“Aracaelia ‘Celly’ Ylessia Retrac Organa: Not a Hypochondriac, Just Force-Sensitive and Rather Telepathic, Thanks All the Same!”0 reviews
SUMMARY: This is fifteen random but essentially chronological moments from the life of Aracaelia ‘Celly’ Ylessia Retrac Organa, the eldest of the three half-sisters of Bail Prestor Organa. Ther...
“Aracaelia ‘Celly’ Ylessia Retrac Organa: Not a Hypochondriac, Just Force-Sensitive and Rather Telepathic, Thanks All the Same!”
01.) Family: Traditionally, though the throne has occasionally passed among various off-shoots and distaff branches of these families (such as the Retrac and Metonae clans), one of three noble families hold the throne of Alderaan – the Organa family, the Antilles family, and the sadly now extinguished Servano line (which originated largely from a blending of the Organa and Antilles families, approximately eighteen hundred years after the founding of the Galactic Republic) – but the families are so closely intertwined, due to generations of intermarriage (many of them closely scrutinized before permitted, in an effort to avoid partnering cousins so closely related that their offspring might be at risk for the kind of hereditary defects the sometimes arise from breeding too much, too closely, amongst the same basic genetic stock), that it’s often somewhat difficult to puzzle out which precise member of which family has the most lawful claim to the throne, which is why there was such a furor after her father’s second wife’s death that it required a Jedi Master to come and help sort things out, and sometimes Celly wonders if it might not make more sense for their people to do as they do on Chandrila and hold elections amongst the various members of those families so that they can avoid potential arguments over which person is more suited to become Queen or Crown Prince.
02.) Throne: When she was very little, Celly used to wonder why her Uncle Bail (well, okay, her honorary uncle, not her real uncle by blood) always seemed so tired and gloomy, and it wasn’t until she was old enough to understand that the claim he and his sister (and the Antilles clan in general) had on the throne of Alderaan had been rejected in favor of another’s claim and that he had also lost his bid to become Supreme Chancellor to Palpatine because of the sentiment stirred up in favor of the Senator of Naboo, because of the illegal occupation of his homeworld by the Trade Federation, that she began to truly comprehend why such an air of bitter disappointment and exhaustion dogged her grim Uncle’s shadow.
03.) Diplomacy: Celly isn’t particularly interested in politics – it seems to her that there’s a disproportionate amount of incompetents and sleemos who get elected and that supposedly sentient beings are entirely too easy to manipulate and can be made to do the most ridiculously stupid things imaginable by those able to play on their emotions (especially their fears and their hatreds) – but she knows that her position as a Retrac Organa is going to keep her in the public’s eye, and so she’s very careful to learn and to practice basic diplomacy, so she can hopefully make a good enough impression to be left alone by the media.
04.) Force: The Force is something that is as much a natural part of her as her hair or the color of her eyes, and it amazes her, sometimes, that there are not only some sentient beings in the galaxy who don’t believe in it, but that there are others who so hate and fear the Force that they would either shun as unnatural or put to death as witches or demons Force-sensitives such as herself, if given the chance.
05.) Hero: Obi-Wan Kenobi is Celly’s hero from the moment she first meets him, and, whenever she feels sad or angry or disappointed with people or the galaxy in general, all she has to do is remember him – the light in his eyes, the brilliance of his shy smile, the way all of the warmth and power and Light of the Force seems to crowd in around him, like a mother constantly hugging a much-beloved child close to her heart – and she instantly feels a thousand times better.
06.) Tutor: The bamáuhme (nanny) their mother secured for her and her sisters is really less a glorified babysitter than she is a private tutor, and it never quite fails to amaze her a little how much she’s managed to learn to do with the Force since úimma Kylea (former Jedi Master and Healer Santeri) began watching over them.
07.) Politic: She adores her older half-brother, Bail, and so the sting of disappointment, when he does the politic thing and marries Breha – an Antilles, as Jedi Master Jorus C’baoth so strongly suggested that he should do, when he named Bail the rightful heir to the throne (to consolidate the two families with the clearest right to the throne into one line), and someone much younger than Bail and clearly infatuated as much with the notion of being the mother to the next heir to the throne as with Bail himself – instead of following his heart and finding someone he truly loves (or at least cares for as much as he obviously cares for Obi-Wan), is all but overwhelming.
08.) Headache: She doesn’t exactly dislike Breha – the young woman obviously means well (her good intentions are all but deafening, at times), and she loves children and dotes on her husband and honestly does seem to try very hard to be the perfect wife for Bail, always playing the part of the loving and supportive and endlessly gracious lady of the house, when in the public’s eye – but there is a certain amount of excessive clinginess and vacuousness to the woman’s thoughts that sets Celly’s teeth on edge just enough to make her go out of her way to avoid the new Queen of Alderaan as much as she can, in an attempt to avoid the headache that she almost inevitably gets from being around her.
9.) Mask: She doesn’t understand Rouge’s fascination with makeup and fancy clothes and things that sparkle, and it isn’t until her sister rather exasperatedly asks her how in all the worlds else she thinks that a person can keep the public and the media happy and too distracted to try to pry beneath the lovely glittering mask of the persona presented to them, by such a dazzling display of fashion savvy, that Celly understands just how clever her little sister actually is.
