The House of Minos is the island nation located on the Isles of Minos.
The House of Minos is located in an "Archipelago" and to the east (of Izril), which possibly means that their isles are part of or close to the Archipelago, as there are trading and cultural connections between Drathians and Minos. Otherwise, their archipelago may be a different and distant one.
The House of Minos consists of Minotaurs and is ruled by the Minotaur King. The current [King] is female, but Minotaurs claim that gender doesn't matter here and outsiders would judge their ruler differently were she called [Queen].
Places on the Isles of Minos include The Beriad, Hammerad and Maweil, although nothing specific is known about these places so far: they are part of toponymic surnames.
Minotaurs originally had their lands elsewhere, and they often made wars with other continents. They tried to take over the world a few times (many species have done that over the course of history), but they were repulsed each time. They were only exiled to the Isles of Minos after the "Era of Conquest" and condemned to face their ancient foes there.
They’re at constant war with this ancient enemy southeast of their isles, and if they can't contain it the world will suffer. Their ancient foe has been revealed to be located on an island full of powerful Goblins, which Beza compared to the Goblin Lord in strength. Magnolia Reinhart has great fears that these goblins would destroy the House of Minos within a decade, if they ever laid hands on Earth weaponry.
28 years ago they were at war with Terandria which Izril participated in, they fought against Baleros around 15 years back, and had a few engagements at sea and other numerous skirmishes. They also tried to take over the world once, as every race tried once.
Lady Magnolia told Erin in the winter after her arrival that the House of Minos have recently closed their isles, and their ports are barred to any ships but their own. Furthermore, every spy she had planted in their kingdom has gone quiet. She speculates that this is due to the actions of a traveler from Earth.
After the King of Destruction's return, the House of Minos' [King] is prepared to send an army capable of defeating him. But since such an act would be considered a declaration of war by many kingdoms, he has tasked some of his subjects to approach other assemblies of auspicious gathering, to request formal support. They would ask for a written treaty, allowing them to sail without hindrance, and a small contribution to their army, as arms or gold would allow them to ready themselves for battle.
Lady Magnolia told Ressa that this is probably a trick in the sense that they’ll honor their word and then demand something else when they’re in a good position, like the lands that belonged to Flos, as that would given them quite a bit of territory, which is what they have always wanted.
The culture spread in its territory is considered "strange" by the other races, and for some reason they are reluctant to learn more about it.
Military Strength Edit
The Minotaurs guard their isles jealously and allow only small embassies to visit their port-Capital, so not much is known about the Isles. Warships crewed by Minotaurs regularly patrol their waters, threatening death to any pirates or travelers who do not follow strict rules when sailing through the area.
- The Isles of Minos house a small human population.