I'm curious as to what opportunities you guys feel have been missed in the EU works, specifically what characters do you feel had their development take a route that ran counter to a chance for them to shine. Were they killed off too early? Did the story line given to them differ from what you had hoped? Did their development suddenly fall into one of Kessel's black holes? What would you have done differently if you had been guiding their fate in the GFFA? (Please don't use the thread as a method to complain about individual authors but just detail what you would have done differently) The first big one for me is without a shadow of a doubt Tahiri Veila. I actually liked a lot of her characterization in the NJO from being upset at getting left behind at the start to her experiences with the Vong, her loss of Anakin as they were finally beginning to understand their true feelings for one another right through to the melding of her and Riina into one personality. The Tahiri/Riina subplot was one I particularly enjoyed and one that left me looking forward to her future. Here she was, a child of both the Jedi and the Yuuzhan Vong but not truly belonging to either, trying to balance two sets of impulses and beliefs that ran very counter to one another. In the Final Prophecy we see some of this come to the forefront and her scenes with Mezhan Kwaad and Corran Horn in this novel are fantastic. As we move into The Unifying Force we see a little less of this due to the focus being on a greater number of characters but there's still some examples of her being part Jedi, part Yuuzhan Vong, however come DNT the Vong side of her is barely touched upon and then vanishes almost entirely as LOTF and FOTJ take center stage. From this point on her development becomes extremely eschewed, seemingly taking one step forward, two steps back, three to the side and then spinning around. Her grievance for Anakin is brought back to the forefront in contrast to where her character seemed to be at the end of the NJO and her story line drifts to and fro, not quite settling her into one cohesive characterization. In the case of Tahiri I'm glad the she returned from the Unknown Regions so we could see a little more of her but had I been in charge of shaping her character I would have kept a fair amount of focus on the mix of Yuuzhan Vong and Jedi that she represents. I would have loved to have seen how she would have handled being a part of a galaxy that only half of her belonged to, part of an order that supported beliefs which opposed the impulses her Vong side impressed upon her. Had TPTB still felt that she should be apprenticed to Caedus then I would have approached her fall from the unique personality she had acquired and the conflicts that it created within her as opposed to an addiction to see her deceased lover. When she reached FOTJ I would have avoided her court subplot and instead focused her character into more of a Grey Jedi, not quite a part of the Order but not entirely separate from it, serving the Force in her own way. I realize my ideas for her might not appeal to anyone but it's just the route I probably would have gone. My second character would be Dyon Stadd. From the get go he's introduced as an interesting somewhat quirky character with some great potential. I assume he's not much older than Ben (presumably 10 years or so at the most) given that he was a candidate for the Jedi during the NJO and only a boy at the time, and whilst he's not especially strong in the Force he's shown as being more than a little capable. His death was one of the biggest disappointing moments for me in FOTJ as I would have loved to have seen him become a part of Ben's future in a way similar to how Luke has Lando and Han and Karrde who he can turn to for help. All three of these men have less brute power than the many Jedi at Luke's beck and call yet their actions have saved the galaxy more times than most Jedi could hope to do even once in their lifetime. Currently Ben has no one. No close group of friends, no support that is unable to touch the Force. I would have taken Dyon on a route that would have eventually led to him becoming someone Ben could go to for aid, a man who had a slight sensitivity to the Force but who relied on skills that were homegrown and in doing so become one of the first of Ben's circle of future friends. I'll leave it there for the moment but may add more later. Where would you guys have differed from the stories we have? What characters would have trod different paths or avoided death had you been the writer?