SUMMARY: This is fifteen random but essentially chronological moments from the life of Adrastia ‘Tia’ Zethrina Retrac Organa, the youngest child of the three half-sisters of Bail Prestor Organa...
“Adrastia ‘Tia’ Zethrina Retrac Organa: Firm Believer that Pittins Have Feelings, Too!”
01.) Canvas: Adrastia often has true dreams and visions, viewings both of the past and the most probable future that spread themselves out before her eyes like an artist’s canvas, and it is her ability to see and sense things of the past that allow her to find secret rooms and passageways within the Palace that have been lost to the passage of time, when she and her sisters being to map out their home.
02.) Child: Of all her sisters, Tia probably least resents being treated like a child, for she finds it eminently useful to be able to use the assumptions of adults against them, especially when it comes to covering up certain more adult duties and responsibilities she’s taken on.
03.) Rogue: Celly loves Mon Mothma and Obi-Wan and Rouge adores Amidala and her handmaidens; yet, of all her half-brothers’s allies and friends, Tia honestly thinks that she most appreciates Garm Bel Iblis, for the man can effortlessly switch back and forth from being an argumentative devil to being a smooth-talking charming rogue so charismatic that it’s impossible to hold anything against him, and she finds him endlessly fascinating and perpetually instructive.
04.) Responsibility: Celly is so busy trying to be everything that everyone might ever expect or want of her that there are whole weeks at a stretch when she is truly only herself when she is sleeping, meditating, or otherwise simply communing with the Force around and within her, and Rouge is so infatuated with the art of her dance that it is increasingly hard (if not impossible) to keep up with her enough to be able to tell where the flashing dazzle of parry and illusion and feint end and where the true steel of her actually lies, sharp and deadly, so really, who can blame Tia, for worrying that she might lose herself if she ever really tries to fully embrace the doubled burden of responsibility that she’s inherited, as both a virtual princes of Alderaan and a Force-sensitive strong enough that she likely could have easily been a Jedi?
05.) Savior: Tia never met Qui-Gon Jinn, of course (having been born four years after his death), but that doesn’t stop her from loathing the man, not only for the way he treated Obi-Wan (and the scars she can see, from that man’s cruelty, in Obi-Wan’s general uneasiness with touch and his extreme self-deprecation, despite the many wondrous deeds he’s accomplished) but also for the burden he dropped on both Obi-Wan and Anakin, by publicly insisting that the former slave from Tatooine was the Chosen One and insisting that he be trained (and damn the Order’s rules!) and treated as if he were the savior of the galaxy
06.) Normal: She wonders, sometimes, what it would be like to be normal – to be the baby of a family of, say, fisher folk who run a seafood restaurant on the side, a little girl expected to be a child and nothing more and never begrudged of the fact that she is young and independent and herself, not what her family or the media want her to be – but then she walks into a room that used to be a library and experiences a vision of such vibrancy and strength of some mysterious pair of past lovers that she forgets all about the imagined wonders of being a spoiled little girl with no exceptional sensitivity and no expectations other than that she be happy and useful and busy in life, swept up in the very real wonder of the all but magical entity that is the Force.
07.) One: Sometimes Tia thinks the sentient beings of the galaxy would all benefit immensely from a good solid smack up against the side (or the back) of their heads, and the Jedi Order is not excepted from this belief (on at least one subject, she happens to agree wholeheartedly with Padmé Amidala: the way the Jedi Order raises and treats and brainwashes its members and the rules forced on them by their Code are, in her not so very humble opinion, prime examples of crimes against sentiency, and it never fails to amaze Tia how so many supposedly intelligent beings can not only fail to see this but to persist in the belief that there’s nothing wrong with the way that the Jedi Order works, even when its inhumanity has been repeatedly and quite explicitly pointed out to them): some days sheer indignation at this sorry state of things drives her to a frenzy of action; some days she finds herself despairing, thinking nothing short of death could ever possibly cure so many of the rampart self-centeredness and willful blindness and stupidity and greed gripping them tight, unable even to trust that the Force might be able to fix things when so much seems to have gone or to be going wrong in the galaxy; and some days she finds herself clinging to the Force and the promise of some kind of eventual balance like a small child might cling to her mother or to a talismanic toy, trying to will everything into being alright again through sheer force of belief.
