Kusarikku

Kusarikku (“Bull-Man”), synonymous with the Sumerian gud-alim and perhaps also alim, was an ancient Mesopotamian mythological demon shown in artistic representation from the earliest (late Uruk) times with the arms, torso and head of a human and the ears, horns and hindquarters bovine. He is portrayed as walking upright and characterized as a door keeper to protect the inhabitants from malevolent intruders. He is one of the demons which represented mountains. He is pictured in late iconography holding a banduddû, “bucket”. On a stela of Meli-Šipak, the land grant to Ḫasardu kudurru, he is pictured carrying a spade.

In the Sumerian myth, Angim or “Ninurta’s return to Nippur”, the god “brought forth the Bison (gud-alim) from his battle dust” and “hung the Bison on the beam”. He is one of Tiāmat’s offspring vanquished by Marduk in the Epic of Creation, Enûma Eliš.

I mean, clearly the Ur-Minotaur, right(1)? But also maybe, through Tiamat, one of the patron demon lords of of humanoid monster types(2)(3)?

Minotaur

  • Hit Dice: 6
  • Armor Class: [13]
  • Attacks: Head butt (2d4), bite (1d3) and weapon (1d8)
  • Saving Throw: 11
  • Special: Never get lost in labyrinths
  • Move: 12
  • Alignment: Chaos
  • Challenge Level/XP: 6/400

These large, somewhat dimwitted, humanoids have the bodies of male humans but the heads of a horned bull. They usually live in labyrinths, where they prey upon anyone who ventures. They delight in the taste of human flesh. In combat, minotaurs may use any weapon, and due to their great strength receive a +2 bonus to weapon damage rolls. In a round, minotaurs will either attack with a weapon or attack with a bite and gore with their horns. Minotaurs are relentless, and will attempt to chase fleeing prey.

Notes:

  1. That pun was intentional.
  2. Which is what triggered this kick, I’ve got a black basalt statue of a chaos god to drop in a dungeon, and “of an orc” is too lowbrow, even if I did have orcs in the setting. Which I do not.
  3. See also “Uridimmu”. Well, see it tomorrow, anyway.

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