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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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…)