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I wonder... Do the minotaurs in 4e have females of the species? Or do they just use humans to reproduce themselves? Or are they born in the void and come out of nowhere?

I've never seen any female minotaur in any of the illustrations...

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Heh, I'm reminded of Tamora Pierce's The Realms of the Gods; the main character gets angry when she learns that there aren't any female Tauroses (which are basically nightmare monsters that exist to rape human women), saying "well no wonder they attack human women all the time! That's all they know to do without women of their own who can handle it!" That said, 3.5 has at the very least, Haagenti, "Mother of Minotaurs." There's even an illustration. – KRyan Mar 28 '13 at 15:44
@KRyan: I wouldn't have pegged that minotaur as being female unless you had told me. Maybe that's the problem: there are plenty of illustrations of female minotaurs in 4e products, but us normal humans aren't capable of determining a minotaur's gender without a close look at the, err, "business" end. – Oblivious Sage Mar 28 '13 at 15:48
I'm pretty sure there is a picture of a female Minotaur in the players handbook 3 (I'm pretty sure she has boobs and her face is feminine) but that's just IMO – Antonio Mar 28 '13 at 15:57
There are a lot of female minotaurs pictures! Is is that we human are pretty bad in differentiating minoaturs genders... – RMalke Mar 28 '13 at 16:49
Doesn't the Eberron Player's Guide talk about minotaur clans (or maybe it was tribes)? It's hard to have an independent social structure if you rely on other species for reproduction, although I suppose that wouldn't necessarily exclude magical abiogenesis (especially in a setting like Eberron!), asexual reproduction, or hermaphroditism (though I sincerely doubt Wizards would design the race with that in mind). – Brian S Nov 7 '13 at 19:15
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Yes, there are female minotaurs.

Nothing in the race description specifies that the race is male-only (the way satyrs are explicitly male-only and hamadryads are explicitly female-only), ergo there must be female minotaurs.

It's just a hypothesis, but based on the people I've known who've played minotaurs, the reason there are no images of female minotaurs is that very few people play them. Also, a quick Google image search for 'female minotaur' yielded a relatively low total number of images, and most of those were... fetish-oriented... rather than heroic. There aren't a lot of minotaur images in 4e books in the first place, and the artists probably opted for the traditional depiction.

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Presumably it was difficult for Wizards to create a heroic-appearing opponent with 'Battle Udders' :P – Melon Mar 28 '13 at 17:24
Since you mention the traditional depiction its worth noting that in the original myths there was exactly one minotaur born of..unusual circumstances and it wasn't a race at all. – TimothyAWiseman Mar 28 '13 at 18:27

Player's Handbook 3's race entry for Minotaur depicts one male and one female minotaur. Also note that they clearly specify male and female name examples.

Player's Handbook 3 p. 102 depicts a female minotaur in the Runepriest section.

Primal Power p. 109 Warden paragon path Emerald Guardian depicts a female minotaur.

Dragon Magazine #389 p.32 Winning Races: Minotaurs features a female minotaur. The article also discusses (albeit in passing) marriages between minotaurs.

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Let's not forget Tome of Magic, which introduces the vestige of the original minotaur, which was a female albeit with a masculine appearance. – Cobalt Apr 1 '13 at 2:20

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