Notes On Part 1:
Although I give Qui-Gon an illness, I will not focus on this element until Episode III where it will become pivotal. For now this is purely a device to bring Obi-Wan and Padmé together more, and give another depth/angle to Obi-Wan's character. Some scenes I have missed out, such as the fight on the Trade Federation ship, and the scenes with Jar Jar in Gungan City. I have chosen to do this for three reasons; a) a desire not to repeat everything in the saga, which has been told and filmed by better authors than I, b) action scenes are not my forté, although I have managed to conquer this weakness for the lightsaber duels later on, and c) Jar Jar was one of my least favourite characters in the prequels.
Alot of Obi-Wan's lines here are Qui-Gon's from the original canon. Having him find out that Padmé is the Queen seemed natural, given the burden he carries due to his Master's illness, which would give him an insight to her own. The scene where he buys her a gift was one of the earliest pieces I came up for this story, because I wanted her to have something to remember him by as well as Anakin. I possibly pay a little too much attention to the age gap, but I know some people find it difficult to ignore, even though Star Wars customs are more medieval than ours.
We open with Padmé's thoughts, part of which I rewrote just as I beta read this, due to some glaring errors in her history. Again, I have put Qui-Gon's lines as Obi-Wan's, but adding his own thoughts on pod racing. I wanted to convey his concerns, for I think if he had a choice he would not have rested the outcome on a pod race. I have also delved into Jedi philosophy, with my own thoughts gathered from the movies, novels and Wookiepedia. They may contradict other views, but everyone's opinion differs upon the ways of Force.
I chose to treat it as both religious and philosophical, something which is complex, so much so, that there is always something new to discover, to learn, to understand. The part where Obi-Wan shows Padmé the Force was inspired by Mu-san's Piece of the Heart, and I have tried to make my take different from hers, so it doesn't appear that I am copying her idea, which is not my intention. Again, I give a clear sign of their desires to express their growing feelings for each other, but I have also not let them do so, due to what I have said before.
Obi-Wan has stayed as long as I could allow him to in Mos Espa, so I give the news of Anakin's midi-chlorian count as an excuse for Qui-Gon to take charge. I may have given too much bitterness to Obi-Wan's insecurities, but I believe he has every right to feel it, particularly as his Master is ill.
Padmé's impassioned speech is an advocate for both Anakin and Obi-Wan, and a good way for the latter to teach her about the danger of negative emotions in a Jedi, preparing her for episode 2. Most of the information concerning Anakin's pod is drawn from the Wookiepedia, as is the information on Obi-Wan's background, which I have tried to be vague about so I can maintain a level accuracy with canon. I also obtained information concern marriage within the Order from the Wookiepedia, which records that many Corellian Jedi defied the Code to marry, and a member of the Council was given dispensation to do so to save his endangered race.
I didn't want to be too hard on Qui-Gon, so I gave him a chance to defend himself here, and for Padmé to get to know him, as I plan for further scenes between them in the future. I also wanted to give the search for the Chosen One as something of a crusade for Qui-Gon, his last fight to make a difference before he succumbs to his disease. I did intend to write the conversation between Obi-Wan and the handmaidens, but my muse decided it would be repeating things, so I did an overview instead.
The pod race was one of the most boring parts for me in Episode I, which the novelisation makes only marginally more interesting. Whenever I watch the film I fast forward past the race, hence the rather short summary, as I had no desire to go into detail over something which Padmé does not get to see every part of, as even the holopad can not cover all of George Lucas' camera direction. Most of this part is drawn more from the novelisation than the film, as goes for all of this saga, though I do consult the film more when I come to write the duelling scenes, which is why there might be some pieces of conversation which seem familiar but are not in the film.
I assume that Obi-Wan already suspects what Darth Maul is, for he doesn't appear too surprised during the briefing of the Council. Also as he's perceptive enough to realise Padmé is the Queen, it seems only right for him to know that a red lightsaber means Sith. Padawans must be taught about the dark side, which means they must be taught about the Sith. I have been vague on Qui-Gon's illness purposefully because he does a lot of duelling in this episode, so the Force has to compensate for both that and fighting against the disease, which I imagine as sort of a combination of a wasting disease and convulsions.
This seems a relatively short part to me now that I read it back over, but it makes sense to deal with what happens on Coruscant in another chapter. There is relatively little difference here from what happens in the film and novelisation, except for a moment between them after the message, and a moment between Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon.
Again another short part, covering most of what happens during the film from Obi-Wan and Padmé's perspectives. I wanted to convey their impressions here, while at them same quote from the novelisation and the film, in an effort to maintain a balance of what each covers. I have only changed a few things from canon in this saga, so I have tried to keep things as close to canon as possible, so you can recognise what is changed and what differs.
I know these events tally closely with the film and the book, but that was my intention with the majority of TPM. AOTC and ROTS will have more instances of AU I promise. This part gives an insight into Padmé's thoughts as she unconsciously sets Palpatine on his journey towards Emperor, as well as an insight into Obi-Wan's thoughts while the Council test Anakin. I have added a few more lines between him and Qui-Gon.
The first scene in this part tallies with the film and novelisation, from Obi-Wan's perspective. I have included here a brief history of Qui-Gon's many debates with the Council, most of them from my muse which provide a background to Obidala. The second scene, is purely from my muse, as I convey the foundation of Yoda and Obi-Wan's relationship, for he must have someone within the Order to help him through the trials of his Master's illness. I knew Yoda would be helpful, and it provides well for their mutual respect of each other later on.
I wrote almost all of this part while watching the actual sequence of events within the movie, only afterwards turning to the novel for longer conversations, and resources such as Wookieepedia and the Star Wars Jedi vs Sith book for the lightsaber duel, as well as my own muse for lengthening the paragraphs. This is one of the few action sequences which I have written about that I am actually proud of, as they are usually one of my weakest styles. There is a mistake in the novel, which I have not corrected here, that reports Obi-Wan saying the Gungans could have been killed when in the film it was actually Captain Panaka.
I was going to, but then I changed my mind, referring to it by description instead. I have kept this mostly from Obi-Wan's and Padmé's perspectives, for they are the hero and heroine of this saga, and deserve such attention. I will break this rule later on, but for now it seems appropriate. This is a long chapter, but I did not see the point in breaking it into separate parts, events move too quickly for chapter partition. Lastly, I have left this part on a horrible cliffhanger, I know, but it was a deliberate move on my part, and something I will repeat later on, which perhaps gives you a warning as to what will happen next.
