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Amazons (Homo Sapiens Amazonia)
The Amazons (Homo Sapiens Amazonia) are a race that exists in the Four Colour Collective (FCC) Modern Day Universe.
It is widely believed that the origins of the ‘Amazons’ (as popular culture and the world at large have dubbed them) seem to lie in their ancestral and currently geographical heartland, in the heart of South-East Asia. Whilst tales of female warrior societies have existed all over the world, the tales of the Amazons have endured the longest.
The first Amazon was said to exist some six thousand years ago. Her exact name has long been since lost, but many legends and even history itself refers to her as ‘Amanoza’ from which can clearly be derived the legends that she would spawn.
Amanoza was said to be the first girl born in her family for more than twenty generations, and from an early age it was clear that anyone born like here would not be seen again for another twenty. She grew at an amazing rate – by the time she was 3 years old, she stood as tall as any male five times her age. She was quick to learn and quicker in the hunt, her native jungles proving no obstacle for her. Her reputation quickly escaped onto the trade routes, and soon all within the region knew of this amazing woman.
With power comes curiosity, and curiosity breeds jealousy, however, and soon she found herself at the attention of slavers, wishing to sell her to the highest bidder. Whilst she fought valiantly – reputation puts here at killing more than forty men with her bare hands – she soon found herself in chains and bound for the slave markets of India. It is said that even though bound in chains and gagged, she still managed to kill twenty more over the 7 month journey from her home village to the town where she would be sold.
Despite her refusal to bow before and submit herself to her captors and potential buyers, she fetched a fine price, and soon found herself in the harem of an Arabic Sultan, whom she promptly slew and escaped from. Pursued by her former master’s sons, she fled across the desert and dove into the great sea, the curses of her masters still ringing in her ears.
Many months later, she washed ashore an island not far from the coast of Greece. By now her body had fully developed, and those that saw her at these times said she was unto like a Goddess. Wishing to forever escape the potential of being captured once more, she sought the protection and sanctuary of the lonely forests, far different from her native lands, but familiar enough. She lived here for many years, alone with her surroundings.
It was not until many years later that she was first accompanied by a band of warrior-women. Believed to be rescued from a train of slaves bound for the mainland, she taught these women her ways and in turn they became her subjects. Amanoza was a breeding female (see below) and thus the first generation of her children came into being.
The times went by and soon Amanzoa wished again to see the people of her native lands. Her entire tribe, by now a sizeable population, relocated by first seeking passage by ship on the Greek mainland. Able to barter for a few vessels, many months later they made landfall on distant shores. It is here that the tale of Amanzoa passes from history – none know what fate befell her, or if she still lives to this day, watching over her daughters.
Culture And Society
The ‘Amazons’ exist in a purely matriarchal society. It has often been denounced by the United Nations for its discrimination against the male species, although recent male appointments to several lower-government positions have perhaps marked a turning point. The official title for the Amazon’s home country is ‘The Matriarchal Republic Of Amanozia’ and has been part of the United Nations for nearly a decade. It is located just to the North East of Thailand, and the population stands at approximately ten million individuals.
Amazons are unique enough from the more common ‘’Homo Sapiens Sapiens’’ to be considered a different species. They all gain this distinction from being a direct descendent from the original Amanzoa, who was believed to be one of the earliest recorded instances of a ‘’Homo Sapiens Alterior’’ – what we today would call an extra-human. The traits first displayed by Amanzoa have been passed down through the generations of her descendents, giving them a common set of attributes and differences, creating a group separate from the rest of humanity. Amazons, as the name given to them, have bodies that are far more efficient than normal humans. They possess a secondary circulatory system, supplemented with a small secondary heart, located further down in the chest cavity than their primary. Their immune systems are also boosted by their body’s ability to naturally create a small supply of stem cells, giving them an ability to heal most wounds far quicker than, again, normal humans. The extent of what they can heal is debatable, and often wanes from individual to individual. The average ability allows them to heal wounds roughly twice as fast as other humans heal them, and the rate of cancer fatalities in the Amazon community is far lower than that in the general population.
Their bodies produce less lactic acid, allowing for a heightened endurance for physical activities.
There are no males in the Amazon population. However, the equivilants do exist in their society. A number of females are born lacking a womb, but with the additional organs required to produce sperm, allowing for impregnation of the female of the species. There is no large difference between the two in terms of body structure and shape, but those with this ability have a higher proportion of hormones overall (both oestrogen and testosterone) compared to other Amazons. Both have near identical external genetalia. Other Amazons are able to innately tell which members of the population have this ability, and to them is as simple as differentiating male to female in our society. Those born with wombs are able to reproduce with males of the Homo Sapiens Sapiens species, but still produce only females (and only those born with wombs) Only inter-Amazon reproduction produces those with the sperm-producing ability. The average height for an Amazon is 6 feet tall, and have an average lifespan of 87 years.