Oh the feels.
O that this too, too sullied flesh would melt
Into oblivion, if I without
My pet belov’d must live. O darkest world!
O misery beyond compare to me.
Already my beast’s life doth play its part
Within the tend’rest mem’ries of my brain.
How well I do remember when the beast
Was but a rancor pup. It was the runt-
Was almost eaten by its mother cruel-
Indeed, it had but little chance for life.
Yet it was purchas’d as a novelty
By Jawas who e’er seek abnormal things.
I bought it from this band of Jawas, who
Related to me all it had been through
And chargèd me a paltry sum for such
A worthy animal. Then did I raise
It from its lowly start unto the grand
And tow’ring hulk that now before me lies.
How fondly I recall the playful nips
It gave me, which eventually turn’d
To bites that drew no small amount of blood.
I train’d it to be vicious, to enjoy
The taste of flesh and powd’ry crunch of bone.
Yet ever did it know its master true-
And never would it turn its anger fierce
Upon the one who lov’d it first and best.
Was ever rancor in this humor rais’d?
Was ever rancor in this humor won?
To think on it brings pain past all resolve.
O Fate, that ever I should see this day-
Now there’s but little light left in this world,
For its bright sun unjustly is snuff’d out.
I shall away, and drown myself in tears,
Belike to live the sad remainder of
My mortal days upon this planet grave
Unfriended, unprotected, and alone.
I trust all the female parental figures had an enjoyable Mother’s Day, and mothers and their children were able to spend some memorable time with each other today.
Time is fleeting, and lives change so quickly. Take the opportunity when it’s given to share experiences before the moment passes.
Happy Mother’s Day to all.
Kenobi would rather talk than fight, but when there is fighting to be done, few can match him. Skywalker is the master of audacity; his intensity, boldness, and sheer jaw-dropping luck are the perfect complement to Kenobi’s deliberate, balanced steadiness. Together, they are a Jedi hammer that has crushed Separatist infestations on scores of worlds.
Matthew Stover, Revenge of the Sith
Another Alternate Universe Skywalker family.
No idea where the image came from, and Google image search is unhelpful. If you are the artist or know the source, let me know and I’ll credit it.
Speaking of Alternative Universes…
'What Could Have Been' by ElfofCave.
As for me, I’m not sure how I feel about the whole idea of wiping the slate clean.
Yes there’s some absolute rubbish floating around with the name ‘Star Wars’ printed in big raised letters on the front. But there’s also a lot of awesome storylines in many books. Books that I’ve grown up with, and books that inspired me to read more, or even come back to reading for enjoyment after reading solely for study killed the reading buzz for me.
I realise that I still have those books, and I can still read and enjoy them. The idea that they’ve been relegated to the murky dark corners of the SW Universe because they’re not guaranteed to fit into the continuing storyline makes me a bit sad though.
One thing that I did find amusing though was that, perhaps 2 hours before I woke up and read the press release about the EU this morning, was that I had a dream about reading a Star Wars book. Star Wars dreams are very rare (normally they’re about the workplace!), which made it all the more odd.
I was really enjoying and getting into this book. Han and Leia were arguing, and Leia was about to get to the point where she was going to punch Solo in the face by the end of the page.
I turned the page, and the next sentence didn’t seem to actually relate to the scene I was reading. I flicked back a page to make sure I hadn’t accidentally skipped a page in between. The page I flicked back to didn’t relate to the scene either, so I flicked back a few more.
Not only could I not find the next page that did relate, I couldn’t find the page I had been reading, either. I continued to flick back through the book, continuing right back to the start of the book, and not a single page held material I had been reading through. It was as if I had been reading a different book altogether. Even the front cover had changed.
After waking up (in real life) and having read the press release soon after, it felt as if the dream had been a metaphor for what was about to come. The events of the books I’ve read and loved didn’t actually happen in the new canon narrative. They’ll be rewritten with new characters and events, as if the old books have been written over.
Strange coincidence of a dream!
For those who haven’t seen it already, here is the latest official statement from StarWars.com on the Expanded Universe and its canonical status, relevance to the upcoming films, and place in the Star Wars lore.
Essentially, EU books, comics, games and other material are being rebranded as a ‘Legends’ series, and officially non-canonical unless otherwise stated.
From now onwards, only one level of canon is being developed, which will encompass the six previous films, the upcoming films (both Episodes VIII to IX and spin-off films), The Clone Wars TV series, the upcoming Rebels TV series, and most importantly, any future books to be released.
Any elements of past (now ‘Legends’) books could be considered as if they have occurred in an Alternative Universe as opposed to an Expanded Universe with one continuous narrative. However, this does not preclude their use in, or as background in, future material that will fall under the new canon.
These changes come as a result of Disney, and Lucasfilm now under Disney, wanting to give creators freedom to imagine new storylines for upcoming material without being beholden to already established narratives and characters within. It is likely also in response to errors, unintentional crossovers and retcons that exist within previous material - easier to wipe the slate clean than try and correct every issue that’s come before.
Future material and how it relates to the new canon will be overseen by the new Lucasfilm Story Group, who will endeavour to create a new cohesive narrative with each new film, television episode and book as they are developed.
How do you feel about this announcement? Are you happy that Star Wars gets the chance to start over and sweep out some of the less brilliant moments of the past (let’s be honest - some books are pretty bad!), or are you mourning the loss of some great stories and characters that may not make it through to the new canonical and ‘official’ narrative?
Anyone play Star Wars Assault Team on their phone/tablet?
Essentially it’s like Pokémon in the SW universe. It’s bloody addictive.