashed army of bovine-headed horrors began to ravish the material plane, not all were controlled to commit horrible acts. Those who broke free from this control fled to dark corridors and sprawling tunnels. Ironically, such hiding places were much like the horrible conditions they were tortured in for so long. Even so, their familiarity with dungeons and mazes lead to them building complex mountain-side societies. Rather than build over the land, they built into it; eventually developing all sorts of defensive methods against intruders and invaders alike. In the years following, they had met conflict with the subterranean mound fey, human settlements and extraplanar entities. This never deterred their survival instincts and knack for defensive innovation. Eventually, some of their own became among the first to ascend. A described high queen of healing and life was among those most powerful. Those devoted to her cause can craft salves of magical healing through prayer and meditation.
Beyond worship of ascended minotaur powers, their societies have emerged to be an industrious and militant society built on protection and honor. Some are driven by a passion to fight for what they believe in, while others are driven by keeping their kin safe at all costs. These beliefs have lead to them being a prominent developer of arms and armory, making them a desirable trade ally. However, their self-imposed sanctions make it harder for contraband dealers and illegal traders to gain powerful supplies.