Penthesilea, Queen of the Amazons


Medium sized humanoid, daughter of Ares (Lawful Neutral)

Armor Class 17 (bronze cuirass, shield)
Hit Points 112 (15d8+ 45)
Speed 30 ft. 

STR 16 (+3)
DEX 18 (+4)
CON 16 (+3)
INT 14 (+2)
WIS 11 (+0)
CHA 14 (+2)

Condition Immunity: Frightened
Skills Intimidate +4, Athletics +7
Senses passive Perception 10,  
Languages Ancient Greek
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)

Aggressive. As a Bonus Action,an Amazon can move up to her speed toward a hostile creature that she can see.

Brute. A melee weapon deals one extra die of its damage when Penthesilea hits with it (included in the attack).

Multiattack. Penthesilea makes two melee attacks with her spear. Or Penthesilea can make two Ranged Attacks with her bow.

Spear. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 10 ft or range 20/60. one target. Hit: 6 (2d8 +3) piercing damage.

Short bow. Ranged Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 80/320. one target. Hit: 6 (1d6 +3)
Amphora depicting Achilles fighting Penthesilea.

Penthesilea is the Queen of the Amazons, having ascended to the throne after the death of her sister Hippolyta at the hands of Heracles. The death of her sister has left her overcome with grief, and she is constantly throwing herself into battle. She seeks an honorable death at the hands of a great enemy. The Amazons are a tribe of great warriors, and Penthesilea is the greatest among them, there is only one warrior who could defeat her. 

When the Achaeans launched their ships against the Trojans, Penthesilea brought a small delegation of twelve Amazons to fight alongside Priam and his sons. According to Julie Ruffell, The Queen of the Amazons brought with her Antibrote, Ainia, Clete, Alcibie, Antandre, Bremusa, Derimacheia, Derinoe, Harmothoe, Polemusa, and Thermodosa. 

Penthesilea was killed by Achilles during the Trojan War. He fell in love with her corpse and mourned her death.

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Penthesilea is a great NPC to present to your players, who may come into contact with her as she is visiting an Achaean king. Or they may visit her at Themiscyra in modern day Turkey. Male heroes may find their reception less than welcoming. Disguising themselves as a woman might help. Players who wish to make a character who is an Amazon warrior may want to choose Penthesilea as a patron or mentor. 


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