The first minotaurs were constructs, created by the same wizards that made the first owlbears and chimeras.
The minotaurs pleaded with the immortal Hapocles, who accepted to grant them actual life with an actual soul. All the immortal asked in return was gold. Lots of gold.
Now the minotaurs are still doing whatever it takes to get as much gold as they can, to fulfill the bargain of their ancestors. One day, hopefully soon, they will be free to live their own lives.
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