esmelle

so recently, i made a shoutout post about all of the woc that star wars has so far, and i keep adding to it bc i keep discovering more! it’s great. so i figured i’d also make one about all of the lgbt+ characters that star wars has so far, bc why not.

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HEIGHT DIFFERENCES  (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ I LOVE THEM

I wanted to play around with a younger Esmelle and Shirene from aftermath and boy howdy was this satisfying to make!

“Her sister, Esmelle, and Esmelle’s wife, Shirene”

“His two fathers”

“Esmelle’s wife, Shirene steps in. She secures Esmelle’s elbow with her own, giving the woman a kiss on the cheek. ‘Esme, how about a hot tea? I’ve left a thermajug on the stovetop in the kitchen.’ ”

-Star Wars Aftermath

We need more complex characters as representation, but the little things are nice too.

“‘I am Sandrilene fa Toren, daughter of Count Mattin fer Toren and his countess, Amiliane fa Landreg. I am the great-niece of his grace, Duke Vedris of this realm of Emelan, and cousin of her Imperial Highness, Empress Berenene of the Namorn Empire. You are Esmelle ei Pragin, daughter of Baron Witten en Pragin and his lady Colledia of House Wheelwright—a merchant house. If I tell you my friend is a lady, then you'—carefully she poured milk into Esmelle’s plate—'you had best start lapping, kitty’” is still probably the most savage thing I’ve ever read, short perhaps of “War, then.”

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“I am Sandrilene fa Toren, daughter of Count Mattin fer Toren and his countess, Amiliane fa Landreg. I am the great-niece of his grace, Duke Vedris of this realm of Emelan, and cousin of her Imperial Highness, Empress Berenene of the Namorn Empire. You are Esmelle ei Pragin, daughter of Baron Witten en Pragin and his lady Colledia of House Wheelwright, a merchant house. If I tell you my friend is a lady, then you"- carefully she poured milk into Esmelle’s plate-“you had best start lapping, kitty.”

So. I tried my hand at aesthetics/moodboards etc. And I think I’ma practice ‘em on one of my favorite book series: Tamora Pierce’s Circle of Magic.

I plan to continue on ahahaha. So let’s see how it goes.. ><

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'Star Wars: Aftermath' introduces a new gay hero to the galaxy
Take one look at the ragtag Rebellion or walk into any cantina and it’s clear the Star Wars galaxy is packed with the full spectrum of many types...

Thank you sammyknapp for sending us this link!

I’d heard that there was a major gay character, and two more minor characters who are lesbians in Aftermath, but I haven’t gotten to that part of the book yet myself. This article sums it up well while avoiding any major plot points that I know of. I’m not going to discuss anything else here yet because the book has only been out for a day, so I don’t want to go too far into spoilers. We’ll start posting more about this soon, so if you don’t want to see spoilers, blacklist “#Aftermath spoilers,” now.

If you make any posts about this book that you’d like us to see/reblog, make sure to tag us as #queeringstarwars, or #qsw. We’d love to see your meta and fanworks about these characters, as well as the other character who was confirmed to be gay this week, Ferus Olin.

I really hope that having three canonically queer characters in one book is a sign of more good things to come!

-Mod K

Mandukhai Khatun (Mandukhai Sechen Khatun & Queen Manduhai the Wise) B. 1449 D. 1510

She reunited the warring Mongols with her husband Batmunkh Dayan Khan.

Mandukhai was the only daughter of Chorosbai, chingsang (grand councillor) of the Ongud Mongols in eastern Mongolia. At the age of 18, Mandukhai was married to Manduul Khanas, who ruled the Mongol Empire from 1473–1479.

After the death of Manduul Khan in 1479 at the hands of his own advisor Esmel (Ismail), a spy and an agent of the Ming dynasty, the throne was left without an heir. Mandukhai brought from hiding and adopted the seven-year-old orphan Batmunkh, son of the late Bayan Mongkhe Jonon, a direct descendant of Genghis Khan and part of the Altan Urug, who had also been killed by Esmel (Ismail). Because Batumunkh was the last living descendant of Genghis Khan, Mandukhai had him proclaimed Dayan Khan, she rejected the marriage offer by Unubold, a powerful noble. However, Unubold, himself a descendant of Hasar, younger brother of Genghis Khan, remained loyal to Mandukhai and the child Khan.

