After the Heroic Age the Amazon tribe entered a decline. The best of their warriors perished in the Trojan War at the hands of Achilles. Their dominance over the Black Sea wouldn’t return until the reign of Queen Saikolok. The Amazons decided their ruler through strength of arms. Saikolok had trained every day with her closest friends in preparation for the next contest for the crown. Her practiced arm easily won the contest and she took over the tribe.

Saikolok reformed the Amazons and began aggressively expanding in the Sarmatian region north of the Black Sea. Military training was required for all women within her expanding kingdom. The Amazons took over another tribe by defeating the tribe’s men in combat. Next, they empowered the women of the tribe and made these new recruits their local representatives to maintain order. Some of the women stayed, while others joined the growing Amazon army. Through this process Saikolok conquered the northern shore of the Black Sea.

Queen Saikolok consolidated her power within the Black Sea before moving eastward into Cimmeria. On rampaging raids, her warriors tore through the outlying settlements and farms of Colchis, Nox, Jeutontic, Cecilia, and Makotako. The Amazons were unable to pillage the walled cities themselves. Queen Saikolok concluded peace settlements with each of the city-states in exchange for tribute. She established a colony named Dradelden to be the Amazon power in the area. Saikolok returned to Scythia and left a subordinate in charge.

The remainder of Queen Saikolok’s reign was spent maintaining the kingdom she’d built. Due to her efforts the young Amazon nation endured after her death and remained a powerful force in the region for centuries afterward.

Queen Saikolok is based on the legendary founder of the real life Amazons, the Scythians. The Scythian tribe was supposedly founded by King Koloksai around 750BCE. The information for historical Scythia is pretty limited though so it’s hard to be sure of anything.