Minotaur: Philip ap Griffith

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Maze Table for Minotaur Station

Also Philip ap Griffith with a big axe who can only be killed by a body blow.

The Labyrinth: navigate a brass ball through a tabletop maze based on the 14” square tilt-type game. – Table will be 24”-ish square

Aric to set up. The team must complete the maze without being killed by the minotaur. As long as fighters remain, the minotaur can't get to the party. If all of the fighters die, the minotaur attacks the non-combatant the next time a ball falls through a hole.  Of course, if there are enough fighters, they can go kill the minotaur and then do the maze in safety.  If a single fighter defeats the minotaur, that fighter receives the minotaur's liver, which is a suitable sacrifice to Jupiter. (Multiple fighters hack the body up too much for the liver to be usable.)  Philip is doing his own costume. I'm trying to borrow the "Gate" used at Defending the Gate to give the minotaur a limited front to fight across.

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Any ideas for the liver prop?

while I think it "amusing" to have to tote a stinky piece of real liver around that's been in the sun all day, I think it's too unsanitary, especially with the potential of kids in the groups. We either need a cooler for the meat or a prop substitute.


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Nothing from Archie Mcphee

Archie Mcphee doesn't sell fake livers. I'm shocked.

If you make jello with far too little water, it never melts. Bonus there is that the questers have to take care that it not fall apart.

Someone care to experiment in the kitchen? Add some food coloring so it is opaque and purplish. Yum.

Que Les Mauvais Soient Dévoré de la Flamme

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Leather scraps

We can make the livers out of leather scraps.

And I just thought of this while waking up this morning: the livers can have rough, hard to read maps of the station on them.

Philip can hand out bigger "chunks of liver" with clearer versions of the map to those who defeated him handily, and smaller ones to those who had trouble.

Do we have any other leatherworkers besides me? These should not be pretty bits of leather work. In fact, I think I'll have philip keep them in a bucket of water or thin colorless gelatin so they're gross. Heh.

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If you run out of time, you

If you run out of time, you could just use dates as pieces of liver.

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Direction Charms

Wolfram, when you're making the maze table, can you make a handful of pegs that fit in the holes of the maze to use as direction charms?

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MINOTAUR in Chaucer / etc

from http://www.columbia.edu/dlc/garland/deweever/M/mynotaur.htm

MYNOTAUR. The Minotaur was said to be the son of Pasiphae, queen of Crete, and a bull. Daedalus constructed a wooden cow for Pasiphae, which she entered to mate with the bull. The result was the Minotaur, half man, half bull. Minos lodged it in the labyrinth, which Daedalus also constructed. After his son was killed in Athens, Minos demanded that the Athenians send a tribute of seven youths and seven maidens to be eaten by the Minotaur. The third tribute brought Theseus to Crete, and with Ariadne's help, he entered the labyrinth, slew the monster, and returned safely to the light (Met VIII.155-182).

The figure of the Mynotaur is embroidered on Theseus's pennant, KnT 978-980. Theseus discusses his lack of weapons with which to slay the Mynotaur with Ariadne, LGW 2102-2122; she gives him a reel of thread or a clue when he enters the Mynotaur's dwelling, LGW 2140-2143. Theseus is led to his death when he goes to the Mynotaur, LGW 2144-2145. [Adriane: Dedalus: Minos: Phasipha: Phedra: Theseus]

Mynotaur, a spelling variant, means "bull of Minos"; it appears medially only, KnT 980; LGW 2104, 2141, 2145.
R.H. Green, "Classical Fable and English Poetry." Critical Approaches to Medieval Literature, 113, 131-133; Ovid, Met, ed. and trans. F.J. Miller, I: 416-419.
Copyright © 1988, 1996 Jacqueline de Weever
Published by Garland Publishing, Inc., New York and London.

Ok dumb question. But I'm

Ok dumb question. But I'm studying up to become wise (ha ha)
So I get the part about having one person beat the monitor to get his liver to give to Jupiter to win a lightening bolt to try to hit Mars and save the day.
But what happens when they complete the maze...or not?
And has the location to get the pegs been decided?