List of minor characters
This is a list of minor characters appearing in Minotaur Hotel.
Guests[edit | edit source]
Guests who appear for brief points in the story. Distinct from recruitable guests.
Greta[edit | edit source]
Appears in: Chapter 8-11
A German engineering doctoral student from East Berlin in her late 20s who was backpacking/hitchhiking in Europe with her boyfriend. Has two sisters that are twins.
She hopes to live in England with Ishmael and wants kids.
Her help is instrumental in the completion of the internet R&D Project.
She has a tendency of running her mouth and of failing to read the room, flaws that make some think of her as obnoxious. Her extreme extroversion, however, is what ultimately breaks the ice between Asterion and the guests of the hotel, who are initially wary of him. Upon her finding out about the hotel's capabilities, she quite passionately suggests using it for research to better humanity rather than just taking people in.
Although she and Ishmael were planning on staying two days, they end up leaving after five days to continue their trip.
- Greta sets the internet network as "Minotaur Hotel" and the password as "Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz", a german law known in English as the "Network Enforcement Act", passed in 2017 to combat fake news.
Ismael[edit | edit source]
Appears in: Chapter 8 - 10, 12
Doctor from Dijon, France.
Asks Luke for cutlery for a hamburger and is laughed away. For Kota, he tries to teach other how to eat in the traditional Japanese way based on anime and it corrected by Kota.
In Chapter 10, he's hiding behind the Reception Desk hiding from his girlfriend because she doesn't stop talking. He doesn't know if he actually likes Greta, and is implied that he asked her out in the first place because his buddies from university were mocking him and he's thought it'd be fun
Doesn't really want kids and wants to have a lot of alone time, but won't tell Greta that.
Really likes anime, downloaded a ton on his phone for the trip. Is implied that his father disagrees with his hobbies and tries to get him to be more "high class"
Uruguayan Internet Technicians[edit | edit source]
Mentioned in: Chapter 9, 10, 13
Two unnamed South American men of unspecified age who reach a roadblock on their work trip and were waiting for supplies to arrive. They assist in the completion of the internet R&D Project by connecting the Hotel to their employers' servers. Barely anything is shown of their personality, though their willingness to help, even if breaking the rules, implies some level of kindness. The night after they assist the Hotel, Luke implies to "have fun" with one of them.
Middle Eastern College Students[edit | edit source]
Appears in: Chapter 9, 11
Four students whose car broke down in the middle of nowhere. One of which, a female, clasps a pendant to her chest when she's faced with Luke's monstrous burgers and mountain of chili cheese fries. They talk poetry with Kota in Chapter 11.
Past Guests / Staff[edit | edit source]
Yellow Dress Woman[edit | edit source]
Mentioned in Chapter 5, Leader Background, if one picks t-shirt:
Young woman with an aristocratic grace. Family's wealth destroyed after WWI, arrived only with the clothes on her back. Asked Asterion for a simple, bright yellow dress.
Great War Survivor[edit | edit source]
Mentioned in Chapter 10, Speedrunner Background, if you make a mess:
Asterion helped him regain the use of his crippled fingers that were injured in WWI. Knitted him a tablecloth as a personal gift.
American Miner[edit | edit source]
Mentioned in Chapter 5, if one picks jeans:
Guest who lost his home and found his way to the Hotel after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. First time Asterion saw denim fabric.
British Guest[edit | edit source]
Mentioned in Chapter 9, if you pick Kota to run the lounge:
First person to call what Asterion knew as a "pen-friend" as a "pen-pal". Asterion apparently found it hysterical
Pablo Picasso[edit | edit source]
In Chapter 2, if you take the Arts background, you find multiple of Picasso's draftbooks depicting minotaur sketches from his Vollard Suite. Assuming he stayed there around the time he created the Suite, from 1930-1937, he would have been a guest under the tenure of Master Jean-Marie.
New World Mathematician[edit | edit source]
Mentioned in Chapter 4, Chapter 5 (Math Background):
Guest/Kitchen Worker under the tenure of Jean-Marie and "good friend" of Asterion. Used to talk all night long about infinity, the repetition of the Fibonacci Spiral in nature, and the hotel's architecture over wine. Would be joined later in the evening by the rest of the kitchen staff and the night-time receptionist where the staff (except Asterion) would smoke, listen to French music on the radio, and talk the night away.
