Hope everyone had a splendid Halloween! It brought an awesome surprise around these parts – the first Rejected Princess cosplay! Introducing Gem Torres as Massagetae queen Tomyris. She did an AMAZING job!
Civilization games introduce Tomyris as playable character
It was recently announced that in the game Civilization VI you can play as Tomyris and the Scythians.
More before-and-after from the book
Posting a couple more before/after revamps from the book - this time with commentary on what I changed and why!
On Tirgatao and Scythian Ethnicity
There's lots of evidence to Scythians being red-haired and light skinned. So why did I not portray Tirgatao that way?
Abandoned and imprisoned, this real-life Amazon took back the life she had stolen away.
Nog Prize #6: Cyrus and Croesus were not bros
A reader brought to my attention that Cyrus the Great actually set Croesus on fire, so yeah - depicting them as best buds was probably somewhat inaccurate.
Our first cosplayer!
Hope everyone had a splendid Halloween! It brought an awesome surprise around these parts - the first Rejected Princess cosplay!…
Meet the Amazons
We kick off Amazon Week by meeting Worthy of Armor, Don’t Fail, Princess, Battle Cry, and Hot Flanks - and exploring the historical evidence for amazons!
Nog Prizes 3-5
In which I am corrected on Athena's shield, Irish mythology, and the identity of Tomyris's foe!
When the most powerful man in the world made plans on her country, she: turned down his marriage proposal, destroyed his armies, and defiled his head so famously that she became legend for centuries thereafter.
Black, Muslim warrior queen of a tribe of griffin-riding Amazons - and the honest-to-god namesake of California.
Muslim sultan who took the throne, defeated Louis IX in battle, ransomed him back to France for 30% of their GDP --- and did it all in secret.
This mythical Native American woman saved her loved ones from starvation with delicious magical leprosy - a fact that led to, shall we say, complications.
In 1915, this rowdy Puerto Rican activist was arrested for wearing pants in public. It wouldn't be the last time she wore pants, or got arrested.
This undefeated warrior princess refused to marry unless her suitor could defeat her in wrestling - if he lost, he owed her 100 horses. In the end, she had 10,000 horses and no husband.
The first European woman to end up in New Zealand, Charlotte Badger was part pirate, part adopted Maori, and part mom. Which part is which is somewhat lost to history.