Queen of the Amazons
Penthesileia is the daughter of Ares and the Amazon Queen, Otrera
. She succeeded her mother and sister, Hippolyte, to become Queen of the Amazons in her own right.
A quest for absolution brought Penthesileia from her home in the Scythian steppes into the Trojan War on the side of Priam's Troy.
Penthesileia is tall and dark-haired, with gray eyes and Asian features. Her striking beauty draws comparisons to various goddesses, often to her great annoyance.
Her tribal tattoo is a battle-axe on the lower back. Her name-day tattoo is a triangle of three teardrops on her right cheek
Serious and driven when she has a goal to pursue, or when she herself is being pursued by supernatural forces. Still, no matter what chaos swirls within her own life, she always retains an awareness of her friends' problems and a willingness to set her own troubles aside to help others.
As a War God's daughter, Penthesileia excels at any weapon she puts her hands on, but her most remarkable ability is a complete lack of fatigue. She sleeps because she wants to, not because she has to, and could otherwise continue running, riding, or fighting at peak levels for days on end. When she's in the flow on the battlefield, no enemy stands a chance at escaping her.
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.
Her mother and only sister are dead, but in Amazon culture, each tribe operates as an extended family with the Queen as the titular mother-figure of all the tribes. It would be customary to call her a daughter of Ares, with whom she craves a personal relationship.
At the time of the Penthesileiad
, Penthesileia has recently inherited the title of Amazon Queen by accidentally killing her sister, former queen Hippolyte, in a hunting accident. The spilling of family blood has set The Erinyes
on Penthesileia's trail, threatening to drive her to madness and death.
Due to the circumstances of her sister's death, Penthesileia, although recognized as the queen, is in exile from her people until she defeats her daimons on the battlefield. But even in exile, her leadership has earned her the absolute loyalty of twelve Amazon companions who would follow her to the Realm of Hades and back.
In the Mythoversal Penthesileiad
Penthesileia first appears, leading her Amazon companions, in "Ride, Amazons, Ride!" in The Penthesileiad
Her arrival at Troy causes quite a stir in "Arrival" in The Penthesileiad
In the Epic Cycle
Penthesileia's depiction in the Mythoverse is based on Pothomerica
I by Quintus of Smyrna. The story of her epic battle against Achilles is literally the stuff of legends, and has been told and retold over thousands of years, down to the present day.