Frequent French Guest[edit | edit source]
Mentioned in Chapter 9, 13 (Speedrunner Background):
Frequent French guest during the tenure who was owed money by a projectionist, brought back rolls of film for the hotel to watch in the lounge.
Expelled War-time Guests[edit | edit source]
Mentioned in Chapter 4:
Amongst the guests expelled by Clément were shell-shocked veterans, wounded soldiers, and refugees.
P's Grandfather[edit | edit source]
Mentioned in Hinterlands I:
Sometime in 1939 or earlier that decade, he had to flee his home. He eventually stumbled upon a Bus Station, and boarded a bus driven by a disguised Mythical, which took him to the Minotaur Hotel.
Sometime afterwards, he "came back home messed up", presumably due to Clément's expulsion of the guests. Although he did have a wife and kid (P's father), P's Grandfather continued to search for the hotel for days at a time for the rest of his life. His family resented him for the time he spent searching in vain.
Died in July or August 2019.
Previous Masters[edit | edit source]
One can estimate that from St. Joseph to John-Marie, assuming an average tenure of Master is 40 years, that Asterion likely served around 50 Masters.
Athenian Masters[edit | edit source]
Mentioned in Chapter 7 if you pry:
Master from 1231 BC(3 years after the Death of King Aegeus /Asterion)- Likely somewhere from 50 to 80 AD
First master was assigned 3 years after Asterion died.
Implied to be the first Masters. To them, torturing Asterion was an act of worship.
Although not explicitly tied to the Athenians, for centuries these masters would strip him bare and make him walk on all fours. Some kept him decapitated and conscious, others would even dismember or skin alive Asterion and throw him out to the monsters in the valley. Others would eviscerate him or grind him into a bloody pulp. This ended with the masterdom of Joseph.
St. Joseph[edit | edit source]
Mentioned in Chapter 1 - 2
Master from Unknown (Most likely 70/80 AD) - Unknown (Most likely 110/120 AD)
An early Christian who found the hotel after being shipwrecked shortly after Jesus' death (about 50 AD), washing down the rivers of the valley. Believed that God and Jesus sent him here to do something about Asterion's plight. After decades, he inherited the deed, Believed that the labyrinth could be a soothing place, that Asterion could tend to it, made Asterion the keeper. Created the Statute of St. Joseph the Merciful, which bars the valley's creatures from attacking Asterion in the hotel and bestows him and the master powers.
Asterion describes the time with him as not great, but at least the Hotel is taking care of people. However, he noticed a similar quality in Joseph's eyes as he saw in Clément: a desire for glory and a veneer of care.
Invalid Contract Master[edit | edit source]
Mentioned in Chapter 7 (if you say you won't hurt Asterion):
Master from Unknown (Probably after St. Joseph) - Unknown
Early in his mandate tried to pass a contract that forbade anyone afterwards from harming Asterion; its ink dripped off and the paper rotted. Asterion says that his charity ran out one day and that this wasn't an uncommon pattern.
Señor Gudesteo[edit | edit source]
Mentioned in Chapter 13 (Math Background), in 0.5 if the Bell is is discovered during Exploration
Master from Unknown (Most likely after 910 AD) - Unknown (Most likely before 1230 AD)
Master from the Kingdom of León. A zealous Christian, but not the nicest one Asterion had met. Asterion mentioned he loved Tarta de Santiago.
In 0.5, we learn that Gudesteo didn't like Asterion much, even though he considered him God's creation. Would avoid physical contact/didn't allow Asterion to cook, commissioned the bells to ring for Asterion. Son Deogracias became next master.
Señor Deogracias[edit | edit source]
Mentioned in 0.5 if the Bell is is discovered during Exploration
Master from Unknown (Most likely after 930 AD) - Unknown
Son of Señor Gudesteo, had known Asterion since birth, so he was kinder to him. He would often ring a bell night to summon to comfort him when he had nightmares. Enjoyed asking Asterion to adopt a Holstein fur pattern.