Now come the changes to the Saga, which I won't list here as it will spoil the story for those who read these first. All I shall say is that these changes were necessary for future events. I delve into Obidala's thoughts here, to give them a mature aspect on their relationship, their mutual decision to wait, due to their responsibilities and her youth. According to the novelisation, four days pass before the Coruscant delegation arrives, allowing for them to pause and reflect, and deal with the Trade Federation. I am ending episode one here, but before AOTC starts, there is a part which covers the ten years in between. Towards the end of AOTC, the rating shall change into NC17.
In this chapter I attempt to cover some events which took place during the ten years between TPM and AOTC. I have taken the liberty making Qui-Gon temple bound for these events, however you can assume there are some we don't yet know in which he might have taken part. Each horizontal line marks the change from one book to another, and jumps ahead in years. I wrote this part well after the twelve before it, for aside from one book, I had no knowledge of the events which took place in those ten years, nor did I feel my muse came up with enough events to justify adding such a chapter. However, as I found myself writing two parts covering the events between AOTC and ROTS, I thought it only right that I devote time to the ten years, especially as they could convey the growing tension between Anakin and Obi-Wan regarding Padmé, as well as her decision to take a post in the Senate.
The first part covers the events of Rogue Planet by Greg Bear, dwelling on Anakin's first brush with the dark side which took place in that book. For those who have not read it, it is not too spoilery, nor do I attempt to cover the canon thoughts and emotions of the characters involved. As this is AU, I have the luxury of putting my own spin on things, so Obi-Wan's thoughts and emotions are influenced by what has happened to him in my saga, along with the speculation of how Qui-Gon might react.
The second, third and fourth parts cover the events of Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn. For those of you who have read my bio on my main home page, Zahn is my favourite author of the Star Wars EU novelisations, and this book I have read several times. I have chosen three scenes to take reference from, all of which I have included a quote as a guidance for those who have read the book so you know whereabouts each scene takes place.
However I have also included a brief summary of events leading up to each point, so you can have a general understanding of what happens. Again this is AU, though I have given more canon influence on Obi-Wan during this time, because I know the book well. During the second scene I have quoted from Jane Austen's P&P, the last words were said by Mr Bennet and in an entirely different context. In the last scene I attempt to convey the growing jealousy Anakin now feels for the regard Obi-Wan has for Padmé, and Obi-Wan's sometimes less than generous understanding of it.
In the fifth part, I have dwelled on how Padmé might have come to accept a post in the Senate, who asked her, and who might have recommended her. Due to all of Palpatine's planning I cannot help but believe that he was in someway prepared for her to take the post, if not directly involved, though I have left it up to you if he chose to employ Force thoughts on Horace Vancil. This scene is also designed to convey Padmé's thoughts on marriage and career before her sister's inference during the novelisation of AOTC. I wanted to make sure that she is by no means the damsel in distress which the editing of ROTS seems to convey.
Lastly, the sixth part imagines Padmé after her first day in the Senate. I have gone for pure romance here by including Obi-Wan's gift, assuming he had time during missions to arrange and send it to her office.
This covers the events in the novelisation of the Clone Wars, which starts just before the mission to Ansion in an attempt to detail Shmi's abduction. As I focus solely on my favourite couple here, I only cover their events, referring to Ansion briefly, as another novelisation centers on the events which take place in that mission. Most of what Sola says is from the novel, but with slight changes and additions.
By working with the novelisation, I have assumed that Obi-Wan and Anakin return just before Padmé does, although that might be a liberty on my part. It is a scene I have always imagined, so to not include it was beyond my desires. What follows in the Senate is covered in both film and book, although the former is a deleted scene accessible on the dvd. I have included a brief summary of events on Ansion, which are covered in more detail in The Approaching Storm by Allen Dean Foster.
As the film and the novelisation both focus on Obi-Wan and Anakin during the race to catch first the probe then the assassin, I decided to focus on what Padmé might be thinking as she watches her love jump through a window. I have used conversation from the film as well as the novel, and I have parodied from the Sandy Welch adaptation of Our Mutual Friend in referencing the state of Obi-Wan's feelings for her.
Events go slightly AU here, as I have Padmé realise and act on Anakin's feelings for her, by going to the Temple and asking for Obi-Wan to protect her instead. Her feelings regarding Anakin was one of the first scenes I wrote for this story, though I had no idea how I would manage the AU part at the time. What Anakin's says to her is from the novel, but also edited from the film. I added Obi-Wan's morning visit, as well as her going to the Temple, which was inspired by Amber's; The Crossing Over. I'm just sorry I couldn't have Padmé catching him in the shower!
The scene which takes place in the analysis archives is a deleted scene from the movie, available on the DVD. I have slightly changed some of Obi-Wan's words in Dex's diner, so as not to insult R2, even though he isn't there. I hope I conveyed Anakin's attitude to this change, and now he shall be only referred to via thoughts until Geonosis. Anakin has never been a favourite character of mine, I only like him in certain fanfics, so he will not feature much in my stories. Lastly we finish on a scene which has been manipped many times by vid and wallpaper artists alike, including myself, a date at Dex's Diner. My example of this can be seen here, and the quote used was written before I wrote this part, but I did manage to paraody from it.
I decided to include Padmé and Artoo in the trip to Kamino, to provide a fresh perspective on the clones, as well as from a political viewpoint. I continue to rely on her views for much of this part, as Obi-Wan's are covered in the film and the novelisation. The ship they use to travel to Kamino is the model from Timothy Zahn's Outbound Flight, which was a two passenger craft, not equipped with a hyperspace engine, which meant they still used the ring for lightspeend, and approached the planet in the same fashion. Padmé's flightsuit is the same one she wore on Tatooine in the film.
I decided to have Padmé discover the order, as I wanted the Jedi to be warned in my retelling of the story. Aside from her perspective on events, very little has been altered here from the film or the novelisation. I chose to focus on her view, as Obi-Wan's fight with Jango is covered quite excellently by both the novelisation and the film. As you can see, because Artoo is with Obi-Wan and Padmé, Threepio does not figure in this story.
My main objective with this part, was to give Padmé a chance to be the woman, I, among others, was screaming for her to be when I first watched this film, before I even became a fan of Obidala. Her surrender to Anakin's declaration of love seemed so out of character, especially when he confesses that he massacred the Tuskens. Her reaction to what he did, is astonishing, when compared to other traits. I am mystified as to how she could still love Anakin after this, especially when his remorse is directed to his abilities, not to the lives of the Tuskens. So, I hope I have given her a more balanced view which both the novelisation and film lacked. It can be interpreted as leading him on, but we can't expect her to be word perfect after receiving a shock like this. And Anakin is a hardly in a state right then to take the words as such either.
