Characters Mara Jade Skywalker Character Discussion * NEW - Quote Challenge! *

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  1. Jedi Trace SouthEast RSA

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    Welcome to the Mara Jade Skywalker character discussion/resource thread!


    [image=http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c228/jadedskies/maradiscussionbutton.jpg]




    Per Mod request/permission, this is where writers and readers alike can discuss the many facets of this complex character: from a girl of unknown origins to Emperor?s Hand, pilot/mechanic/intelligence operative to Trader, and now Jedi Master, wife and mother.

    Also, in light of the various individual threads created this past year asking for information about Mara, this thread will also serve as a writer?s resource.

    Everyone is welcome! Discussion will not be limited, but please be respectful of other opinions. The character of Mara Jade has been the subject of many a heated debate, and per the TOS, flaming/bashing/trolling will not be allowed.


    So jump in and have fun! :D





    Helpful links:

    Official Site Databank Bio

    EUC Mara Jade Skywalker Fan Club

    Mara Jade Story Index

    Luke/Mara Fanfic Index






    NOTE TO AUTHORS

    Please review the guidelines about ?Promoting Fics? in the FanFic FAQ. For the purposes of this thread, links to the following stories are encouraged:

    - Challenge entries
    - Responses to inquiries regarding a specific story

    Thanks for your cooperation! [face_peace]





    FANFIC CHALLENGE INDEX

    *There are no deadlines on Challenges. Responses may be submitted at any time.*




    Fan Art-Fic Challenge (posted 05/02/08)

    Nana by VaderLVR64

    Diversionary Tactics by Jedimaster_JainaSolo




    Meet the Skywalkers Challenge (posted 02/08/08)

    False Sense of Feeling by madman007




    Future Fic Challenge (posted 11/07/07)

    One Way or Another by VaderLVR64

    Today on Dr. Roi - The Skywalkers Reunited? by madman007




    Halloween Challenge 2007 (posted 10/01/07)

    Don?t Forget to Blink by Irish_Jedi_Jade

    Alone by Master_M_Sky

    GAPS: Galactic Ghost Hunters by ginchy

    Stranger Than Fan Fiction by madman007

    Waiting for Heaven by Mira_Jade




    Fighting Spirit Challenge (posted 08/05/07)

    Fever by divapilot

    Why Did It Have To Be Her? by madman007



    Young Mara Challenge (March/April 2007, posted 03/07/07)

    TBA



    Flawed but Fabulous Challenge(January/February 2007, posted 01/01/07)

    TBA



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  2. Jedi Trace SouthEast RSA

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    Due to technical difficulties, this thread was moved. The original posts have been copied below.


  3. rhonderoo Former Head Admin

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  4. YodaKenobi VIP

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    *Posts random Mara image in celebration of new thread*

    [image=http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y165/YodaKenobi/eu_bg.jpg]
  5. Layren Force Ghost

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    Wahooo!! The new thread is open!!!!

    Awesome picture, YK!
  6. Jedi Trace SouthEast RSA

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    Lots of new and familiar faces here! [:D]


    To answer the topic question: I guess Jedi/wife/mother Mara is my favorite to write, though not necessarily my favorite to read. Emperor?s Hand fics are fascinating simply because they're not many out there about that time in her life.

    And I love a good sexual tension/getting-together fic, but I don?t think I write them well at all. I always want them to hurry up already! [face_blush] I mean, how big does the handwriting on the wall have to BE?!? [face_laugh]


    I know! Maybe there will be something about that in Allegiance.

    From TF.N Books Release Schedule:
    FEBRUARY 2007
    Allegiance
    by Timothy Zahn

    (Hardcover) Reported from Celebration 3: What really got attendees excited was his announcement of a new book that is to be set right after A New Hope and features the classic characters. It is tentatively titled Allegiance and he will start working on it come August 2005. He was treated a huge round of applause when revealed it will depict Mara Jade at the height of her powers as The Emperor's Hand! He hopes to be able to find a nice part for Chewbacca, and will also feature Vader with some interaction between the Sith Lord and The Emperor's Hand.


