The MinotaurKing of the LabyrinthA.K.A King Minos of Crete, A.K.A The Dark One
The Minotaur is not only the leader of the Labyrinth, he's also the founder
. Born roughly three thousand six hundred years ago in Crete, the Minotaur isn't
the mythical monster. That was actually his son. You see, the Minotaur is the original King Minos of mythology. He's still kicking around, albeit not in the best shape.
Minos was one of the original Third Generation Conspirators, a priest-king of the genetically engineered "god" Poseidon who was in charge of administering to the advanced civilization on the island. Absurdly intelligent, you're all aware of his less than stellar relationship with his god, leading to the punishment of his wife being forced to give birth to a monster. Later, his daughter Ariande betrayed him to the One Land Order
hero Theseus. Being the daughter of the treacherous Minos, however, Theseus decided to abandon her.
Minos, unsurprisingly, decided this final insult was one too many. Still, one might argue that his reaction was a tad
extreme. Using his expansive knowledge of magic, Minos contacted hyper-dimensional entities existing beyond the borders of reality. One of these was a malevolent genocidal being he called Kronos
and possessed an army of Demon Lord-like beings he termed Titans
Minos unleashed these beings and their thousands of followers with a spell that triggered one of the Conjunction of the Spheres
. This destroyed the Cretean civilization and also filled the world with horrible monsters beyond the sanity of most beings to comprehend. Minos considered this a small sacrifice to destroy the Olympians and used the distraction to seize one of their ambrosia trees.
The staggering nature of Minos' crime came to haunt him, however, as the Conspiracy was formed in the aftermath of his actions. While the ambrosia provided him with immortality, there would be nowhere to hide if it came out. Also, ambrosia was a source of immortality greater than anything leftover after the Conjunction. He feared, correctly, they would kill him to seize his power.
Minos thus created his faction for the explicit purpose of protecting his life. Whereas the other Factions such as the Philosophers
and the Shields of Athena
might have set up a society built on justice and mercy, Minos used his influence to argue that it had been knowledge of the supernatural that triggered this horror. He argued, instead, that lies and deception were the best tools for protecting humanity. The Conspiracy would become invisible and only in the darkness would they be safe.
A proper list of Minos' actions since then would be impossible to compile, especially since he swiftly learned to work through five or six layers of proxies at best. Unlike what television would tell you, this often meant Minos didn't have complete control over the situations he unleashed but he's only ever needed a general
influence to stay ahead of them. Minos has, ever, attempted to keep civilization down
so that no one can challenge him.
While none of these events are confirmed at his hands, the Enlightenment has actually been developing a file they think he has been involved in;
* Copying much of the Library of Alexandria for his vaults before ordering its destruction, several times.
* The arranged 'marriage' of Atilla the Hun with a Roman Emperor's sister to weaken Rome.
* The encouragement of Roman use of barbarian mercenaries in hopes of eventually getting them to divide up the empire.
* The entirety of the politics in the Byzantine Empire. If only there was a word which described the labyrinth-like politics of that country's plots and counterplots.
* Attempting to artificially spread the Black Death in places that the Conspiracy had educated.
* Using witch-burnings as a method of eliminating genuine practitioners of white magic and eliminating all historical reference to magic despite its former prevalence.
* The interwoven treaty system of 1900s Europe.
* Protecting mid-20th century despots from plots to assassinate them (I kid you not, the Conspiracy used to be good at preventing people like that from rising into power)
* Murdering Mao's Enlightenment associates and replacing them with communist fanatics.
* The collapse of Wallstreet, several times.
The Enlightenment questions how much of this is true as much of it seems to be ridiculous to be true. I mean, SURELY no one can be that evil.
It is a testament to Minos' skill that he has always managed to hide the fact that many of the Conspiracy's worst failures and nastiest excesses were things he encouraged. The truth is, it wasn't as difficult as it could be as the Conspiracy has always been ahead of its time. Convincing members that they shouldn't use their advanced knowledge to vaccinate the natives in the New World and instead "let the savages die" wasn't as hard as it should be. Minos has always supported the easiest, most short-sighted, most basest instincts in humanity and usually been rewarded with an endless stream of short-term successes.
Sadly, the Modern Era is a nightmare for him and one that has been in the makings since the Renaissance. He has been consistently outmaneuvered to the point civilization is more advanced and the Conspiracy more capable capable than ever. He has ample blackmail material and spies but so do plenty of others. The rest of the world has learned his tricks and it's a dangerous new world when The Prince
is widely read as opposed to something only the Conspiracy had ideals similar too.
Minos has other problems too. Ambrosia wasn't quite
the panacea it was advertised as being or solar flares has mutated it. He's not sure which. For the past six hundred years, it's been failing him. Minos is immortal, after a fashion, but he no longer has eternal youth. He's trapped in a dessicated corpse-like shell that needs to be fed ambrosia intravenously 24-7 in order to give him even the slightest animation. Now, Minos never leaves his hermetically sealed base, instead using astral projection and advanced Terra'ssar technology to communicate with his followers.
Minos is completely helpless in his spider-like wheelchair, depending on his genetically engineered bodyguards for protection. These take the form of Bull-Men, mostly out of nostalgia. He also is attended by similarly genetically engineered "daughters" he has named Ariande
They are beautiful, intelligent, and devoted to their father but have a peculiar tendency to turn on him. While he's killed dozens, he has yet to work this kink out of them and a properly charismatic hero might convince one to betray Minos' location. They'd only have to navigate a literal maze of death-traps and monsters thereafter. The help of the Ariande's would be invaluable to this (or a simple attack by ninja-commandos, You Only Live Twice
As King of the Labyrinth, Minos has numerous enemies but his greatest one is the Enlightenment. They are not so easily fooled as other groups and have been slowly piecing together the layers of his plots for the past two thousand years. Almost all of his deeds and actions have been uncovered and they're mostly considering how to destroy the monster and his network once and for all now. Minos would be horrified to find out that they're really just debating what sort of intelligent, young, headstrong people deserve Minos' base and all of its riches (since the Enlightenment prefers to stay one step behind).Affect of his Death
: No idea but it can't hurt since he is objectively worse than Hitler