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  1. VaderLVR64

    VaderLVR64 Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Okay, okay. I admit that I've always been fascinated with these two incredibly strong and courageous women. They each raised a Skywalker, and imagine how hard THAT job was! [face_worried] Neither lived a very long life and died a violent death. Both lived out their lives on Tatooine. So, what things do you think they had in common and what differences did they have? And how did those factors influence the way they raised their own little Skywalker?



    Challenge #1

    Write a drabble (exactly 100 words, minus the title) about Shmi. You can describe her, elaborate on a moment in her life, whatever. Please post ALL responses in this thread!


     
  2. VaderLVR64

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    [hl=orangered]Authors A - H[/hl]




    Title:[link=http://boards.theforce.net/before_the_saga/b10475/22366182]When The Suns Rest[/link]
    Author: amidalachick
    Timeframe: Pre-TPM (Anakin is 4)
    Genre: Hmmm...I don't really know.
    Characters: Shmi, Anakin
    Summary: Shmi tells Anakin a story about why they have nighttime.
    Notes: The idea for this came to me in the shower one night (and Tatooine's a desert, go figure) and I just had to write it.
    Status: Completed


    Title: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/21166987/]You Carry My Love[/link]
    Author(s): Anakins_Force
    Timeframe: Before Saga
    Characters: Shmi Skywalker
    Genre:
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    Summary: Shmi Skywalker writes letters to her mother about an important time in her life. Unfortunately she can never send the letters because she was separated from her mother early in life.
    Notes: This was originally for Layren?s ?no dialogue? challenge. Tatooine Ghost gave me the plot bunny. Italics are from Tatooine Ghost, the AOTC and TPM novels.

    Title: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/17120915/]Broken[/link]
    Author(s): AnakinsHeir
    Timeframe: Varies
    Characters: Shmi, Anakin, Padmé, Luke
    Genre: songfic
    Keywords:
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    Title: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/18635772/]What Are We to Do?[/link]
    Author(s): Anakin Starkiller
    Timeframe: during ANH, while Luke is watching the Suns Set
    Characters: Owen Lars, Beru Lars
    Genre: Vignette, Missing Scene
    Keywords:
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    Notes: Owen and Beru's conversation did not end with the words, "That's what I'm afraid of."

    Title: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/22176712/]The Setting Suns[/link]
    Author(s): Ani-maniac
    Timeframe:
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    Genre: vignette
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    Notes: This a vignette I have had in mind for a while, and I was finally able to complete it. I wanted to explore how Shmi might view Anakin?s turn, and I hope I have succeeded

    Title: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/21302082/]A Drop of Rain[/link]
    Author(s): Beautiful_Soul
    Timeframe: About 15 years before The Phantom Menace
    Characters: Shmi; OC's-Ana and Sky, Karr, Walker
    Genre: Drama, some action, General
    Keywords:
    Summary: Shmi deals with life after escaping from servitude, only to confront more problems on the outside world.
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    Title: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/22676180/]'Round The Twist[/link]
    Author(s): BrightFeather
    Timeframe:
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    Notes: This is an answer to the Ridiculously Specific Challenge #8, and the blame lies with Fluff-Slayer. She just had to dare me to do it. And more blame lies with my Master, Layren, because she majorly upped the ante. All dental bills for cavities, etc, can go to them, because they made me do it! This is an AU. Kyran and Han?yaie are Layren's and are appearing by dare. This may eventually have a PM epilogue, because it's the only condition of the upped ante I didn't meet, but I'm not in the right frame of mind to do it. Challenge conditions to follow.

    Title: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/15203983/]No Use Wondering[/link]
    Author(s): DantanaSkywalker
    Timeframe: TPM
    Characters: Qui-Gon Jinn, Shmi Skywalker
    Genre: angst, romance
    Keywords:
    Summary: Former lovers meet again in the hardest of circumstances.
    Notes: This is/was my first story here on the boards. I decided that I might have a better chance at finishing it if I didn't keep forgetting it at the back of the Classic forum, so I've moved it.

    Title: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/12947322/]When the Other Comes[/link]
    Author(s): DarthBreezy
    T
     
  3. VaderLVR64

    VaderLVR64 Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    [hl=black]Authors I - Q[/hl]


    Title: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/10954542/]Faces of the Gods[/link]
    Author(s): JediGaladriel
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    Title: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/18374038/]Dreaming of You[/link]
    Author(s): Knight_Aragorn
    Timeframe: Various
    Characters: Luke Skywalker, Beru Lars, Mara Jade Skywalker, Ben Skywalker
    Genre:
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    Summary: A parent?s gift has the power to transcend all boundaries ? even time.
    Notes: This is a four-part fic covering various periods in Luke?s life. It's kind of an odd little story that I was a bit hesitant to post... but I?m sick of fiddling, so here it is.

