The importance of the Great Invasion of the Amazons into Atlantis
cannot be overestimated. It was the largest and most organized military
operation the world had ever seen at the time, and in its cultural
impact it is comparable to the invasion of Europe at the end of the
Second World War - except that, in terms of the depth of the issues
involved, the defeat of the patriarchy by the Great Invasion of the
Amazons makes the defeat of the Axis by the Allies look like a
relatively minor matter: a family quarrel within the same camp.
at the Greek and Egyptian histories alone (biased and patriarchal as
they are) it is easy to see that the achievement of Queen Myrine the
First in her invasion of Atlantis was something truly remarkable.
Ironically enough, after the endless bullying raids and skirmishes,
tortures and killings, practised by patriarchal brigand-"kings", it was
she who introduced real warfare to the world in what was (for a few
centuries at least) quite literally the War to end War.
renowned throughout the ancient world for over a millennium as the first
person to use cavalry in warfare, but, while the patriarchs were a
little shy of admitting it, she was also the first to use many other
procedures that later became standard. Hers was the first "uniformed"
army in the world and the first to be based on a strict and defined
chain of command.
The obedience-principle, based on the Golden
Order, or law of Thamë (Themis as the Greeks rendered it), as the
governing principle of an army was formalized by Myrine I from the
practices that had evolved in Tritonia from the social structure of the
Primordial Feminine Order. The ranks and command structure of every
modern army have their first source in the Golden Army of Tritonia.
indeed, even more than the use of horses and standardized weaponry, was
what made the Invasion of the Amazons so successful. The patriarchal
hordes worked on a free-form skirmish-and-melée principle, relying on
their superior strength and savagery to carry all before them. Myrine's
armies, even though most of the non-Amazon members of her Confederation
(the vast majority by the time of the Invasion of the Amazons) were
femini, physically weaker than their enemies, were the world's first
strategic forces, acting in constant obedience to the chain of command
and able to employ tactical warfare and flexible strategic manoeuvres
against the brute force of the enemy.
The Amazon Armies were a
fearful sight. They wore a standardized battle-array of helmets,
breastplates and spears, all covered in snakeskin. Their mounted troops
shocked the savage mascûli with the first cavalry charges in history.
Their archers were the deadliest in the world. The Great Invasion of the
Amazons was the first large-scale exercise of scientific warfare the
world had ever seen.
The Vikhelic ("martial") Arts - combat
techniques rooted in spiritual practice - were also developed in
Tritonia and formed the basis of all the actual fighting practices
employed by the Amazon Confederation.
Who was Myrine the First? As we have seen,
she was the first-born of the Queen of Tritonia and heir to the throne.
From a sign given to her melinic mother while her chelanic mother bore
her, she was called Myrine, "swiftly bounding". Many have taken this
sign to mean that she was the first of the "Exiles" from the True
Motherland, whose soul crossed the Great River.
Whether or not
this is true, it is certainly true that the dark and terrible cult of
patriarchy and its increasing overshadowing of Telluria was shifting the
subtle balance of more worlds than one, and it was vital to stem the
Unlike her predecessors, Queen Myrine took this view. Until
now, the policy of Tritonia had been one of self-defense: protecting the
homeland, harboring those femini who asked for shelter but no more. The
very act of harboring aroused the anger of the surrounding "kings" and
the policy of "armed neutrality" became increasingly hard to maintain.
Myrine the First jettisoned the policy completely and began the Great
Invasion of the Amazons in her first year as Queen, conquering a small
kingdom on the North African mainland that had a majority of loyal
worshipers of Our Mother God and liberating the population. She then set
about arming and training nearly all the femini of fighting age in the
manner of the Tritonian Army. This was the first non-Amazon addition to
the Amazon Confederation.
By the third year of her reign she had
liberated most of North Africa and parts of West Asia, each time arming
and training the femini and adding them to the Golden Armies of the
Great Amazon Confederation. She then turned her attention to
By the time she was ready to take on the
Beast Itself - the corrupt heartland of Atlantis - she had, according to
most Classical accounts, an army of 33,000 - this at a time when few
cities had populations larger than 10,000.
These armies were
veterans of numerous Asian and European campaigns, trained in the
Vikhelic Arts, founded on the chain-of-command principle, still unknown
elsewhere, and mistresses of the cavalry-charge which no mascûl army had
mastered (the small horses of the time were mostly incapable of
carrying the heavier mascûl with his heavier weaponry - which is why the
first equine mascûl warriors were charioteers).
astonishment of the world, Atlantis, now famed for its savage and brutal
patriarchal hordes, fell after a relatively short campaign on terms of
Myrine's terms were sweeping. The
patriarchal rulers and their femin collaborators were deposed. A few of
the most intransigent were executed, but many were reduced to servitude
and some of the femini even reinstated years later under the New Order.
New Order, of Course, was the Old Order restored. The Feminine
Tradition and the Worship of Our Mother God in strictly orthodox form
was re-instituted. Myrine did not (as many had expected) make herself
Queen of Atlantis. She was an Amazon Intemorph and had no desire to live
among, or rule, even reformed shizomorphi.
Instead, the loyalists
among the Atlanteans were elevated to power. The old Imperial Line,
purged of collaborators, was restored to the Pavanelle Throne and the
Heart of Atlantis became once again the Golden Heart of the World.
City of Myrine was founded in Atlantis. An autonomous Amazon City
occupied by Amazons only; and this - as well as becoming a prosperous
and beautiful Amazon colony - acted as a stronghold, ensuring that no
recurrence of the old corruption could creep back into Atlantis.
The Golden Order was restored by the Invasion of the Amazons.