08.) Problem: Neither one of her sisters seems to actually like Breha all that much, but as long as the woman loves her half-brother and is loyal to him and so long as she at least genuinely tries to make Bail happy, Tia really has no problem with her (after all, it’s not actually her problem if Breha seems to want to make herself over into some kind of kept, pampered little pet, and really, so long as she’s not actively hurting anyone else, who’s really to say that being a human-sized version of a well-trained pippin – soothing Bail with her lovely plumage and sweet songs and easy affection – is any less useful than what so many other beings are doing with their lives?).
09.) Fire: To be perfectly honest, when taken together, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker scare her a little bit: she loves them because she cannot imagine ever doing anything other than adoring them, but they’re so very bright and larger than life that she thinks it entirely possible that they could, between the two of them, quite easily set the whole of the galaxy (or more) to blazing fire and leave naught but sterile ashes and dry cinders in their wake.
10.) Star: The physical attraction and desire so many individuals (including her half-brother) feel for Bendu Kenobi is something that she finds utterly alien and incomprehensible; sure, the man is handsome, but he blazes like a star: physically loving him would be like . . . like trying to drink down all the oceans of the world . . . or trying to channel the whole blinding glory of the Force all at once – impossible as embracing the sun!
11.) Punishment: Tia wonders, sometimes, if the dehumanizing training and inhuman rules that are inflicted on all Jedi are, in some way, a kind of punishment inflicted by the fear and envy and hatred of the non-sensitive upon the Force-sensitive, and it seems to her frighteningly possible that the brainwashing and virtual enslavement of the Jedi may have been thought of (once upon a time, so long ago that the knowledge has been lost, as so much information from before and around the time of the Republic’s founding has been lost) as a way to either make a rash of potential conquerors safe or else the only way to protect them from the ignorance of witch-hunting fanatics bent on destroying those who were so fundamentally different from them.
12.) Youth: Sometimes Tia wishes she’d been born on Naboo, where a certain segment of the population’s youth are actually expected to be able to quite handily and capably shoulder adult responsibilities, but then she remembers how high the casualty rate tends to be, amongst both handmaiden protectors and their political ladies, and she’s fervently glad to be an Alderaanian!
13.) Real: The problem with the war, she thinks, is that the majority of those to whom it is most real – the soldiers and Jedi and civilian casualties who’ve been forced to live (and sometimes to die because of) the reality of battle day in and out – are also those who lack the power and/or the scope of movement/action necessary to truly end it: let the war come to some complacent Core World, like Coruscant, and she’s fairly certain that the fighting would all end post-haste!
14.) War: Though she is as shocked as anyone else over certain parts of the series of events that end up leading to the end of the war, Tia isn’t at all really surprised that the attack on Coruscant is what sounded the war’s death knell, so she manages to keep herself busy, thinking up ways to take advantage of the way the war’s ended so as to (hopefully) actually help to fix some of the problems that made the outbreak of war possible in the first place, and she therefore has a list of suggestions all memorized and ready to go, when it becomes clear that Obi-Wan and Anakin and other hugely influential leaders of the galaxy are all going to be converging on Alderaan – her mother, at the very least, (usually) knows how to listen, and if she can help her mother help those luminaries reshape the galaxy, then by the Force she is going to do so!
15.) Mission: The fact that Bendu Masters Kenobi and Skywalker have a specific mission in mind for her and her sisters makes her want to sing with happiness, and she swears that she will not fail or let them down, in this or any other matter (no, not /ever/, so help her!), and throws herself wholeheartedly into the work, finally sure that things really are going to be set to rights again for the first time in much too long a while.