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Asterion, The Prisoner of the Labyrinth
Aliases The Minotaur, The Bull, Heifer,
Hotel's Keeper, Prisoner, Your Servant
Angus (Luke)
Little Star (Pasiphae, Androgeos)
"of the Steppe-Wide Back" (Androgeos)
The Archer's Son (Androgeos)
Gender Male
Height 6'4 / 1.9m
Place of Origin Knossos, Crete
Species Minotaur

Asterion (Ancient Greek: Ἀστερίων, literally "starry one"), also known as simply the Minotaur (literally "bull of Minos"), serves as the deuteragonist to the Master in Minotaur Hotel (Quest) and Minotaur Hotel (Visual Novel). He serves as caretaker of the the Hotel, and has done so for hundreds of years. He's also the love interest of the Master in the original Quest as well as in the visual novel's Friendly Master Route.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Asterion is an anthropomorphic bull, any other details are chosen by the residing master. In the Visual Novel adaptation the player can even customize Asterion's look.
Before the events of the story, Asterion's appearance deteriorates, and it's up to the Master to bring him back to full health.

  • Unhealed Asterion - Possesses a severely deformed body.
  • Half-way Healed Asterion - Bears musculature resembling a buff male human.
  • Completely Healed Asterion - Is taller and brawnier than humanly possible.

Asterion's body language, especially when nervous, is often described in nautical terms (e.g. "tail a rowdy sea" "sways back and forth as if pushed by the sea's waves", "undercurrent of anxiety", "sinks in thought"), perhaps literarily pointing to his grandfather.

Background[edit | edit source]

Born around 1214 BC from a queen who had an affair with the white bull of Poseidon. The adopted son of King Minos, he was raised in the Palace of Knossos.

As a boy, he would sneak out to go hunting for wild goats with his brothers. King Minos would bring him out to the fields as the people believed that he and his blood would bring good luck and a good harvest. However, he would often get overwhelmed by the number of people, and his father or wet nurse would have to drag him away. Under Androgeos' tutelage, Asterion took easily to pulling the bowstring, but notching and aiming took years until Asterion became great. Minos rose early to watch him practice archery.

Asterion recalls that Phroneos called him "partner", up until a certain night when they were hunting, preparing a sacrifice to Androgeos, where he encouraged Asterion to forsake the labyrinth and worship the gods in their own hearth, and that he would take him as his brother. Asterion refers to him as an "everlasting friend"

His three sisters tricked him into eating beef, sourcing the cannibalism rumors. Implied that this may be the beginning of the process of getting Asterion sent away.

Around the age of 12, Ariadne convinced Minos that Asterion should be imprisoned due to his potential danger, and was left with an axe to defend himself. His guard, Phroneos, sneaked Asterion's lyre in for him. His duties there included tending to the temple and protecting the Sacred Flame, only going out once. Minos sent food shipments. Later myth retelling would add the misinformation (according to Ch 13) that he had been a cannibal.

Asterion killed Tithonus at the request of Laomedon in order to put him out of his misery. The action was considered a crime because Zeus had given him eternal life. Laomedon told him that a redeemer would come, and he did in the form of Theseus, who, assisted by Ariadne, took Asterion's life without struggle using the Labrys.

Asterion died before his twentieth birthday and ended up in the Asphodel Meadows, ended up being picked by Hades to be a part of the border patrol, sharing housing with a cousin, Geryon. A herder friend gifted him a red ox statue, which he was able to bring with him to the Labyrinth.

Androgeos apparently died before Asterion, as when the minotaur died, his friend was able to defend him and the judges cleared him of his charge (cowardice/ ignoble disgrace for allowing himself to be killed without defending himself). After 3 years in Hades, he was kidnapped and sentenced to live in the labyrinth for eternity.

The masters did as they pleased for centuries, until Joseph took mercy on him.

Sometime when Asterion was in the valley, he built a small shrine near the other Olympian shrines.

Every once in a while would write letters to former guests, but wouldn't make a habit of it.

Asterion's dearest memory is Sir Bernard and Sir Robert signing a thank you and childhood drawings as contracts so they could never be destroyed.

Asterion says that he only learned how to cook a few centuries ago.

Lived on the fourth floor with the Master, often taking cooking for the master and tending/entertaining his children, which he very much enjoyed.

Enjoyed reading, talking with friends, exercise, but especially playing the lyre.

By the Master's custom, Asterion always had to wait to eat until after The Master was done.

Learned English around 1918, when the typewriter arrived.

Asterion regretted not doing more to try and stop Jean-Marie from leaving.

Status[edit | edit source]

Asterion's stats at the beginning of the game are as follows:

Contract 2
Tech 0
Memento 3
Artifact 1
Surveying 1
Danger 4

Asterion's high Memento would make him a good candidate for exploring the Valley, but his Danger score (the highest in the game) makes expeditions with him very likely to end with injured staff members. As a consequence, he's better suited to R&D despite having a low Tech score.

Mythology[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Asterion's textbox scroll is the Meandros, a Greek pattern reminiscent of a labyrinth frequently found throughout ancient Greek architecture and art, such as freizes and vases.
  • In Ch 10, Asterion makes a poem about drinking soda:

To drink a beehive whole:
But how could one want this?
Such buzzing, cloying sweet.

  • If you pick the Speedrunner Path, Asterion will laugh at Ismael's hair the first time he sees it.
  • Asterion speaks in a variant of Minoan that differs from standard Minoan in its phonology and lexicon. Asterion's use of language described in some detail if the Master spends his Daily Agenda time on Asterion's translation project. He is depicted as having struggled with pronunciation since childhood, although it's unclear whether this is due to his physiology or the influence of his mother's accent. He therefore substituted difficult phonemes with ones that were easier to pronounce. His speech was further influenced by contact with guests speaking other languages and he also developed a habit for a few centuries of creating new words, causing further divergence from the standard Minoan he was brought up with. It's not clear whether he's using an idiolect (a dialect spoken by only one person) or an idioglossia (a language spoken by only one person), but the way Asterion describes it suggests that he considers it to be its own language, i.e. an idioglossia. Currently, there are only two examples of words from Asterion's language: lawagesi (which Asterion translates as 'Lord' or more literally 'Leader-of-the-people', presumably from lawagetas) and wanax ('king'), both of which are titles that Asterion uses to address the Master.

Theories[edit | edit source]