This is a combination of the novelisation and the film, which caused me to watch this scene several times to make sure I got every move before I elaborated on the thoughts and emotions of each character, and the motive for their actions. Obi-Wan's and Padmé's communication through the Force at the end was something I wrote before wondering if they actually could. So I decided it was due to the extreme circumstances which they were facing and elaborated on her Force ability in earlier parts.
I had the love scene of Padmé and Obi-Wan written down long before the rest of this story began. It owes a lot to Noobian Rose, whose beautiful Ghosts convinced me that it is possible to give Obidala this treatment. I hope one day she puts in on , but for now it is available to through the Obidala Valentine Forum. Only when I wrote the of the rest of this saga did I begin to embellish the scene to make it fit, adding the proposal and Obi-Wan waiting for news of Anakin before going to search for her. I hope I have justified the reasons for Padmé to betray Anakin's confidence, for it is someting I felt that she could not hide from Obi-Wan, due to their relationship.
This deals with the end scenes of the movie, though due to the Clone Wars and my changes to the Code, I have delayed the marriage for a few chapters. According to Wookieepedia, Anakin becomes a knight before Obi-Wan becomes a Master and a Councillor, so though I have Yoda mention these events they will be delayed by the Clone Wars. I bring in Bail Organa here, creating a background for his and Breha's canon desire to adopt. He along with other Senators will come into playing their roles in the next few chapters. I decided to keep this chapter fairly clean, as it is really about tying up loose ends before the action moves to Naboo.
I have shamelessly stole the majority of Obi-Wan's words from the novelisation of AOTC, which were of course actually spoken by Anakin. I know, I was surprised too! This chapter covers the scene which I skipped earlier in the movie in order to have Padmé go with Obi-Wan to Kamino then Geonosis. I wanted a gradual build up to their wedding an honeymoon, rather than the sudden cut the movie and novelisation make between Obi-Wan's conversation with Mace and Yoda on Coruscant, and the ceremony on Naboo.
Here I give Obi-Wan a chance to reflect upon everything that has happened, then move things forward to their wedding, from Padmé's perspective. I have assumed that since Sola's children are said to be about six and four, that Sola's wedding took place while Padmé was still on the throne. She would want to attend the ceremony, and in disguise, but naturally her sister would be worried about the threat of publicity. I gave Padmé a vision at the end, because I wanted to convey a sort of ominous view of the future, those who would play a significant part in it, a hint from the Force, if you will. It also gave me a chance to use those gorgeous lines from Matthew Stover's brilliant novelisation of ROTS.
I did some research on the Wookieepedia for this, cross-referencing their backgrounds and altering them so they suited my canon. Obi-Wan has his Episode III hairstyle from the moment they leave for Naboo, as I think he decided to affect a more serious appearance when becoming a Councillor. I also decided that they should have another child before they have the twins, for I always thought that it was a bit strange that conventional canon waited for three years before the arrival of Luke and Leia. Padmé could always have gone home and made use of her decoys if she wished to keep the pregnancy hidden, implying that the twins were an accidental conception, perhaps due to the Force. Of course, in my world, they don't have to. Yet. There was a lot of careful working out before I went ahead with this, just to make sure it was possible without having to extend the Clone Wars.
This is the last part of AOTC, as it covers the previously missed scene in the Lake Country. However, as I have done with TPM, there will be two chapters covering the events between AOTC and ROTS, while for the last part of the Saga each new chapter will jump ahead a few years.
As I don't watch the Clone Wars, I have decided to refrain from too much detail on the war, for this is an ongoing series and doubtless much will change, causing the need for constant re-editing if one chooses to refer to those events. I am also being vague on the progress of Padmé's pregnancy, or rather as I prefer to refer to it 'quickening.' The word is an old-fashioned term, and seems in keeping with the genre of Star Wars. Some time has passed since their honeymoon, you may be the judge of how much.
Cantham House was likely named after Chatham House in London, the Royal Insitute of International Affairs, a non-profit organisation known for its independence from government influence, as I have discovered through my research on Wookieepedia. While this source asserts that the place is more of an embassy as opposed to a residence, I have chosen to keep it as both, to give Bail credence on spending a considerable amount of time there. His and Breha's struggle to have children is a license on my part, for I decided that they must have a reason for choosing adoption in the canon.The Organas will feature in this story from this point on, so I have decided to introduce them here and give a background to characters.
Another assumption I have made, is that Padmé receives checkups at the Temple. I thought that as the marriage is approved of in my canon, she would have that resource open to her as well as a top flight medical droid.
The risk of writing stories which keep close to canon is often simliarities with many other stories. I am well aware that in One Path Obidala have more children, and in A New Life, the sequel to The Crossing Over, and in Ignite the Stars. I hope I have employed as much of a difference as I can without straying too far from the canon of ROTS.
Originally, this Part and Part 29 were to be one post, but when I looked back over the length after finishing it, I decided to split it into two, which is why the ending may seem a little odd. This was previously a break for a Horizontal Rule, whereupon the post would jump a few months as Part 29 does each time I come to one. Now that I look back on it, breaking the post in two was the right thing to do, for that jump in time is the difference between this part and the next, for the passage of time between each break in Part 29 is much longer.
Again I have virtually ignored the Clone Wars, focusing on Anakin's elevation to Knighthood and Obi-Wan's to full Master and Councillor. I know he gained the latter some time after his elevation to Master during the Clone Wars, but I decided that I had enough license now to dictate another change from canon. The ceremonies have both been drawn from the Wookieepedia's description of a Knighthood ceremony and I took the liberty of adding Padmé and Cordé to the attendance list as I thought it would be true to their characters for Obi-Wan desire them there, and vice versa.
The introduction of Han Solo, is taken from Timothy Zahn's Thrawn Trilogy. In the novel when he meets with Garm Bel Iblis, the Corellian Senator refers to this occasion, but Han is in his mid teens. I took the liberty of taking the encounter back even further, because it suited my plans for my very AU version of Episode IV.
The end of this part is meant to coincide with the last time Padmé sees Obi-Wan before they reunite after he and Anakin rescue the Chancellor, during ROTS. Matthew Stover's brilliant masterpiece of a novel mentions that it has been five months since she last saw her husband, so I decided to keep to that timeline.
