The Skywalker and later Skywalker-Solo family are the perfect target for inuniverse celebrity and royalty gossip holomedia. We know quite some scandals that were depicted in Legends and Canon, and more I expected happened but were not told about, at least not directly yet. Let's take a closer look at some and their impact on the galaxy! After ROTJ: Siblings Luke and Leia were famous, well known not only in the Rebellion but galaxy wide. The revelation that they were brother and sister came as a shock to both, and likewise it must have been a shock to many that knew them, especially close friends. Few knew they were in love once, briefly, when after the destruction of the first death star emotions were high and kisses traded like handshakes. Regardless how far their love went, it kickstarted Luke's hero's journey and gave her doubts about Han Solo so long Luke was around. Anyway, Close friends and allies know of the wild times of the Rebellion where one could die the next day and enjoyed the moment when one could. Always too busy or professional though, most historians agree that nothing much happened aside some kisses between them, still there are those that see that as too much or equivalent to more untold. Thus the revelation of their relation shook up the galactic media and even more so years later after their parenthood was revealed as well finally. The Huttslayer Leia's time in Jabba the Hutt's Palace, the ultimate disgrace to galactic royalty and nobility of course spread like wildfire in the gossip news. While the tabloids rather highlit "Slave Leia" and "the golden metal Bikini", others pro-Rebellion outlets turned the story on its head and marketed her as "Huttslayer" Leia that not only singlehandedly defeated Jabba the Hutt, freeing many of his escaping slaves (like her grandfather dreamed of once), but inspired Huttspace wide rebellions and slave uprisings not seen since the Uprising against the Varlian Empire, a Hutt precurser, or the Tionese undertakings to free enslaved populations from the Hutt yoke. Overall, while the holonet's own Undervine still spreads the real Jabba tapes of Leia along with fakes and other media the Huttese industry produced of her family, the general consensus is rather positive as the unshakeable Lady herself proofed too strong to be defeated or lured into a reaction by Holofakers, Gossip media and their lot. Not even galactic nobility and its surviving Alderannian members that at first took it like a jab at them unsure how to deal with her after it could shake Leia, not even when they tried to coerce her into a soon marriage to settle down and no longer spread the wild princess abroad image some had of her exploits. I am sure there is a story as to how the twist to Huttslayer was done via counter-propaganda units of the Rebellion/NR and Leia's own assets like Targeter/Winter and even Ghent later, etc. hunting down anything to disturb the narrative while turning the narrative in her favor. I wish we would have gotten a novel about media, paparazzi, etc. all and the heroes as celebrity vs. the average people talking about them, believing media, or being influenced by it. Could be an interesting thriller and a conflict story without a war but lots of other fights on a multitude of levels. The Heirs to the Empire (after Dark) When the Empire failed to produce a proper heir for the Emperor and Empire, with multiple candidates and selfproclaimed ones failing to gain enough support, some Imperial units looked for the only heirs the Empire truly had, sadly though, in the camp of the enemy! Lord Cronal indoctrinated troops to follow Luke Skywalker, once he had corrupted him, swayed him to their side, or taken over his body. Joruus C'baoth trained Luke's clone as well as tried to get ahold of Luke himself. The Emperor's Clone reborn tried to get Luke as apprentice and potential host. Meanwhile though, the Noghri, former servants of Darth Vader, swore allegiance to Lady Vader, Leia Skywalker. And the kids of Leia and Han were targets of multiple kidnapping attempts to procure Skywalker heirs for the Empire, as well as their bodies as potential host for another return of the Emperor. As futile as the attempt to sway them to the Imperial side was, the threat of the Empire cloning them and replacing any of them gave way to fears in the population leading to many an outrageous theory about who got replaced when and for what purpose by whom. Media basically had a new "he/she is a clone" theory weekly. But the real shocker came, when against all odds, Luke Skywalker took the bait, and upon the Emperors surprising return, joined him willingly as his apprentice and surpreme commander of the Imperial Fleet. Suddendly, everyones fears were quite real. And it was no secret that could be kept. Luke Skywalker had fallen, joined the enemy, and was now choosing the targets for its killing machinery. Despite him being saved by his sister and their success in repeatedly destroy and prevent another return of Palpatine, the galaxy would not as easily forget what had happened. Gossip theories about replacement clones and evil Skywalkers were all over the nets and even if the NR and SkySolos trusted Luke and got him his Jedi Academy and financing, it would take quite a while to get rid of this long shadow of his darkest moment. A moment, that would, due to their support for him afterwards, threaten to weaken the New Republic as parts of its members were quite opposed to his new Jedi, him and ignoring what had happened, blaming the "elite" and "nepotism" and all the like to manipulate the NR instead of a honest governance. With Mon Mothma gone due to sickness and Leia taking over, they could be silenced only temporarily, giving way to new former Imperials joining the Senate, as well as Neo-Imperialism and anti-Imperial factions alike to distrust the SkySolos. Despite forgiving Skywalkers actions as the Emperors apprentice, shortly after when the Sky-Solos tried to help