Light Beyond 2 ~ An Old, Old Sibelius Story ~

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A long time ago, there were two beautiful twin sisters who lived in the land of Schlezel.

The two sisters closely resembled each other, to the extent where no one could tell them apart. The older sister’s name was Rhodiani, and the younger sister was Endius. The two lived close to the entrance of the forest, a little ways off from the town. The two had lost their parents early and had no other relatives. Because of that, the two were bound by a strong bond. If one laughed, the other laughed; if one cried, the other cried. Even if their bodies were divided in two, their souls were one. This was how dear they thought of each other and trusted each other.

Both of them also had special skills. The older sister, Rhodiani, was very good at hand spinning. The threads she spun were even and delicate, to the extent where one would unconsciously want to rub their cheeks against it. The younger sister, Endius, was very good at weaving. The cloth she wove was smooth and gentle, to the extent where one would unconsciously want to hug it. The two made their living by selling the clothes they made like this.

These two beautiful twins were so very pure and so very honest and unselfish. Surely, only the gods who lived in the heavens were allowed to love them. Somebody once said that.

 

In the heavens, where many gods were said to live, such as the Lord God, Vida.

Amongst the gods, there was one that was still young, Ordyn, who felt a bit bored at his life in the heavens. And so, now and then, he would descend into the human world and peep at the lives of humans before returning.

One day, Ordyn went down into the forest on a whim and met the younger sister of the twins, Endius. Endius had come to draw water from the spring in the forest. Ordyn liked her at first sight and Endius also had her heart taken by his virility. Just like that, the two of them fell in love.

Both of them promised to meet each other at the forest spring every third day, but Endius was so enchanted by him that she could not wait even that long. The older sister, Rhodiani, immediately noticed that her younger sister was acting strange. When she asked, Endius spoke shyly about the person she had feelings for. Looking at how happy Endius was Rhodiani too became happy. The two had one soul. If one was happy, the other would be happy.

Ordyn’s feelings for Endius were extremely strong. He loved Endius in seriousness and soon thought about wanting to summon her up into the heavens. However, Endius herself showed a strong resistance to leaving her one and only sister behind. But still, Ordyn’s passion slowly melted Endius’ hesitation and, at last, he succeeded in making her nod.

Both of them had confirmed each other’s resolve, but there was still a problem. The other gods opposed doing such a thing as welcoming Endius, a human, easily into the heavens.

They put out one condition. In 100 days, the two had to whisper their love to each other at the forest spring every night. If they could continuing meeting each other without missing a single day, and if their affection hadn’t faded, then at that time the other gods would approve of their love. Ordyn nodded, exultant. Endius was also happy to consent to this.

On the 10th night, the two praised the beauty of each other’s eyes.

On the 60th night, the two praised the depths of each other’s love.

And then, on the 85th night.

Endius suffered from a horrible fever. It had been a heavy burden on Endius’ body to go out every night. Unable to even rise from her bed Endius looked up at the ceiling with tears in her eyes. In this state, she could not go and meet Ordyn.

“Sister, what should I do?”

Endius whispered with a weak and hoarse voice. Rhodiani could not find any words to return. She could do nothing but grip Endius’ hand. And Endius too returned the grip, squeezing her sister’s hand.

“Sister, please go see him in my stead. You and I look entirely alike. Please, I beg of you.”

Rhodiani was surprised but thought it certainly was a good idea. Of course she knew the location of the spring. Rhodiani nodded without hesitation.

Like this, on the 85th night, “the two” praised each other’s generosity.

 

On the 100th night, which had been reached safely, Endius was in high spirits and very happy. Of course, Rhodiani was also supposed to be happy. With her younger sister being this happy, she should have been happy too… and yet, Rhodiani could not smile from the bottom of her heart. –Aah! Even if their bodies were divided in two, their souls were one!

Rhodiani had, on the 85th night, in just that night, fallen in love with Ordyn.

Now, this first love had swelled to the point of scorching her body. But she could not stop her smiling sister from heading to her 100th meeting. Rhodiani somehow made the same smile as her sister and saw her off.

