The Amazons are a warrior culture that emphasizes the strength of the individual, in contrast to societies that defend themselves with large armies of hoplites and mounted cavalry. A typical Amazonian conclave will outline its territory, usually an island, and fight viciously to drive away trespassers. When the territory is threatened, they may band together into war parties, whose collective battlecries are said to strike fear into enemies up to a mile away.
For millennia before the coming of the Dragonlords, the Amazons were there. Raiding and fighting the Gygan empire, they were amongst the most feared denizens of Thylea. Over the many century’s outsiders would occasionally wash up on the shores of Thylea. These were usually shipwrecked explorers or merchants who were blown far off course. Of all races and nationalities, these people had to live in harmony with the natives of Thylea. They formed tribes and lived on the islands of the Cerulean Gulf and for the most part coexisted with the Amazons.
When the Dragonlords came, some of the tribes fought with the natives of Thylea against the newcomers but some sided with the newcomers. The Amazons stayed on their own side, but while they were distracted by the infighting their forces were entirely shattered by the armies of the Titans who used the chaos of war as a way of finally getting rid of the Amazon threat.
Blaming their losses on the frailty of the other races who surrounded them, they sought to isolate themselves from the rest of Thylea and create a stronger society: a society dominated by Amazon warriors. Accordingly, they retreated to the remote island of Themis and established an isolated kingdom, unspoiled by the weakness of the other races. The Amazons define themselves as a sacred band of warriors who always stand together as a sisterhood. They train for combat from an early age, and once they come of age, they form into pairs of sister-warriors: lifemates. There are only a few thousand Amazons on Themis, but they are among the most feared warriors in all of Thylea—brutal berserkers with no mercy. They have been known to enslave prisoners, but most of them are executed.
The Amazons domesticated some of the beasts on Themis. They use rhinoceroses as mounts, and they have trained the native basilisks to act as hounds. Most Amazon warriors keep clockwork birds, called stimfay, as loyal companions and scouts.
Always on the move
The Amazons don’t build any permanent structures on the island except for their prison. Instead, they travel across the island and make temporary camps, usually of 10-20 Amazons and rhino mounts. Each camp is prepared for surprise raids and skirmishes with the other camps. This perpetual “great game of war” is considered essential to the Amazonian way of life.
The Amazons define themselves as a sacred band of warriors who always stand together as a sisterhood. They train for combat from an early age, and once they come of age, they form into pairs of sister-warriors: lifemates.