Derimacheia is one of twelve Amazon warriors who attend Queen Penthesileia during her journey to King Priam's Troy and fight by her side in a battle against the Achaean army.
Derimacheia in the Epic Cycle
Derimacheia appears in Book I of the Posthomerica
of Quintus of Smyrna, a 4th-ish Century retelling of a story from the long-lost 8th Century BCE Aethiopis
of Arctinus Milesius.
She has no speaking lines, is credited with no kills, and is decapitated by the sword of Diomedes, along with Alcibie.
Derimacheia in Mythoversal Hellas
Derimacheia is described in And Then, An Amazon
as the group's provisioner and chef.
Derimacheia is slightly shorter than average for an Amazon and a bit on the stocky side. Her rust-red hair is beset with curls. Her green eyes are warm, inviting, and friendly, though she is prone to outbursts of rage.
Her tribal tattoo is a five-petalled flower on the left shoulder.
Derimacheia is detail-oriented and is usually the one member in the group who has both foreseen an unexpected event and prepared for it. Her zest for life is contagious but she is also prone to bouts of melancholia, and will disappear for days at a time by herself on hunting and provisioning trips. At other times her sister, Alcibie, is the only one who can break her out of a funk and make her smile again.
Derimacheia is an exceptional hunter and tracker who enjoys putting meat in the pot, and a culinary genius who can turn meager pickings into a feast. She is a collector of many small, seemingly useless items that prove necessary with surprising regularity.
Derimacheia is deadly at great distance with bow and javelin. She tries to avoid close combat but will bash heads with an axe or club if cornered. She believes that knives are for cutting meat, not men, and will avoid tarnishing her blades with human blood unless absolutely necessary.
Proficiency at horseback riding makes each mounted Amazon a match for a two-man chariot, and provides a height and speed advantage over infantry units.
Derimacheia is a daughter of Hippothoe and sister to Alcibie. She has no knowledge of or ties to her biological father, but claims Hestia as her patron deity. In Amazon culture, it would be customary to call her a daughter of Hestia.