idea for GURPS
- City-State of Utshepit
A few thousand years ago minotaurs, beastmen, & hobgoblins lived here
in roaming family bands of hunter/gatherers. Then along came a band
of goblin explorers, barely surviving their first few encounters with
the natives, but immediately realizing the potential profits in
slaves. After a long dangerous journey, the enterprising goblins
returned with reinforcements, and set up shop. The first step was to
use charm & enslave on the brutal minotaurs; the minotaurs in turn
helped capture hobgoblins,
The beastmen however proved to be more elusive and wary of magic,
they had their own shaman, and few were captured. Soon the holding
pens were full, and more storage was needed, the hobgoblins &
beastmen were released in favor of the more valuable minotaurs, and
construction of a large wooden palisade was started. Over the years
as the profits rolled in, the palisade became a keep, then two, and
then three keeps, finally all three were connected by tall stone
walls. The large minotaur population became a problem to control, and
after a few very bloody revolts a few of the most powerful minotaurs
were enslaved (by the spell enslave) and set up as puppet leaders.
This worked so well that a few decades later a powerful goblin wizard
cast exchange bodies on the largest minotaur and was made king. When
copper, tin, & silver was discovered in the nearby mountains it
became more profitable to use the minotaurs as miners and the export
of them stopped. The city-state also began trading bronze knives, &
bronze spearheads with the beastmen in exchange for furs, the
hobgoblins used those captured in raids (beastmen & rival hobgoblins)
for barter. I know it is a suck-ass story but it is all I could come
up with right now.
Minotaur Racial Template 50 points
ST+3, IQ-1, HT+3 Absolute direction, alertness +3, Horns (imp/thr,
cr/sw), DR+3, peripheral vision, +2 skull DR (7 total, wow), short
lifespan 3, self destruct, increased life support 2 (eat three times
as much as a man), bloodlust, obnoxious drunk, chauvinistic, odious
racial habit: eats sentient beings, primitive 2 (TL 1).
Beastmen, hobgoblins, & minotaurs enslaved by the city-state are
branded and are considered subjugated (-20 points to cost) and those
born as slaves considered TL 1 (primitive 2, -10 points), those born
free are TL 0 (primitive 3) (oh yea that's 15 points).
City-State Status 5 Minotaur King, 4 minotaur noble or goblin
master wizard, 3 merchant lord or goblin high wizard, 2 goblin
merchant, wizard, or weaponsmith, 1 gladiator or craftsman, 0
citizen (miner, soldier, trader, owns small slave farm), -1 non-
citizen or petty criminal, -2 slave or beggar, -3 beastman or
hobgoblin, -4 murderer or arsonist.
Forest Tribes Status 3 chief, 2 sub-chief or shaman, 1 warrior,
0 hunter/gatherer, -1 outcast, member of different tribe or
outsider, -2 minotaur or goblin.