32 years ago - Amy Winston is born the Crown Princess of Gemworld
31 years ago - 1-year-old Amy is brought to Earth by Graciel, the soul survivor of a coup against the royal family by the sorcerer Dark Opal.
17 years ago - 15-year-old Amy discovers her true identity when she is found by Dark Opal. She travels to Gemworld and quests to unite the noble houses. They overthrow Opal & she retakes the throne.
14 years ago - 18-year-old Amy marries Lord Topaz & becomes the Queen of Gemworld.
There is a real pedigree to 'lost girl' fantasy stories. Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, the Labyrinth, Escaflowne... this is a VERY well trod brand of storytelling, and with a very good reason. It's fantastic.
Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld was a contained series published in the mid eighties, and it was an excellent slice of fantastic storytelling. It featured a 'young girl magically becomes an adult woman' premise, which is always a little creepy, but otherwise it's a wonderful little nugget of comic goodness. The characters would come back in a second series that deepened the mythology, and then would also appear in Neil Gaiman's Books of Magic. In the post 52 DC a new version of Amethyst starred in a new series titled Sword of Sorcery written by Christy Marx, creator of the late eighties girl-power juggernaut 'Jem and the Holograms' and overall genius badass. Sword of Sorcery would ultimately be cancelled because DC hates quality, but also because a full fantasy series like the one Marx was concocting requires a ton of world building and it just didn't find an audience.
Marx's revision of the story included a relationship between Amy Winston and her mother, Lady Graciel. Amy's birth name is given as Amaya. Because we've decided to use the DC Nation animated short version of Amethyst as a member of a future Titans team, we could use the idea of a relationship between Amethyst and her mom as a foundation for the concept that there are in fact TWO women that have used the name.
In our version of the story, Amy Winston is actually the original Amethyst, and was raised on earth to protect her from Dark Opal, just like the original comics. (When it comes to her costume, both her original created by Ernie Colon and her new costume created by Aaron Lopresti are great, so you can really take your pick.) Once she became the Crown Princess of Gemworld, it allowed us to introduce the idea that she has a daughter, Amaya, who grows up in Gemworld. That daughter can then someday return to Earth and have some adventures.
Man, Christy Marx is great.