Irini the Librarian..?

No, not exactly.  I think I found the path to the first part of my story, however.  There were indeed quite a few Jedi who escaped Operation Knightfall, (a.k.a. The Purge, Order 66,) either by luck or by stealth or uncommon knowledge…or combinations thereof.  A couple of those, purely by coincidence, were former Padawans of Jocasta Nu, the Master librarian that Obi-Wan speaks with in his investigation of Kamino, the source of the army of clones.

While her Padawans are specified and written into the Extended Universe stories, she’s also known to be stubborn and temperamental about her precious archives.  (“If it’sss not in the archiveses, it doesssn’t exist, tricksy Kenobi!”  …Sorry, Master Nu.  Couldn’t resist.)

So.  If it were that a persistent little girl popped in day-after-day questioning minute details about war records, it wouldn’t be very likely that said youngling would be selected as the librarian’s Padawan — and as has been recorded, she wasn’t.  I’ll need to build a sympathetic Knight who will take Irini on for training.  Her dream was to work with the Jedi Lore Keepers, but there’s more than one way to skin a book and her master will be supportive of her novel approach to preventing future wars — or at least trying to.

Though the time period is changing and is actually in territory that’s more familiar than that of the post-Endor New Republic, I’m maintaining the ties to Corellia I previously mentioned.  I’m not sure what her birth home will be now, but I like what I’m reading about the quirks common among Corellian Jedi, including their own aesthetics and allowance of attachments like family — birth and chosen.  Yes, this is the planet that gave us the future General Solo…they’re a little more casual than the likes of Yoda, Obi-Wan or Mace.

Irini’s family will likely live on Corellia and her master may hail from the planet, as well.  A friend or cousin of her family would have extra reason for showing some sympathy and not wanting to make the child conform against her nature.

More later, including details on this Knight fellow.  Yes, fellow.  Gotta have a little testosterone around to balance things out.  (‘Cause STAR WARS doesn’t have enough dudes running around with guns and swords…)

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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?