Heroine of the Hijack
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Not much to say. That was her outfit. That was the model of gun and model of plane. This image makes me sad every time I look at it.
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The first prosthetic limb in human civilization went to this ancient warrior queen. Or did it? The story is more complex than you might think.
When this princess had her life ruined by an unstoppable warrior, she: became a fervent ascetic for years and got a divine boon; killed herself to reincarnate faster; came back as a man; and killed the man who'd wronged her, in the stunning climax of the world's longest epic poem.
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