Achilles (Pyrrha) | PB: Alyssa Sutherland
Their biggest mistake was assuming she’d ever needed lessons on how to be a woman. Being among Lycomedes’ daughters was no more a chore than anything the great centaur had ever taught her. It was a fallacy to think that all anyone needed to be successful in battle was a weapon and a strong arm. Fighting was nothing more than a dance, albeit more deadly. The application of grace was severely underrated, and man or woman, it made Achilles the very same great warrior of legend.
For every assumption that the company of Lycomedes’ daughter Deidamia was teaching the wild daughter of Peleus the gentility she lacked, the truth of the matter was that it was Achilles doing the teaching. Why should women be regarded as weak and single-faceted? And why should they have to assume the role of men to gain their agency? The only thing she wanted to be regarded as was as Achilles. How she was brought into the world mattered little. What she did with the life she had been given…
For that, she would always be remembered.