Encyclopedia Realmgardica: The Ten Most Worthy Women

Regarded as the foremost heroines in the history of the Amazons, the Ten Most Worthy Women have been memorialised by later generations of Amazons as the eponymous figures of the ten cities of the Amazon Decapolis.

Not actually Amazons, but thematically fitting.
And, incidentally, that’s the Erechtheion, one my favourite Greek temples honouring one (or two) of my favourite Greek mythological figures.
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Regarded as the foremost heroines in the history of the Amazons, the Ten Most Worthy Women have been memorialised by later generations of Amazons as the eponymous figures of the ten cities of the Amazon Decapolis.

Known in the Elven language as the “Decem Dignissimae”, the Ten Worthy Most Women are:

  • Kyniska, remembered as a peerless cavalier and a famous breeder and racer of champion horses. Won battles and races all over Realmgard. Many later famous horses are descended from the horses of her herds.
  • Fulminata, a general of the Amazons who decisively repulsed an massive invasion of the Amazon lands. After her retirement military affairs, she wrote numerous treatises on warfare, and one about landscape painting. Her tactics and books are still widely studied.
  • Eudaimonia, widely regarded both as the finest philosopher ever produced by the Amazons and a hugely influential thinker and scholar throughout Realmgard at large. Established the first library in Amazon territory and travelled far and wide to fill it with books.
  • Lorica, unanimously praised as the greatest female blacksmith in the history of Realmgard and lauded as one of the greatest regardless of gender. She forged weapons and armour used by many famous Amazon warriors. Her surviving works are viewed as priceless masterpieces and have been the object of attempted thefts, duels, generations-long feuds, and nearly a few wars.
  • Theophano, famous for her role in mediating disputes that arose between Amazons and remembered for her role in the development of the Amazon law code. Said to have single-handedly prevented a civil war among the Amazons with her patient good humour and ability to foster compromise.
  • Sibylla, the right-hand woman of her older sister, the aforementioned Fulminata. Used her magical skills to great effect during Fulminata’s campaigns, playing a pivotal role in several battles. Famous in her own right as a prolific magicological scholar and innovator.
  • Thalatta, said to be the first-ever Amazon shipwright and sailor. Built the Imperatrix, the ship that made her famous. Remembered as an explorer, merchant, and skilled naval combatant. Several prominent female pirates have subsequently claimed her as an ancestor.
  • Galea, the daughter of the aforementioned Eudaimonia. Continued her mother’s scholarly work and founded numerous school and academies to complement the Amazons’ physical and martial training. Her teaching methods have spread throughout Realmgard.
  • Eurydice, a multi-talented artist. Lacked fighting ability, but overcame initial derision and scorn to become famous as a singer, dancer, musician, actress, and playwright. The Amazons hold an annual festival in her honour, holding performances of her classic works, as well as allowing aspiring artists the opportunity to debut their own works.
  • Bellona, the last High Queen of the Amazons. Known to be just and honourable as both a monarch and a military leader. Abdicated and ceded her power to the local community leaders and helped re-organise the government, creating the Decapolis in its earliest form.

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