With command over the Mongols, Mandukhai made war with the Oirats, and defeated them. After oppressing the Western Mongols who consistently waged civil wars, Mandukhai and Dayan Khan punished them by demanding that they follow five codes.

The Oirats accepted everything except for the second one (Eat meat without a knife). 

When Batmonkh turned nineteen, she married him and retained her control over the Mongols. The Oirats again rebelled and raided the Eastern Mongols. Mandukhai lead the great army against them. She defeated several Ming attacks and protected Mongolia, she wore the helmets and the sword and fought with the Ming soldiers. She was pregnant, but still fought and delivered twin boys during a long battle. The Western Mongols were subdued once again.

From 1480, Dayan Khan and Mandukhai increased the pressure on the Ming territory. To contain her, the Ming dynasty rapidly expanded the Great Wall and used the new artillery of gunpowder to defeat her troops. Mandukhai married Dayan Khan but continued to rule Mongolia. She reoccupied Ordos area and stationed soldiers there to keep watch on China. She reenthroned Dayan Khan at the Eight White Yurts in Ordos but then had to flee a Chinese attack. Mandukhai with Dayan Khan went to Kherlen River in 1501 though her husband continued Mongol raids on the Ming dynasty.

Mandukhai died by 1510. According to the most credible sources, Mandukhai died of natural causes, although there are legends that a double agent sent by Ming or by one of her husband’s concubines killed her. 

In her life she bore seven sons and three daughters, and it was from her line that successive khans and nobles of Mongolia were descended.

As with Genghis Khan and other Great Khans, it seems that her grave was never found.

Sources:

Secret History of the Mongol Queens

Weatherford, Jack (2010). The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire.

Wikipedia

Virtuti nihil obstat et armis

  • Esmelle: If that's a lady, I'm a cat.
  • Sandry: I am Sandrilene fa Toren, daughter of Count Mattin fer Toren and his countess, Amiliane fa Landreg. I am the great-niece of his grace, Duke Vedris of this realm of Emelan, and cousin of her Imperial Highness, Empress Berenene of the Namorn Empire. You are Esmelle ei Pragin, daughter of Baron Witten en Pragin and his lady Colledia of House Wheelwright - a merchant house. If I tell you my friend is a lady, then you...you had best start lapping, kitty.
  • Esmelle:
  • Esmelle:
  • Esmelle: I came out to have a good time and I'm honestly feeling so attacked right now
First Nonbinary Character in Star Wars!

This post is a little late because I’ve been fighting with Wookieepedia to get a page for zhem up with no luck. I’ve never edited Wookieepedia before, and evidently I’m doing something wrong. Anyone who is a Wookieepedia editor, feel free to post this (And please contact us! There are many more canonically queer characters whose pages have been neglected.) I’ve left this mostly in the Wookieepedia article format, so it should be a simple transfer if you know what you’re doing.

Thank you Chuck Wendig @terribleminds​ for including Eleodie in your work! I hope we see zhem again!

Anyways, without further ado, here is Eleodie Maracavanya, as zhe appear in Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt. Nonbinary followers, let me know if I’m conjugating pronouns incorrectly, or if there’s anything else I need to fix.

-Mod K


Eleodie Maracavanya was a pirate during the period following the Galactic Civil War. Zhe commanded the Super Star Destroyer The Annihilator with the intention of creating zher own pirate empire in Wild Space apart from the Republic.

Homeworld: Nar Shadda
Gender: Unknown, zhe/zher pronouns
Eye color: Gold

Biography

Earlier in zher life, Eleodie had some dealings with the Galactic Empire, and did not want zher empire to be like that one was.[1]

Sometime after the Battle of Endor, Eleodie captured the Super Star Destroyer The Annihilator and became its captain.

