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Lucas Walker
Luke, The Randy American Griffon
Aliases Luke
Gender Male
Height 5'10 / 1.78m
Place of Origin Elgin, Texas, USA
Species Griffon

Lucas "Luke" Walker is a North American griffon and one of the guests that appear in Minotaur Hotel (Quest) and Minotaur Hotel (Visual Novel). After a botched family meeting and a poor sexual encounter, he makes it to the Hotel, where he stays during the events of the game.He is one of the guests that can operate the dinner lounge after it is restored.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Being a griffon, Luke's body possesses bird and feline body parts; specifically, his lower half resembles that of a mountain lion, while his upper body resembles a bald eagle.
In his disguised form, Luke is described as having hazel hair and being a "painfully bland mixed-race American"

In the Visual novel adaptation, Luke is often seen wearing his dark blue tank top and camouflage-pattern pants. Other notable outfit of his is a blue speedo with many white stars; the item clearly modeled after the American flag. The article Luke is rarely seen without is his pair of army dog tags he earned serving the army during the Second World War.

In Ch 13, Luke transitions from his classic navy tank top and grey camo pants to wearing solid gray pants and a new tank top with two vertical white stripes and a horned M logo. This is labeled in the files as "clothes_uniform". This horned M can also be seen on a bathrobe in concept art for Black, an upcoming hydra character.

Background[edit | edit source]

Luke was born in October 1923, east of Austin, Texas, which makes him approximately 96 years old when the events of Minotaur Hotel happen.

During his encounter with Jean, Luke mentions he's "three point one hundred and twenty five percent Greek," and that his (father's?) family came from Greece "twenty or thirty generations ago." In particular, he mentions Nemea as his ancestral homeland. Despite this, Luke's anatomy as a griffon points to species native to America. His mom's side of the family has a "lot of native American", and according to Luke in Ch 11 if he fights Argos, she was a bald eagle.

Growing up, he lived in a farmhouse with more than a dozen siblings. He is implied to have been close to his family, as his siblings along with his parents would sleep clumped together on the front porch in the summer to cool off. His eldest brother, Peter, would lead the siblings in telling stories about the constellations, often making them up (Luke didn't realize until he joined the military that the constellation Orion wasn't playing a guitar). This is likely the origin of Luke's passion for space/astronomy. He knows the stars of both the Northern and Southern celestial hemisphere.

It is implied that Luke grew up with at least a culturally-Methodist Christian background; while watching the stars in Chapter 13, Luke sings the lyrics of Little Star, a 1904 Methodist hymn. However, as seen in Luke I, he doesn't know the term "Good Samaritan".

Luke joined the military, implied to have fought near Nancy, France in World War II. Was injured with German stick grenades.

Luke has a wide range of men that he's attracted to, but smart men in particular, desiring to hear them gush about their projects. Though he feels hampered in connecting to other people by the Passport's ability to have them forget him.

Since his 20's, Luke had enjoyed long drives and other forms of transportation (bus, train, hitchhiking). He feels that "wordless moments of mechanical memory [i.e. driving] feel like the closest to paradise". This (besides also being horny) has lead him to want to pick up hitchhikers.

Either unable to recognize if he's being ignored or just not used to being ignored.

Sometimes at least after July 1950, Luke's family made it a yearly tradition to meet up and travel down to Cape Canaveral, Fl to watch a rocket launch.

A few decades before coming to the hotel, like met a chef who would become a friend and intimate partner of his. Knew how to make sushi, and Luke remembers that the Chef's pillow talk revolved around dishes and plating.

At some point, Luke purchased a small cottage in the mountains of a flyover state, 40 miles from the nearest town. He never stayed there long, just serving as "a place he has keys for".

It is implied that Luke's father is dead.

Stats[edit | edit source]

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

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

Luke's high Contract and Tech stats, compared to his low Memento and high Danger, make him a suitable early game candidate for R&D.

Route[edit | edit source]

Luke's route, as of 0.6.0, is incomplete and with a pending rewrite. He currently has 5 chapters that can be accessed from the daily agenda screen starting in chapter 14.

Mythology[edit | edit source]

Luke is a griffon, a legendary creature with four legs and a beaked head appearing in different ancient cultures around the Mediterranean and Middle East, including Egyptian, Persian and Greek mythologies.

Luke represents an American take on the creature, with a bald eagle upper body and mountain lion lower body.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Even in the earliest drafts, Luke was always meant to be a more lighthearted character in comparison to the rest of the cast. The idea was to display how the Hotel doesn't exclusively attract sad or struggling people.
  • Luke felt special attraction to smart men since his inception.
  • Luke is one of the characters that were not in the original plan for the story. The griffon was suggested by readers of the Quest, MinoAnon implemented them in.
  • Luke's textbox scroll has white stars, found in both the American and Texan flag. They also represent Luke's fascination with astronomy and the color of the feathers on top of his head.
  • He's an avid fan of Dr. Pepper soda and believes Pepsi drinkers should be executed; "get the rope" as he puts it (Luke I)
  • Luke does not care for video games (Luke I, Speedrunner Route).
  • In Luke I, if one averts their eyes, a poem is read instead summarizing the sex scene. In the Speedrunner Route, this is revealed to be partially quoting from a poem from the Nag Hammadi called Thunder, Perfect Mind:

For many are the pleasant forms which exist in numerous sins,

and incontinence,
and disgraceful passions,
and fleeting pleasures,
which (men) embrace until they become sober
and go up to their resting place.
  • Is not into breathplay / erotic asphyxiation, and hates people touching his neck (Chapter 11, No Sacrifice)
  • In Ch 13, he switches his tank top to having an emblem of the hotel, apparently the uniform.
  • According to Word of God, "Luke is a self-professed switch who never tops"

Theories[edit | edit source]