Amazoness are a subspecies of humans native to Kaf. The females develop to be strong and muscular while the males have reduced sizes and strength. In Amazoness societies, women are their society's political and religious leaders, as well as the only warriors and hunters; queens are elected and any woman can aspire to and achieve full human expression. They are known for keeping their men at home as house-husbands while the women are off hunting and fighting. They also have developed into a warrior race that highly values personal combat ability.
Quick Species Profile
(Homo sapiens amazónes)
Typical: 40-65 years
Oldest: 96 years
Height: 180 - 224 cm (5'11" to 7'4")
Weight: 68 - 150 kg (150 - 330 lbs)
Amazoness are exceptionally tall human women around 6 feet at adulthood. They tend to have tanned to dark complexions and darker eye and hair colors. Most have athletic builds, but can range from being stocky, busty, round hipped, or noticeably muscular.
Amazoness are biologically human but some have ancestors of other humanoid males, likely via interbreeding due to times scarce of human breeding partners. As such these particular Amazoness may have traits like inhuman hair color, eye color or complexion or species specific passive sorcery.
Peak Human Condition: An Amazoness bodily functions are enhanced to the pinnacle of human conditioning; therefore, their strength, speed, stamina, senses, agility, reflexes, accuracy, longevity, durability, intelligence, healing time, flexibility and combat skills are greatly heightened beyond that of typical humans, even Olympic athletes of either sex. They're strong enough to punch an individual through a wooden/thin metal door, break thin steel bars with their bare hands, fast enough to catch-up or outrun moving vehicles, they can exert themselves to peak capacity; therefore, eliminating build-up fatigue chemicals, producing top-endurance and lung capacity; agile enough to climb the tallest of buildings, leap to high feats into the air and distant yards; reflexive enough to quickly dodge incoming attacks and react better to fast motions, accurate enough to achieve multiple small and further distant targets, capable of living longer than the average-person, durable enough to withstand normal and superhuman physical/projectile attacks, intelligent enough to understand complex problems better than average humans, they can heal themselves in short-periods of time, flexible enough to co-ordinate their limbs perfectly and their combat skills are advanced enough to defeat large groups of enemies.
Combat Empowerment: Through tough training, Amazoness are able to reach new levels of power, and the more intense training and fights they go through, the stronger they become. If an Amazoness survives a near-death experience through extreme injury to the body, then, when the body recuperates, they grow much stronger than they were previously, their body adapting to compensate for the damage dealt, essentially evolving their power, the more they fight. The duration of recovery does not seem to hinder this ability nor does the method as healing through natural, technological or mystical means and still activates this ability.
Reversed Sexual Dimorphism: Female Amazoness are larger and stronger than their male counterparts. Male amazoness (amazons) are smaller, the same height as Munchkins, and lack the combat adaptations of their female counterparts.
When an Amazoness gives birth, her offspring is almost always a female amazoness, with males being born exceedingly rare.
Manaplasm Conjuration: Being natural humanoids, when Amazoness channel mana from the environment into themselves, the energy generates a substance known as manaplasm. Their magic involves manipulation of manaplasm to do various things such as act as a projectile, barrier, mimic other substances, or alter preexisting magical effects.
Are opportunistic omnivores like all humans but their diets edge toward foods with high carbohydrate and protein content. This involves starchy staples like wheat, rice, various fleshy fruits and well as hunting for the meat of various animals, be they insect, bird, amphibian, reptile, or mammal.
Amazoness are noted for having ravenous, and seemingly insatiable appetites. Due to their enormous strength and intense aura, the Amazoness' energy and nutritional intake requirements are a great deal higher than other humans. Amazoness tend to eat large quantities of food immediately before a big fight. They do not seem to suffer the cramps that most humanoids would; in fact, it seems to improve their overall performance.
At times, their appetite can work against them and if they go too long without something to eat, they can became too weak to do much of anything.
Amazoness reproduce like other humanoids through internal sexual fertilization but with a much higher inclination towards producing female offspring. When breeding with other humanoid species, they seem to be resistant to hybridization as their offspring are exclusively Amazoness.
Cultural speaking, the Amazoness would visit or invade neighboring humanoid settlements or groups with fertile males. Once or twice a year they go to humanoid settlements like Munchkins or Homins to mate with their males or any male prisoners they acquire after warfare.
Lifespan & Growth
An Amazoness lifespan is the same as other humans but their bodies can remain in their youth and prime much longer as they are built for battle. They can potentially stay in their physical peak until their 90's but as a warrior race many of them die in battle, and their average lifespan is not all that long. Their growth otherwise is similar to other humans and they are considered to be adults anywhere from 16 to 19 depending on tribe.
