As readers of this year's Gazetteer can no doubt confirm, things are starting to move on the Minoan front. You can expect some significant revelations about their past and their history this year, and you may see more Minoan characters with whom you can interact and whom you can quiz about their role and their agenda. It is important to note though that the Minoans are not the heart of the story - their tale, and their plans, are a small footnote in the broader tapestry of Odyssey.
However, it's important to reiterate: the Minoans administer the Annual under their curse. Whatever agenda or story they are caught up in, it is secondary to the necessary and vital purpose of administering the Annual.
By all means, interact with them and form whatever theories you please, but let those theories be grounded in the IC knowledge that they are geased, and the OOC understanding that they are a game mechanism, and necessary for the continuance of the game itself. With that in mind, avoiding them or taking a hostile posture to them makes as much sense as being hostile to the loos or avoiding GOD.
Overlord of Atlantis at it's height, mighty king-emperor of the Atlantiean empire, King Minos is the chief administrator of the Annual. His is the overall responsibility of seeing to it that the challenges of the Annual occur to schedule, of keeping the Arena running to time and of keeping the peace within the arena walls. He also serves as co-judge of all affairs conducted within the Arena.
The nature of his role, and his part in organising the Challenges of the Annual have led to him being called The Warleader's King.
King of the West, Rhadamanthus is the other co-judge of the Arena, and stands in for King Minos when the Overlord's voice starts to go, in the closing stages of the Annual. He sees to it that the rules of fair play and good manners are followed at all times - famously Rhadamanthus was the first to strike down the Carthaginian priest Sacrifice when he attacked a Roman priest during the announcements.
Rhadamanthus' concern is more for the warrors on the field than the strategy of the nations - he is therefore The Champion's King
King of the East and the most cunning of the three, Sarpedon spends hi time not in the Arena but in the World Forge, there weaving and watching over the Labyrinth and marking the coming and going of the Minoans who administer the World Forge.
His concerns and his interests make him, obviously, the Philosopher King.
The Champion and the Arena Stewards
His name has never been given. He manages the single combats in the Arena and leads the team of marshals who keep order. His martial skills are prodigious and potent; he keeps his secrets.
Working with him are members of the Minoan court; of military cut, disciplined and calm. They see to it that injuries are addressed, that order is kept and that the Arena runs efficiently.
The Monitors of the World Forge
A group of Minoan philosophers who spend most of their time in the World Forge and assist in the processes of that strange place. They appear to either work for, or be in association with, King Sarpedon. While they are under the same terms of curse as all the other Minoans, in them you sense a desire to speak where others are weary or wary. What secrets may they hold...?
Chamberlain Orestes and the Keepers of the Lore
Seldom seen during daylight hours, Orestes is the advisor and historian to the Minoan court, and is said to know all the secrets of the Three Kings. His main intervention on the field to date has been to investigate the breaches of the Annual's compact a the Second and Third Annuals.
Rumour has it the way to his secrets is a good port and a comfy chair.
Other Members of the Court
The staff in the bar, numerous messengers and runners during the course of the Annual and most of the administrative staff that are rarely seen on the Annual field are all Minoans. They can always be identified by their damp, corpselike flesh.