And then, just after an hour, Endius returned. What exactly had happened! Endius was crying terribly as she passed through the door. Rhodiani ran hurriedly to her sister and managed to hear the details about how she didn’t see Ordyn at the meeting place. Instead, there was a small owl perched on a tree beside the spring, who called out to Endius. According to the owl, she wasn’t able to be welcomed into the heavens because she deceived them–.

Aah, Rhodiani immediately knew the meaning behind the owl’s words. That 85th night! In the end, they couldn’t deceive the gods.

“I asked for one more chance. And it told me that if I were to spin thread from silkworms and weave a cloak that fit Ordyn perfectly, they would accept me– by tomorrow at noon.”

Impossible, Rhodiani thought. Endius was an expert at weaving, but not at spinning thread. It had always been Rhodiani’s role to spin thread. This was how both sisters made their cloths. Rhodiani suggested that she spin the thread, but Endius quietly shook her head. When her last teardrop splashed onto the floor Endius began to work at once.

Once the cloak was finished, she was to bring it to the spring again before tomorrow noon. If her work was approved then Endius would be welcomed into the heavens. Rhodiani turned the words she heard from her sister over and over again in her head. Complicated emotions whirled in her and she couldn’t settle down. On the other side, Endius did nothing but work without stopping even once for a break. She spent quite a lot of time spinning thread and it wasn’t as beautiful as what her sister could do, but somehow she accomplished it. And then, once she started weaving, the rest was her specialty. In the blink of an eye a beautiful cloak was completed.

Gradually, noon approached. Endius, whose eyes were bloodshot, held the finished cloak up to the sunlight and her expression finally relaxed. She must have been relieved and, certainly, the cloak wasn’t of bad quality. Seeing that, Rhodiani once again felt the gloom in her deepen.

We were always two people but of one person. We were always closely beside each other. And yet that girl had made a cloak all by herself. For Ordyn, who only loved that girl.

In that moment something shattered within Rhodiani with a sound.

Rhodiani brewed some hot tea and mixed sleeping powder into it. She called out to Endius to take a rest and handed over that tea. Rhodiani watched intently as Endius thanked her with a smile and drained the cup. Soon, she was looking down quietly at her younger sister, who was unable to beat the drowsiness and laid down on the bed.

And then, holding the cloak which had just been finished, Rhodiani broke into a run.

 

On a tree close to the spring, like Endius said, there was a single owl.

“I’ve brought it.”

When she timidly presented the cloak, the owl glanced at it.

“Very well, we shall invite you into our world. Ordyn is waiting in the heavens. Go and run directly on the path you can see on the other side. Do not look behind you, simply look ahead and run. If so, you will arrive.”

At the words about Ordyn waiting, Rhodiani’s feelings were intensely stirred. She would be able to see him again and be loved by him; when she thought that, her feet automatically started running. She ran as fast as she could on the path like she was told. Just how long would it continue? She couldn’t see the end. Soon, surely soon, as she told herself this Rhodiani felt some uneasiness.

–What exactly would become of Endius when she awoke?

There was no doubt that Endius would be hurt to the point where she could not recover. Because she lost her beloved lover and her beloved sister at the same time, and due to betrayal.

Unable to bear this suddenly, Rhodiani stopped and turned around. When she did, wasn’t that her house which she had left there in front of her? She could see clearly inside from the window. There was her sister, who was still sleeping soundly– and then, the shape of a man close beside her.

It was Ordyn, who should have been in the heavens. He lovingly caressed Endius’ cheek as she continued to sleep and dropped a gentle kiss onto her. And then he smiled softly and continued to watch his lover’s slumbering face.

Rhodiani felt so much shock that she couldn’t breathe. Was that an illusion, or reality?

“You are not permitted to stop, Rhodiani.”

The owl’s voice echoed through the forest.

“Now, run, you chose the heavens. Look straight ahead and run, do not look behind you.”

But, wait, isn’t that Lord Ordyn? Rhodiani shouted in a soundless voice.

“For the sake of his lover Ordyn threw away his status as a god. The two will be together for the rest of their lives as humans.”

Rhodiani began to move her legs again while in a daze. Whether it was by her own will or not, she no longer knew. Unable to think, she merely ran. She ran, and ran, and continued to do nothing but run.

An old man stood at the end of the path. The old man, who had gentle yet stern eyes, accepted Rhodiani with a single large nod.

