The neighboring kingdom of harpies soon heard what had happened and sent a messenger to find Orithya and Menalippe. When the two nymphs heard about the battle and Antiope's abduction (the messenger did not have time to tell them about the fate of Hippolyte and the Amazons), they immediately set off with their small army to Athens. The two forces, Amazon and Theseus, arrived nearly simultaneously.

The battle with the Amazons as the most terrible Athens had ever experienced! It dragged on and on, with the Amazons never seeming to tire. Antiope watched he sisters from her room in Theseus' palace, and grew sick of being the cause of so much bloodshed. She contemplated suicide but dismissed the thought, for she carried a new life within her: Theseus' son.

The battles went on for four month. Antiope delivered her son and named him Hippolytus. Then one day as she watched the battle, one of Theseus' men slew her in a rage.

With nothing to fight for, a truce was called. Not knowing the existence of their infant nephew, Melanippe and Oreithyia received the body of their sister and returned to the banks of the Thermodon. There they found their sister Amazons, who had just been released through the mercy of Aphrodite, whose anger had softened as she had heard Hippolyte's prayers for freedom. Aphrodite now made the Amazons promise they would wear their shackles forever. If they were going to be warriors, Aphrodite sighed, they might as well be clear-headed ones. Taking off the bracelets would fill them with the confusion, anger and drunkenness they had experienced at their ruin. Better to wear the bracelets and be reminded of keeping eternal vigilance, all agreed.

Antiope was buried with a queen's honors. Thinking over the troubles that had befallen them, Hippolyte called for the Amazons to exile herself. Oh no! they all cried. They would go into exile, away from the lands of men for a while to think upon their laxity. Melanippe and Oreithyia both thought that the Amazons were punishing themselves too severely for their mistake.

The Amazons' attitude outraged Aphrodite! She had compromised with these unnatural Amazons in recognizing them as fine warriors -- a profession most unlike what they should be doing as wives and mothers -- but now they wanted to leave men altogether for a while! Aphrodite's fury raged at the Amazons wanting to give up. She drew ships from thin air and ordered the Amazons on board. They were to be permanently exiled, she told them, to a land where no man could ever set foot!

Oreithyia and Melanippe, who were exempted from this fate because they had refused the suggestion of exile, watched their sister and people as they left Man's World forever. Aphrodite told them they could visit the Amazons whenever they wished, but not vice versa.

The goddess guided the ships beyond the Pillars of Hercules, across the Ocean River until they reached a place that would later be known as the Bermuda Triangle. The island Aphrodite jokingly named "Paradise"; Hippolyte, peeved at the cruel joke, set about to make the island a true paradise while Aphrodite erected a mystic barrier that kept boats out of the area.

The centuries passed slowly. Because the Amazons were essentially clay, they did not die. And because Hippolyte was as mortal as they, neither did she. Aprhrodite eventually resolved herself with the Amazons, on condition that she be their cheif goddess, and even forgave them for patterning their lives on Artemis. After all, they didn't have any men.

The harpies were driven out of their ancestral home in Asia Minor and the survivors chose to settle next to their ancient neighbors in the Bermuda Triangle. Also the Amazons discovered an early colony of Atlantis near them. The Atlanteans there had not only artificially evolved fins after their continent sank, but also developed large ears for aid in communication. Eventually, however, they learned the secret of telepathy from a sister colony.

Hippolyte realized that unless she wanted hundreds of suicidal Amazons on her hands, she'd have to set goals for Paradise so that immortality would not weigh heavily on the women. Amazon astrologers had discovered that the earth was at a nexus of mystical, natural and psychic energies; this made it stand out in the heavens to any extraterrestrial visitors, some of whom were quite unfriendly. Therefore Hippolyte pledged the Amazons to protecting Earth and Aphrodite allowed them to leave the island on such emergencies.

Soon the Amazons ralized that skllled as they were in war, their numbers were slowly being eaten away during these battles. Aphrodite granted them another way they could leave the island: short trips to Man's World during which they would search for abandoned infant girls, ones who had no hope of being cared for. These girls could be brought back to the island and trained as warriors. (And knowledge of the outer world could be gathered at the same time.

Of course these mortal girls died at the end of a normal human life span. But one day an Amazon brought word back from the mortal's world of Far-Eastern mental disciplines. The wonders of the mind opened for the Amazons and soon their mortal initiates were living longer and longer lives, until they were virtually as immortal as the other Amazons. They could also control their bodies to the point that they gained Amazon-like power.

A strange thing happened to Hippolyte when she tried the mental exercises. After a few years, she realized that she had developed her own potential for a limited form of psychokinesis: she could reduce all weight from her body, even cause herself to repell gravity, so that she could float in the air! Hippolyte was delighted at the fun of it all. She could zip up into the clouds in seconds and back down almost as quickly. Then she discovered that air currents could be ridden this way and her aerial movement took on a horizontal aspect as well.

The other Amazons are still in the process of learning this gliding technique. It requires the mind to be highly disciplined, or for some other adaptation of the mind to have taken place.

So Paradise prospered, cut off from the rest of the world. Hippolyte convinced herself that Anteros must be dead and ceased to hope for him. But a new feeling roused in her, a feeling of lonliness. She wished for a daughter.


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