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Before the Saga Symp’agrë - OCs, Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan - Short-Story ~ Fic-Gift for Findswoman

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction- Before, Saga, and Beyond' started by mavjade , Jan 14, 2018.

  1. mavjade

    mavjade Former Manager star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Sep 10, 2005
    Title: Symp’agrë
    Author: mavjade
    Timeline: Around 7 years before TPM, so ~39 BBY
    Characters: OCs, Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan
    Genre: AU, I think. I’ve added things that I don’t think would happen in the real Jedi Order but it's a relatively minor-ish thing.

    Notes: This is a fic-gift for @Findswoman for the 11th Annual Fic-gift challenge. Her Request:
    I would like a story in Saga (PT or OT) or Before; either Legends or NuCanon is OK, or a mix of the two.

    I would like the story to include the following elements:
    1. An element of your choice from the Fanon Thread that is related to non-Human species and/or cultures (please specify and link in the notes to your story).
    2. The expression "higgledy-piggledy" must be used by at least one character.
    3. The main character (see below) must at some point sing a song (please include the lyrics of the song within the story).
    I don't want: anything gratuitously violent, sexual, or crude.

    Characters: Please include the following:
    1. A protagonist who is a member of a non-Human species.
    2. A shopkeeper or other service employee (any species).
    3. A non-Basic-speaking droid, all of whose vocalizations should be spelled out.
    I have no requests regarding characters I don't want; anyone is fine.

    This was a pinch-write, so it is not completely finished and all of the elements are not in this part of the story, but the whole thing is mapped out and they will come soon. I wanted you to get at least the start before the deadline.

    I hope you enjoy, Findswoman!


    Part 1

    Nesi found herself a little nervous, her hands were trembling, and her breath felt short. She’d been chosen by the Elder to represent the clan for the visitors who were coming to learn their ways. She wore her best ceremonial garb, a deep red, floor length dress that had many folds to the skirt. One set of sleeves were long flowing, the other set were skin tight so that she could move all four arms without the sleeves getting tangled together. Tied around her waist was a traditional waist sash with wide fabric that hung down the center of her skirt. The sash a deeper red than the dress and was embroidered with her clan crest in a deep gold. Her mother had hand embroidered the clan crest as a gift to Nesi on her emergence from wyrwulf to young Codru-Ji.

    Her long brown hair she’d put in elaborate braids she’d recently learned how to do from her mother, her four arms making the intricacy of the braids possible. She wove in local flowers and herbs that had been given to her by the Elder, Las-Lah for just this occasion. He said they would strengthen and protect her.

    Codru-Ji were known to be very insular, and while they did not forbid outsiders from coming to their homeworld of Munto Codru, they didn’t want the influence of the outsiders to change their customs and society. But Nesi’s clan, Symp’agrë, was more welcoming to outsiders than many of their counterparts. Their clan name roughly translated into basic as congenial. They did not fear outsiders changing their customs because they did not follow the traditions of many of the Codru-Ji. They would never take a young wrywulf from their parents to try and gain an advantage over another clan. They protected their own but never at the expense of others. They knew most who lived on their planet would not approve of their welcoming of off-worlders, but the Symp’agrë clan had their own morals and customs to follow.

    Nesi had been chosen for this honor because she had a gift for song the Elder said was special. She’d always tried to sing when she was a wyrwulf, but since the young of the Codru-Ji did not have the capability to speak Codruese -though they understand it and learn the language- it was not known that her song had influence until she became a full adult.

    The Codru-Ji knew of the Jedi Knights and their practice of what they called the Force, and likewise, the Jedi knew of those the Codru-Ji called wizards. The wizards of Munto Codro did not feel they had the same powers; they’d heard about Jedi manipulating people into doing things, light swords, and floating objects which were not abilities they possessed, nor welcomed. The wizards of Munto Codro were much more in tune with their environment. Since they took care of nature, she took care of them by allowing those chosen to help calm animals, grow crops, and heal the sick.

    Nevertheless, the Jedi were quite interested in their ways of using what they called the Force, so they were sending an ambassador to learn the wizards ways.


    Qui-Gin Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi Master and Apprentice landed on the planet of Munto Codru. They’d been sent on this diplomatic mission to learn from the wild wizards of the Codru-Ji. They also would try to convince one of the wizards to join them at the Jedi Temple to share and learn in a mutual apprenticeship from the Jedi. Those who came to this apprenticeship would never be a part of the Jedi Order, and many would not want to join, even if it were offered. It was solely a way for Force users to learn and share how they used the Force with others. From what they knew of the Codru-Ji, the acceptance of such an apprenticeship was unlikely, but they would make the offer if it were safe to do so.

    “Too dee whoo eee?” the explorer droid they’d brought with them whistled. The upward inflection at the end making his statement a clear question.

