Ch-ch-ch-changes…

As I thought may be a possibility, 13 ABY seems to be too early a start, now that I’ve done more digging into the founding of the New Jedi Order’s praxeum and how much time it took to grow to a point where every person hasn’t already been written about.

The praxeum on Yavin 4, founded by Master Skywalker in 11 ABY, only had a handful of students its first year.  The next year noted in my sources is 14 ABY, with a longer but still very particular list.  There is a limited period of about 15 years before the Yuuzhan Vong invaded the galaxy(!) and trashed the praxeum, which was relocated afterward.  I don’t want to get into (or even close to) that complex time period or later, so sometime before 20 ABY.

The thought’s come to me that maybe earlier is the answer.  There were many Jedi before the “Order 66” purge and it would be easy to insert a character or three there.  Even afterward may work, but we’d have to be very sneaky to avoid Vader.  There are also certain unique ideas I’ve thought to try that would be easier to work with if my starting point is before the purge, when things like lightsaber crystals were outlawed and buried or destroyed by Palpatine.

Within that time period, I think I’d want her to be a new Padawan at the point of Order 66.  Too young to have been drafted into the Clone Wars like Ashoka, but beyond the youngling stage where she’d have been stuck at the Jedi Temple and killed by Vader.

(more coming…)

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…More Update

Typing again…cozy.  Noting that at the moment, having clicked the New Post link in the bar next to my name, I can see what I’m typing.  I feel so spoiled.

I’m narrowing down a name…rather mathematically at the moment (i.e., specifically avoiding letters used in existing major character names from Amidala to Yoda,) since I don’t yet know this young lady well enough to give her a name.  That and I’m used to working in other universes that allowed latin and all its friends to guide one to a name.  I think SW names just need to sound cool.  We’ll get there.

I thought Ashoka Tano might be worth bringing up after one of my earlier comments.  I’d said that the seven movies hadn’t had a female primary protagonist.  I’ve not watched The Clone Wars animated show, but I have been doing a lot of reading, did see the movie and I think I can stand by what I said.  Ashoka is an ensemble character…more pivotal and focused upon than Leia and Amidala before (and during) her time on-screen, but when you boil it down, it’s still all about the Skywalkers.  (…and Kenobi.)

Now with all that cleared up, a little editorial.  I don’t like Ashoka.  Her attitude is too much of a mirror to her master, who’s probably himself too young to take on a padawan.  (The following quote is copied from starwars.wikia.com, the Wookieepedia.)

You’re reckless, little one. You never would have made it as Obi-Wan’s Padawan… but you might make it as mine.
―Anakin Skywalker to Tano, following the Battle of Christophsis

…yeah.  That’s the very reason they should never have been paired.  😛  They encourage each-other’s faults.

Then there’s the skin/clothes ratio.  She’s sixteen at one point in the story and a representative of the Jedi Order.  For her own protection, the Order’s public image and so as to be less a distraction to other members…the girl needs to put on some clothes.  Twi’Lek Jedi Aayla Secura comes from a culture that also commonly wears minimal clothing, but grown-up and better able to defend herself though she is, she generally wears more clothing than Ashoka.  She’s even been seen wearing Jedi robes over her usual garb, as they’re all supposed to do when not in battle — it’s a uniform.  Anakin wears robes…I’ve yet to see a still of Ashoka in one.

Yes, teenagers like to rebel.  Jedi padawans, however, are being trained as warriors and diplomats.  They carry lightsabres before they’re trained to make one.  There is a higher standard and the word “master” infers a higher level of control and respect.  Her superiors were much more strict with pairing and dealing with attitude in years previous.  Perhaps this contributed to their downfall at the blade of one newbie Sith knight, hmm, Master Yoda?  (a.k.a. George…)  😛

Okay, rant over.  Needless to say, my young lady will not be very similar to Ashoka.  I may channel a little of Pauley Perretti’s Abby Sciuto, with some of young Anakin Skywalker’s technical talents…minus the whole dark messiah thing. She’ll have some attitude, but paired with respect for her master and for laws and direct orders.

I’m pretty sure she’s going to have a bit of a disability that will reinforce her pacifistic preference not to fight…right now I’m leaning towards one less-than perfect cybernetic eye.  Delayed depth perception is not a good quality for a young warrior.  A slicer, on the other hand, wouldn’t be bothered by it enough to beg for an upgrade.  Eventually her mastery of the force will overcome the hindrance…likely within the grid.

What do you think, people who aren’t reading any of this?