Jedi apprentice Kyp Durron to forgive his crimes, even if against Imperial Systems, with high losses of civilian and animal lifes as well, put another dent into their handling and legality of crime and failed to establish a new Jedi point of view about forgiveness and attonement instead of punishment. Underworld Ties The Rebellions use of Smugglers and Criminals to fight the Empire is well documented, the NRs difficulty to legitimize them or keep using such resources as well. And not always are the lines as clear between the good friendly lawbreakers and the nastier ones with a common enemy to yourself. General Solo and Calrissians ongoing exploits and backgrounds are ripe for the media to take apart and discredit he Sky-Solo Clan with. Spice/Drug-smuggling and the ongoing debate on shooting first are just one example. Their new friends, Karrde, Terrik, Mara Jade and the Smugglers Alliance with attempts to put rules and legitimacy on former criminals turned out with mixed results, especially as some did not stop illicit activity, in part even secretly sanctioned or known and no measures taken against by the Sky-Solo Elite and their government friends. The Sky-Solo's quick return to strong ties with these elements, especially in times of crisis or personal ousting when their political enemies took the reigns from time to time during the NJO or thereafter did not help their reputation either, even if they did a great service to the galaxy and its people. Later rumors and a search for proof by their enemies regarding political manipulation of elections and their results akin to Mafia methods are the culmination of their criminal backgrounds remaining alive in a new democratic time they tried and failed to establish. They rather are their own cartel and while not dabbling in crime for profit, doing so for nepotism and the best intentions, with them deciding what is best, is equally questionable. Darth Vader's Children Those factions finally found the proof and fire they needed to ignite the general audience against them when their secret was finally revealed: They are Vader's children. A dark Legacy by blood as they saw it. In canon the secret blew over big time and cost Leia much of her political support driving her to kickstart a Resistance with likeminded folks, and ultimately even started to drive her son Ben further from his parents. In Legends the secret was revealed to the galaxy in a similiar fashion, yet the SkySolos kept enough support and allies to remain afloat despite their "enemies" scoring a vital point. With the secret revealed though, the research into Anakin Skywalker's live and fall and time as Vader began anew for historians and family alike. And it would take quite some years till even R2 spilled the last secrets revealing their Mother despite what should have been obvious when studying the history records. A new boon to their enemies rose up though in the Chosen One prophecy and the claim that Anakin had no father, born by a virgin, turning him into a half-god-esque figure of myth and his descendants into some chosen legacy bloodline, a narrative the enemieys ridiculed and tried to disprove, while the SkySolo Clan kept quiet if they believed in it to not encourage them any further. It did not help though that Luke Skywalker as a Jedi training his nephew(s) and nice tried to on the one hand discourage their ego regarding being special and chosen, as well as encouraged them training wise to unlock their potential, if there should be anything to the story. The Grandchildren of Vader When the Solo's kid turned to the Dark Side, and ultimately another became the Empress of the remaining Empire, all the old scandals blew up again, brought back by media. In Canon, Ben Solo was traumatized by the many scandals reveals that they had managed to keep even from him. He tried to look past his father being a criminal, democracy failing looking the other way when their family is doing illegal stuff, and even tried to thoroughly ignore the Jabba tapes of his mother and the rumors about her and his uncle. But the revelation of Vader being his grandfather and studying not only his path, his prophecy but also Luke's emphasis on him being the next Chosen One in line, and the pressure that came with it, the uncertainty if he wanted that or not, as well as what it meant for his path if it paralells that of Anakin/Vader or if alternatives would have worked as well, all that wore him down to the point to question the Jedi and seek balance in other avenues, ultimately becoming exploited and abused by the Dark Side till finding his balance in a Dyad again. In Legends the Solokids did not mind most of it, yet were some of them traumatized by their ancestry and other bits. And if these scandals were not enough, aside Holofakery, a rising industry selling HRD copies of celebrities including the SkySolos, clones made by Thrawn and others in the Unknown Regions (Kemp), and more, the lines between truth and fake grew ever more complicated, not just for historians to discern what really happened, but which stories fit together and which were fabrication. And all that before Flowwaking and Worlds between Worlds allowed for more shenangians according to their guardians and the Aing-Ti. Luckily, aside the widespread Jabba Tapes, the much rarer Xizor tapes could so far be contained and kept from leaking to the public, which would paint an even different picture of Leia, give more credence to her enemies and their fakes, if ignoring the fact that pheromines manipulated her there. Especially if any leak would ignore or cut off the end result with her defiance of Xizor! That in part the media and propaganda war against the Sky-Solos was fueled by the Imperial Remnants and their enemies is another angle that needs more attention. Including the countermeasures taken by NRI and the Sky-Solo's own friends and private underworld contacts. I'd love a novel about that! to be continued and expanded! Discuss!