expanding on the fanfiction by TwiddleSpire that inspired this artwork of mine, the basic gist is that there is a legacy of Snow Queens throughout the ages. the story implied that Snow Queens choose heirs before their passing, meaning there were other snow queens before Elsa.
The origin of the Snow Queen is unknown, though bringing and ushering in the winter months is part of their nature. once mastery over their abilities is achieved, Snow Queens can mask their age, making them look way younger than they appear, for most of them are particularly vain. A Snow Queen can only appoint a successor once the Queen senses imminent death. Only females can be Snow Queens, and they usually live long lives.
1. Masia: (not the first snow queen) the daughter of a wealthy merchant from Egypt; her parents and her community see her powers as witchcraft. She was deemed an outcast from society until she used her powers to exacerbate an extreme heat wave in her land. the people were thankful for her and respected her from then on, but Masia has always been called on towards “The North” so travelled towards Spain and settled on the Pyrenees where she honed her powers and her duties to nature. She is a kind, benevolent Snow Queen who often helps lost travellers in trekking through the Pyrenees ranges.
2. Matilda: A Noblewoman in Tudor England. Once her father found out about her powers, she was raised to be a weapon of war for the kingdom. She developed a mean streak and frigid personality due to this. but most of the royal court sees her powers as a threat both to the Church and to the Crown, so to save his own skin, she was discreetly disowned and sent away from England. Matilda travelled all over Europe and Asia, bringing and controlling winter but never went back to her homeland till her death.
3. Francesca: an Italian Heiress and Renaissance woman, she is well educated in the arts and sciences. her parents had known about her abilities and encouraged her to improve and hone her powers. she was living an idyllic life till she and her family were arrested for witchcraft accusations. She managed to escape her prison and fled Italy. after being gone for awhile, she went back to try to save her parents only to find out that they died in jail, so she banished herself to the Swiss Alps and became a depressed and lonely Snow Queen, cursing her powers for ruining her life.
4. Annika Nikolaevna: is a Russian Countess. orphaned at a very young age and spoiled by her minders, she developed an eccentric personality. Because she was kept being told to conceal her powers, Annika soon rebelled and ran away from her home and all her responsibilities to pursue her calling to the winter. She travelled around Europe on her sled to bring winter, as is her nature. she made her new home in Spitsbergen, North of Scandinavia and due to her loneliness occasionally spirits away children for company, always longing for love just like her predecessors. her last companion, Kai, along with his friend, Gerda. became servants to Arendelle’s Royal Family later in life.