Rainforest, Forest, Grassland
Over a few years, random portals left humans from the ancient world of Earth stranded on Kaf. Many were captured by the creatures whose territory they ended up in but some where able to escape in the wild.
The efforts of these humans to survive in Kaf's wilderness left many of the men dead or injured so their womenfolk had to pick up the slack. Soon this female group became increasingly militaristic and formalized its structure from ceremonial to a serious military. Eventually it became traditional for women to take on these roles and thus the beginning of the Amazoness.
Amazon precursors were often caught between the invading forces of the Shaytan, Demons and those of Kaf empires. The weakening of Amazons led to them pleading to the various deities of Kaf for help. Their answers were heard by various goddesses including Artemis, Athena, Oya, Durga, Freyja and her valkyries. They taught them the ways of warfare and combat, as well as blessing them and their female descendants with their combat focused biology to make them true Amazoness.
By the end of the Ghulat Wars, climatic changes led to more frequent weather effects and natural disasters that negatively affected most life on Kaf including Amazoness. Their decreasing food yields meant they had to abandon their populated areas and agriculture and had to adopt more survivalist focused lifestyle like foraging in smaller bands to survive.
Amazoness only survived in small bands that focus on gathering and hunting. Their populations remained small due to their large gender imbalance causing an excess of females unable to find males of their species to reproduce with. In order to prevent their extinction, Amazoness tribes have acquired males of other humanoid races typically through kidnapping or conquest in order to copulate with them. The females of conquered settlements would generally be added among their military to be later conditioned to be honorary Amazoness. As time went on and civilizations got more complex, their ideas clashed with the Amazoness warfare lifestyle. This resulted in Amazoness near most of these new civilizations developing more consensual practices of finding mates outside of the race and trading with them technological devices and natural resources.
The vast majority of Amazoness have a naturalist mode of living in the wilderness with some tribes living a rural lifestyle and a few families in an urban environment.
Amazoness societies the world over are focused on being able to defend themselves and become self-sufficient,
thus all are raised to be warriors from childhood. The girls are kept active by being encouraged to compete in a variety of individual and team sports, before they are enlisted into the militia to be trained in combat and weapon proficiency. Also their military forces requires every women to do some service once they come of age and give them the option of serving their forces. Because of this, they possess excellent physical abilities and are proficient in the art of war.
Training among the Amazoness is designed to hone any aggressive character traits for the purpose of combat and war. Their philosophy are to be people that will meet battle but do not seek it. In other areas of life, such as the home, politics, academics, and services, feelings of aggression are prohibited and seen as only for the battlefield. Members are encouraged to help each other in all walks with fighting only to be done in battles.
While Amazoness tend to use martial arts or neijing more often, they aren't usually against the use of magic in combat. Primarily they tend to use the manaplasm they conjure as constructs to assist in battle, often taking on the shape of extra weapons or makeshift armor.
Ritual magic like spellcasting, is less common in Amazoness societies. Despite the many applications in combat, the distance based range of most ritual magic clashes with the up close and personal style the race is known for, so conjuration is preferred. As such spellcasting and the like is more often seen in noncombat spheres, although a tribe is likely to have at least a few combat mages as backup.
Their ancestors were devoted to deities of warfare that taught them how to hunt animals for food and defend themselves against warring races or monsters. Many rituals were created around thanking them for their help and attempting to embody them in spirit.
During the Ghulat Wars, many Amazoness tribes were split across vast distances due to necessity and thus they ended up with different practices and even worshipped different gods and angels that were prominent in the particular land. However most of their core values remained such as survivalist training, and preparing to meet battle rather than seek it. While they worshipped the gods, they also held their angels in high regard, especially the Valkyrie type, many tribes tried their best to emulate these warrior angels.
After the gods left for the Samasara pilgrimage, the object of worship for the Amazons turned either to their tribes or the remaining Valkyries. Praises and hymns go out to them for success in battle and every now and again a few may decide to lead them.
When a new married couple is formed, this is always accompanied with a celebratory feast and afterward the wife will continuously ravish her husband all night long.
Postmarital residence tends to be matrilocal, at least initially. The males stick with their wives for life in most cases so young women moving near their mothers can enjoy childcare support from their own father and husband who continue living nearby in the same camp. Descent is traced strictly through maternal lineage.
Since their society consists mainly of women, their views of gender roles are the opposite of those of patriarchal societies, women take up arms and fight as warriors, while men are regarded as frail, and responsible for watching over the house and young children. Their duty is also to heal women who return exhausted from hunting or battle and mate with them to provide offspring. A portion of the males in their societies are captives of other humanoid races from either warfare or pillaging.
