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Iranian Women Warriors

Amazons have made a few appearances in D&D, typically as the archetypal warrior-women based loosely on Greek legend. They have been depicted largely as outsiders to the typical campaign world (presumed to be the male-dominated pseudo-European medieval stereotype), and thus often under-estimated.

Generally speaking, D&D Amazons are skilled warriors, even if they hail from a spellcasting tradition, and are adept with mounts. Their equipment tends to be a little primitive in comparison to the above typical campaign world, made of bronze and evocative of ancient Greece.

Amazon Warriors Edit

The Complete Fighter's Handbook presented a kit for amazon warriors.[1]

Required Secondary Skills: Groom
Required Weapon Proficiencies: Spear, Longbow

Wealth: 5d4 × 10 gp
Starting Equipment: Initial equipment can be purchased from the following list:
(Weapons) Battleaxe, Bow (any), Club, Dagger/Dirk, Hand or Throwing Axe, Javelin, Knife, Lance, Spear, Sword (any)
(Armor) Shield, Leather, Padded, Studded Leather, Brigandine, Scale Mail, Hide, Banded Mail, Bronze Plate Mail

Bonus Proficiencies: Animal Training, Riding (Land-Based)
Special Benefit: When a character underestimates your fighting power, you gain a +3 bonus to hit and damage on your first blow, until you hit them. Characters who have seen this in use don't make that mistake.
Special Hindrances: -3 to reaction rolls from NPC's from prejudiced societies. The penalty disappears on any character who overcomes that prejudice. Additionally, amazon warriors can only specialize in the Spear or the Longbow.

Recommended Proficiencies: Animal Handling, Animal Lore, Armorer, Bowyer/Fletcher, Hunting, Running, Survival, Tracking

Non-Human Amazon Warriors Edit

The Complete Fighter's Handbook discusses non-human takes on Amazon society.[2]

It imagines elves and half-elves as not very different from the human Amazon societies.

Dwarf Amazons replace the usual required weapon proficiencies and limited specialization with the Axe and Hammer, and replacing the horse mount with a swine.

Gnome Amazons replace usual required weapon proficiencies and limited specialization with the Throwing Axe and Shortsword,and replace the usual bonus proficiencies with Tracking and Survival.

Halfling Amazons replace the usual required weapon proficiencies and limited specialization with the Javelin and Sling, and replace the usual bonus proficiencies with Endurance and Set Snares

  1. Complete Fighter's Handbook, page 14-16
  2. Complete Fighter's Handbook, page 16

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