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I am a fiction character that follows these criteria:

A maiden huntress, whose life was brief
I left my brother with a lot of grief
Died fiddling with lots of gears
My friends, my friends, cast a lot of tears

HINT #1:

Chapter 3: [This character] Makes a Choice

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  • $\begingroup$ Not a fictional character, but Princess Diana fits. Diana was a maiden huntress; Princess Diana died young and was survived by her brother; the car whose crash killed her must have had gears; and there were a lot of tears at her massive funeral. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 3 at 18:11
  • $\begingroup$ I had the exact same thought :-). $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan May 4 at 2:12
  • $\begingroup$ What’s spooky is that she died as a result of her driver fiddling with the gears while at those high speeds $\endgroup$ – El-Guest May 4 at 3:13
  • $\begingroup$ You said you'd post a hint containing a quote from that character! Where is it? $\endgroup$ – Voldemort's Wrath Jul 28 at 15:47
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I think the answer is:

Artemis fowl (In the seventh book, "The Atlantis Complex")

A maiden huntress, whose life was brief

in the ancient Greek religion and myth, Artemis is the goddess of the hunt, the wilderness, wild animals, the Moon, and chastity.

I left my brother with a lot of grief

Colfer(The author) has said that he based Artemis on his younger brother Donal

Died fiddling with lots of gears

In the seventh book, "The Atlantis Complex", Artemis contracts a mental disease called Atlantis Complex disease, similar to OCD,and has a strange fascination with bivouacking. Artemis finds himself obsessed with the number 5 and fearing the number 4- (which in Chinese sounds like the word for death).

My friends, my friends, cast a lot of tears

The disease worsens throughout the novel, leading to his distrust of his close friends.

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  • $\begingroup$ Wasn't my original answer, but I think it works too! (If no one gets it in a couple days, I'll post the original answer.) You can try to figure it out! $\endgroup$ – Tzu Li May 3 at 22:42
  • $\begingroup$ I really don't think it does quite work, and I hope the intended answer fits more closely. I see the "maiden huntress" bit, but don't you think everything else here is a big stretch? (Not that I have anything better...) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan May 4 at 2:12
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, and the "life was brief" also is a bit stretchy. I'll give a hint. (It's a quote from the book the character appears in) $\endgroup$ – Tzu Li May 4 at 5:20
  • $\begingroup$ @TzuLi - Where's the hint? $\endgroup$ – Voldemort's Wrath Jul 28 at 15:47
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan - Can you see if my answer fits? I'm pretty sure I'm correct, but TzuLi appears to have been inactive for a while so I'm not gonna get that check. :( $\endgroup$ – Voldemort's Wrath Jul 28 at 15:53
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The character is

Bianca DiAngelo

A maiden huntress whose life was brief

She joined the hunters of Artemis but died while saving the rest of the party at a very young age.

I left my brother with a lot of grief

She left her brother Nico to go questing for Artemis when she was lost. She also made the tough decision to join the hunters.

Died fiddling with a lot of gears

She was inside a giant metal monster and caused it to short-circuit which saved her friends.

Cast a lot of tears

They were sad that she was gone.

And Hint 1 matches! :D

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