    Not sure if we should be happy or afraid of that last sentence?considering what happened to the Emperor?s Hand in the short story in Vader: The Ultimate Guide. [face_worried]


    No, there?s the Luke/Mara Index but nothing for Mara individually. Those fics are actually kinda hard to find. (No pressure, RG! ;))


    Thanks for the pic, YodaKenobi! :D A girl in the 501st Southern Outpost wore that costume to our local Con last spring and all the TK?s kept calling her ?Slave Mara.? :oops: [face_laugh]




  7. JadeSolo Manager Emeritus

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    I'd like to take a moment to point and laugh at Rhonda... [face_laugh]

    So far, I've liked Mara best in that period just after the Thrawn trilogy, when she and Luke are sort of friends, but she's still hanging out with Karrde and company. There's a line in one of the Jedi Academy books that I just love (even though I don't really like the books overall :p ), where she walks up to Han and Lando. Han notices that she seems to be that kind of person who spent a lot of time frowning and is just now learning how to smile. That's my favorite Mara. :cool:

    Okay, so I love her with Luke, too. [face_love] But she was always my favorite EU character, and that was back when the idea of Luke/Mara made me go "Wha? I don't know, I don't think they mesh that well together..." :p Now I know better!
  8. Anakins_Force Jedi Master

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    Joining in again...I like mature Mara, who has worked hard to overcome her past.
  9. rhonderoo Former Head Admin

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    I'm such a n00b....! :(:_|:p

    I like Mara around the TUF and TJK best. She's settled down and become a wife and mother.
  10. Agent_Jaid Jedi Grand Master

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    *carefully favorites the thread*

    :D This place is... is... amazing. [face_love] I already love it!! And my favorite reading time for Mara is whenever it is that she's still dangerous as hell . So mostly when she was the Hand, although there are some good Mara-With-Luke-But-We-Don't-Know-Why-She-Didn't-Kill-Him fics out there. Although I like writing her post Emperor-Is-My-Father-And-I-Need-Therapy-Now days a little too much... :D


  11. Courtney_Solo Force Ghost

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    Just wondering where tht picture was 'sposed to be in NJO era... is it... gosh, I 4got the name... the one where she dresses up or something. :oops:
  12. JadeLotus Force Ghost

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    The one that YodaKenobi posted? I think its meant to be when she was posing as Arica in Jabba's Palance, on her mission to kill Luke.

    Now if they could only slot her into the ROTJ dvd...



    ...[face_laugh] Yeah, like that will ever happen...
  13. dianethx Jedi Grand Master

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    You never know what Lucas is going to do. She showed up in the radio play of ROTJ - yes, I know he didn't have anything to do with that but he put in Aurra Sing from the cartoon into TPM.. He could....
  14. Gabri_Jade VIP

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    *grins* It's a great picture, but somehow I doubt it was all that random. :p

    True enough. It would be cool if he did - and I loved having her in the radio play. :D

    Edit: Whoops, forgot to say something:

    I can't wait for Allegiance (of course :p ), but you've got me all curious now, Trace. What happened in Vader: The Ultimate Guide? Or where can I find the story? I can't even remember hearing about it. [face_thinking]
  15. Jedi Trace SouthEast RSA

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    Courtney_Solo: Like JadeLotus said, it's the Arica costume from the Decipher cards.

    It would be nice to see "Arica" in ROTJ. Talk about a Mara Fangirl's dream come true. [face_hypnotized] :D


    I don't think it was widely advertised, Gabri. In His Image is a short story by Karen Traviss in Vader: The Ultimate Guide.

    (I'll go ahead and black this out in case someone is waiting to read it unspoiled. [face_blush] ) ***Spoilers****In the story, Palpatine sends his current Hand, a male Dark Jedi named Cuis, to assassinate Darth Vader. Palpatine tells Cuis that he will most likely die in the attempt but, true to the nature of Hands, Cuis is loyal to Palpatine and refuses to betray his master even when Vader offers Cuis the chance to join him (Vader) and live. The Hand puts up a pretty good fight, but Vader wins.

    It?s a great short story and shows that, as far as Palpatine was concerned, the Hands were pretty much disposable. ?course, Zahn may not take that route with his book, and I?m hoping he doesn?t set up a perpetual Hands vs. Vader scenario. That seems kinda clichéd, I guess.




