Inspired by the great character from the superb Vampire Chronicles written by Anne Rice.
Maharet and Mekare are twin sisters,two powerful and beautiful witches (They had curly red hair and green eyes),both living in a valley not far from Egypt six thousand years ago, as powerful witches could communicate with spirits, this attracted the young Queen of Kemet (known as Egypt): Akasha, she sent them an invitation for visiting her when they were 16 years old, but both sisters declined the invitation,perhaps sensing something ominous or not good about Akasha's invitation.
Akasha made a second invitation to the twins but this time, it was not so polite and was violent instead, when the twins were performing cannibalistic funeral rites for their mother, Akasha 'The queen', who had made a policy of stamping out ritual cannibalism, sent soldiers to their village, killing everyone in their path and dragging the sisters away.
When the twins arrived in Kemet, they were looked on in awe and fear by all the people who saw them, mainly because these people had never seen red hair, and twins were taboo in the country. Mekare and Maharet answered with truth all the questions about spirits and gods put to them by the Queen, however, as their answers did not satisfied/fit with Akasha's beliefs, both sisters were thrown into jail as blasphemers. The next morning, Akasha sent and put the same questions to them.
Mekare called on a mischievous spirit named Amel, against the wishes of her sister, to display her power, this act terrified the queen and her husband, King Enkil, and the twins were confined into jail again for three nights and days before they received their punishment.
The sisters' punishment was to be raped by the King's steward: Khayman,the humiliating act had to be done in front of the whole court. Despite Khayman was not one to accept violence and hated to do the task, he had to obey his sovereigns' orders. The sisters were allowed to go home after the rape.
After the whole ordeal, Maharet and Mekare eventually returned to their homeland, and there Maharet gave birth to a child, she named her: Miriam, Khayman's daughter, product of the rape.
Perhaps because of the baby, the sisters put their trials behind them, and settled down and tried rebuilding their life in the valley,unfortunately their peace was shattered a year later when Khayman arrived with an army, he took them back to Kemet, and on the journey they were told of what had happened since their departure.
The spirit Amel, got furious at the humiliation of the twins and had run amok, pestering the king and queen day and night, throwing and knocking things over, driving the pair mad, Amel had also been tormenting Khayman for his part in the rape, ripping his house apart and unearthing his father's body from its tomb. The nobles were displeased with their monarchs for bringing this trouble on them, and had plotted to kill them. The nobles had followed the royal couple to Khayman's house, where they were pleading with the spirit to let them be, and attacked them, but somehow Akasha and Enkil had survived, and all the nobles had been killed.
Since then, the King and Queen had only been seen at night,being unable of leaving their palace,by the same time, people were disappearing, and Khayman had resolved to bring the twins back in hopes that they could put an end to all these troubles.
Mekare and Maharet learned what had happened upon reaching Kemet Amel had developed a taste for blood, and one of his favorite torments was pricking people and causing them to bleed. Akasha and Enkil had been stabbed, and as they lay bleeding to death, the spirit of Amel could be seen in the form of droplets of blood. The spirit was seen diving into Akasha's body, and she was somehow regenerated in a new form, since Akasha was transforming,she fell upon Enkil, draining him of the blood that was left, and then feeding him her own,so they became the first blood-drinkers.
Akasha and Enkil had summoned the twins in the hope that the witches could enlighten them on the form that they had taken, and how they could satisfy their endless thirst for blood, Mekare got angry after the many taunts from the Queen and King and cursed the Queen, labeling her: The Queen of The Damned, promising her that when the time was right, she would return to destroy the Queen.
The twins are thrown into jail again,sentencing them to be put to death the next evening, but not before Mekare's tongue and Maharet's eyes were cut out.
Three hours before dawn, Khayman came to them in despair,he had been betrayed by his King and Queen, who had turned on him and made him one of them to test their new abilities,Khayman decided to turn Mekare into a blood-drinker, and in turn she made Maharet into one as well. They escaped the prison and made more blood-drinkers as they went, hoping to create an army to defeat the evil King and Queen. These later became known as the First Brood.
Several weeks later, they were captured in Saqqara,both twins were put into stone coffins, and set adrift in the ocean, Mekare to the west, Maharet to the east. Maharet landed on the southern coast of Africa, and wandered for the next six millennia, tracking the bloodline of her daughter Miriam and searching for Mekare. After all these tragic events,it is unknown what became of Mekare, but cave paintings were found thousands of years later in South America of a red-haired woman. Similar evidence had been found in Africa. Maharet and others suspected that Mekare had gone wild and spent all that time in the jungles, avoiding civilization. Khayman wandered throughout Europe, losing his memory every few centuries, he did not see the twins again until The Queen of the Damned (1988), when Akasha reappears and brings them together in California, this time is when the vampires defeated Akasha. Mekare ate Akasha's heart and brain, replacing her as the new Queen of the Damned.
Unfortunately, it seems she has deleted her Vampires Chronicles stock about Maharet...I have had this great pic from her at my stock folder for years and never felt inspired for creating a work like this until now...sad her stock image is no longer around.
A few blood bites:
*Most blood just painted by my own idea/design
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*No critics allowed, actually I care for none.
A gift for my dearest friend: Chris ~
...I remember this was one of your favorite stories my friend!