Minotaur Spirit

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Minotaur Spirit, also known as Spirit of Minotaur or simply Minotaur, is one of the lesser Spirits of the Wild and the natural embodiment of all minotaurs.[1][2] He has not been seen in generations, only to reappear recently due to Sons of Svanir hunting down various minotaurs to enrage the Spirit. Minotaur represents untamed strength and savage cunning.[3]

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

As the natural embodiment of all minotaurs,[1] Minotaur was revered as one of the Spirits of the Wild among the norn. He represented untamed strength and savage cunning.[3]

After the Elder Dragon Jormag's rise and the norn exodus in 1165 AE, all Spirits became aware of a prophecy involving a chosen norn who would either slay or fall to Jormag after cracking the Fang of the Serpent.[4] As generations passed since the exodus, Minotaur was slowly forgotten among most norn.[5]

Personal story[edit]

In 1325 AE, Eir Stegalkin and the Slayer of Issormir met with Ferghen the Tracker who had asked for their aid in protecting a caravan from rampaging minotaurs. The trio soon witnessed Minotaur himself appearing for the first time in generations, clearly angered by something as he directed minotaurs to attack all hunters crossing the herd's path.[5]

The Slayer was sent to look for Minotaur's tracks to find out the cause for the Spirit's violent actions. The tracks led the Slayer to the Sons of Svanir who revealed that they had been feeding minotaurs to an icebrood champion under orders of a high-ranking officer named Vidkun with the intention of drawing Minotaur out, thus explaining why the Spirit had become angry. They planned to feed the Spirit to the champion which would then become powerful enough to lay waste to Hoelbrak in Jormag's name.[6]

The Slayer informed Eir of the Sons' plan, and the pair headed after Minotaur, finding the weakened Spirit being hunted by the Sons at Hangrammr Climb. With help of the local norn, they were able to rescue Minotaur, hoping that the kind act would make the Spirit stop attacking innocent caravans. The pair chose to either get the Sons drunk as a distraction or ask for Minotaur's blessing to turn into minotaurs in order to free the trapped herd. Minotaur chose not to speak during these interactions, preferring to only communicate via snorts and dipping its horns.

After the successful rescue, Eir, the Slayer and Eir's dire wolf Garm met with Minotaur at Hunter's Lake where they had tracked Vidkun and his icebrood beast to. Vidkun snidely greeted the party, thanking them for delivering Minotaur to the icebrood. After a fierce battle, they were able to defeat both Vidkun and the beast and ensure the safety of Minotaur's herd. In the aftermath, Eir assured the Slayer that Minotaur would no longer attack the caravans. The Slayer in turn hoped that Minotaur would remember them should he become one of the major Spirits in the future.

Later that year, Minotaur appeared in Hoelbrak to watch the Championship Fight between the Slayer and Mikkel Toivosson. The young norn Juli claimed to have spoken to the Spirit and said how Minotaur expected the Slayer to win the fight. After the match had ended in the Slayer's favor, Juli continued that Minotaur had liked the fight.

The Icebrood Saga[edit]

In 1333 AE, Braham Eirsson tried to invoke the Great Spirits of Bear, Raven, Snow Leopard, and Wolf to open the enchanted door to the Sanctum of the Wild, an ancient place of power in the Drizzlewood Coast where the norn had first encountered the Spirits of the Wild. When the Great Spirits remained silent, Braham resorted to reaching out to the Lesser Spirits to invoke their power instead as the door would only open if several Spirits worked together.

As the Lesser Spirits did not know Braham, he had to prove his worth as the norn of prophecy. Several Lesser Spirits, including Minotaur, collectively spoke through Braham and presented a riddle which they expected Braham and his companions, including the Pact Commander, to solve as a test. The Spirits ultimately helped open the door with their spiritual energy once Braham and the Commander had successfully solved the riddle by placing notable Spirits' statues on their pedestals in a specific order.[7]

Location[edit]

Shiverpeak Mountains

Story involvement[edit]

Personal story[edit]

Combat abilities[edit]

Effects

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Places of worship[edit]

Snowden Drifts

Trivia[edit]

  • Minotaur is featured in norn sayings such as "You mess with Minotaur, you get the horns."[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Skuld
  2. ^ Wild Spirits
    Ferghen the Tracker: It's not some mere minotaur! It's a Spirit of the Wild! The granddaddy of all minotaurs. Hush now, I heard something!
  3. ^ a b A Trap Foiled
    Minotaur Spirit: The Spirit of Minotaur radiates untamed strength and savage cunning. It stares with a predator's eye, wondering if it faces a friend or foe.
  4. ^ Still Waters Speaking
    Wolf Spirit: The kodan ignore our voices. They cannot speak to Ox, Eagle, or Wolverine. But Braham can.
    Braham Eirsson: Why me?
    Wolf Spirit: You cracked the Fang of the Serpent. Fate now decrees you will either slay Jormag or fall to Jormag.
    Wolf Spirit: All Spirits know this. Even when taken and corrupted. You must go to their shrines. Demand their power. [...]
    Wolf Spirit: You are a norn of prophecy, but you are not yet true norn. Any can wear the wolf, but only true norn can become the wolf.
  5. ^ a b Wild Spirits
    Ferghen the Tracker: I'm headed for Wolf Shrine, but now I've got the jitters about bringing my dolyaks there. One of the Spirits of the Wild has gone insane, attacking caravans.
    <Character name>: It makes no sense for a Spirit to do that.
    Ferghen the Tracker: Exactly my problem. I can't figure it out. I do know it's got the minotaurs around here riled up.
    Ferghen the Tracker: Not "minotaur". It's the Minotaur! It's a spirit like Bear or Wolf. I'm a tracker, by Bear's bold butt. I know the difference.
    Eir Stegalkin: If such a spirit exists, it hasn't been seen in generations. Why would it show up now?
    Ferghen the Tracker: All I know is that it's out there. Once we get going, you'll see for yourself. [...]
    Ferghen the Tracker: What was that on the cliff? Did you see that? I thought I saw...
    Ferghen the Tracker: It was the Minotaur! The Spirit! He's driving them crazy, I tell you.
  6. ^ Rage of the Minotaurs
    <Character name>: Why where you hunting the Minotaur spirit? Tell me, you blubbering weakling, or I'll feed you to a bear.
    Hafdan the Black: It doesn't matter if you know. Jormag sent us a champion and we've been feeding it minotaurs. Vidkun declared the next meal should be the Minotaur Spirit itself.
    Hafdan the Black: Soon, the beast will destroy Hoelbrak! The weak will be slaughtered. The strong will become stronger. Hail, Vidkun! Hail, Jormag! [...]
    <Character name>: They've been rounding up minotaurs and feeding them to a dragon minion on the orders of their boss, Vidkun.
    Eir Stegalkin: That would explain the Minotaur spirit's rage. No wonder his children are attacking any hunter they see.
  7. ^ Pantheon of the Wild
    Braham Eirsson: This place was built to honor all the Spirits. The door can only open if enough of them are working together.
    Braham Eirsson: The Great Spirits aren't talking, so we need the other Spirits to help. I can feel them. Hare, Otter, Griffon... [...]
    Braham Eirsson: The Lesser Spirits don't know me. I need to prove I'm worthy, like I did to the others. [...]
    Crecia Stoneglow: Just about ready! Braham, do we have it?
    Braham Eirsson: I think so. I have the Lesser Spirits' power, now we just need...
    Braham Eirsson: Ox. There's Eagle. And Wolverine! That's it! That's—
  8. ^ A Trap Foiled
    Eir Stegalkin: Ha! I like where you're going with that. "You mess with Minotaur, you get the horns."