The uses for their talents were endless—so many artists had ideas that required symmetry, or 'before' and 'after', or internal monologues, and the Player Sisters knew no limits. In every way they were as pure as possible.
But even amongst the nearly-ageless Lilitai, fashions change. After nearly three centuries of being in the spotlight, they had become so iconic in the Lilitic arts that other artists grew bored of them. Not content with fading into obscurity, the sisters made one final sacrifice for their craft: they chose to undergo artistic petrification in 708 IKY, and slumber until the arts were once more prepared to return to them. Their final dramatic role, Íora Chúkotía's Núí Ahekía ("Spare Change") was a much-remembered act; despite having refused to act in it on many previous occasions, they felt the themes were appropriately symbolic of their careers drawing to a close. (Predictably, some would say, they had it altered to be about one person in alternate futures.)
For hundreds of years, Amelía and Chayelía stood in front of the entryway to the Memory of the City of Retrograde Doisseia, the largest museum on all of Thessia Major. During the Shattering, Amelía vanished, presumed destroyed; what remained of the Memory of the City was in poor shape, and Chayelía had required surgery to restore before she immediately demanded to be re-frozen, insisting that she not be thawed without her sister. All throughout the Reed and Iron Dynasties, the statue stood untouched, one of the saddest personal tragedies in all of Thessian history.
In 5206 TGC, during the Gryphon period, Chayelía was removed from the museum's exterior and put into storage for safekeeping; it is not known what happened to her after that. If rediscovered and thawed, she would be the longest-living individual in Thet's history.
Interesting character concept, can't say I've heard anything like it before. (The idea of twins who are perfect copies and can fill in for one another makes my mind jump to "fault tolerance" for some reason, ehehe.) At any rate, the conclusion of their story is quite sad...
Also: I clicked some of the links you posted in the artist's comment and then ended up clicking more to clarify what I was reading and now I have like a dozen opened ... only read a bit, but I'm already astonished by the intricate level of world-building that's been put into it. If you don't mind me asking, how long have you been working on this project?
(Fabulous website design also!)
There may or may not be a happy ending after all, for what it's worth; the story has yet to be written.
Work on Thet has been going on for about eight or nine years, but it's only been serious in the last five. There is still much more to be done.
True, true. Speaking of stories, do you suppose you'll post any here or do you keep your writings on your website?
All the more impressive in that case — that's a long time to build and nurture a project. It certainly shows at any rate. I look forward to seeing where you'll go with it in the future!
Can't wait to see more stories!
I am flattered and surprised anyone would find the energy/patience to struggle through all that writing! I pretty much have the third chapter of Before the Fall planned, so that shouldn't be too hard to pen... once I can find the time. This weekend, perhaps!
Bah, it wasn't a struggle at all! The less said about my patience the better, but what I've read so far has piqued and held my interest. (Which is no minor feat, to be honest. ^^')
Hooray! Time is the enemy of all artistic pursuits, but I hope you're able to find a little.