Here’s a picture of Olemnashial (on the left) and Arellesria (on the right) that I’ve been working on for a while. I wanted to draw these two best friends together, since they are apart for most of the Shekruvaris trilogy.
Olemnashial and Arellesria get on very well most of the time – they love music, banquets and beautiful gowns, and they both traditionally serve the Court of Thasenare. However, there is a sense of rivalry beneath the surface that occasionally breaks out.
Towards the end of the Truce of Elanthar Olemnashial chose to join the idealistic Court of Barezeth, imperiling Arellesria’s schemes. As you can imagine, their relationship was rocky for a while after that.
Olemnashial felt fed up with Arellesria’s vanity and general cattiness, having been dismissed as ‘frivolous’ once too often by her friend.
Arellesria tried all manner of tactics to get her to return. She called Olemnashial a traitor, apologized for her tactlessness, stewed in bitterness, then eventually made peace with her. However, by then Olemnashial could not bear to leave her new court…