    Title: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/14770715/]Sandstorm[/link]
    Author(s): kristeh
    Timeframe: a few months after RotJ. "Sandstorm" begins a few days after the end of "Christmas Reunion," my last story.
    Characters: Anakin Skywalker, Luke, Owen, Beru, the Darklighter family, some OCs.
    Genre:
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    Summary: Anakin and Luke are sent to Tatooine to negotiate a peaceful solution to a bloody new conflict between the Tusken Raiders and the settlers on Tatooine. While there, they struggle to come to terms with past memories and forge closer bonds with newfound family members.
    Notes: "Sandstorm" is the latest in a post-RotJ AU series I'm writing. It isn't really necessary to read the first stories to understand "Sandstorm," but there are references to events from those stories. If you would like to read the series from the beginning, the links are in my bio.


    Title: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/13181871/]Moon and Blood[/link]
    Author(s): Lady_Moonbeam
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    Summary: Shmi, in the nine months before Anakin, on love, loss, and being surrounded by things she can't understand
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    Title:[link=http://boards.theforce.net/The_Saga/b10476/21743222/]Journey On - Beru's Ruminations (a vignette)[/link]
    Author: MirandaFair
    Timeframe: ANH
    Genre: drama
    Characters: Beru Lars (mentions Luke Skywalker, Owen Lars and Obi-Wan Kenobi)
    Summary: One path ends and a new one begins it's journey.
    Status: completed vignette

    Title: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/12134302/]Mysteries[/link]
    Author(s): MissPadme
    Timeframe:
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    Summary: Shmi Skywalker, a simple slave, discovers she?s got a Chosen Bun in the oven. Basically this covers the events leading up to Anakin?s birth. I wrote the first draft back in 1999 and it?s finally done!
    Notes:

    Title: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/12922875/]Slave Song[/link]
    Author(s): MissPadme
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    Summary: This is the sequel to the Shmi Skywalker story, ?Mysteries." It begins five years after Anakin?s birth. The story is divided into two parts: Part I will consist of five chapters detailing how Watto won Shmi and Anakin from Gardulla the Hutt. Part II takes place two years later.
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    Title: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/15888792/]Confused Identity[/link]
    Author(s): PrinceXizorsDaughter
    Timeframe: Pre-TPM to TPM
    Characters: OC's, Shmi Skywalker, Anakin Skywalker, Padme Amidala
    Genre: Adventure, Drama, Alternate Universe
    Keywords:
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  4. VaderLVR64

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    [hl=darkblue]Authors R - Z[/hl]



    Title: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/21059580/]Lady Healer Shmi Skywalker[/link]
    Author(s): SilSolo
    Timeframe:
    Characters: Daragon Teta; Ex-Jedi (female human/Cerean from Cinnagar)
    Halen Palpatine; Sith Lord, king of Naboo (male human from Naboo)
    Janier Rar; bounty hunter/mercenary (male Twi'lek from Ryloth)
    Shmi Skywalker; Jedi Master, healer (female human from Tatooine)
    Vima; pet (female dog from Alderaan)
    Yoda; Jedi Master (male of unknown origins)
    Genre:
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    Summary: Shmi was taken to the Jedi Temple in this fic. How will things run differently if the mother of the Chosen One was a Jedi?
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    Title: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/15702158/]Anakin?s Story[/link]
    Author(s): Skywalker_Ruler
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    Summary: The future Anakin skywalker from the biological star wars time, time travels back in time two days before TPM to try and prevent his mother in giving him up to the jedi , Anakin trys and saves himself from his dark future! will he he succed or will he fail?
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    Title: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/17720472/]Right Under His Nose[/link]
    Author(s): Tycalibur
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    Summary: This is a missing scene story that takes place during the years of a teenage Luke Skywalker on the Lars' farm. Luke runs into an old friend, and makes an amazing discovery that was always right in front of him.
    Notes: The story mainly takes place during the teenage years of Luke, but the beginning jumps backward in time, then forward to ANH, then back again few years.