To expand zher pirate empire, Eleodie offered membership to everyone who was aboard the vessels that zhe and zher crew conquered. When the Corellian CR90 Starfall was conquered, a young woman named Kartessa and her mother joined Eleodie’s crew.[1]

Personality and traits

Eleodie uses a variety of pronouns. Zhe/Zher are the most commonly used pronouns, but occasionally They/Them, She/Her, and He/His pronouns are also used to describe Eleodie.[1]

Eleodie strictly followed zher own code of pirate honor. When taking the ship Starfall, zhe made it clear that zhe did not want to kill any of the passengers, as long as the passengers did not try to kill zher. Zhe did not consider themselves a murder, and certainly not a slaver.[1]

Zhe had a strong dislike of both the previous Galactic Empire and the current Republic, and valued the freedom and sovereignty of self given by zher pirate kingdom.[1]

Behind the scenes

Eleodie first appeared in Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig.[1] The use of zhe/zher pronouns makes Eleodie is the first nonbinary character in Star Wars canon. Eleodie joins the several other LGBTQ+ characters in Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy, notably Sinjir Rath Velus, and Shirine and Esmelle Susser.

Appearances

Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt (First appearance)

Sources

Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt

Notes and references

1.      Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt- Interlude “The Annihilator”

Queering Star Wars II: Prompts Masterpost

Last year we kicked off this blog in August with a headcanon and fanworks week. Much of the feedback we received was that people wanted the event to be longer, so this year we’ll be hosting Queering Star Wars II for the entire month of June with a new prompt for each day. We don’t expect anyone to respond to all of these prompts, just pick the ones that resonate with you.

Headcanon Week: June 1st-5th

  • Wednesday June 1st: Gay & Lesbian Headcanons
  • Thursday: Bi and Pan Headcanons
  • Friday: Trans and Intersex Headcanons
  • Saturday: Aromantic and Asexual Spectrum Headcanons
  • Sunday: Any other Queer Headcanons (i.e. characters you headcanon simply as queer without any other labels, or characters you headcanon as having multiple queer identities that you’d like to discuss together, etc.)

Meta Questions & Prompts Week: June 6th-12th

These prompts are worded very broadly, feel free to make your responses as specific as you’d like to particular orientations/genders or groups within the Star Wars galaxy (i.e. the Jedi/Mandalorians/Empire/Rebellion/Etc.)

  • Monday June 6th: What are pride events like in the Star Wars galaxy?
  • Tuesday: What is queer culture like in the Star Wars galaxy?
  • Wednesday: What is queer acceptance like in the Star Wars galaxy?
  • Thursday: What is queer history like in the Star Wars galaxy? Who are the historical figures?
  • Friday: How does the advanced medical technology in the Star Wars galaxy help the queer characters? Is it easier for trans characters to transition if they choose to do so? Are there ways for queer couples who would not be able to have biological children with our current technology to do so in the SW galaxy?
  • Saturday: Headcanons you have about characters discovering their queer identities.
  • Sunday: Headcanons you have about characters being accepted by their friends and family.

Canon Week: June 13th-19th

Fanworks Week: June 20th-26th

  • Monday June 20th: Post pictures of your crafts (patches, collages, embroidery, buttons, etc.) relating to your Star Wars queer headcanons or canonically queer characters.
  • Tuesday: Post your digital edits (GIFs, collages, color warp, playlists, etc.)
  • Wednesday: Post pictures of clothes you’ve made or decorated (shirts, hats, costumes, etc.) 
  • Thursday & Friday: Post your fanfic
  • Saturday & Sunday: Post your fanart (traditional or digital)

Shipping Week: June 27th-30th
(If you’re looking for inspiration check out our relationships tag page)

  • Monday June 27th: Post about the canon “ships” (Ferus/Roan, Esmelle/Shirene, Goran/Medrit, Juhani/F!Revan, Sana/Aphra, SWTOR ships [Lord Cytharat, Theron Shan, Koth Vortena, Lana Beniko, and Lemda Avesta in relationships with same/similar gendered player characters], Aleksin/Pavol, Delian/Murra Mors)
  • Tuesday: Post about characters you headcanon in f/f ships.
  • Wednesday: Post about characters you headcanon in m/m ships.
  • Thursday: Post about characters you headcanon in asexual relationships or QPRs.

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We’re all super excited to see your posts! Please use the tags #queeringstarwars#QSW, #QSW II, or @ us in your posts.