Mercurial Master[edit | edit source]
Time period unknown. Only mentioned in the Folded Note lore. Described as wordy, forward, active, and mercurial. Apparently demanded a poem from Asterion after Asterion told him he could not keep up with the master.
Sir Bernard[edit | edit source]
Mentioned in Chapter 4, 7:
Master from Unknown (Due to names, most likely after the Norman conquest of 1066, probably after 1297 due to the use of "Sir. Due to the title of physician, could be even after the Royal College of Physicians was founded in 1518")- Unknown
British Lord of the labyrinth for a few decades. Physician prior to arriving. Liked Asterion to have white fur to convey cleanliness.
Passed the lordship down to his son, Sir Robert.
Robert transferred ownership back to his father for one day while on his deathbed. Asterion annotated his will for him by his side on his deathbed and stayed in the room during Bernard's private meeting with each of his descendants. Robert consented to Bernard asking to see Asterion as he knew him. Before passing, Sir Bernard signed a letter as a contract, thanking him for everything, calling him "my unfaltering servant".
Master Robert[edit | edit source]
Mentioned in Chapter 4, 7:
Grew up in the hotel. Asterion served as a playmate for him; Robert wanted Asterion's fur to be black because it looked respectable and imposing, and he would seem powerful riding on Asterion's back. Eventually insisted to annoy his father.
Around when his father passed, he signed all of his childhood drawings as a contract to preserve them as a gift to Asterion.
Powdered Wig Master[edit | edit source]
Mentioned in Chapter 5 (Speedrunner Background)
Master from Unknown - Unknown (18th Century, likely early to mid, as powdered wigs grew out of fashion in the 1780's/90's)
Likely European or from a European colony, the Master made Asterion wear powdered wigs. Implied to have been a result of the master being addicted to opium.
Formal Wear Master[edit | edit source]
Mentioned in Chapter 7 (Select Black Fur)
Master from Unknown (Likely 1820 or after due to black formal wear coming into fashion.)- Unknown
Insisted that Asterion help out in the lounge dressed in formal attire.
Typewriter Master[edit | edit source]
Master from Unknown (Most likely 1838 or after, perhaps 1874 or after) - 1918/Early 1920s(?)
Implied to not be Jean-Marie. According to the Typewriter Scrap, this master had brought a typewriter and Asterion, in 1918, attempted to use it. According to Asterion's comments in Chapter 2, this Master was not as kind as compared to Jean-Marie
Master Jean-Marie[edit | edit source]
Master from 1914/1918(?) - 1944
Grew up in a village near Bordeaux, where he and Clément used to spend summers back at a vineyard where they'd eat and drink. He believed that his village had the best wine.
Shared a sadness with his brother that mankind did not experience the supernatural, believing himself that it was because modern mankind lacks piety.
Fought in World War 1, found his way to the hotel as a shell-shocked soldier fresh off the battlefield. Eventually became the Master and brought in those displaced by the bloodshed of the war, making the Hotel a kind of war hospital. Asterion described the culture of the place as "a sight to behold" and described him as "kind" and "among the kinder Masters". He would be quite affectionate to Asterion, scratching his chin and behind his ears, and would treat him well when he exceeded expectations. Picked the color brown for Asterion as he found it unassuming and admitted that's the color he envisioned the minotaur as.
However, Jean-Marie was also a man of order and hierarchy, and strictly enforced Asterion having to wait to eat until he was finished. Asterion claims that his behavior in Chapters 1 and 2 --walking around naked, depending on the Master for assistance-- would have appalled Jean-Marie. At times, he would punish Asterion quite harshly for insubordination to let him "know what he did was wrong". Jean-Marie "believed otherwise" than talking to Asterion like an equal
Described by Asterion as a "man of culture", enjoying having Asterion play his lyre for him at night. He could also never go without a glass of wine and he got Asterion to be able to make French pastries daily. Jean-Marie also gave Asterion "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and made sure he listened to all the French singers on the radio. He seemed to miss France, telling Asterion all about the French countryside, lavender, and vineyards. Asterion said that "He loved it here, but I suppose he loved France the most".
Desiring to liberate his country from Nazi occupation, he left the Hotel sometime after June 25th, 1940. He died in 1944 from a gunshot to the head.