The next five parts owe a debt to Matthew Stover. His marvellous novelisation of ROTS was a godsend to the Star Wars Saga, filling me and everyone else who I have ever read, with endless hours of admiration and inspiration. Most of the conversation is drawn from his excellent work, I have only made changes to comply with my canon. When I read the opening scene, I knew I could hope to compete with such tremendous writing, and the film, so I decided to view from Padmé's perspective, and with her, Qui-Gon who has been underused despite my despite to keep him living.
His illness is my excuse. In this a bit more about the Cantham House Committee is revealed, though they are to remain a secretive group throughout the rest of the story, like the Loyalist Committee and the Two Thousand behind the petition in the film and novel. The idea for the coded com messages came from the codebreakers at Bletchley Park, who used three letter cribs to decrypt the Engima crypts. I needed Anakin to feel some anger and resentment towards Obidala, it is only natural and adds another layer to his unstable emotions. At the moment, no one still has any concept that Palpatine is the Sith, more out of a belief that it is impossible, rather than holding no suspicions. The fact that we know makes it somewhat difficult to keep that mysterious, for we all see it as obvious. I have given Obi-Wan a bit more foresight, but not enough to realise the worse.
I have joined together here the scenes from the novelisation and a deleted scene from the film in order to show the Order and the Cantham House Committee as a united undercover group of concerned Republican citizens. I have made as much use of Qui-Gon as I can, and I think I may have stolen lines from those who spoke them in canon to fit other characters and my own canon, such as Padmé's comment about sounding like a Separatists. I do not excuse Dooku's actions, but this is the understanding I have reached with his character, given what is said about his departure in the History of the Jedi v Sith. Rumours here are put about how they intend to survive, I am delibately not giving anything away until I desire it, you shall remain in the dark for a while longer. Overall this scene was designed to give the impression that they still have little choice but to let Palpatine do what he must, as any move on their part will destroy all they have worked so hard to conceal.
In this part, much of the scene resembles the film and the novelisation, with subtle changes regarding my canon. Anakin is still resentful of his Master's marriage to the woman he also loved, and of their decision to have more children. I have given Padmé a easy history of childbirth, because I wanted to show that Anakin's dreams were induced by his fears of loosing anyone he loves, and possibly Palpatine's access to his mind and emotions. Though nothing has been confirmed, it has always been a suspicion of mine that Palpatine was responsible for those dreams arriving in the first place. I also wanted to show that Padmé is not the weak woman created purely as the vessel to carry the twins, as the film did a rather good job of conveying. The novelisation fortunately had the good sense to keep her character consistent, and I am trying to do that too. She shall have a vital, strong role coming up.
I haved added my observations to this Council meeting and changed a few thoughts, giving insight to Obi-Wan's perception of Anakin. He has a more learned view of his former padawan, knowing as he does what happened on Tatooine and of Anakin's nightmares, so I figured he had a right to more perception regarding the future. However, he is also loyal to his friends, and this shows in his willingness to conceal Tatooine from the Council, and the nightmares Anakin is suffering. It was my intention to keep this a canonical as possible, for I have other tricks up my sleeve regarding the Empire.
I wanted to punch Anakin during this scene, in both the film and the novel. Here he is at his selfish, ego driven worst and I admire Obi-Wan's restraint, as well that of the rest of the Council's. What is even more surprising is that I've only changed just a few words, virtually all of the conversation is Matthew Stover at his best. I had to include it to convey Obi-Wan's misgivings, and the resistance he faces, a sort of vindication of his character if you will. There are too many fics out there who believe Obi-Wan was unjustified in giving Anakin such a hard time. While I don't intend to cast Anakin as the villain and Obi-Wan as the hero, they both have faults I agree, but that is what makes them such great characters, I do not see the point of concealing the reality of Anakin's character either. There are lot of works out there that attempt to acquit him of more than he deserves.
If this ending was rather abrupt, let me assure you it is a natural chapter break, I wanted a clean pause between the harsh politics and the sweetness of the Obidala scene which is coming up next.
The title for this chapter is taken from Dylan Thomas and the 1611 edition of the Bible. In the opening scene between Padmé and Obi-Wan I wanted to convey how their marriage works, and set up Padmé for the important role she is about to play regarding what happens next, which dips into AU territory. As usual as I have deliberately ignored Anakin's scenes with the Chancellor, as Matthew Stover covers them far too well for me to provide any needful embellishment, focusing on Obidala. I tried to make this love scene almost akin to holy communion, I hope no one is offended by the implication. The Lamaze class to memorise Force signatures is entirely dramatic license on my part, I don't know if there is such a technique, but I needed it for what is to come.
I am being vague, I know, but I'll spoil it otherwise and I mean to keep you guessing as to what changes I will finally make. My only regret is that this scene overwrites one of my favourites in Matthew Stover's novel, a scene which George Lucas deleted from the movie and only makes references to in one of the documentaries in the collectors edition of ROTS. For me and many other Obidala fans, it points to towards the deep understanding between Obi-Wan and Padmé, and his feelings for her, being greater than perhaps they are aware of, in canon. But this was necessary and flowed naturally from me before I realised what my muse had done. I hope the AU part I have given instead compensates.
I have glossed over the detail of the Council meeting regarding Utapau, because Matthew Stover covers it so well. I wanted to get Qui-Gon's view of Anakin, his still unshakeable faith that the Chosen One will prove the truth of his prophecy, and Obi-Wan's quiet but eloquent misgivings. I also wanted to show the depth of affection which still exists between the Master and the Padawan, and like the Obidala Lamaze, this is also a set up scene for what it to come. Only this week I added to that future of Qui-Gon, which I glad the inspiration came for, as I worry that sometimes I have underused him. Hopefully I will be mistaken in that case.
I have played fast loose with the timing here, switching certain scenes, ignoring others, but that was deliberate on my part to get to the next points. This chapter covers a lot of ground, from the twlight of the Republic to the murky beginnings of the Empire, it was necessary to put in the theme of partings and farewells, with ominous portents of what is to come.
Obi-Wan and Anakin's parting is another precise extrapolation from Matthew Stover's excellent novel, as well as the movie but again required to add a changed emphasis on what he is feeling here. When I was reading the book, as I frequently did while writing this, I felt that he would be feeling a sense of farewell, even with the clouded light side of the Force. It may have been unsaid, but this is what came across.
