Evandre

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As seen in The Penthesileiad

The Far-Throwing Amazon

  Evandre is one of twelve Amazon warriors who attend Queen Penthesileia during her journey to King Priam's Troy. Evandre is described in the Mythoversal Penthesileia as the strong-armed thrower of heavy spears.  
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Appearance

  Evandre maintains the practice of her birth-tribe of shaving her head in order to reveal the tribal tattoo on the crown of her head. She is the only one of Penthesileia's Amazon companions to follow this practice, giving her a distinctive appearance.   Her tribal tattoo is a triangle on the crown of her head.  

Personality

  Evandre is the most spiritual of the Amazon companions, which manifests as strict adherence to the traditions of her tribe. She credits her unparalleled strength as a sign from the gods that she has pleased them. Her friends find her pious behavior and constant reminders to be annoying at times, but none can complain about her prowess with a spear.  

Fighting Style

  Evandre favors a heavy spear, both for slashing and throwing. Her strength allows her to inflict massive amounts of damage. She can switch to a sword or axe if no spear is available, but eschews the bow, knife, or dart.   Note: 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.  

Family

  Evandre considers Heracles to be her godfather.  

In the Mythoversal Penthesileiad

  Evandre is introduced along with Penthesileia's other Amazon companions in "Ride, Amazons, Ride!" in The Penthesileiad .   At King Priam's welcoming feast, she is the focus character of Verse 11 in The Penthesileiad , telling the story of her tattoos to an audience of Trojan priests and elders.  
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In the Epic Cycle

  Evandre 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.  
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She has no speaking lines, is credited with no kills, and is killed by Meriones, along with Thermodosa.

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Mythology of Origin Greek/Roman
Home Realm Scythia
Greek Name Εὐάνδρη

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Author's Notes

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Greg R. Fishbone
       

 
  The Quintan Penthesileiad includes the names of twelve Amazon companions who accompany their outlaw queen on a mission to save her soul. We know that these Amazons are loyal, brave, and skilled in fighting, but otherwise, they are blank canvases. I couldn't give all of them equal focus and development in such a short work, but wanted to give them enough personality traits to make them seem like real people.   How do you think I did in developing this character? Let me know in the comments!


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