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Clytemnestra, Queen of Mycenae

    Clytemnestra, Queen of Mycenae
    • Alias: Queen of Mycenae
    • Gender: Female
    • Race: Human
    • Occupation: Queen, Regent
    • Religion: Worshipper of the Greek pantheon (Hellenic Pantheon)
    • Allies: Agamemnon (husband), Aegisthus (lover)
    • Enemies: Agamemnon (later), Electra (daughter), Orestes (son)
    • Abode/Base of Operations: Palace of Mycenae
    • Nationality: Greek
    • Languages: Greek
    • Alignment: Lawful Evil
    • Affiliation(s): Mycenae, House of Atreus
    • Significant Others: (Husband) Agamemnon, (Lover), Aegisthus (Children), IphigeniaElectra, Laodice, Orestes, Chrysothemis, Aletes, Erigone

    Clytemnestra, the Queen of Mycenae, is a complex and formidable character driven by ambition, vengeance, and a desire for power. With her captivating beauty and regal presence, she commands the attention of all who cross her path. Clytemnestra possesses an air of calculated charm, masking her true intentions and the depths of her cunning nature.

    Raised in the House of Atreus, Clytemnestra is no stranger to the intricate politics and treachery that surround her. From an early age, she learned to navigate the intricate web of power and influence, honing her skills in manipulation and strategy. However, it is her tumultuous marriage to King Agamemnon that truly shapes her destiny.

    Driven by a thirst for revenge, Clytemnestra sees herself as the rightful ruler of Mycenae. She resents her husband’s absence during the Trojan War and the sacrifices he made, including their daughter Iphigenia. Consumed by bitterness and anger, she forms a dangerous alliance with Aegisthus, her lover, who shares her thirst for power.

    Throughout her life, Clytemnestra experiences immense loss and betrayal, fueling her determination to seize control and exact her revenge upon Agamemnon. Her actions are motivated by a deep-rooted desire to reclaim her power, restore the honor of her family, and secure a future for herself and her children.

    Physically, Clytemnestra stands tall with an imposing presence, her regal beauty captivating all who lay eyes upon her. Her dark, piercing eyes hold an air of mystery and intensity, reflecting the depths of her ambitions. With an elegant and graceful demeanor, she commands attention and exudes an aura of authority and confidence.

    In her quest for power and revenge, Clytemnestra becomes a figure of both admiration and fear. Her cunning manipulations, calculated schemes, and unwavering determination make her a force to be reckoned with. As the tragedy of the House of Atreus unfolds, Clytemnestra’s actions leave an indelible mark on Greek mythology and a legacy that will be remembered for generations to come.

    Clytemnestra, Queen of Mycenae


    Medium humanoid (human), lawful evil

    Armor Class: 18 (royal robes) Hit Points: 180 (20d8 + 90) Speed: 30 ft.

    STR 12 (+1) | DEX 14 (+2) | CON 16 (+3) | INT 18 (+4) | WIS 16 (+3) | CHA 20 (+5)

    Saving Throws: DEX +6, WIS +7 Skills: Deception +11, Insight +10, Persuasion +15 Senses: passive Perception 13 Languages: Common, Greek Challenge Rating: 14 (11,500 XP)


    Aura of Authority. Clytemnestra exudes an aura of regal authority within a 30-foot radius. Creatures friendly to her gain advantage on saving throws against being frightened.

    Legendary Resistance (3/Day). If Clytemnestra fails a saving throw, she can choose to succeed instead.


    Royal Dagger. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 9 (1d8 + 5) piercing damage.

    Words of Betrayal. Clytemnestra targets a creature within 60 feet that can understand her. The target must make a DC 18 Wisdom saving throw or become charmed for 1 minute. While charmed, the target regards Clytemnestra as a trusted ally and will follow her instructions without question.

    Legendary Actions

    Clytemnestra can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. She can only use one legendary action at a time and only at the end of another creature’s turn. She regains spent legendary actions at the start of her turn.

    Royal Command. Clytemnestra issues a command to a friendly creature within 30 feet. The creature can immediately use its reaction to make one weapon attack.

    Court Intrigue. Clytemnestra uses her legendary presence to manipulate the battlefield. She forces a creature within 30 feet to make a DC 18 Wisdom saving throw. On a failed save, the creature must move up to half its speed and provoke attacks of opportunity from friendly creatures.