Anakin's visit to Padmé is also portrayed in the novel, though I have eliminated the Anidala references and replaced them with Obidala. I wanted to convey the resentment Anakin still feels in being denied her and the child she carries, as well as his fears for himself and his need to see her powerful enough to overcome such negativity, if only for a time. I made references to this regarding Cordé, but I deliberately included no earlier scene, for I did not want to repeat myself. Whether he had this fear about her dying in childbirth before I'll leave up to your imaginations, but I do still think that Palpatine could have easily put the nightmare in his future apprentice's head.
I have imagined that Obi-Wan learned meditation from Yoda, whether it is actually true to canon is another matter, for I have not read the Jedi Apprentice novels. Most of what I have gathered about his youth is from the Wookieepedia, so I have been vague on references in an effort to not contradict unless I absolutely have to. I tend to picture Obi-Wan being precocious but with the good looks and charm that softens whatever punishment he might receive, tempered into the man his experiences make him. Ewan's portrayl in Episode I left with that impression. I know he lands in his own fighter up Utapau, but I assumed as a fleet of clones accompanies him, that he would take advantage of space aboard the combat crusiers for the lengthy journey.
The meditation here is a deliberate reference to what is to come. How close to the truth it is, you shall determine for yourselves as I continue to post the future chapters. There is also a quote from ANH here, which refers in this case not to the destruction of Alderaan, but to the possible destruction of the Jedi Order. I am being mysterious and vague with the vision, as it is something which is meant to be fully understood only after every scene actually comes to pass.
I pictured this scene originally for another story, when I was still in my Mara and Luke shipping phase. But while I wrote this, I knew it could be used, and wrote the rescue before a lot of this chapter and the ones before it were actually plotted. I know in the movie Mace is shot out of the window of the Chancellor's office, but idea that somebody could be waiting to catch him and help him was irresistable to me, and Padmé seemed to me to be just the woman for the job, as it proves that she is only pregnant, not an invalid. I carelessly assume here that the Force is not needed to encode the Temple communications system, and give Padmé another job to do as well. Regarding Anakin's fall, she is numb due to shock. The reality will settle in later, when she actually sees him, and hears what he did at the Temple.
Another set up here, to allow for Bail to still witness what he saw at the Temple, and decide to go to Padmé before he leaves for Yoda and Obi-Wan. It also gives Dormé a role, and a dangerous one, to deceive Anakin when he visits, as he does in the novel and movie. I have left the scene out so your imaginations can fly free as to how deeply the deception is played. Rose's character another underused part in the Saga, and I loved her in Damages, so I like to use her when I can for bigger roles.
We jump here, past the scene of Order Sixty-six being carried out, to Obi-Wan emerging from the water, and stealing Grevious' ship to take him away from Utapau. In the movie, Obi-Wan's fighter is destroyed and Artoo must survive, also I think it is perfectly in character for the droid to decide to stay on planet rather than wait for his master to return. I know in the novels Anakin is credited for modifying the droid, and he can still easily do so, for his master. Just imagine poor Obi-Wan's exasperation when he finds out, turning into relief later, as the modifications save Artoo and himself time and time again. In regarding Artoo's ability to accompany his master on the ship, I might have ignored the laws of physics and Star Wars tech; I'll be delighted to see if anyone thinks this is feasible.
This is another scene I wrote before most of the story was written, something I could almost picture in my mind. I have used lines from the scene in the novel and the movie which covers this, adapting where I needed to. There is also a reference to Breha, who I know is not in ROTS until the end, but I wanted her present, to set up something else, which is also to come. And yes, if I was too vague, she is pregnant also. That is significant.
Chiaroscuro is the title of one of the chapters in Matthew Stover's excellent novelisation. It means the treatment of light and shade in drawing and painting; origin 17th century Italian from chiaro, which means clear, bright and oscuro which means dark, obscure. Source; Collins Concise Oxford Dictionary 10th revised edition.
As much as I loved the scene in ROTS where Obi-Wan tells Padmé about Anakin, I knew even before I started writing this story that it wasn't going to work here, purely because of their relationship, and the timing of events. Padmé on Coruscant while Obi-Wan is on Utapau, she is in a better position to know things immediately, and she rescued Mace, who would warn her as the wife of his friend, and as the second in command of the Senate as leader of the Opposition. I love that scene in the movie for the patently obvious chemistry, care, compassion and love portrayed, without any reference to it. There is also an more intimate meeting which is cut, but you can see it on the dvd bonus footage, and convinces me more than ever that there is potential for Obidala. I decided to keep Padmé's conviction that there is still good in Anakin, for she saw him after Obi-Wan left, witnessed the turmoil in him, and she has had time to analyse his Force sense which Obi-Wan gave her the ability to do.
This scene here is from the novelisation, the only variation being that Padmé is present and in disguise, as she asked Dormé to decoy for her before they left. Leading on to the entrance into the Temple, a more peaceful one than is in the film and novel, but since there is an entrance for the Cantham House Committee I thought they might as well use it. Mace emerging from the shadows to tell them about the death he did not expect is deliberate vague, and will be explained further on.
This is one of the most powerful scenes in the book for me, and it needed very little alterations to fit in with my canon. I left the scene between Dormé and Anakin vague for your imaginations to run free with, but I think it would have played out as a very dark deception, placating Anakin, even perhaps humouring his obsession for Padmé, along with possible dangerous threats to her and her family's safety if she didn't remain loyal to Palpatine.
I came up with this scene a fortnight ago, but I was always bothered by the fact that I had left Qui-Gon's death to vague and mysterious when I made such a big deal out of his illness. When I first wrote this chapter, I did not see the need to elaborate, it was only after I had finished the entire story that this start to occupy my mind. I decided to do it from Qui-Gon's perspective, as I wanted to give an insight into his mind, add to his belief in Anakin proving the prophecy of the Chosen One. I also wanted to throw a spin on how Anakin might react to finding clones at the Temple, and discovering that the Council have indeed been keeping something from him. This was in an effort to keep a balanced view on his chances for redemption, and what might or might not steer his course. And that scene where Obi-Wan watches the surveillance footage is a powerful scene, and I wanted an echo of that.
I ended the chapter with their reunion and their plans to go to Mustafar as I want that to take up a whole chapter, separate from here. As yet their plans are very much prepped in theory only, they have no idea how meeting Anakin might change them. I included a full explanation here of the plans for the Order, as I wanted things clarified for the readers. I also wanted Padmé to defend her reason for going, despite her condition.
