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Character Spotlight: Tash Arranda



Tash Arranda, and her younger brother, Zak Arranda, were born on Alderaan. Tash had very little friends on Alderaan; she was looked at as odd and strange, due to her habit of finishing others' sentences. At some point, she began accessing the HoloNet where she learned of the Jedi, the guardians of peace and justice in in the Old Republic, after some information was uploaded onto the galactic communication service. Despite the study of the Jedi Knights being illegal under the rule of the Galactic Empire, Tash began to search through library databases from her desk computer to find out more about the near forgotten Jedi Order. After breaking through the code, she began to learn more about the order from an unknown individual on the HoloNet who went under the name of ForceFlow.


Sometime later, in 0 B.B.Y, both Tash and her brother embarked on a field trip off planet for two weeks. It was during that time; the Empire deployed the Death Star which destroyed Alderaan. This led to everyone they had known including their parents, friends and neighbors being killed in the resultant destruction of the planet.


Both children were later adopted by their Shi'ido uncle, anthropologist Mammon Hoole, who was only related to them because his brother married the Arrandas' Aunt Beryl. They accompanied Hoole and his research droid, DV-9, on his adventures as he studied the sapient races of the galaxy. In the first six months of this journey, Hoole never told the children about their destinations or even his first name. During this time, he also had his personal research droid DV-9 tutor the children in various subjects.


One of their earliest adventures was an expedition to the planet D'vouran though Hoole never told Tash or her brother of the destination. While she was pretending that she was a Jedi pilot fighting Imperial pilots, the Lightrunner came out of hyperspace early and nearly crashed on the planet. However, Hoole managed to land the ship though it was badly damaged in the process. They attempted to gain the aid of the native Enzeen that inhabited the planet's surface.


During their time there, Tash began to get a bad feeling that something was watching them, and she did not entirely trust the Enzeen. Desptie this being the case, both Hoole and her brother did not believe her. Hoole later planned to leave the children in his droids care while he went to conduct some research but Tash, her brother and DV-9 found themselves taken hostage by the criminal henchmen of Smada the Hutt who had a desire to make use of Hoole's shape changing abilities in order to serve as his assassin. When Hoole refused, Smada ordered his Gank killers to vaporize the Arrandas though they were stopped by the intervention of Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Han Solo, and the wookie Chewbacca.


While they helped Hoole repair the ship, Tash confessed to Luke Skywalker that she received strange "feelings" at times of danger though dismissed them. He counseled her by saying that she should trust her feelings. This led to her examining information on the Misanthrope on the HoloNet from the Millennium Falcon's computer. During her search, Imperial forces attempted to track down her signal but after Skywalker told her, she shut the computer down to prevent her from being traced. At night, she and her brother stayed at one of the Enzeen's homes while being under the supervision of DV-9.


During the night, she began to hear strange noises, but she only found Chood who claimed it was stray animals. When she returned to her room, she found one of Smada the Hutt's henchmen attempting to abduct her sleeping brother. They managed to escape the Ganks and fled to the Don't Go Inn where they were sheltered though no one believed their claims of the Hutt's henchmen. This led to Hoole telling Tash that her obsession with the Force was going too far and that she needed to stop fixating on it, something that disheartened her.


Later, her brother was nearly killed by Smada but was saved by Hoole's intervention. At this point, she accompanied the seemingly crazy hermit known as Kevreb Bebo He led her to an abandoned Imperial lab and told her that all of his companions had mysteriously disappeared. He gave her a pendant that he believed prevented him from disappearing as well. She left the lab and was subsequently captured by Smada, who wanted to use her and Zak to draw Hoole out of hiding. They were later rescued and escaped D'Vouran.


The two siblings were Force-sensitive, and briefly encountered Jedi Master Yoda on Dagobah shortly before the Battle of Hoth. They requested that Yoda train them in the ways of the Force. Though he declined. The ancient Jedi Master claimed that there was another student he was waiting on. That student had to be the Jedi’s top priority. Around this time, they also met back up with Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, and Han Solo.


While practicing with the Force, she found out that when she was angry, she was more powerful.


Both Arrandas received university training after the threat of the Empire had lessened and became anthropologists themselves. They also attended the Jedi Praxeum for a time before Hoole moved them to an undisclosed location, possibly New Alderaan.

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