    Qui-Gon shook his head, “No Slate, I don’t think you should come.”

    “Dooooo,” 7-L8 said with a downward pitch making him sound sad.

    “From what we know, they don’t particularly like technology,” Obi-Wan explained. “We don’t want to alienate them at the start.”

    “You can explore just stay near the ship,” Qui-Gon added as he put on his robe.

    “Wheeee boop! 7-L8 answered excitedly.

    Qui-Gon shook his head. “Why don’t I believe you? I’m serious, stay very close to the ship, don’t go wandering.”

    “Wee do boop,” the droid said more seriously.

    “Good. We’ll be on our way,” Qui-Gon said as he gestured for Obi-Wan to leave the ship and they began their journey to the town where they hoped they would be welcome.


    - - - -

    Much of the information that has or will appear in this story about the codru-ji comes from Gamiel's post on them in the Fanon Thread.
    The wizards are also a fanon element from Gamiel: Munto Codru's Wild Wizards
  2. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha

    WarmNyota_SweetAyesha Chosen One star 8

    Aug 31, 2004
    Fascinating culture with differing gifts and outlooks from the Jedi but Nesi's clan is more receptive, sounds like. Love the "droid speak". ;) Will be eager how this exchange of knowledge/apprenticeship is received by the clan.
    mavjade , Findswoman and Ewok Poet like this.
  3. Sara_Kenobi

    Sara_Kenobi Jedi Grand Master star 7

    Sep 21, 2000
    Really well done! I hope they get a good reception. =D=
  4. Ewok Poet

    Ewok Poet Force Ghost star 6

    Jul 31, 2014

    I love wyrwulves so, so, so kriffin' much. Dying of cuteness here. Bless the hexapedal cuties. [face_love][face_love][face_love]

    Love to see Gamiel's fanon in action! [face_dancing] I wanted to be the first, but you too ACED IT. And I love the idea of them having some powers that the Jedi don't. Intriguing.

    I already love this little doooooooooooooooooooooooooode.

    Eagerly awaiting more. :D
  5. Findswoman

    Findswoman Fanfic and Pancakes and Waffles Mod (in Pink) star 5 Staff Member Manager

    Feb 27, 2014
    Ohmigosh, Mav, I absolutely adore this! What a wonderful choice to use the Codru-Ji and @Gamiel 's very detailed fanon about them; you've done a beautiful job weaving in both the established and fanon lore here. I love the background you've set up for Nesi and her clan; of course I squeed at the beautiful details of her clothing, her hair, her gift of song, even at the presence of an accented character in her clan name—and yes, I really do mean that, because it shows you've figured out just the sort of things I love in stories. [face_love] Of course I can't wait to see (hear) what Nesi will eventually sing, and how that will figure in her meeting with the Jedi (see below).

    It's particularly cool that the story will concern a meeting between two different Force-using traditions, the Wild Wizards and the Jedi, who will be learning about each other and perhaps even setting up some kind of "exchange program"—I am a sucker for that sort of thing. :D The exchange program setup reminds me of the similar arrangement in @K'Tai qel Letta-Tanku 's stories about the Tal'shari—which also featured Obi and Qui, of course, and those two definitely are a great match for this kind of mission. Of course, it's probably not going to as easy as anyone thinks. You've set up some very important differences and tensions already: the Codru-Ji are a lot more hermetic, and their powers have such a very different focus from the Jedi. I am curious too what impression our two Jedi will have of the Wild Wizards; there are beastwardens and healers among the Jedi too, of course, but that Order of course regards those things more as side specialties then as their central raison d'être.

    And Slate is so, so adorable—I love him already tooooooooo! Great job with his vocalizations; he's definitely an expressive little fellow. And I really like his name for some reason, too—just like a Certain Human Sentient-Interest Internet Magazine! :D He almost seems to have a purpose of his own in mind in exploring this new location, and I have a feeling he's not going to just stay put near that ship the whole time. ;)

    Thank you, thank you, thank you—I just love this and can't wait to see what Nesi and the two Jedi will say to each other! Very eagerly awaiting more. @};-
  6. Chyntuck

    Chyntuck Force Ghost star 5

    Jul 11, 2014
    This is a wonderful beginning mav! The rich detail of the worldbuilding, the description of Nesi, how she did her hair, the story of how she found herself to be the one to sing for the visitors – all that was an amazing expansion on Gamiel's fanon, and it flowed so naturally that if I hadn't read his fanon post in the past I would have assumed that you created it all from scratch. And now, Qui-Gon and young Obi-Wan come to meet the wild wizards and Nesi – I wonder if she'll be interested in going to the Jedi temple? Meanwhile, they seem to have brought along a droid that has a personality of his own, and I'm guessing that Slate will be tempted to go and have a look a little further... and then a little further...

    Eagerly waiting for more!