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Origins

The Amazons were created by Otrera, who mated with the Olympian God of War, Ares.[1]

Pre-Cataclysmic Age

At the time of Queen Myrina, the city of Atlantis hired her Amazons to root out a nest of Gorgons, and took many of those creatures captive. The garrison left behind was slain, as the Atlanteans hated the warrior-women and wanted to avoid payment. Wishing to protect their power, the Atlantean's council of sorcerers tried to harness a fraction of the power of the Axis Mundi, but were unable to control the energies, causing the Great Cataclysm[2] (along with other causes).

Hyborian Age

During the Hyborian Age, at least three groups of women warriors were known as Amazons (though their relations to the Amazons are unknown, if any):

  • The foremost was the Black Amazons,[3] also known as the Amazons of Gamburu,[citation needed] in the kingdom Amazon, who were led by a queen always named "Nzinga".[4][5]
  • Another was the eons-lived Warrior Women of Z'Harr Hr'ann, also known as "White amazons" (in contrast to the "black Amazons") or "Vilayet Amazons".[6]
  • A third group were the (fair-skinned) Amazons led by Queen Bryn, and living in the Valley of the Amazons,[7] in the Secret City of the Amazons.[8]

Twelve Labors of Hercules

In 1270 BC, Hercules went to Themiscyra, to steal the girdle of Hippolyta Queen of the Amazons, a gift from Hippolyta's father Ares. However the moment the two met it was an instant attraction and the two went to bed together. This happiness from Hercules angered Hera, who took the form of one of the Amazons, and made them believe Hercules was kidnapping their queen. He escaped buck naked, carrying the girdle and chased by the countless Amazons.[9]

Siege of Troy

Hippolyta was eventually killed in a hunting accident by her sister Penthesileia. She soon grew in fear of her people's reproaches and was haunted by the Furies, who tormented those who killed their kin. Along twelve fellow Amazons (Clonié, Polemusa, Derinoè, Evandrè, Antandrè, Bremusa, Hippothoè, Harmothoè, Alcibiè, Derimacheia, Antibrotè and Thermodosa), Penthesilea came to Troy in order to cleanse her soul and help King Priam in the Trojan War.

Tricked by Athena (who favored Achilles of the Achaeans), Penthesileia led both her Amazons and the Trojans, galvanized by the warrior woman. Despite killing many warriors, the Amazons were all slain, Penthesilea falling last after facing Achiles.[10]

Modern Age

The Amazons were one of the groups that stormed the U.C.L.A. Campus looking for Venus. This event helped start up The Champions.[11]

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