    Title: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/16691928/]She Made My Bed[/link]
    Author(s): vader_incarnate
    Timeframe:
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    Summary: Cliegg Lars tells Owen and Anakin why he's still looking for Shmi. And his answer is ultimately something that neither of them had ever expected. AotC missing scene.
    Notes: This doesn't even make sense to me, I'll be damned if it makes an ounce of sense to the rest of the world. But I finished now, so I have to post it ( ) so be nice and humor me for a while.

    Title: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/20643253/p1]The Stars to Which I Pray ? a series of Beru vignettes[/link]
    Author: VaderLVR64
    Characters: Beru, Owen, Luke, Ben
    Genre: a series of one-shots
    Timeframe: Varies
    Summary: each vignette takes place at a different point in Beru?s life.

    Title: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/15248634/]The Story of Shmi[/link]
    Author(s): VaderLVR64
    Timeframe: 10 years pre TPM
    Characters: Shmi Skywalker
    Genre:
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    Summary: The story of Anakin?s birth
    Notes:

    Title: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/18095509/]Alone No Longer[/link]
    Author(s): VaderLVR64
    Timeframe:
    Characters: Shmi Skywalker
    Genre: vignette, drama
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    Summary: Shmi Skywalker receives some rather startling news.
    Notes:

    Title: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/20172486/]A Mother?s Gift[/link]
    Author(s): VaderLVR64
    Timeframe: Four years pre TPM
    Characters: Shmi and Anakin Skywalker
    Genre: vignette, angst
    Keywords:
    Summary: A mother faces a hard truth and must find a way to help her son accept it
    Notes:

    Title: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/17658599/]The Reunion of Those Unmet[/link]
    Author(s): VaderLVR64
    Timeframe: Post ROTJ, Pre NJO
    Characters: Shmi and Luke Skywalker
    Genre:
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    Summary: Luke is granted time with a woman he has never known - his grandmother.
    Notes:

    Title: [lin
     
  5. Lola64

    Lola64 Jedi Master star 4

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    I think I'm going to like this thread. Although my contribution would seem to pass along the lines of 'differences' because I think they outweigh the 'similarities'.

    Of course there's your standard Shmi was a slave and Beru was free. And the fact that Shmi, although a very loving mother, wasn't able to raise her son in the most important time in his life but Beru was there for Luke, though how she was with him is our guess. Though I love your take on it VaderLVR.

    Similarities I could only say that they were loved by Lars men. Though I can't wait to hear what others find the same with each. I'm sure I'm missing something important about the two.

    But speaking of the two. You know what I'd like to see. A viggie, if there is one already please point it out, of the two of them hanging out in the kitchen, preparing dinner and comparing Owen and his father. Now I have to go pull out my book to remember the guy's name. Bad Lola.

    Anyway, that's my two credits. I hope there'll be others shortly.
     
  6. ZaraValinor

    ZaraValinor Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    They were both pretty much willing to let their boys going, knowing that they would never be happy in their current condition or truly reach their potential. Luke was no farm boy and Anakin wasn't meant to be a slave.

    I think one of the marked differences was that Shmi was Force-sensitive and Beru was not. At least I had never heard anything of Beru having a special sense of sort.
     
  7. rhonderoo

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    I'm not sure that Shmi was Force-sensative. They never really say. One would imagine she was, being chosen to carry the Chosen One, but it could be that she just posessed the right nature.
     
  8. ZaraValinor

    ZaraValinor Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    They do say in the Episode I book, Qui-Gon senses it.
     
  9. MariahJade2

    MariahJade2 Former Fan Fiction Archive Editor star 5 VIP

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    I think they both commanded your respect and attention in that quiet, loving yet knowing way they both had. They are strong women because they both want their children to be free. Both willing to sacrifice their life for their child. Shmi wanted Anakin to be unchained from his slavery, and Beru wanted Luke to have the feedom to live without the fear that Owen carried for him. I have to think she would have wanted to tell Luke the truth, but knew that it would have to come from Kenobi.
     
  10. TKeira_Lea

    TKeira_Lea Jedi Knight star 5

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    Well said, Mariah =D=

    I can't add more than that. I've considered Beru more so than Shmi in my writing, but they both had to have been strong women. I'll follow this thread with interest. Thanks for starting it, MamaVader
     
  11. Healer_Leona

    Healer_Leona Squirrely Community Mod star 9 Staff Member Manager

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    Oh, very well said Mariah. =D=

    With Beru, I've always wondered how much contact she had with Obi-Wan. Where I see Owen not wanting him around at all, I could see where Beru might keep in contact with him giving updates and such.

    Lovely thread VaderLVR.
     