Master Clément[edit | edit source]
Master from 1944 - 1944
Clement appears to have health with mental health issues, dealing with paranoid delusions and feeling broken. Jean-Marie is implied to have been some sort of caretaker for Clément "He wasn't all there — but he was functional enough that he didn't need to be, so long as his brother was around." (Chapter 9).
There is no evidence that Clément lived at the hotel permanently, as in Chapter 2 Asterion notes that he arrived the hotel 1 week after Jean-Marie's death in 1944, having inherited it from his brother. He did, however, spend some time there, and knew enough to lobby Jean-Marie for years to have the hotel supply raw materials (textiles, iron ore, quicklime) to Germany, but Jean-Marie disapproved.
At first, Clément seemed eager to please and be useful to the guests. But Asterion noticed a greedy desire to be worshipped. Asterion noted from the beginning that he seemed to have "the beginnings of madness in his eye" but Asterion hoped he'd be harmless. However, Asterion notes in Chapter 12 that he also saw that flame in Joseph.
Sometime in 1944, Clément had his eye on a female guest who "held his mind in the palm of her hand". Although she had gently rejected his advances before, he asked again, receiving the same answer. Clément neared her but Asterion got away of Clément's assault on her. Clément flew into a "tantrum", accusing the guests of treason, expelled them so quickly some were not able to retrieve their passports, took Asterion to the Cold Room, shot Asterion in the face, and commanded him to stay in the Cold Room / not feed himself. He also broke Asterion's wine bottles as to prevent Asterion from being healed, threw the Mirror of Hestia into the valley, and removed Sir Bernard and Sir Robert's documents from the ledger, and took Asterion's red ox statue. Asterion supposes that Clément wanted to / ended up returning the hotel to its original purpose, to punish/imprison Asterion.
It is implied by Argos that Clément did not stay long at the hotel after this. Asterion describes Clément as the breaking up the "few good centuries' [run]" the Hotel had. Ironically, Clément was one of the few Masters which allowed Asterion to speak his mind and have more freedom.
In Chapter 2, The Master adds that supposedly "none of [Clément's] kids" would take the place over. Unsure whether this confirms that Clément had children or whether this is an extrapolation.
The Current Master[edit | edit source]
Master from 2019 - Present
See: The Master
Mentioned Characters[edit | edit source]
King Minos (II) of Crete[edit | edit source]
Grandson of the first King Minos / Judge of the Dead / Son of Europa and Zeus.
Made a pact with Poseidon and promised to sacrifice the white bull Poseidon sent but reneged.
Asterion's foster father and Pasiphaë's husband. Though initially dismissive of the minotaur, due to his appearance and origin, it can be inferred that he warmed up to Asterion. He pushed the young minotaur to partake in lavish fertility rituals (using Asterion's blood) and let him live among his children, even provided him with his own bodyguard and retainer. He also rose to watch Asterion practice archery.
After being labeled a menace, Minos had him trapped in the Labyrinth.
When Asterion was killed, Minos went out after Daedalus who fled, believing he told Ariadne the secret of the labyrinth. Led to him being boiled alive in a foreign court.
Queen Pasiphaë of Crete[edit | edit source]
She was not able to have any more children after Asterion.
Described by Asterion as "not all there in the head", describing her eyes as wandering, and her hands grasping like a baby's. Would spend time with Asterion once every other week. She had an unusual accent: like pebbles in her mouth, blurred syllables, and vowels washed away by her accent. Minos said this was due to her madness, his nurse said it was an accent from a godly place across the sea.
- Georgian language is known for consonant clusters and ejectives
Asterion believes that she liked seeing him, due to him reminding her of what she had done and her reputation.
According to Asterion, did not speak up when King Minos planned to imprison Asterion.
Ariadne of Crete[edit | edit source]
Mentioned in: Prologue Intro Song Title,...., Chapter 13
Princess of Crete and foster sister to Asterion. Played with him as a child. She convinced Minos that Asterion would become dangerous and the he needed to be imprisoned. She is partially responsible for his entrapment in the original Labyrinth. She helped the Athenian hero Theseus slay her brother and later betrothed the youth.