Ordæl bi fyr means ordeal by fire. I have simply chosen the oldest spellings of the words I could find, setting the theme for this chapter and the next as ordeals our hero and heroine have to go through; their destinies, their fates decreed by the Force.
My opinion of Anakin's fall, is this; that it was inevitable. He was damaged when Qui-Gon found him, damaged by years of slavery, a dark origin neither the film nor the novel fully explored. There is also the theory that he was conceived by the midi-chlorians. Palpatine mentions the tale of Darth Plagueis the Wise. It is inferred that he was Palpatine's Master, and Palpatine killed him after learning how to master the ability to create life from the midi-chlorians. From what I have read in the History of Jedi and Sith book, I think Anakin was that creation. And when you look at his life from that point of view, you begin to believe that his fall was inevitable, if not destined.
Padmé and Obi-Wan don't know about this story, so they see Anakin as redeemable, until he chokes Padmé to death, because she disagrees with him about his schemes for power. He hasn't had the time yet to experience the fullness of his position, his new slavery, and learn to hate it, therefore appealing to Luke in the future. There are some slight references to Anne of a Thousand Days here, for some reason I had the movie in my mind during that execution scene, and the allusion seemed fitting.
Obi-Wan further enforces his wife's arguments, pointing out to Anakin that the Clones despite being a deception, were still innocents, and therefore the crime he committed still have the same level of atrocity as it did in the film. I never intended for the Clones to be a get out redemption clause, though they can be interpreted as such. I elaborate on Obi-Wan's response to do what he must, because I have seen the argument from some reviewers of Star Wars that he contradicts himself. As I state here, that is not necessarily the case.
I also chose to include Obi-Wan's plea that Padmé should be taken to the ship for medical attention, mainly because it is one of the Obidala moments of the novel, and the level of emotion conveyed within it demands the inclusion.
As much I loved the film and the novelisations depiction of this duel, there was no way I couldn't include it, as its absence would have seemed an unnatural break within the storyline. So I watched the scene over and over again, read the chapter in the novel over and over again until my muse had enough to write it down. For those that are sharp, careful readers, you might have noticed the slight ending change as why Obi-Wan walks away. If you have, well done, and remember that for what comes next.
How could I not include this scene? It is one of the Obidala moments of film and novel, another preset scene that demanded inclusion no matter what. It is also one of my favourites, because the depth of feeling that Ewan conveys is incredible.
I added this scene just as I betaed the chapter for posting. When I was reading what I had written concerning the labour, the image of Obi-Wan's face during that scene in the film when the droid explains that for some reason they are loosing her appeared in my mind, making me realise that there was a need for some additional description. My medical knowledge is based on ER and a course in Medical History took during my GCSEs. I hope I have kept things vague enough to sound plausible.
The labour is also deliberately vague, and as you'll notice, lacking Anakin's transformation into the suit. That is deliberate on my part, in a desire to keep focus on Obidala, and for another reason as you'll find out in the next chapter. It would be like Obi-Wan to lend her what assistance he can, so I give him the task of helping her deal with her pain. The end is similar to the book, which is again deliberate, and will be explained in the next chapter. For those who fear the worse, all I will say that everything is not as it seems, and will continue to be so for some time.
So, we come to the end of Episode III. A cliffhanger ending, deliberate on my part, for Episode IV disappears completely into the realms of AU, with little resemblance to any scene from A New Hope. I apologise to those readers who might have been looking forward to the telling of Episodes IV, V and VI, but I wanted to do things differently, and had no desire to retell them. I want to keep the perspective of our hero and heroine, not switch to the children, which the original trilogy tends to require at times.
I opened this episode with the funeral because although it would resemble the one in ROTS, it would signal a beginning of a new plot line, a new deception. Padmé's death has been written, filmed and faked several times, I thought turning the funeral into that of Anakin and Obi-Wan would provide a new angle to the story. Aside from the film and the novelisation, another trilogy influenced me for the theme of this scene, and that was a sequence of episodes from the X Files, known as the Redux trilogy. Gillian Anderson's speech during those episodes inspired much of what I wrote for Padmé to say. She has a hard task before her; to convince everyone that her husband is dead, and her loyalty is to the Emperor, without betraying the reputation and beliefs of herself and Obi-Wan. Calling him a victim also establishes him as a martyr and we all know what a martyr can do to encourage a cause.
Killing off Anakin was pretty much a given when I came to write this story. I've never had a high opinion of him, one which only worsened when I first saw TPM, AOTC and ROTS. As I was giving the twins a new father, it seemed pointless keeping him alive, and when I decided to provide the Jedi with clones, that feeling only intensified. He had outlived his usefulness as a villain, and his absence brings Palpatine back to the forefront as main evil.
Anyone who has read Timothy Zahn Vision of the Future will be familiar with this Jedi technique. Padmé uses the same words that Luke used to wake Mara when they rescued themselves at the end of that novel. Luke and Mara were the first relationship I shipped when I came to love Star Wars, and Mara remains one of my favourite characters. One of my many grivances with the EU novels is that they kill her off, something which caused me to choose reading fanfiction over novels in this saga. I even approach those set during and before TPM, AOTC and ROTS with caution, trying to find the ins and outs of the plots before I read.
I know Obi-Wan is on Utapau while Order 66 is carried out, but since no one knew when that would take place except for Palpatine, it would be given that all the Council had clones prepared. Sidious is too smart to not consider investigating and finding an empty coffin would put him on alert. I could have gone into how Padmé feels speaking against her principles beliefs here, but I decided to save that in favour of putting you all out of misery over wondering if Obi-Wan is really dead. Her reflection will come later.
Credit goes to Dearben (Courtney) at the Obidala Fanforums for creating the incredible wallpaper which provided the inspiration for this scene, during the Christmas celebrations 2009. As soon as I caught sight of the manip, I had it haunting my desktop well into June of 2010, providing a fountain of M rated scenes to my fevered imagination. The ending is possibly a little rushed, but I wanted to give a concise summary of the events which took place in between the end of TSS and the begining of BTA. I also wanted to draw a similarity between this scene and the first time they made love after Geonosis, when she asks him aboutDooku. With all that has been going on, there was no time for them to have what would be a hard conversation. I also have no desire to torture Obi-Wan by giving him many chapters of self guilt and recrimination. I know he probably feels them, but he had nineteen years as a lonely hermit in the canon, on Tatooine. That I think is punishment enough.