“Do not regret deceiving your sister.”

“Yes.”

“However, you cannot be forgiven. You also deceived us twice.”

“Yes.”

“As promised, we welcome you into the heavens. However, you must atone. For a hundred years you will bloom flowers around the spring every night. In order to bless those two and their descendants.”

“Yes– I understand.”

“If done, I believe happiness will visit you as well, Goddess Rhodiani.”

Rhodiani was unable to stop her overflowing tears. These were tears of sorrow, tears of fear, and tears of regret. Yes, they might have been those, but they were surely tears of relief as well.

 

Like this, a girl disappeared from the human world and a goddess was born in the heavens. A hundred years passed and then two hundred years passed. It is said the flowers, which had begun blooming around the spring, cover the forest even now. However, those who know the reason for the beauty of those flowers may no longer exist.

23 thoughts on “Light Beyond 2 ~ An Old, Old Sibelius Story ~

    aki606 said:
    April 15, 2019 at 08:20

    Rather than Rhodiani being most at fault here I believe that she just draws the short end of the stick, for a few reasons.

    Firstly, she falls in love with the lover of her treasured sister, which would never be requited. Her actions would be justified if the one Ordyn had fallen in love with was her, but things just turned out not to be in her favor at all, and it is not her fault that he doesn’t fall in love with her.

    Secondly, she tries to act for her own happiness, and even though the methods are understandably frowned upon at least she doesn’t wallow in her feelings or stifle them in self-pity. Is it a given for her to sacrifice her own self even for her sister? It might seem reasonable to us, as readers, that Rhodiani should give up on her love as a supporter of her sister’s happiness, but I can only see how unreasonable it is to expect her to deny herself and her chance at happiness for someone else’s sake. No matter how she should wish for their happiness, what should she do when it conflicts with her own? It must not be easy for her to see her sister, as close as they are, have something she [Rhodiani] also desires but will never get.

    Lastly, in the end, she still isn’t happy. She is burdened with the guilt for deceiving her sister. She must bless the happy couple that she envied so much (which would be very painful). She must feel that she doesn’t deserve to be divinity in this way (because she became divine through trickery, which is blasphemous), but she still faces her wrongdoings and continues forward in repentance, without reluctance. (I find this very admirable: I couldn’t be like Rhodiani, I’m not that strong.) She accepts her punishment, which is not only to bear the guilt and to repent, but also to see how her sister lives happily with her lover while she really has no one anymore. Furthermore, she only acts on her feelings, and I can’t think that her motive is in any way, shape, or form related to spiting her sister, or jealousy (she is not jealous of her sister because she does not direct negative emotions towards her; rather, she just wants to be the recipient of Ordyn’s love), or any other malicious intent.

    I’m not saying that it is right to lie like she does, nor am I trying to say she is completely in the right and that she has no fault at all. But when all’s said and done, Rhodiani is just a young girl who was unlucky enough to fall into such a trap as falling for her sister’s lover, and suffering the consequences for her feelings that are in no way shameful to have (love, not hatred nor jealousy). Can we really condemn her for falling in love? It is not as if she chooses to, and it doesn’t bear fruit anyways. Endius is blessed with a life of love, while Rhodiani is doomed to an eternity of regret and sorrow, even though they hold the same feelings. To me, this is conclusive proof that Rhodiani happens to draw the short end of the stick once, and must suffer forever for it.

    I cannot pity her, because pity puts me above her, which I am not. I can only admire her for her courage for going through with her actions, her willing acceptance of the consequences that she must bear for eternity, and her strength for enduring the whole ordeal that if I suffered, I would surely break down.

    For all these reasons, I feel that Rhodiani is truly admirable, and that it is a shame that not more people see it this way. But maybe this is just me talking as a romanticist and the moral of the story really is that Rhodiani is the villain(-ess) of this tale. Pieces of literature like this are always up to one’s interpretation. I am not trying to tell anyone what to think, and I am only offering up my own interpretation to anyone willing to decipher these long blocks of text (I’m sorry it got so long, really (orz)).

