Lo, and in those days, Darkover was still a living world, populated by fans, and the Author of the Universe, Marion Zimmer Bradley, was alive and writing. People would adopt Darkovan identities, and even make real-world affiliations out of fictional Darkovan associations. Such were the Free Amazons of Darkover, a group of women who reject traditional marriage and live together in chapter houses, serving as craftswomen, midwives and healers, and mercenary soldiers. I haven't met any Free Amazons for quite a while, and the idea is still attractive. But constantly disorganized fans living together in a kind of secular convent is a recipe for disaster, so perhaps it's better left unrealized in the real world. The best idea was to hire me to paint your portrait as a Darkovan Free Amazon, as this woman did in the long-lost days of 1983.
"Free Amazon of Darkover" is acrylic on illustration board, 8" x 10," November 1983.