  12. VaderLVR64

    VaderLVR64 Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Agreed, Mariah! :D

    I do think Beru would have sought out Ben's advice every now and then. I imagine that raising a Force sensitive child, especially when you couldn't TELL him, would be a very challenging job. Talk about raising a gifted child!

    For me, I find these two women absolutely fascinating, though they are different in many ways. Both had a gentle wisdom and generous heart, at least from what I've been able to gather from the books and movies. They are endlessly fascinating characters, for me anyway.

    And Lola, why do you set loose plot bunnies?? That's dangerous with this crowd!
     
  13. Lola64

    Lola64 Jedi Master star 4

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    [face_blush] Sorry. It's a habit that I just can't seem to break, though I'm working on it, really.
     
  14. VaderLVR64

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    Just so everyone knows, I've taught Lola a lesson about posting plot bunnies! [face_mischief] Boy, is she gonna be sorry! [face_laugh]
     
  15. MirandaFair

    MirandaFair Jedi Master star 4

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    At last!:D A home for these two extraordinary women. Thank you, VaderLVR!

    To this day, Beru and Shmi continue to fascinate me. Both were mothers (of a sort) and both have interesting parallels. Shmi loved her son Anakin. She sacrificed having him remain with her so that he could leave the backward planet behind. Have a life far away from that as a slave. Beru's tale is also similar. While she may have not been Luke's "birth" mother, she raised him as any mother would. Beru and Owen sacrificed themselves to keep Luke safe from the evil clutches of the Empire. Shmi and Beru gave up a part of their lives, so their young men could make the galaxy a better place. In my eyes, they are the strongest (and only ;)) mother-figures in the saga. Both loved unconditionally and both gave their own versions of the total sacrifice.

    Yes, they had different paths in how they led their lives. But the themes are connected and are very poignant.
     
  16. SilSolo

    SilSolo Jedi Knight star 5

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    I love these two characters to the point of writing two Shmi fics.
     
  17. Nienna_Narmolanya

    Nienna_Narmolanya Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Great thread idea, VaderLVR! :D

    I've always liked Shmi and Beru, although Beru fascinates me more. What would it be like to raise a child that is not your own and to constantly be in danger because of that? Did she have much choice as to whether she and Owen took Luke in? I like to think she did, and that her love outweighed her fear. I wrote a fic about that a long time ago, and it's so bad, I dare not post it. Maybe if I rewrote it...

    I love reading Beru and Shmi fics. Both are strong women, full of love and (as MirandaFair most eloquently stated ;) ) a willingness to sacrifice everything for their sons. And I think Beru treated Luke in every way like a son. :)

    I can't wait to see what discussions start up in here!
     
  18. MariahJade2

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    :) I wish we had more data about Shmi's background. I seem to remember reading something about how she had been traveling with her family in space and the ship was attacked and she was sold into slavery. I've always wondered who the rest of her family was or if any of them are still alive.
     
  19. VaderLVR64

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    I wish we had more data about Shmi's background. I seem to remember reading something about how she had been traveling with her family in space and the ship was attacked and she was sold into slavery. I've always wondered who the rest of her family was or if any of them are still alive

    I remember reading the same thing, but I can't remember which book it was in. [face_frustrated]
     
  20. MariahJade2

    MariahJade2 Former Fan Fiction Archive Editor star 5 VIP

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    Me either. But I've always wondered if there were any other Skywalkers out there for Luke or Leia to meet. And if any were Force sensitive. Plot bunnies threatening again. :p
     
  21. VaderLVR64

    VaderLVR64 Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Vadey runs away VERY fast....[face_worried]
     
  22. Herman Snerd

    Herman Snerd Jedi Master star 6

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    I know I've read that scenario in a fanfic that was submitted to the Archive.
     
  23. MariahJade2

    MariahJade2 Former Fan Fiction Archive Editor star 5 VIP

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    LOL!!!

    That's possible but I still think it's a canon source too.
     
  24. rhonderoo

    rhonderoo Former Head Admin star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Nope. Not archived, but wonderful still.

    JediGaladriel's [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Message.aspx?topic=10954542&brd=10475&start=11175766]Faces of the Gods[/link]

    This is my canon when it comes to Shmi.

    I'm not sure it was ever finished.
     
  25. TKeira_Lea

    TKeira_Lea Jedi Knight star 5

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    Actually, Herman is right. There was a story submitted to the Archive with that premise.

    I wonder if those stories originated from a canon source [face_thinking]
     
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