    (Of course, I don’t blame Endius nor Ordyn in any way. They just happened to be lucky, and the byproduct of their happiness just happened to be Rhodiani’s unhappiness…somehow it does sound like I’m spiting them a bit? It’s not my intention though)

    P.S. thanks for translating this wonderful story. I’m rereading this for the nth time already because I love it so much! \(^○^)/

      Ilinox responded:
      April 16, 2019 at 13:20

      First, thank you for your detailed and thoughtful comment!

      I don’t think Rhodiani should suffer for her feelings either, but I think what seals her fate and also paints a negative light on her is her trying to grab happiness at the expense of others (aka. deceiving her sister and trying to snatch Ordyn away by force. He clearly doesn’t like her and likes her sister instead so it seems kind of like a lost cause to begin with ;;;). But, understandably, they sound somewhat like young girls and it’s probably also a shock to come to the realization that someone who you saw as your other half is actually another independent being who is now going off to live their own life.

      Change is scary, doubly so when you’re not ready for it at all and never even contemplated that this could happen. I can sympathize since whenever a status quo is disturbed among my personal relationships, I also feel like I’m caught flat-footed and it takes a short time for me to accept this new change.

      However, like you said, it’s subjective how the audience interacts with a piece of literature. The neat thing about this tale (and in extension this book) is that I don’t think Rhodiani is painted as a villain in this tale either, because she’s drawn in the mural on the ceiling and included with the other gods. The king also didn’t seem to have a tone of censure when talking about Rhodiani either and in the tale itself she was accepted by the other gods, despite all her actions, and allowed to atone.

      It’s interesting how there’s a somewhat hopeful tone at the end where, if she continues to watch over her sister and her love and their descendants for a hundred years she will eventually find her own happiness too. I feel like it probably has a lot to do with self-reflection and coming to terms with herself, her previous actions, and her current self.

      LOL I actually secretly side-eye Endius and Ordyn too. Neither of them seemed to consider Rhodiani’s feelings enough at losing her one and only sister and being left to live alone in the world while Endius and Ordyn ascended to the heavens. Sure Endius was “strongly resistant” to Ordyn’s advances, but none of them spoke about this to Rhodiani or demonstrated their consideration for Rhodiani.

      Aw, you’re very welcome and thank you for giving this series so much love ;w;/!!

    Tilyn said:
    January 2, 2019 at 05:34

    Interesting comments and a really bittersweet story.
    I understand about leaving the nest to make your life, but this sister treatments was more like abandonment of your family, for example Endious didn’t do anything to prepare her sister for when she has to leave or even ask if she could take her with her or something. It fell like, hey I found the love of my life so im going, wish me the best and byeee. And for Rhodiani the same thing, druging Endious and leaving her alone, although she actually repented and went back. I dont like Odyn at all do.
    Thanx for the translation. 👍🏽

      Ilinox responded:
      January 2, 2019 at 11:23

      It started off kind of sweetly about how the sisters supported each other but then everything just slowly fell apart and all because of a man (proof that relationships are evil– jkjk). It’s just a sad matter in general whenever anyone grows up, changes, or has to leave.

      I still think Endious and Odyn are the least at fault here though LOL it was Rhodiani’s jealousy that really reared its head and made a mess of things. Odyn was just a sweet god who fell in love with a mortal women and, in the end, he chose to give up his godhood for her so :’)).

    F_J said:
    July 17, 2017 at 17:00

    Oh my. That’s a bittersweet story. Such… sigh. And thats why she was drawn so isolated from the rest of the gods.

    Many thanks!

      Ilinox responded:
      July 17, 2017 at 19:33

      Yeah ;; it’s really sad the in the end the twin sisters moved away from each other. It’s always bittersweet when people grow apart or go onto their own path in life. But I think ultimately the two were selfish, which is what caused the whole thing. Endius did her best but in the end she still abandoned her sister for her lover (chicks before dicks gurl!). Meanwhile Rhodiani fell in love with her sister’s lover and then betrayed her out of wanting to ascend to heaven, not wanting to be alone, etc etc.

      T_T let’s hope this isn’t foreshadowing anything further on in the story.

