So something struck me recently when I was doing something besides thinking about Star Wars. Remember this old Ralph McQuarrie sketch of Princess Leia from 1975? Leia's clearly wearing a necklace beneath her white dress.... but that's not all. If you look carefully at Leia's torso, you can see what appears to be the outline of some sort of space-jewelry beneath her dress; essentially where a brassiere would go in our world. Think of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Dejah Thoris (the book version) and Barsoomian jewelry and you'll get the general idea. I've said that before, of course; so why am I repeating it now? Here's where I prove my graphic adventurer bona fides. -- Many years ago, Sierra On-Line put out an adventure game called Space Quest IV. At the end of the game, players were treated to a little preview of the future of the series: a glimpse of the hero's future wife. "Her name was Beatrice...." Look closely at that white dress. Actually, for better results, look here, at the original sketch of this scene, seen in the Space Quest IV hint book: Clearly, Beatrice is wearing some sort of Barsoomian space-jewelry under that white gown--almost exactly like Leia's in its design. And her dress is sleeveless, just like in the McQuarrie concept art above. But why should this resemblance be a coincidence? After all, in my Willow thread, I concluded that Ken and Roberta Williams, the founders of Sierra On-Line, had had access at some point to a secret treasure trove of GL's working notes for a largely-unmade fantasy trilogy. Perhaps the same thing occurred with the SW universe? PS: Note Beatrice's triple crown. Tubo, the leader of a tribe of demons in the 1962 film Jack the Giant Killer, had three horns. In that film, the heroine Princess Elaine (played by Judi Meredith) goes from looking relatively normal--hold the phone, she's actually a near-doppelganger of Carrie Fisher! Anyways, the demons forcibly recruit Elaine into their numbers, and her mirror reflection becomes that of a beautiful and dangerous gray-skinned witch: This seems like a very probable inspiration for Padme's geisha makeup in the prequels. But of course, Sierra On-Line wasn't the only game company to employ fans of this movie.... there was another, closer to home. Have any of you ever played LucasArts' 1990 adventure LOOM? It was made by Brian Moriarty, the author of the acclaimed Infocom text adventure Trinity--another game which, it appears, borrowed from GL's notes for an unmade Willow trilogy. LOOM itself was intended as the first of a trilogy, but the two sequels were never made. I'm sure that's just a coincidence, right?