"The Savage Moon!": As a full moon rises overhead, Queen Anahid's troops rampage through Syene Kesh, killing and razing without mercy; though their ultimate goal remains the Cheetah and her stolen relic, the Queen has ordered the entire village leveled as an example to any others who would dare
Appearing in "The Savage Moon!"
- Amazons of Bana-Mighdall
- "Colonel" Malachai Deveraux (Deceased) (In a photograph only)
- Richard Ralston (Deceased) (In a photograph only)
- Tamsyn McDonnell (Deceased) (In a photograph only)
- June Shands (First appearance)
Synopsis for "The Savage Moon!"
As a full moon rises overhead, Queen Anahid's troops rampage through Syene Kesh, killing and razing without mercy; though their ultimate goal remains the Cheetah and her stolen relic, the Queen has ordered the entire village leveled as an example to any others who would dare defy Bana-Mighdall. Only one man successfully resists: Chuma, who fiercely defends his mistress' inn with a crossbow and makeshift gas-bombs.
(In Boston, meanwhile, Inspector Indelicato flouts his superiors' orders and continues to independently investigate the theft of Wonder Woman's lasso. Eventually, his findings connect Dr. Barbara Minerva to the deaths of two mercenaries in Nottingham, the Khunds on Martha's Vineyard, and a local smuggler - and those, in turn, to the cat-creature who had once almost killed Wonder Woman.)
Over a dozen Amazons fall to Chuma, creating enough respite - and sacrifice materials - for the Cheetah's rites. Before proceeding, however, Chuma begs his mistress to renounce her newly-stolen treasures; since the Lasso of Truth and Bana-Mighdall's relic come from foreign deities, Urzkartaga views them as betrayals to his worship, and has begun to destroy the Cheetah's body out of sheer jealousy. Once the archaeologist has - grudgingly - complied, the rites are successfully completed, and a rejuvenated Cheetah eagerly joins the bloodbath.
Around the same time, Wonder Woman finally reaches Syene Kesh. Though too late to prevent the slaughter, she still endeavors to stop Queen Anahid's soldiers, using arrows and spears (taken from their own armories) to disarm them before beating them unconscious. Unfortunately, the Queen has already gone to meet the Cheetah in single combat - combat the Cheetah effortlessly dominates, her divine abilities making a mockery of even Bana-Mighdall's deadliest weapons, while a single blow from her stops just short of disemboweling the Queen.
Before the Queen's helpless eyes, the Cheetah leaps for the kill - only to be blindsided by Wonder Woman, who vows to end her carnage at any cost. The two demigods proceed to savage one another (and much of Syene Kesh) while the Queen watches, amazed that a woman so abused by Bana-Mighdall could still aid its ruler. When her surviving soldiers rejoin her, the Queen vindicates Wonder Woman; and when Chuma snipes Wonder Woman with a poisoned dart, the Queen orders him shot, and Wonder Woman shielded until the poison has been sucked.
As the battle wears on, however, Wonder Woman's endurance steadily crumbles, rage and frustration swallowing any sense of self-discipline. When the Cheetah's tail falls within grasp, the Amazon Princess immediately severs it, then presses the advantage and beats the Cheetah far beyond the point of surrender. Only when the Cheetah falls silent, a barely-breathing mass of blood and bruises, does Wonder Woman finally relent - does all of Syene Kesh finally lie at peace.
Soon after, a fresh party arrives from Bana-Mighdall, Nehebka in the lead. To Wonder Woman's relief, no more war is declared; though Queen Anahid has by now succumbed to her wounds, her vindication of Wonder Woman remains law. While the Amazons of Bana-Mighdall attend their casualties, Wonder Woman does likewise for any non-Amazons - including Chuma, whose last breaths admit the location of the stolen relics, begging only his mistress' life in return. Trusting his word, Wonder Woman recovers her lasso, but soon finds herself awestruck at the other relic: Bana-Mighdall's very own Girdle of Gaea.
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