Origins:The island nation of Themyscira has gone undiscovered for millennia... frankly because those few esoteric historians who had heard of it thought it didn't exist and the average laymen had no idea what it was.In the age of gods, seven Olympian women sought justice for the souls of women slain by men. Hera, goddess of women, led Artemis, Athena, Demeter, Hestia, and Aphrodite in the creation of an island where the slain women of pre-history would be re-incarnated as ageless Amazons. The queendom of Themyscira was bestowed to Hippolyta, the reincarnated soul of the first fallen woman.For countless ages, the women of Themyscira lived in tranquil serenity. But Queen Hippolyta was troubled, though she didn't know why. Hippolyta was slain in her previous life... but what she couldn't remember is that she was slain whilst pregnant with an unborn daughter. Some time in the late 20th century, the goddesses Artemis and Athena came to Hippolyta in a vision and instructed her to mold the guise of a child out of clay. Hippolyta obeyed, and together the seven goddesses restored the forgotten soul of the last slain woman. The baby came to life and queen Hippolyta named her Diana, after the rising moon present during her 'birth'.Diana grew as a normal child, although her aging process was slightly staggered. The goddesses told Hippolyta that as long as she remained on Themyscira, she would grow to an adult, but age no further as the island was enchanted so that no living being would grow old enough to die.Diana was given gifts by the goddesses at her birth: Demeter, great strength and an understanding of all flora; Athena, wisdom and courage; Artemis, a hunter's heart and a communion with animals; Aphrodite, beauty and a loving heart; Hestia, sisterhood with fire; Hera, great speed and vitality. Diana grew into each gift with time and became an intelligent, kind, and strong young woman. She forged many friendships with her sister Amazons, including a fierce but friendly rivalry with an Amazon named Anippe (Ah-NEE-Pay) of the Bana-Mighdall.One faithful day, the sky over Themyscira was suddenly streaked by smoke as what appeared to be a flaming phoenix fell to earth somewhere on the island. Immediately, Queen Hippolyta sent her entire elite guard to investigate. Unbeknownst to anyone on the island, the object which landed was no phoenix, but the smoking wreckage of Col. Steven Trevor's fighter jet. He and two others had been subject to enemy fire somewhere over the Aegean Sea. Though they had succeeded in taking down the enemies, he had lost his companions and needed desperately to land. He spotted a mysterious island and guided his plane to crash-land there.Knocked unconscious by the landing, when he awoke, he realized he didn't know where he was and immediately exited the smoking wreckage of his plane to get his barrings. It wasn't long until the full guard spotted him and chased him through the jungle. While running through the jungle, he stumbled into the young princess reading. Immediately put on guard, Diana gave chase to Steve and captured him, bringing him to Queen Hippolyta.Since everyone on Themiscyra spoke a language somewhere between Greek, Latin, and Turkish, Queen Hippolyta had her priestesses ask the gods for understanding, which allowed all on the island to speak English to accommodate their 'guest', as customary. Steven argued his case and Queen Hippolyta saw fit to return him to his homeland, accompanied by an ambassador from their world. She issued a tournament to decide which woman was the best choice, but she forbade Diana from entering.Diana had thought to disguise herself and enter the tournament, in which she bested every opponent until she and Anippe were the only two left. Diana bested her in combat and Queen Hippolyta had her step forward and remove the helmet she had worn the entire contest. Upon discovering Diana beneath the disguise, Queen Hippolyta was saddened, angered, and disappointed but swore to the oath she had made, making Diana Steve's guardian. She was given armor created by the goddess Athena and the god Hephaestus, her Lasso of Truth gifted by Apollo, and a stealth flying machine Steve called an “Invisible Jet”—a gift from Hermes.Elsewhere in the world, Washington DC to be exact, an ancient artifact was being prepped for exhibit; an ancient vessel, a box, inscribed in a forgotten language. A young archaeologist couldn’t resist the temptation to open the box, unleashing the imprisoned sorceress, Circe, who immediately began to rage against those who had entombed her… the Amazons. Diana’s first battle as Wonder Woman is against Circe’s undead minions. Circe disappears for a while, long enough for Diana to get to know how things are outside of Themyscira, but returns to give Diana the fight of her life.Later, after deciding to stay in the world of man as an ambassador and protector of the innocent, Diana adopts the civilian identity of Diana Popodopoulous (less obvious than "Prince" and a nod to her pseudo-Greek origins) and works with the United Nations as a translator and a guide. On one of her many excursions, she meets the scientist, Dr. Doreen Marston, whose controversial experimentation on apes from the Congo are near-cause for an international incident. A freak accident exposes Dr. Marston to a mutagen toxin which gives her the ability to grown to gargantuan size. She becomes the criminal known as Giganta and vows vengeance against Wonder Woman for effectively ruining her life.
Minerva McKinney was an ambitious archaeologist who gained a reputation for going to extreme— and often illegal— methods to obtain the rarest and most valuable of occult specimens. But one of these artifacts changes her life forever... The Chalice of Mafdet was a supposedly enchanted cup which would give anyone who drank from it the mythical powers of the feline goddess. Minerva and her team of miscreants tracked down the Chalice, which she planned to steal. Instead, however, her team was subdued and captured by native worshipers and she was made to be part of a ritual... as the sacrifice. Using her cunning, she was able to escape her bonds and, at the moment a priestess was going to sip from the cup, Minerva pushed her aside and sipped the concoction herself. Immediately, her body began to change and she took on all of the physical characteristics of a cheetah... as well as the power, speed, strength, and bloodlust of a cheetah. She tore several villagers apart before fleeing into the surrounding jungle. There, she encountered Circe, a witch goddess whom promised Minerva great riches (as well as her original human form) if she cooperated with her. The two join forces briefly, during which time Cheetah develops her own vendetta against Wonder Woman and the two become life-long nemeses.TECH: exclusive, via and . No touching without permission, please.