    Regal Presence. Clytemnestra’s sheer presence inspires awe in her allies. She grants advantage on the next saving throw made by a friendly creature within 30 feet.


    • Royal Robes
    • Royal Dagger
    • Crown of Dominion (Magic Item): This ornate crown enhances Clytemnestra’s innate abilities and charisma, granting her additional power over those who oppose her.

    Clytemnestra, the Queen of Mycenae, is a figure of regal authority and cunning. Draped in majestic royal robes, she wields a finely crafted royal dagger, a symbol of her power and determination. With a swift and precise strike, she can deal devastating piercing damage to her enemies. Clytemnestra’s words of betrayal hold an enchanting power, capable of ensnaring the minds of those who hear her. Her legendary resistance and strategic use of legendary actions further solidify her dominance on the battlefield. Clytemnestra’s presence alone is enough to manipulate the course of a conflict, turning allies into pawns and enemies into subjects. Crowned with the formidable Crown of Dominion, she becomes an even more formidable force, commanding the loyalty and obedience of those around h

    In Myth

    By Pierre-Narcisse Guérin - User:Bibi Saint-Pol, Own work, 2007-06-28, Public Domain,
    By Pierre-Narcisse Guérin – User:Bibi Saint-Pol, Own work, 2007-06-28, Public Domain,

    Clytemnestra was the wife of Agamemnon, king of of Mycenae. She was the daughter of Tyndareus and Leda and mother of Iphigeneia, Orestes, Chrysothemis and Electra. She is also the half-sister of Helen.

    Because her father had neglected a certain sacrifice to Aphrodite the goddess cursed him, saying all three daughters would be adulteresses. Zeus appeared to Leda as a swan and raped her. That same night Leda had sex with Tyndareus and fell pregnant. Leda gave birth to four children. Clytemnestra and Castor were born of Tyndareus and therefore his children and mortal. Helen and Polydeuces were born of Zeus and therefore his children and they became immortal.

    Agamemnon followed his brother Menelaus after Menelaus’ wife Helen was stolen by Paris, thus igniting the Trojan War.

    Before Agamemnon goes to Troy. The prophet of the Greek army, Calchas said that a sacrifice was required to Artemis to calm the winds so they can set sail for Troy. But instead of sacrificing an animal, Agamemnon had his daughter, Iphigenia sacrificed to the goddess Artemis.

    While Agamemnon was away, Clytemnestra resolved to avenge her daugther and began a torrid love affair with Aegisthus, her husband’s cousin (daughter with Aegisthus: Erigone). She was furious towards her absent husband for having sacrificed their daughter, Iphigeneia, to Artemis and, using Aegisthus, set her plan in motion.

    At the end of the ten year war, Agamemnon returned to Mycenae where his kinsman, Aegisthus (who had previously murdered Agamemnon’s father) invited him to a banquet where Agamemnon was treacherously slain. Princess Cassandra of Troy, who had been brought back by Agamemnon as a war trophy, was also put to death by Clytemnestra.

    Agamemnon was slain by his wife alone in a bath, a net having first been thrown over him to prevent resistance. While Cassandra, who had been endowed with the gift of prophecy but with the curse of no one believing her, waited outside, knowing doom awaited. She stayed outside until she heard Agamemnon scream as he died, then ran inside and was killed by Clytemnestra. Clytemnestra’s wrath at the sacrifice of their daughter Iphigeneia, and her jealousy of Cassandra, are said to have been the motives of her crime. The murder of Agamemnon was avenged by his son Orestes.

    Aegisthus and Clytemnestra became the king and queen of Mycenae. Electra and her brother Orestes hatch a plan to kill their mother and stepfather. Clytemnestra treats Electra very badly, almost like a slave or a beggar because she was still grieving at the death of her father. Clytemnestra was glad to hear the news that Orestes, the son of hers and Agamemnon, was dead. Although this is a ploy to lead her into a false security that her son was dead which was part of his plan to kill her.

    Orestes and his friend Pylades enter and they kill Clytemnestra. Aegisthus is out at this time so he doesn’t know what is happening so before he returns, they cover the body of Clytemnestra under a sheet and present to Aegisthus the apparent dead corpse of Orestes. When he pulls back the sheet, he realises that it is Clytemnestra and Orestes reveals his identity to Aegisthus.

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