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King Minos is the former Judge of Hell and King of the Lust layer, who took it upon himself to reform the layer of Lust. For this, he was struck down and demoted by Gabriel, and his husk reduced to a parasite-puppeted corpse while his soul was trapped in the Flesh Prison by the angels.

History[]

[Text from a book found in [ 2-2: DEATH AT 20,000 VOLTS ]]

"...Gabriel struck down Minos, his flesh torn asunder with torrents of crimson pooling at his feet as we all cried out for clarity. 'Justice,' Gabriel decreed to all, with our just ruler writhing in wailing agony, 'The Lord's Will be done.' We watched on in horror as Minos lay broken, now waning, screaming in defiance of God's Will, Gabriel."

[Terminal data of The Corpse of King Minos]

Once the great and beloved king of the Lust layer, Minos has now been reduced to a shambling corpse.

Due to his incredible power of will and status as a just ruler in life remembered even millenia[sic] after his death, the manifestation of his soul is the largest Husk to ever have been recorded.

Small traces of the original soul can still be detected in the body, but the corpse itself is animated and controlled entirely by the snakelike Parasites that he once commanded.

Despite once bringing upon the renaissance of the Lust layer, his corpse now only seeks sinners to punish.

[Terminal data of Minos Prime]

King Minos felt that eternal suffering was an unfair and unreasonable punishment for those whose only sin was loving another. After the Disappearance of God, as angels were lost and Heaven was in chaos, Minos began his efforts to reform the Lust layer.

The Lust renaissance was prosperous, as King Minos guided its inhabitants to come together and build a new civilization. The combined efforts of the countless who had been damned to the second layer bore great results as the grand city of Lust grew and grew.

However, after the Council took control of Heaven and brought stability to it through their iron fist rule, they saw that Minos had gone against God's will by freeing sinners from the punishment that God had designed for them.

Gabriel, the brightest of the angels, was sent to kill Minos. The king, rather than fight back, tried to reason with him, but Gabriel mercilessly struck him down without listening.

As Minos' will was strong enough to attempt to stand up to Heaven's rule, the angels chose to imprison his soul in an attempt to stop it from forming into a prime soul and appointed Gabriel as the new Judge of Hell.

From the prison inside his own body, Minos helplessly watched as his soulless corpse, now controlled by parasites, tore apart everything he had worked so hard to build, cursing his own weakness for failing to protect his people, vowing to take revenge...

In-Game[]

Besides various books and paintings, King Minos's animated corpse is fought in [ 2-4: COURT OF THE CORPSE KING ], but Minos himself is not personally encountered until he remanifests as a Prime Soul in [ P-1: SOUL SURVIVOR ].

Trivia[]

  • The portrait of King Minos, while he was still alive, shows him with thorns wrapped around his eyes. Since Minos used to deliver JUDGEMENT and to be the Judge of Hell, he was blinded, due to justice being blind.[1]
  • In Dante's Divine Comedy, King Minos was represented as a demon with a serpent's tail that acted as the judge of hell. Sinners would confess their sins to Minos, then Minos would wrap his tail around himself, and the number of loops would represent the number of the layer the sinner would be damned to.
    • Minos is originally a character from Greek mythology, like King Sisyphus, who is referenced throughout the Greed layer. In Greek myth, King Minos of Crete was the son of Zeus and Europa, and was alternatively represented as a tyrannical and cruel king, or a just man who ruled over his people fairly. Minos is heavily featured in the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. The depiction of Minos as judge of hell traces back to the Aeneid, where Minos would decide whether a soul should go to Tartarus or Elysium.
    • As evident by the terminal data of both him and his corpse, Minos's personality was likely aimed to be the polar opposite of his depiction in Dante's Divine Comedy. Minos, in ULTRAKILL's continuity, was a cherished and beloved ruler and judge until his death, with his personality seemingly influenced by that of the first King Minos from later rationalization of his character. In contrast, the Minos of Divine Comedy is a crueler judge, though still fair and not entirely heartless.
      • One thing that remains constant between the two timelines, however, is that Minos' mistakes still resulted in the creation of the Minotaur, as evidenced with his reaction to the Minotaur. Because of this, it is more likely than not that he, like in the Divine Comedy, contained it in a labyrinth and sacrificed boys and girls from Athens to feed it. Everyone who is in Hell, regardless of how beloved they may have been, is down there for a reason.

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