Leia Organa was the Force-sensitive Princess of Alderaan during the reign of the Galactic Empire. She was the adopted daughter of Imperial Senator Bail Prestor Organa and Alderaanian Queen Breha Antilles Organa, as well as the adoptive sister of Winter Celchu. The princess grew up in high Alderaan society but later developed feelings for Epin Lanmaw, a poor nerf herder.
Leia Organa was born in 19 BBY. Sometime thereafter, she was adopted by Imperial Senator Bail Prestor Organa and Queen Breha Antilles Organa, the royal family of Alderaan. This made Leia the Princess of Alderaan by virtue of adoption. When she was a child, her parents also doped Winter Celchu, giving LEia a sister. Both Leia and Winter grew up in the royal palace in Aldera and were brought up in the upper class life of royal children.
During her youth, Princess Leia became acquainted with Epin Lanmaw, a nerf herder of the same age whose family would deliver goods to the palace. Although it was unknown to Leia, former Jedi Knight and Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi, who was in hiding from the Galactic Empire, periodically spoke to Senator Organa to check in on Leia and ensure that she was safe. She attended Madame Vesta's Select Academy, though she did not enjoy her time under the strict teaching of the head mistress. Sometime during her schooling, Leia began confining herself to her room and not speaking to anyone. Her mother believed it was due to some sort of recurring nightmare, although Leia would not confide in her as to what was wrong.
Tempted by the dark side
Years later, Leia came to realize that she was being tempted by the dark side of the Force. The Sith Lord Darth Vader attempted to seduce her fully to the dark side and become his secret Sith apprentice, causing animosity with Kane Starkiller, the leader of the Guardians of Lettow, who was already considered Vader's de facto apprentice.
Behind the scenes
In the Alternative Star Wars Saga, Leia Organa is the re-imagining of the canon Leia Organa-Solo, a central character in the original Star Wars film trilogy and the Expanded Universe of novels, comics, and other mediums. Originally, Organa was not going to appear in the Alternative Saga until Alternative Saga co-author Brandon Rhea began writing her into his stories. On September 10, 2008, however, fellow Alternative Saga co-author Wayne Lipman III requested to expand upon Organa's story in the article about her on the Star Wars Fanon wiki. Rhea preferred only sourced information, so Lipman decided to write a short story in order to source information about Organa. This short story eventually became the currently in-progress novel Star Wars: The Alderaan Affair.
Before the creation of The Alderaan Affair, Rhea intended to have Organa portrayed by actress Keira Knightley. For The Alderaan Affair, and with Lipman's consent, Rhea began uploading images of actress Rachel Hurd-Wood from the 2003 film Peter Pan to portray the young Organa. Lipman was also able to gain new inspiration for The Alderaan Affair after viewing the images.
Leia Organa in the Alternative Saga has been generally well received. On February 15, 2009, the character won the Best Rebel Individual Award in the Fourth Star Wars Fanon Wiki Awards, garnering five votes compared to four for Sardi Airth by Alternative Saga co-founder Squishy Vic and three for Darth Tyler, a widely panned Force-sensitive battle droid written by Star Wars Fanon user Darthtyler. During the vote, Alternative Saga contributor Josh Bender stated that he "[loved] the direction [the character] is going."
Notes and references
- Star Wars: The Alderaan Affair
- Brandon Rhea's Star Wars Fanon blog
- Brandon Rhea discusses Leia ideas
- Brandon Rhea and Wayne Lipman III discuss Leia Organa
- Brandon Rhea discusses sourcing
- Brandon Rhea and Wayne Lipman III discuss short stories
- Keira Knightley as Leia
- Brandon Rhea and Wayne Lipman III discuss Leia images
- The Fourth Star Wars Fanon Wiki Awards