According to myth, escaped Crete with Theseus, but was abandoned by him on Naxos. Either died or was kidnapped by Dionysus.
Daedalus[edit | edit source]
Constructed a hollow cow for Pasiphae which she used to have sex with the Cretan Bull
Later, he designed the Labyrinth.
Escaped from with his son from Crete, took refuge in a foreign court.
Geryon[edit | edit source]
Cousin of Asterion's whom he met in the underworld and was roommates with. Gave him a red ox statue. Obliquely referenced in Chapter 13, Humanities path as Asterion buys the book "Autobiography of Red" by Anne Carson.
Icarus[edit | edit source]
His father fashioned wings out of beeswax and feathers for them, but in his hubris he flew too close to the sun and fell into the sea. Met Asterion in Hades.
Charon[edit | edit source]
Ferryman of the underworld. Described as skeletal, having a dry long dirty beard, overgrown toenails, and a cloak smelling of smoke which hid his face. He seemed surprised to see Asterion so happy as a dead person.
Theseus[edit | edit source]
Came to kill Asterion to fight against the reign of King Minos. Instead of fighting, he provided Asterion mercy by killing him.
According to mythology, abandoned Ariadne on the island of Naxos.
Herakles[edit | edit source]
In Chapter 3, Argos admires his lack of hesitation in taking down Geryon, the monster of the red desert, with an arrow coated with the Hydra's blood.
Odysseus[edit | edit source]
In Chapter 11, Argos claims that after the Sack of Troy, that because Odysseus (called by him "the trickster") did not participate in the sacrifice of 100 bulls, he was punished for his hubris
In Chapter 3, Argos calls him "Silver-Tongued" and admires the blinding of the cyclops Polyphemus and the resulting bloodbath.
Another Gryphon?[edit | edit source]
Mentioned in Luke I if you avert your eyes:
"Here and there, between grunts, unwelcome memories intruding --of similar escapades, but worse yet familiar faces of the dearly departed. His beak with the little Nick and his tail bent at the end. What would he think seeing Lucas like this, face against the tiled floor? Did he imagine something like this when he first heard the news? Perhaps he did. Even if Luke wasn't like this when it all happened, he might have guessed it in a sick twist of fate. Luke tries to push these thoughts away. This is not the time."
Perhaps Luke's father?
Richard and Gretchen[edit | edit source]
Mentioned in Kota I:
Became pretty good friends with Kota, Gretchen even fussed over Kota not wearing hiking boots.
Outside Gem Contact[edit | edit source]
Mentioned in Chapter 10, an outside contact would sell the gems without leaving a trace and would send over the currency so the Hotel could pay its employees.
Luke's Chef Friend[edit | edit source]
In Chapter 12, Luke thinks about a chef friend of his from a few decades before to whom preparing sushi was his second nature. It is implied that the two were intimate, as Luke remembers that the Chef's pillow talk revolved around dishes and plating.
Tithonus[edit | edit source]
Appears in: Laomedon's Tablets
Laomedon's father, turned immortal by Zeus on Eos' behest. Though he was made undying, his body and mind deteriorated all the same, which prompted Laomedon to seek a form of ending his life. Throughout his mementos, Laomedon describes his skin as immensely fragile and mind as baby's; even so, Tithonus is able to communicate lucidly one last time before he is freed from his curse. Using the mythical Labrys, Asterion is able end his life on the request of Tithonus' son.
In Chapter 12, Asterion mentions Tithonus when wondering what the catch was to the Master's kindness, saying that like Tithonus, there's always a catch.
Deukalion[edit | edit source]
Appears in: Prologue Poems
Son of King Minos and Pasiphae, and thus Asterion's half-brother. He's the assumed author of most poems seen in the prologue.
Phroneos[edit | edit source]
Bodyguard of Asterion, appointed when he was 11 and Asterion was 4. Was always with Asterion when he had ceremonial duties.
Chapter 13. Asterion is reminded of when Phroneos taught him an archaic ritual about celebrating hard for a night, taking a handful of embers, and dousing them with wine from the night. Says he heard it from a Cretan priestess and that it could make a moment everlasting by the smoke being taken by the Prayers and being brought to the The Hours,The Graces, or The Fates.
