Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Amazon's of Themyscria

Queen Hippolyta of Themyscria

Hippolyta and the Amazons of Themyscria were created by the Olympian gods from the souls of women slain by men. Hippolyta was first born and thus she became Queen of the new race. The second Amazon to break surface was her sister Antiope and she ruled as a second to Hippolyta in all affairs. Each of the goddesses that created the Amazons blessed them with personalized gifts: hunting skills (Artemis'), wisdom (Athena's), warm homes (Hestia's), plentiful harvests (Demeter's), and beauty inside and out (Aphrodite's). As a symbol of their leadership titles, the gods gave Hippolyta and Antiope each a Golden Girdle of Gaea which enhanced their strength and abilities significantly. The Amazons eventually founded the city of Themyscira in Anatolia and became known as fierce warriors of peace in Turkey, Greece and Rome.

Ares, jealous of the new race, bade his brother Hercules to steal Hippolyta's golden girdle. He and a troup of men took Themyscria, bound Hippolyta, and raped many of the Amazons. Hippolyta begged Athena for help and she agreed on the condition that no male be harmed. She agreed but Antiope and a contingent of Amazons killed many of the men. They abandoned the Olympian deities and founded the Bana-Mighdall tribe.

As penance for the death of the men, Hippolyta's amazons were tasked with protecting the gateway to the underworld. During this time Hippolyta begged the gods for a child and the goddesses gave life to the baby that would be Diana. As the only child on the island the Amazon sorceress Magala created a duplicate of the princess to serve as a playmate. This duplicate would become the heroine Donna Troy. Donna was abducted by one of Hippolyta's enemies and all would forget her existence until many years later when Donna was properly restored to New Earth.

Hippolyta would assume her daughter's role of Wonder Woman during a time that Diana "died" and became the Goddess of Truth. Hippolyta took the role as penance for causing the death of another amazon and unintentionally causing her daughter's death as well. During this time Hippolyta was transported back intime to the 1940's and as Wonder Woman became part of the Justice Society of America.

Eventually Diana gave up her godhood and returned to her role as Wonder Woman.  Still clinging to her newfound sense of freedom, Hippolyta did not wish to relinquish her title as Wonder Woman (even though she admitted her daughter looked "better in a bathing suit" than she did), leaving two different Wonder Women acting in the same role at the same time. Diana was often unhappy with Hippolyta's continued role as Wonder Woman as she felt Hippolyta was ignoring her true duties as ruler of Themyscira, thus further inciting the antagonism between mother and daughter.

Around this time Hippolyta discovered that the hero Donna Troy was actually a mirror image of her daughter Diana, brought to life through Themyscirian sorceries. Though Hippolyta had met Donna on previous adventures, when the two women met again after learning this fact, Hippolyta accepted Donna as a second daughter and held a coronation on the island, proclaiming Donna to be the second Amazon princess and an heir to the Themyscirian throne.

Hippolyta herself would be killed during Imperiex's attack on Earth, only to be resurrect by the amazon's enemy Circe for a diabolical plan.

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