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Amazons of Themyscira

General Philippus and the Amazons of Themyscira.
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Name
Unknown
BodyType

AvgHeight
Between 5'9"-6'0"

AvgWeight
Approximately 120-150 lbs.

Eyes

Hair
Various

Skin
Varied

Special Adaptations
So long as Amazons remain on Themyscira they do not age. Whenever an Amazon leaves Themyscira, however, she will age at the rate of an average human of relative age. The aging process will retard itself once again upon returning to the island.

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History

The Amazons of Themyscira are a race of immortal warrior women that live on the mystically hidden island of Themyscira. They were created by a coterie of Olympian gods over three thousand years ago to serve as their messengers to the world in the name of peace and justice. The youngest and most powerful of the Amazons, Princess Diana, left her protective nation of sisterhood, renouncing her immortality to fight the forces of evil in Man's World as Wonder Woman!

Around the year 1200 B.C., a small group of female Olympian gods desired to create a nation of warrior women that would help to spread their ideals to the world. Met with disinterest or opposition by most of their male counterparts, the goddesses Hestia, Aphrodite, Demeter, Athena and Artemis (Goddess) convened in the land of the Underworld. There, in the Cavern of Souls, were kept the spirits of all women who had unjustly died at the hands of a man. The five goddesses combined their powers to grant life to all of the souls -- with the exception of one, whom they decided would have a special future purpose.

Through their magics, the goddesses formed thousands of super-humanly strong, adult female bodies from the clay bed of a lake in Greece, and imbued them with the spirits from the Well of Souls. The first such creature to emerge from the lake was dubbed Hippolyta by the goddesses, and she was crowned queen of these women, to be henceforth known as Amazons. The second woman to emerge from the lake was called Antiope, and according to the goddesses she was to rule as second in command.

The Amazons were to serve the Olympian gods in proselytical manner, spreading their principles and devotion to a largely barbarian world. They were given a city-state in Greece (the land adjacent to the lake of their birth), and they called it Themyscira. There they thrived for many years before they were attacked by the forces of Heracles, and were saved only through the intervention of the goddesses.

Their home destroyed and prospects for success in their worldly mission dashed, Antiope led a portion of the Amazons away from her sister and the influence of the gods, to travel the world in search of a new purpose. They eventually settled in Egypt, becoming known as the the Amazons of Bana Migdhall.

Most Amazons, however, stayed with Hippolyta. To repay the gods for their rescue, the remaining Amazons were sent far away from their home in Greece to a mystical, paradisal island in uncharted oceans. There the Amazons took up a new gods-given purpose -- to guard the Earth from a terrible evil buried beneath the island.

For thousands of years the Amazons of Themyscira stayed isolated from humanity, until about 40 years ago, when Diana Trevor, an American airplane pilot, crash-landed off-shore. Diana Trevor became friends with the inhabitants of Themyscira and taught them of the changes in the world beyond their protected shores. Shortly thereafter the demons locked beneath the island almost escaped, but through the bravery and ultimate sacrifice of Trevor, the threat was averted. She was given an Amazon's burial and hailed as one of the greatest of all Amazon warriors.

The gods of Olympus were greatly disturbed by Trevor's entrance through the mystical barriers that guarded Themyscira, and recognized it as a sign of their weakening powers. When Hippolyta soon followed her mounting desire to ask the gods to grant her a child, they easily agreed, and took it as an opportunity to create a super-warrior who would champion their causes as the Amazons had originally been intended to. Telling Hippolyta to sculpt a baby out of clay, the gods that created the Amazons brought life to the earthen baby, and the first child of Themyscira was born. She was named Diana, in honor of Trevor, and her soul was that of the last remaining spirit from the Well of Souls. When she grew to adulthood, Princess Diana left Themyscira and became known to the world as Wonder Woman.

Amazons of Themyscira

Since Diana left the protective shores of Themyscira, many adventures and tragedies have befallen the mighty Amazons, including: the eradication of the evil beneath the island; visits to Man's world; a long period of banishment to a demonic dimension by the witch Circe; murder of over half their population by the evil Darkseid; the discovery and reintegration of the Amazons of Bana Migdhall, and an ensuing Civil War; the death of Hippolyta at the hand of Imperiex, and the destruction of the entire island in its use as a weapon against him; the rebuilding of Themyscira by the sentient being within Wonder Woman's Invisible Plane as a floating, crystalline center dedicated to the realization of world peace; the destruction of that version of Themyscira by a jealous Hera, and the effort to rebuild.

Most recently, the Amazons, during the event known as the Infinite Crisis, engaged in a seemingly unwinnable battle with the death-dealing cyborgs known as OMACs. To avoid their own destruction and to avoid murdering the innocent people inside the OMAC constructs, the Amazons prayed to their gods to be delivered from the terrible situation. They, and the entire battle-scarred island of Themysicira disappeared instantly to an unknown location or dimension, leaving Wonder Woman as the only remaining Amazon on Earth. When and how the Amazons might return remains to be seen.


Powers and Abilities

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Powers

The average Amazon possesses great strength by human standards -- about nine to twelve times that of a normal human women in top physical shape. Amazons also possess heightened speed and endurance, well beyond that of any normal human, female or male.
Amazons have a stronger line of communication with the Gods of Olympus, and can call upon their benefactors for specific kinds of help as needed. Their gods are, however, quite fickle, and Amazon prayers are not always answered.
Certain members of the Amazon nation have various limited mystical capabilities gleaned form study of the arcane arts.

Abilities

Among the finest warriors ever to walk the earth.

Average Strength level

Ten Times Greater than the strongest normal human female, in their size class and who would train intensively.

Weaknesses

None. They have incredible durability and stamina and have developed defenses against modern weaponry.

Habitat

Habitat: Terrestrial
Gravity: Earth gravity (0.997 32 g)
Atmosphere: Amazons thrive in an oxygen/nitrogen rich atmosphere
Population: Various; at their highest growth, Amazons numbered in the thousands.

Miscellaneous

Type of Government: Originally a monarchy, Themyscira became a democratic nation following the death of Hippolyte.
Level of Technology: The Amazons of Themyscira, though highly skilled in various forms of martial arts, remained in the technological world of Ancient Greece until various man-made and alien technologies were brought to them by Wonder Woman. Although some of them were shown to be adept at learning about and improving upon them, The Amazons of Themyscira were never depicted as having been responsible for the creation of advanced technologies.
Cultural Traits: A society of only one sex, the concept of gender among Amazons is very different from most places in Man's World. There are, in fact, variations in gendered behavior among the Amazons -- some exhibit highly "masculine" traits, while others are more "feminine." Over their years of seclusion from men, some Amazons had dalliances with various major and minor gods, some took lovers among their own people, and some lived lives of celibacy. For the most part, the Amazons struggle to divest themselves of the centuries-long ingrained mental equation of "men" with ideas of "outsider" or "enemy."
Representatives:

Honorary Amazons

Women who have either been proclaimed as Amazons or has called Paradise Island "Home"

Amazons gone Rogue

  • Magala
  • Hope, Lex Luthor's Bodyguard
  • Mercy, Lex Luthor's Bodyguard

Notes

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Trivia

  • No trivia.

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