We jump a few years here, nearly four to be precise. I did not to want to torture Obi-Wan too much, so I have not gone into too much detail concerning his guilt and self-recrimination regarding Anakin. It has been done before, and I had no desire to stall the story in favour of covering the ground again. So I chose to use an overview of such a time, moving past such negativity into what happens next. Obi-Wan is a Jedi after all, and he has already had a hard reminder from Yoda about following the footsteps of his apprentice. Add to this his wife, their children and the assignments from the Alliance, and the time to dwell on guilt and blame should be brief.
I chose to view their reunion here much in the same way as their escape from the Clone Wars; a brief moment of bliss in harsh times. Padmé and Obi-Wan are both suffering from being separated, the constant secrecy and threat of discovery, the lies, the sabotage, the risk to their children, the dangers, but they are still together and their love still endures, unfettered by fears of personal betrayal. A contrast if you will to the canon theme of suspicion and fear that runs through the Anidala relationship.
I have been vague concerning how many Jedi survive, but if you imagine that it includes the younglings you saw in ROTS, all the Temple bound Jedi, Mace, Yoda, Obi-Wan and his children, as well those who survived Order 66, then you will have a fair idea of the number. Much of this era is still being written and explored, and because I wanted to keep this close to canon, vague suited. Also remember that Vader hunted down and killed a lot of them, so all those he quested after are also hiding from Palpy as he searches for a new apprentice.
One thing which bothered me a little about the original trilogy was that it took nineteen years for the first Death Star to be built, then only three years for the second one. A slight anomaly which begs for a plot device, and what better that the Alliance find out and decide to sabotage it, just as Obi-Wan does in ANH. The next part explores how angry Palpy is concerning this sabotage, and his frustration, but for now you have a brief overview of how it is discovered and what they decide to do. This way seemed better than a short scene discribing the discovery.
Palpatine's other quest will of course be difficult for Obi-Wan, as it touches upon what happened with Anakin. He has to make sure that anyone who is Force Sensitive is safely at the Jedi Sanctuary, and frustrate Palpatine's searches for new apprentices. The Emperor does not have the time or the energy to fuse midi-chlorians together, nor train someone from scratch, so Jedi who are on the run are perhaps his only option. And of course he knows of Cordé, whose death could not be faked as it would raise too many suspicions.
Obi-Wan's cloaking power is a common plot device explored in many fanfictions, and probably the light to the dark technique that the Emperor used when he hid all those years during the Republic before his rise to power. As the Senate is still under suspicion, I thought Sidious would be smart in deploying survelliance in all of the Senatorial Residences, particularly that of Naboo, as he has used the place while he was Senator. Nearly all of the Empire is living under an Orwellian occupation.
*struggling to speak let alone breath under the effects of a sith choke hold* Yes, Emperor, I will write a part from your perspective.
In all seriousness, it is a useful exercise to see into the mind of the villain of the piece, it gives you another angle to check on the schemes of the heroes, how well they are working and what suspicions, if any should the Emperor have. As you can see, due to the absence of Vader, he is forced to dole out punishment to his inferiors, and the sith choke is the usual choice.
A few more years have passed, the twins are about ten years old and Cordé is eighteen months older, and has no excuse not to be seen with her mother on Coruscant. The encounter between her and the Emperor gives insight into his anger with her father, and his wish to avenge the death of Anakin by training her in the ways of the Sith, and wishing that he could have been given the chance to trian Obi-Wan. Personally, I think Obi-Wan would never have fallen to the dark side, even during the duel on Naboo.
The minute I decided on Obidala, I knew it would leave Bail and Breha childless and I could not do that to two characters I have always felt a certain sympathy for, especially after the Death Star destroys them in canon. As we have yet to find out who Mara's parents were, I thought she would be a good fit for their children. Mara Jade is the creation of Timothy Zahn and my first favourite character of the saga. I was so annoyed when they killed her off in the EU that I ceased reading the books after Survivor's Quest. The idea of the Emperor's Hand intrigued me from the beginning, and through her I grew to like Luke, who I couldn't stand in the original triliogy. Even now I prefer his character in the books to the film. Making him Obi-Wan's son erases a lot of Anakin's inheritance.
Mara comes from the Bible, from the Hebrew 'bitter', a name referred to by Naomi when she went back to Bethlehem because of the famine in the land of Moab and the deaths of her husband and two sons: 'call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.' (Ruth 1:20), Source; The Oxford Names Companion 2002 edition.
I could not see Mara becoming a Senator, so I gave her a twin sister, and called her by the French spelling of Naomi, which looked more Star Wars in my humble opinion. Both are playing a dangerous role within the Empire and the Alliance, as are their parents by running the risk of letting their children come under the influence of the Sith lord.
In canon there is a rule regarding non-humans on Coruscant and other parts of the Empire, but I have decided it is not introduced yet to allow Ahsoka Tano to star briefly as Bail's secretary. Besides, if you assume that the office belongs to the Senator of Aldernaan, technically that part of the building is Aldernaanian, so the Emperor can't touch her. I have only seen her in a few episodes of the Clone Wars and read of her through Karen Miller's Wild Space, hence my vagueness on her character. Naturally it is good rule to have a Jedi protecting the future padawans of the Organas, though it is also a danger.
*Comes under the sith choke hold again.* I didn't promise that you would like it, Emperor. :)
The final catch up part before the actions resumes once more. We welcome the return of Han Solo, as he escorts Garm to Naboo to meet with leaders of the Rebel Alliance. I hope I caught his attitude right, it was difficult to judge how to play him after changing his background slightly; still Han, but a little mellowed, if that's possible.
I did not mean to imply that Mara and Noémié are older than the twins, because according to canon, Mara is some months younger. Breha, you'll remember, I mention as being pregnant on board the Tantive when they travel to Mustafar, which is with the girls and gives birth well after Padmé does.
A different meeting for Han and the twins, this time he is clear on their relationship as are they, and he and Leia are some years younger. She is yet to enter politics, but if you recall her mother at that age, there is not much of a difference in her character compared to canon. As for Luke, I prefer to think of him as a younger Obi-Wan.
I decided to include a description here of all the children and the leaders of the Rebel Alliance, to allow you to catch up properly with the characters, and for an understanding of their backgrounds, character traits, appearance, age, etc. Most of Garm's history I have drawn from the Hand of Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn, and Han's from the Han Solo Trilogy by A. C. Crispin. I have changed slightly the circumstances as to how he won the Falcon, by making him an undercover agent during the game, due to his new position as aide to the Senator.
