Bull Cretan

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Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) Link back to Creator infobox template wikidata:Q5582 s:en:Author:Vincent van Gogh q:en:Vincent van Gogh
Deutsch: Liegende Kuh
Date 1883
The Cretan Bull was the bull Pasiphaë fell in love with, giving birth to the Minotaur. The Cretan Bull which fathered the minotaur was originally calm and sent from Poseidon, but the king Minos whom it was sent to fell out of favour with Poseidon, and so Poseidon made the bull angry.

The Seventh Labour of Heracles

Heracles was compelled to capture the bull as his seventh task. He sailed to Crete, whereupon the King of Crete, Minos, gave Heracles permission to take the bull away, as it had been wreaking havoc on Crete. Heracles used his hands to strangle the bull, and then shipped it back to Athens. Eurystheus wanted to sacrifice the bull to Hera, who hated Heracles. She refused the sacrifice because it reflected glory on Heracles. The bull was released and wandered onto the mainland.

Capture by Theseus

Androgeus, a son of Minos and Pasiphaë, competed in the games held by Aegeus, King of Athens. He won all the games, so angering Aegeus that he had the young man killed. Devastated, Minos went to war with Athens and won. As punishment, the Athenians had to send several youths every year to be devoured by the minotaur.

Aegeus' own son, Theseus, set to try and capture the Bull. On the way to Marathon, Theseus sought shelter from a storm in the shack owned by an ancient lady named Hecale. She swore to make a sacrifice to Zeus if Theseus was successful in capturing the bull. Theseus did capture the bull, but when he returned to Hecale's hut, she was dead. Theseus built a deme in her honour. He then dragged the Bull to Athens where he sacrificed it.

Theseus then went to Crete where he killed the minotaur with the help of Minos' daughter Ariadne.

Cretan Bull                                   CR 15
XP 51200
N Colossal magical beast 
Init +9; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent; Perception +23

AC 36, touch 7, flat-footed 31 (+29 natural, -8 size, +5 Dexterity)
hp 244 (8d10+152) 
Fort +25, Ref +11, Will +13; 
DR 5/good; Resist cold 10, fire 10; SR 17;

Speed 30 ft. 
Melee gore +25 (8d6+25), 2 hooves +20 (2d8+21)
Space 30 ft.Reach 25 ft.
Special Attacks breath weapon (60-foot cone, turn to stone, Fortitude DC 33 negates), trample (2d8+10, DC 33); Smite Good 1/day (swift action, +Charisma bonus to attack, +HD bonus to damage; persists until target dead or creature rests).

Strength 60, Dexterity 20, Constitution 48, Intelligence 2, Wisdom 28, Charisma 21; 
Base Atk 8; CMB 35; CMD 48
Feats Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Power Attack, Skill Focus (Perception)
Skills Perception +23

Environment temperate plains, rocky hills, and underground
Organization solitary, pair, pack (3-4), or herd (5-12)
Treasure none

Breath Weapon The bull can use its breath weapon once every 1d4+1 rounds to create a 60-foot cone of green gas. Those caught in the area of the gas can attempt a DC 33 Fortitude save to resist the effects, but those who fail the save are immediately petrified. This petrification is temporary-each round, a petrified creature can attempt a new DC 33 Fortitude save to recover from the petrification as long as it is not caught within the area of effect of the gorgon's breath weapon a second time while petrified. A creature exposed to the gorgon's breath a second time while already petrified becomes permanently petrified, and can no longer attempt to make additional Fortitude saves to recover naturally. The save DC 12 Constitution-based.

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