10.) Love: The last time Obi-Wan brings Anakin to Alderaan to visit before the outbreak of the war, her youngest sister, Tia, has a horrible nightmare about their planet being destroyed (a light from some hugely round machine hits their world, and it explodes into a rapidly expanding cloud of dust and jagged fragments, as if it were no more than a clod of dirt hit with a hammer): it isn’t until Anakin himself has come in to investigate the screams and solemnly promised the frantic girl that he’ll never allow anyone to blow up their world that Tia can be calmed back down and convinced to go back to bed, and it is in that moment, when she sees a quietly proud Obi-Wan place an approving hand on his Padawan’s shoulder, to turn him back towards their shared suite, and Anakin essentially literally lights up – eyes blazing love, smile beaming with warmth, the very air around him seeming to flare and snap and crackle with a sudden influx of power, light like the crawling corona of a building electric charge dancing around him – that Celly begins to suspect that maybe Jedi aren’t quite as immune to love as their Order likes to claim they are.
11.) Like: Mon Mothma reminds her of her half-sister, Alaina (all fierce determination and earnestness and oddly juxtaposed bouts of painful blushing shyness and limitless charisma); Sabé is like a softer, sadder, less powerfully surrounded by the Force Obi-Wan; Dormé is so very like Anakin that Celly is always half expecting to see her up to her elbows in some machine, happily tinkering away; Sheltay is like a quieter version of Celly’s mother; and Padmé . . . well, Padmé alternates between reminding her of Sabé, of Dormé, and, of all people, Breha, and it frightens her a little, sometimes, to see how changeable and fickle the former Queen of Naboo can be.
12.) Poison: For such a noble and influential (and, one would think, protected) family on a world as traditionally peaceful as Alderaan, the Organa family has suffered more than a few violent deaths, of late – her father’s first wife, Zamille Antilles Organa, died when she threw herself between a hired assassin and her elder fraternal twin sister, the Queen; her father’s second wife (Queen Mazicia, having wed in order to fulfill both the wishes of her heart as well as a promise sworn to her dying twin to “take care of Prestid”) perished in a mysterious airspeeder crash that many suspected (and still suspect) the work of either hired assassins or treasonous saboteurs; her father’s third wife, her mother (Alessya Retrac Organa), outlived her husband, for he died when a diplomatic mission to the Outer Rim world of Galidraan went horribly awry and his entire party (including his two eldest sons) fell pray to a virulent biological contaminant being tested against a living populace under the guise of a local outbreak of plague (an artificially created sickness that many thereafter came to suspect may have been the work of Jenna Zan Arbor); Zamille’s oldest girl, Merisol, died at age fifteen of a mysterious wasting sickness that was later proven to be a botched attempt by incompetent assassins (who were, at least, caught and prosecuted and had the decency to die in jail) to poison her half-uncle, Bail Antilles (and Zamille’s two youngest boys, Declin and Valyn, of course died with their father of a manufactured plague); Mazicia’s only child was killed while still in the womb (nearly five months before she could have viably been born, though Prestid insisted on inscribing Mazicia’s tomb monument with the legend of mother and child, even going so far as to name the girl Cammyia), when her mother was slain; Mazicia and Zamille’s own mother, Queen Nellinda Servano Antilles, was poisoned (and rather painfully killed) by her secretary of state, and her husband (Bailen Antilles) later died of wounds taken in defense of his second wife, Nellinda’s younger sister, Nesanna (who, unfortunately, did not long outlive her husband, partially as a result of a dangerous blaster wound and partially as a result of the early and difficult birth of her daughter, Rehuria); and, as for Bail Organa (who was eventually ruled the rightful heir to Alderaan’s throne, after the violent deaths of the two previous Queens), well, Force alone only knows how many children Aracaelia’s older half-brother lost to miscarriages (several of them quite violent) before finally losing his wife, as well, when Breha’s ship was attacked and destroyed by Separatists fleeing from an apparently failed attempt to seize Coruscant (that, in fact, later turned out to be a smokescreen for the kidnaping of the Supreme Chancellor and Darth Sidious’ plans to get rid of Darth Tyranus and to turn Anakin Skywalker into a Sith Lord) – and so Celly, for one, has never lost sight of the fact that even a family born to rule is just as (if not more so) vulnerable to disaster and attack as any other . . . which is precisely why she’s so glad that her mother is a certified Healer and a highly paid, quite successful surgeon and medical professor.
13.) War: They all knew that the war was coming, of course, but it’s different, knowing that something bad is coming and having to live with the reality of an on-going disaster, and so there are days, sometimes, when Celly wishes she could be as self-centered as Breha and just ignore all the awful things happening in the galaxy and focus so solely on her own wishes and happiness that she stops caring about everyone else.
14.) Crawl: She and her sisters are probably some of the only non-Separatists who’re thrilled by the news that Palpatine has been kidnaped, and they are unabashedly satisfied to discover that he was the other Sith Lord all along and that Anakin and Obi-Wan have slain him in battle: the man always made their skin crawl, and they’ve long suspected that there was something seriously not right with their Supreme Chancellor, and it’s rather nice to discover that they were right all along.
15.) Wedding: The moment they find out that Obi-Wan and Anakin have pledged themselves to each other, she and her sisters start planning a lavish wedding, and only the death of Breha keeps them from mentioning the subject to the two Jedi Bendu when they finally come to Alderaan, though they quietly promise each other that the sadness currently gripping the family doesn’t mean that they are going to let the idea of a proper wedding go unspoken for forever . . .