Families have a well defined sexual division of labor, with the woman as head of the household and leaving with the other women for big game hunting and combat training. The men are left in the domestic sphere were they do most of the gathering, child rearing, and housework. Since childcare is collective, with every baby having multiple carers, the domestic sphere is seen as an empowering place to be by the men.
The image of warrior women who live in a matriarchal society is an accurate one, but the idea that all Amazoness treat their menfolk poorly is a misconception. Amazoness do tend to be universally mistrusting of "outsiders", more so if they are also men -although they may treat their own just fine. The way they relate to their menfolk varies between tribes and sometimes even within them.
Possibly due to their populations gender imbalance, lesbian and bisexual relationships are common. Heterosexual couplings are the ones that maintain the population however so the tribal chiefs have to still promote them whenever possible.
Sex with male humanoids is commonly done in positions with the woman on top or otherwise in control. Conversations with other Amazoness they may go on about how they ravish their husband, they boast their strength to other amazoness and assert ownership of that man. Also, it is said another purpose of this is to inspire amazoness who don't have a man and have not come of age yet, serving as role models.
Sexuality of male amazons is typically isn't focused on or brought up, but usually isn't demonized either. Most are raised to believe that their women are beautiful creatures and that they should be honored to have intercourse with them and provide them with children.
Amazoness relationships with other species can vary on a case by case basis. They tend to cautious around many species but less so with humanoids due to their need of their males for reproduction. With those groups that they conquer, the women and girls of foreign captives are recruited into the ranks of an Amazoness citizen. Because of this many Amazoness groups also have a minority of non-human members as well.
Historically, the Amazoness would visit or invade neighboring humanoid settlements like Homins, Munchkins, or Fairies with fertile males to mate with them or any male prisoners they acquire after warfare. Occasionally this would extend to males of henge or spirit species that could take in humanoid forms. In recent times, these exchanges usually involve more consent on both sides and given Amazoness access to mobile devices that better adjusts and improves their lifestyle.
Clothing & Modesty
Amazoness in the tropics typically wear clothing made from the leather of hunted animals, often wearing tunics, linen wraps for bras and shorts. On the hottest and most humid days, they might simply wear only loincloths on their hips or no clothing at all.
In temperate regions, Amazoness have to wear more clothing made with linen, cotton or denim. They tend to wear thin dresses or tunics, girt high for speed or skirts with close fitting trousers. These clothes are then covered by leather or metallic armor during training exercises or combat.
The shelters that Amazoness build greatly reflect their needs within the environment and lifestyle. The distinctive high stilt architecture of the Amazoness tree houses in rainforests, well above flood-water levels, is a form of defensive fortification – to disrupt rival clans from capturing people (especially children). The height and girth of the common ironwood stilts also serves to protect the house from arson attacks in which huts are set alight and the inhabitants smoked out.
Amazoness who live outside of forests create smaller familial or larger community houses and lodges typically built with wooden frames, earthen walls, and thatched roofs. Community lodges can be about seven meters long and four and meters wide.
Drought animals like horses, oxen, etc are traditional methods of traveling long distance and still used in modern times. Velocipedes like bicycles, tricycles, and quadcycles are also increasing in use particularly in temperate regions. Clothing trends have even changed to better accommodate riding the self powered vehicles.
Nearly all amazoness are raised from childhood to be proficient with various melee weaponry such as clubs and axes to daggers and swords. They are also trained to handle ranged weapons from slings to spears and longbows.
Many Amazoness tribes have knowledge of firearms and incendiary weapons however they tend to be less favored. There is the widespread perception that guns take all the "skill" or "honor" out of fighting or just can't accomplish the level of intensity and thrill of a one-on-one duel with swords so only a few Amazoness use them beyond learning how to disable enemies that use them.
Amazoness are taught to be well versed in first aid, especially for training and combat injuries common due to their lifestyle. This ranges from minor treatments like bandaging wounds to surgically removing foreign objects from the body, to performing resuscitation techniques like CPR.
While all Amazoness are taught to have sufficient knowledge of these techniques, males in most groups are expected to provide caring roles for those unable to continue in battle and many tend to specialize in healthcare jobs. Males are more commonly employed to teach important healthcare practices to the new generation and within their families.
Amazoness creations and skills relate to living off the land, often using handcrafted tools made from naturally gathered materials. Most prefer to use their hands and work in groups rather than operate complex machines and tools to help perform tasks. Wooded and metal tools, weapons, baskets, snares, nets, ropes, acoustic instruments, are all made by hand and used in most tribes.
Most isolated naturalist Amazoness tribes are still limited to smoke signals or carrying paper messages via birds and rely mainly on wood as fuel for cooking and hearths for metallurgy. Rural villages and any urban Amazoness might install community water wheels or solar panels for electrical generators and have access to handheld or personal devices such as hand radio, cellular phones or tablet computers.
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