    Andi said:
    July 9, 2017 at 20:30

    Ah, you know what… there is a lot of mention here of the sisters being of two bodies, but one soul. I wonder if this might be some foreshadowing? Now that Yuna is so determined to love Celiastina, maybe we will see the two pull off a happy ending the sisters of the myth could not. Maybe the two will become so united in purpose and friendship that they really will become of one soul? I’m reminded of that twin soul manga I read a long time ago that absolutely wrecked me. That said, I’m still guessing a bittersweet “Yuna rehabilited the saint..! …before ascending to heaven to find her own happiness just like Rhodiani” is more likely what we will see. Sorry for the looong comments! >o<;;

      Ilinox responded:
      July 10, 2017 at 10:34

      Oh gosh, never apologize for long comments (they’re the lifeblood for me to keep doing what I do |D) and thank you for your insightful comments as always. That this myth is so relatable to two of our main characters here might be the entire reason as to why we’re given Rhodiani’s full legend. Both have to constantly look over their shoulders at what they’ve done and what is catching up to them; in Celiastina’s case it’s her past and guilt, in Yuna’s case it’s the things she’s done to create a better place for Celiastina and Celiastina’s spectre coming up to regain her place.

      LMAO I love how at the end of your first comment it sounds like it comes down to “goddamn Ordyn, not only did he ruin the sisters’ bonds with each other but he couldn’t even tell his actual lover apart from her twin smh”. But, ooh, that’s a good point about the sisters’ being the same even at the end with both of them abandoning the other for love. I didn’t catch that!

      Hm, I’m actually a bit more against Rhodiani because even though she and her sister were twins and in stories twins always seem to share this super bond… it all boils down to “if you truly love someone, you should let them go to their happiness”. I felt like she was so obsessed with this thought of them doing everything together and being of one soul in two bodies that it became her downfall. As much as she’d like to think they’re one soul… they’re not :( that’s why she’s able to become a goddess while Endius remains human to live out her life with Ordyn. I don’t see it as a case of if Endius deserves to get more happiness than Rhodiani but more like “welp, that’s life” and unfortunately Ordyn fell in love with Endius first.

      Interesting theory about what’ll become of Yuna and Celiastina at the end! Even if both of them started off in the same place as kinda like Rhodiani, it does sound like they’re already taking steps to get the happy ending the twins didn’t because Yuna is so resolved to devote the rest of her time for Celiastina’s happiness. The downfall of the twins was that in the end they only thought about themselves :( but Yuna is thinking so much about Celiastina.

    Andi said:
    July 9, 2017 at 20:23

    Wow, what a bittersweet myth. I see a lot of parallels with our two main characters here. Celiastina reminds me so much of Rhodiani, right down to the power of making flowers bloom. Is a person who messed up, and hurt the people they love, able to find happiness so easily? I think the person Cella was looking back at (in Ron’s Rhodiani musing way back when) would be the friend who died and whom the directer tried to replace Cella with. Her past is looming over the rest of her life to the extent that it twisted her power and drove her mad. Yuna also would identify with the myth because she is a fake saint who “looks identical” but she is literally falling in love with Celiastina’s fiance and winning the adoration of those around her, with those people believing she is Celiastina. In the end, she is going to have to cheer Celiastina on to have a happy future with Asyut.
    I have a hard time faulting Rhodiani. She and her sister really were the same.. did her sister really deserve so much more happiness than her? The owl said Rhodiani tried to trick them twice, but the first time was Endius’ idea. The two really were the same down to resolving to abandon their previously most important person (their sister) for the sake of love. The tears of regret tinged with relief at the end really got me. I just feel like the major difference between the girls was which one saw him first. He couldn’t even tell he was talking to the wrong one. :-/ Ah, and thanks for the chapters!! XD

    Night said:
    July 8, 2017 at 18:38

    Thank you for the update! Interesting myth. I wonder if Rhodiani has anything direct to do with the current plot, like how Celia survived even though she was supposed to die. Lol I wanted to comment on how Celia could be the sister’s descendant, I see it has been brought up already. I wonder if Yuna could the descendant too? I am looking forward how the author connects it back to the myth.

      Ilinox responded:
      July 10, 2017 at 10:03

      You’re welcome!! This myth certainly gives us a lot to ponder though I wonder if the author just wanted to elaborate more on why Rhodiani is known as the fake goddess. It could also be telling us some sort of moral (rather than directly being connected with Cella and Yuna) about how in the end people can only follow their own path to get what they want (and suffer the consequences of the path they chose).

