Disclaimer: I own none of the characters, they belong to the great George Lucas. Lucky him! But, I do own Zankou, Ghanima/Chani and Alia (just three names which I'm borrowing from Frank Herbert's Children of Dune and Charmed) so no stealing!

Everything Comes Full Circle


Jedi Master Zankou Qualsiri and his accepted wife, Jedi Knight Alia Fehr, had grown up and trained together under the tutelage of Master Yoda on Coruscant. The union between them was, at first, forbidden until Yoda received a vision of the child they would raise. This child was believed to be the one who would bring balance to the Force – the Chosen One. In this foolish belief, the two lovers were allowed to marry but never bore a child.

When they asked the Healers why this was after two years of marriage, they learned that Alia was unable to bear children – she was barren. Heartbroken, Alia retreated into herself and soon died of despair and sorrow. She left Zankou to face the coming miracle alone.

The miracle in question was a child abandoned on the steps of the Jedi Temple. Discovered by Qui-Gon Jinn, the child was brought to Yoda and the Council of Jedi Masters. It was revealed that this was the child Yoda foresaw, and was to be trained as a Jedi. All that was known of the child was that it was a girl, and she bore a strange birthmark on her left breast. The mark was a symbol unknown to the Jedi, but they soon learned its origins as the Celtic "Wheel of Being," and was said to represent the four elements of a long destroyed planet, Earth, and their interconnection to form a balanced Universe.

This only furthered the belief that she was the Chosen One.

To raise his spirits, the child was given to Zankou who named her Ghanima Alia Qualsiri. He would sing to her the song Alia was sung to as a child, a sweet lullaby she always hummed, as another remembrance of his lost love. As soon as she came of age, he learned of her large Midi-chlorian count and she was put into training immediately. She surpassed the other children, this was obvious to all who saw her, but it only made them wonder who her real parents were.

On his first mission since Alia's death, Zankou was to perform a simple diplomatic negotiation between two feuding planets bent on destroying one another. On her endless begging, Ghanima traveled with her father as his Padawan – even though he was warned against it. Qui-Gon had been the one to warn his old friend of a terrible dream he had, that something awful would befall his friend and child, though he himself knew not what.

The negotiations were a trap of the rising Sith, set for Zankou. The Sith that had tried to kill him told the Jedi that he was to be the first to join him or die. Fearful for his daughter, seeing then what Qui-Gon spoke of, Zankou tried to escape. He failed and fell…but not before sending Ghanima into an escape pod. He didn't know where it would land but as long as she escaped the Sith, which she amazingly had, he would rest in peace.

Ghanima was twelve-years-old when her escape pod crashed on the planet Tatooine. Slave Shmi Skywalker and her three-year-old son, Anakin – Ghanima's soon to be brother – found her. Ghanima told Shmi who she was and where she was from. Knowing that Ghanima would be killed for being the child of a Jedi, she changed her name to Chani and told her that she must never speak of it again. Ghanima hesitantly agreed after Shmi explained the laws of the planet to her, which was that Jedi were distrusted and had been killed before, and was taken into Shmi's home.

But, due to Gardulla the Hutt's poor gambling skills, lost all three in a podracing bet with a foul curmudgeonly Toydarian, Watto.

It had been six years since the fateful crash, and Ghanima had grown to love her new family and home. Even though she was still plagued by awful visions, with no one to counsel her, she still sung the song her father taught her. It was all she had besides the Force and her father's lightsaber to remind her of her past, and it always seemed to sooth Anakin when he had nightmares or was upset with their new master. Ghanima loathed her junk dealing master, who constantly put down hers and Anakin's dreams of becoming Jedi. Ghanima hated Watto for inflicting such hurtful slander on Anakin's young mind day-in and day-out. Despite Watto, Ghanima sensed the Force within Anakin and trained him when he was old enough to speak with her telepathically.

Though not family by blood, the two loved and cared for each other over the years. Ghanima had given up hope of ever being found by the Jedi long ago, so whenever news came of a Jedi on or near the planet she feared for her life. She feared because she thought it meant she would have to leave her home and her family. That, or that the Jedi were actually Sith coming to finish her off.

In truth, it was never learned where she came from so it was never revealed that she was adopted.

A/N: For those of you who are bad at math, like me, Anakin is nine and Ghanima/Chani's eighteen when Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, Padmé and the others arrive on Tatooine.

Ghanima (Gah-nee-ma) Chani (Chain-e) Zankou (Zan-koo) Alia (Ah-lee-ah)

P.S.: Two pages total.