Archila (Cavalry Leader)
Alogosida Koritsi (Equestrienne
Her mother was a great Amazon Archer named
Otrere. She was one of the most skilled warriors within the tribe
and greatly loved by her sisters. That is, until the war. The
Amazons were at war with a group of warlords and Otrere committed
the ultimate betrayal to her tribe. She fell in love with Daimon,
one of the lords, and gave up her sisterhood to marry him. Daimon
had sworn to Otrere that he would withdraw his men from the war
and do all he could to persuade the other lords to do the same. So
Otrere married him and had 2 daughters, Cypress and Rowan.
Cypress had a relatively happy life. Her mother
taught her as much as she could. They would go out riding, hunting
small game, and learning to track animals and humans alike. Her
father demanded she have domestic lessons as well, learning to sew
and cook, to be civilized and a good wife. He refused to let her
be taught to brandish a weapon however. Her mother soon became
quiet and reserved whenever her father was around. She would
rarely take Cypress out of the house anymore and spent most of her
time alone in her room.
By the time Cypress was ten, her mother had
completely shut down. Six months later her mother gave birth to a
boy. At that point her father completely ignored Cypress. She was
his first child, his mistake. He now knew how to handle his
children. She was a learning tool, nothing more. Rowan was what
Cypress was not. She hated weapons and shuddered at the thought of
even touching one and enjoyed her domestic abilities. She was
beautiful, that was true, but she was calculating and deceitful.
She would always find ways to ruin Cypress's fun.
Cypress's 11th birthday came and went
uneventfully and she had expected nothing less. At that time she
had stopped spending time with her shell of a mother and would
sneak into hiding near the barracks to watch the men train. Taking
in every movement they made, learning. One day some boys caught
her watching them fight and with speed they circled her and
started teasing her. Just before they could attack her one of the
men walked in and pulled Cypress up by the back of her dress, like
a mother cat would a kitten. He glared at the boys and then at
Cypress. Without a word he set her down, grabbed her arm and
marched her into the hall and straight to her father who was
dinning with his 'proper' children and her mother.
The man told Daimon that he had found Cypress in
the barracks with the boys. The man left and her father came down
from the table to look at her. She had opened her mouth to tell
him what had really happened when she felt the sharp sting of the
back of his hand against her cheek. Her head snapped to the side
and tears welled up in her eyes at the pain. Somewhere in the
background she heard her mother gasp, the first sound Cypress had
heard her make in weeks. Her father told her that if ever he or
one of the other men should catch her down there again she'd be
beaten. Cypress didn't doubt his words. Rowan's eyes twinkled with
wicked delight. That was the first and last time he ever touched
her and she continued to sneak down to watch the men. She made
herself a wooden sword out of a tree branch with which to
Two years had passed since that time and Cypress
was now thirteen and one night, her father had a great feast; all
of the neighboring lords were there. The talk among them suddenly
turned to the war. After twelve years they were finally beating
down those damn warriors. The lord across the table, Helonic's
father, laughed heartily, telling her father how he captured some
of these warriors and they made great bed sport saying, "At
least the Amazons are good for something". Otrere suddenly
stood, glaring at the Lord. She turned a murderous gaze to her
"You told me you stopped the war! You swore
you would pull out your men! You swore you would stop attacking my
sisters!" She bellowed loudly.
"Sit down and stop making a scene, Otrere.
You'll regret it." He said back to her. She stood then and as
she opened her mouth to reply, Daimon did as he had to Cypress; he
backhanded her across the face. As she crumpled from the blow, he
ordered her to return to her seat. She stood up and told him she
would no longer obey him. Daimon stood and grabbing her around the
arm painfully, he pulled her, struggling, up the stairs. Cypress
followed them discretely and peeked into the room; her mother had
out her Amazon leathers. Beside the long unused leathers were some
weapons and her parents were shouting at each other.
"YOU WILL NOT LEAVE ME! I WILL NOT ALLOW
IT!" Daimon shouted. Cypress cringed in horror as she saw
Otrere double over; Diamon's fist buried in her stomach...blood
pouring over his hand. He had stabbed Otrere. Cypress reacted
without even thinking. She rushed into the room and seizing the
sword lying on the bed, she turned and plunged it into her fatherís
chest. He looked shocked and unbelieving as she glared at him,
breathing heavily. He fell to his knees and then onto his side as
his eyes remained open and unblinking. Cypress ran to the door to
slam it shut and lock it as fear now encased her body. She had
killed her father! They would kill her for this. She knelt down
beside her mother who was breathing harshly. She pulled out a
leather armband and handed it to Cypress. She swallowed as if
getting ready to say something, but instead her eyes closed and
her last breath escaped her. Cypress let out a sob. Her mother was
dead and she had killed her Father.
She went quickly to her motherís bed and
donned the leather riding breeches and a leather tunic. She
wrapped up the weapons in some cloth and pulled boots onto her
feet. She next opened the window and walked out onto a lower roof
of the Villa, stalking her way carefully towards the far end where
she tossed the weapons to the ground and slipped into the tree
next to the building, climbing down it rapidly. She retrieved the
weapons and sprinted to the empty stables. She went to the stall
of her old pony before rethinking that decision. Cypress looked
around the stable and grinned in spite of her situation. There was
Mauros, her fatherís prized stallion. She quickly saddled him
before taking Malika, her mother's horse, whom she loaded with
some provisions. She jumped onto Mauros with her motherís sword
at her side and Malika ponying behind her. She rode to Cala's
stall and released her knowing the pony would follow without being
That was the last time Cypress saw her family.
She is now 22 years of age and has lived with the Mateo Amazon
Tribe of the Lake Azov region for the past nine years. She arrived
at the camp and was immediately taken in. Ironically, this was the
same tribe her mother had left, yet they took her in anyway. She
learned as much as she could as fast as she could and became their
tribe's Equine Mistress and Weapons Mistress on her 21st birthday.
Latra Kyriana even gave her a new name. Daygona, meaning woman of
the night, since Cypress enjoyed the night and doing things in the
There became much trouble within the tribe.
Myrene, the commander of their army, became greedy and jealous of
Kyriana. She issued a challenge to the Latra for position.
Finally, Myrene won and Kyriana lay dead.
Cypress moved forward to gather her dead sister
when the new Latra stopped her and said that Kyriana had been a
traitor to the Nation and wouldnít be given honor. Cypress
glared at Myrene and nodded. Half of the tribe didnít give
another thought of it, since the new Latra had ordered it but
Cypress refused. The dead Latra was the one that accepted her so
openly into the tribe and she deserved to be honored. She waited
for nightfall as she gathered her things. She spirited the fallen
Latra to a clearing a few miles away from the outskirts of camp.
There she made the pyre on her own and placed Kyriana onto in
before setting it ablaze. After she had honored her friend, she
mounted the stallion and headed south towards the mountains.
Cypress Daygona is 5í 6" and has mahogany
hair and brown eyes. Her totem is a Cougar named Vindonissa. She
favors the dagger and uses knuckle blades. Her roomates are Kiarna
and Willow. She has a pet king snake named Luminesca.
One of her passions is horses and she owns
several. Mauros, a black Fresian stallion;
Malika, a bay Warmblood mare; Daicor, a dapple gray
Warmblood/Fresian cross stallion; Raven, a black
Fresian mare; and Cala, a Dales pony dapple white and
light. She speaks Latin and Greek.
Tae'Nah athelfi arche:
21 Oct 2005