We also have the descriptions from Obi-Wan's perspective, as he reflects on everything that has passed since he first met his wife, and his concerns as he trains Cordé, Luke and Leia. Lesser concerns than if the twins were Anakin's, but he still is cautious about his methods in teaching them, more so due to the fall of the Chosen One. The role that Mace and Yoda wish for him is head of the Order, a role for which I think he is admirably suited, and probably would have taken had he survived ANH during canon.
There is much symmetry between the years before and now, with Leia and Han virtually the same age Padmé and Obi-Wan were when they met. This symmetry will continue in the future chapters, but there will be other illusions to the original trilogy and more. Congrats and chocolate shaped Obi-Wans to those who guess the ailas that Luke and Leia use on Naboo. It will be revealed in the next part.
Eligere is an old word for elections; Middle English, via Old French from the Latin. According to Wookieepedia, Chancellors are elected in terms, and in TPM Valorum had another year or so go before his re-election, almost making Palpatine's rise inevitable. Supposedly they are allowed only two or three terms. I have given a little writer's license here, assuming he receives a candidate checklist, because I think it is something that he would ensure to receive.
Well done to those who guessed that Skywalker would be the ailas. It is a deliberate reference to when Palpatine discovered that Padmé and Anakin married on Naboo. Something of a mistake in their part, perhaps. I decided that the Skywalker name would get his attention, because to use Kenobi would cause him to realise that Obi-Wan is alive too soon. And he still wants to train a Skywalker. I have assumed here, as most writers tend to do, that Leia is a Nubian name.
As always, electoral campaigns tend to start earlier than the actual terms, and as in TPM Padmé is meant to be a newly elected Queen, I thought it would be safe to have both the post of Senator and sovereign up for re-election. Finally a reference here to the original trilogy.
Palpatine only believes that work on the Death Star is proceeding smoothly; the power of preception over reality. I have made a slight reference here to Dooku's words during AOTC, because I always wondered if the former Master could have been contemplating a double cross. There are many stories out there which explore this theory, my favourite being an incomplete called Deceptions by Amrita Glittersong, which explores the possibility of Dooku double crossing Palpatine, and Obi-Wan having to work with him in the guise of a double agent.
Aside from Alderaan, I am just picking names out of a hat here, but they are also the planets who created individuals that had the most threat to Palpatine's survival, as well as being ones which fitted his prejudical view of the universe.
I know, this was both a deliberate cliffhanger, and symmnetry to the duel in episode one. Obi-Wan is meant to be a master strategist, so it should be natural that he chooses the battleground, and it helps if it is one he has already mastered, twenty-seven years ago. Another reference here too, to the original trilogy. There is a certain risk to revealing the deception now, but with Mara overseeing the distruction of the Death Star and only Palpatine to contend with, the Republic has an advantage that they lacked in the Original trilogy. There is also another fight as well as this duel to come, in the next post, which I leave you think about.
Ordæl bi Szablya means trial by sword, Szablya is an old word for sabre, of Hungrian origin. I was influenced by what Scully says in the X Files Redux trilogy for much of Padmé's speech here, as she presents the Senate with the truth of Palpatine's schemes. I wanted her to have as much of a role as Luke and Obi-Wan have in defeating the Emperor, and it was time to give her a speech that was worthy of her reputation as one of the leading Senators of the Republic.
Obi-Wan and Luke's duel with the Emperor is similar to the one between Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon and Maul in TPM. As I have had the Jedi Masters at the Temple cloned tosave them from the massacre, Master Drallig survived to teach Luke, and Master Windu was rescued by his mother to do the same. Obi-Wan has learned from teaching Anakin, by making sure Luke is taught as he was, from childhood and with the temple Masters, as well as with his family. This is an union of the old ways and the new, what Obi-Wan intended for the Order in the canon.
I thought it strange that only Maul used the double sabre for the duels, so I have Palpatine using one here, after all he was Maul's master, and Maul had to have learned that technique from someone. Palpatine is not an idiot, and I believe he must have realised what Anakin was worrying about and deliberately manipulated his dreams concerning Padmé, as he manipulated Anakin all his life. That is Anakin's greatest fault, he is easily influenced. There is a slight allusion here to a marvellous incomplete story on the by Master Noi, called For Such A Time As This. It is a Siriwan AU, where Obi-Wan is a Senator and the Jedi Order have been ordered to disband after the Ruusan wars, but secretly they continue to protect the Repbulic. In this story Obi-Wan has visions of the original duel and begins to train to fight against a double sabre.
The proproganda has been referred to in several of the novels of the Star Wars EU, it is something every dictator needs to control the populous. In Episode I, you can hear the Senate crying 'vote now' so I decided that they word chant after Padmé's speach, roused by her words to support an end to the Empire.
I know in the originals Luke has a blue sabre first, his father's sabre. As he is Obi-Wan's son, and raised as a Jedi, I decided to skip ahead and have him build his own lightsaber, as his father would have done when he was a padawan. As Luke had green for his second lightsaber, I kept that colour here.
Again, allusions to Episode I and Episode II, when Obi-Wan reminds Anakin about his sabre as they chase the changeling hired by the bounty hunter to kill Senator Amidala. Also an allusion to Episode VI as Vader uses a similar technique to kill the Emperor.
Although I like the original trilogy, I prefer episodes I-III, and I didn't fancy winding my way through IV-VI. There is scope for an alternate ending here, and room for a sequel, but I don't think I'll explore it for a while, as I have other Obidala variations I want to write first. And one of the things I disliked about the EU world was the endless move from one war to the next. I know that is the meaning behind Star Wars, but at some point you get tired of fighting and yearn for peace. As I'm in charge of this story, I give them peace. No Vong, no Jacen or anyone else turning Sith.
I chose to end the story here, advancing it a decades, because I wanted a happy ending, and it seemed a suitable stopping point. Apart from keeping the same names for Solo children and Mara and Luke's first child, I did an anagram of Eve Mcgregor's maiden name for Cordé's husband. I did try to do one of Mcgregor, but no combination looked Noobian, so I fixed on hers. All the children are born roughly when they were in the canon, I deliberately mention no date as to when this takes place, or how old the children are, other than that they can speak.
The first name of Cordé's husband as you may have gathered, is an anagram of Ewan. And if Han's becoming a Senator seems out of character, my only excuse is that I thought it appropriate after the different background I gave him.
I hope these notes have been helpful to you, as they have been to me. Once again, I thank you all for taking the time to read and review this story, I am very grateful.