      In the myth, everyone basically got what they wanted in the end. Ordyn gave up godhood for Endius. Endius stood on her own two feet to make the cloak for Ordyn. And Rhodiani, though she became a goddess from actions of betrayal, can now ensure her sister’s happiness (I’m taking her tears of relief at the end to be relief that Endius was going to be okay in the end).

    1_chan said:
    July 8, 2017 at 08:34

    Thanks for the chapter!

      Ilinox responded:
      July 8, 2017 at 14:52

      You’re welcome! Thanks for commenting <3.

    theotherreviewer said:
    July 8, 2017 at 03:52

    The previous post was v2c11. In NU, this just says c2. Is this c2 in WN? An official v2c12? Or is it from what I understood, a supplementary chapter for vol 2 of LN? If so, is it too much to ask to change this to “supplementary for vol2” instead of c2? I get confused. T^T

    That aside though, thaaaank you very much for translating this work! I really appreciate all the efforts! σ(≧▽≦σ) ♡

      Ilinox responded:
      July 8, 2017 at 14:56

      It’s a supplementary chapter for vol 2 of the LN! Just a short story at the very end. I actually can’t change things on the NU page ;;;; I think only moderators can. I’ll see what I can do though! I’ve noticed that it automatically gets added on NU as c2c11 or something first and then ends up being changed to v2c11.

      You’re welcome!! I’m happy people are enjoying this story n_n.

        theotherreviewer said:
        July 10, 2017 at 01:56

        Yass! It’s really, really interesting though! The plot was so unique for me, esp. the beliefs and all. The characters are realistic too! And their actions justifiable. Though… I’m getting a bit scared with how it will end. T^T I’m hoping it’ll be a happy one. Umuu~

    chamchaworld said:
    July 7, 2017 at 23:43

    Well mayb we have a good guess whose voice that Yuna hear in the first chapter? If I am right, Yuna thinks the voice is familiar, right? IMO, Yuna and Cella both are descendant of Ordyn and Endius.

      Ilinox responded:
      July 8, 2017 at 14:52

      Ooh, that’d be interesting if the voice was from Ordyn or Endius (but then again they became humans…) or maybe from Rhodiani trying to help her sister’s descendants?

        chamchaworld said:
        July 10, 2017 at 16:47

        Maybe Rhodiani, since she’s goddess now, so she’s the one that actually immortal.

    iNapoleon said:
    July 7, 2017 at 22:04

    Thanks for the chapter.
    I don’t really understand the relation between these story and the main story.

      eksentrysyti said:
      July 7, 2017 at 23:27

      The asiatic jasmine flowers at the orphanage are supposed to take a long time to bloom and only for a short period of time. However, the kids and manager of the orphanage tell Yuna that they bloom very quickly and year round, due to “Cella’s blessing”.

      If that is the case, then Cella/Celiastina/Yuna may be a descendant of Ordyn and Endius. Goddess Rhodiani was punished to bloom flowers around the spring (as in water spring, not spring season) for the couple and their descendants.

      Now we need more of the story to figure out why the power of blooming flowers also comes with cursing the people around Cella and if there is a tie to Goddess Rhodiani.

        iNapoleon said:
        July 8, 2017 at 02:39

        I see. Thanks for your explanation.

        Ilinox responded:
        July 8, 2017 at 14:49

        Interesting theory! I mean, the guesses in the last chapter was that her power was to encourage or amplify life (that’s why the plants grow so well) and so when it was twisted it became death-based.

        If you guys remember (I know it’s been a very long time) in chapter 3, Ron talked about the fake goddess Rhodiani who was painted on the ceiling of the worship room. This is pretty much the full story behind that goddess and why she’s known as a “fake goddess”. Once again, not sure if this has anything to do with Celiastina and Yuna since Celiastina has the plant powers but Yuna, in her current situation, seems more like the “fake goddess” because she took the place of the saint? Or maybe Celiastina is the “fake goddess” because she’s not very saint-like. Or Yuna is like a saint because of her personality but she’s not actually the saint.

        In any case, it’s an interesting story and something to ponder!

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