  16. JadeSolo Manager Emeritus

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    I remember on one Mara fansite, they had a picture of a supposed Mara appearance in Jabba's palace. It was some background girl with glittery silver hair. The site also said, "Believe it if you want." :p
  17. lazykbys_left Jedi Master

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    I did a search for FanFic threads with "Mara" and/or "L/M" in the thread title and found these. Enjoy. :)

    - lazy


    EDIT: Wow, I actually got all of them in one post.

    EDIT n: Don't mind me, I'm just pruning a few obvious non-Mara fics.

    Yet another EDIT: There will be a link here to the new Mara Jade Fanfic Index in a short while. We apologise for the inconvenience. :D

    FINAL EDIT: Okay, the Mara Jade Story Index is up and running.

    Mara Jade Story Index
  18. Bri_Windstar Jedi Master

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    Oh, how fun! We finally have one of these! :D

    *pull up seat for discussion and show*
  19. rhonderoo Former Head Admin

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    And I thought the Anakin/Vader thread had long posts! :eek:

    I'm so glad this thread is here! :D We've needed one of these for a long time!

    LazyK, maybe we should put those fics in a thread titled Mara Jade Index or something (or create a sock for the links?) and link to it in your post. I had no idea there were that many fics of Mara out there!

    Your post is a little long for in here, but the hard work you put into is amazing!
  20. RK_Striker_JK_5 Force Ghost

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    lazykbys_left, an amazing list! And you even got one of my fics! Cool!

    I like writing Mara as sorta snarky, but definitely in love with Luke. Still able to kick butt when needed.

    oh, I have two other fics with Mara as an importnat character. Can I PM the links to you?
  21. Jedi Trace SouthEast RSA

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    lazy:

    *blinks*

    <Vader voice> Impressive......most impressive. </Vader>

    That's an amazing list! (And there are actually some missing from back in the dark ages before we put character names/initials in the title lines.)

    Maybe we can incorporate it into the existing Luke/Mara Index or, like rhonderoo suggested, make a Mara Index. Want a job as Indexer Extraordinaire? ;)



  22. lazykbys_left Jedi Master

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    Jedi Trace: Want a job as Indexer Extraordinaire?

    Um . . . sure, why not? [face_I_have_a_bad_feeling_about_this]

    Just give me a few minutes to make a sock. Gotta change the email on my other socks, you know. :D

    - lazy
  23. YodaKenobi VIP

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    What are you suggesting? o_O O:)


  24. Gabri_Jade VIP

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    Thanks for the info, Trace! :D I'd never heard of that Ultimate Guide. See what happens when you bury yourself in the fanfic boards and rarely come out? [face_blush] :p I'd have to agree that Palpatine considered the Hands disposable. Obviously Zahn is a little partial to Mara, but I'll admit that I am too :p , and I could see her holding a position of power in truth, not just the collective illusion perpetuated for the Hands' benefit. She has shown herself to be an extraordinary person - Palpatine may well have seen something special in her worthy of being cultivated. A second officer of sorts, perhaps, there to serve in her own niche but also to be ready to step up to the plate if Vader fatally fumbled one way or the other. [face_thinking]

    As far as Hands vs. Vader - of course I don't know which way Zahn will take that, but I've always imagined that Vader would regard them with grudging tolerance and mild contempt. Useful young upstarts, in their way, but easily quashed if they get out of line. [face_thinking]


    Speaking of useful young upstarts [face_mischief] :

    Bri-chan! :eek: :D [:D] Wonderful to see you here, whippersnapper. [:D] Secondly, that icon is so you. [face_batting] Also: *thwacks!* for that sig. :p :*

    What are you suggesting I'm suggesting? o_O O:) [face_whistling]
  25. MaraJadeIndex Jedi Knight

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    The Mara Jade Story Index is now up, but for now it's just the links to the stories. I'm going to be spending the next couple of weeks filling in the story info (timeframe, genre, etc.).

    Please feel free to PM this sock (or lazy if the boards don't let you send PMs to a <20 post user - right now you can, but IGN might change their coding at any time) if you have Mara fics to add or see something that needs to be corrected.
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