Asterion recalls that Phroneos called him "partner", up until a certain night when they were hunting, preparing a sacrifice to Androgeos and he called him something else. Asterion refers to him as an "everlasting friend".
Encouraged Asterion to forsake the labyrinth and worship the gods in their own hearth, and that he would take him as his brother.
Was Asterion's guard while in the labyrinth, snuck him in his lyre.
Asterion's Wet Nurse[edit | edit source]
Mentioned in Chapter 12, when Asterion got nervous around people, the wet nurse would pull him away and scold him. In Chapter 13, he mentions that she taught him vocabulary and how to speak. Stuck up for his mom a bit, saying that her speaking patterns were not because of her madness but because she was from a godly place beyond the sea and that was their accent.
Asterion the First[edit | edit source]
Mentioned in Chapter 13. Became King of Crete after the death of his father, King Tectamus. Married Europa after Zeus abducted her, became stepfather to Zeus' sons, including Minos I.
Minos, Rhadamanthus, and Aeacus[edit | edit source]
3 Cretan Judges of the Underworld. Described as "bull-eyed".
As discussed in Chapter 13, Androgeos was able to clear Asterion of all charges in front of them.
Other minor appearances[edit | edit source]
Old Man[edit | edit source]
Appears in: Prologue
Old man who works in / runs a café at a Bus Stop the PC lays over in while waiting for his bus home. His hands shake and are not able to hold a coffee cup well, his skin is thin from age, and his eyes wander so much that The Master believes him to be senile. The Master seems to not understand his native language.
According to the conversation with The Master in the prologue, this Old Man was a self-proclaimed traveler. However, he regrets never settling down/believing that "the road would always take [him] in". He remembers talking to his brother about the growing ease of travel and how the world has changed.
The old man recounts that his father "treated [him] like dirt and no one batted an eye", making a beast out of him and his siblings. However, in his old age, he doesn't blame his father for his actions.
As a kid, he recalls himself and his brother walking down a Roman road in his town and saw ghosts rising from cairns and crosses and mingling. He believes that the lack of supernatural presence nowadays is due to it not mixing with technology, or perhaps "something in the eyes", or perhaps because the unknown is not as frightful / mystery has been lost. However, in his old age, he agrees with The Master that although he believes in ghosts, one should not let themselves be tricked; however, he also finds a humility in sensing how much there is out there to be learned and explained.
He and a brother of his used to spend summers back at a vineyard where they'd eat and drink.
He has something to say about the background you choose:
- Humanities: The Old Man approves, saying that he didn't have the privilege of learning how to write until later in life.
- Leader: The Old Man approves, saying that good leaders have been and always will be needed.
- Arts: The Old Man approves, saying that people who enjoy the art/culture are scarce in the present day.
- Tech: The Old Man comments that he was never good at learning to adapt and use new technology.
- Math: The Old Man approves, saying that he respects people who are good with numbers, but he was never one of those people.
- Speedrunner: The Old Man looks insulted/shocked and seemingly does not respect that kind of work.
He also tells the Master that he regrets throwing away the Hotel, saying that he "squandered my one chance at a proper life" and that was "the one place I could call a home". Upon the Master first seeing him, he appears distressed at the momentary thought of having lost the deed, finding peace by tapping his pocket and reminding himself that he still had it. He gifts the deed to The Master towards the end of the prologue, making him his heir, and trusting that he'd take better care of it and charging him to give Asterion a purpose--his last chance to do something right.
The Truckers[edit | edit source]
Appears in: Luke I
Androgeos[edit | edit source]
Brother of Asterion. Used to play in the Palace Courtyard with Asterion. Whenever his obligations allowed, he would join Phronios in giving Asterion company during his ceremonial duties.
Asterion mentions that a brother of his taught him how to play the lyre and to always invoke the Muses. Could also refer to Deukalion, but due to Asterion not mentioning him yet, Androgeos is more likely.
Androgeos taught Asterion how to shoot a bow and arrow, which came easy to him.
Asterion is reminded of him/Phronious by the Master due to their honeyed tongues.
Apparently died before Asterion, as when Asterion died, Androgeos was able to defend him and the judges cleared him of all charges.