Before we go on I just wanted to swing back to Amaterasu for a second because like.
On the one hand I absolutely know that she is speaking to Kurogane (as if he were actually listening, which he probably can’t do right now).
But on the other hand her speech is ABSOLUTELY 100% the kind of dialogue that characters have when they’re in a stage play. They just, walk on up there and announce who they are, where they came from, and why they’re here.
AND I FIND IT WAY FUNNIER THAN ANYTHING IN THIS CHAPTER SHOULD EVER BE.
I remember my middle school Spanish teacher spoke Spanish natively, but used French with her husband and English in public and one day she walked in speaking French and everyone was so confused, including her. She thought she’d been speaking English and just wasn’t entirely focused.
So, at the Captain Swan wedding they are singing about a “Happy Beginning” which is just so perfect because their wedding is not the end of their story but the beginning of another one. And I remember JMo once talking about how she liked to think of “Happy Endings” as “Happy Beginnings” instead. And I am by no means okay.
Forgive me if you've shared this already, but what does Vaderkin look like in Anabasis? I know you've talked about his scars, but what about clothes and hair?
*strolls in four months late with tea and an answer*
(For reference, Starlightify did a fantastic rendition of Anakin’s many scars here.)
In general terms, he looks closer to AOTC Anakin than ROTS Anakin.
As Vader he kept his hair quite short, but by the time of the main story he’s been in Jedi custody and hasn’t had a haircut
for a while, so it’s getting a bit long. (Still probably shorter than ROTS, though.)
Under the Empire he wore Sith black, of course, and in public he was always cloaked and hooded. His clothes were usually bulky and obscuring, designed to hide as well as to intimidate. People who interacted with him would be left with a sense of looming darkness, but wouldn’t be able to name any distinguishing features about his appearance. Nobody ever saw his face.
In Jedi custody, he wears a single layer of nondescript tan. Anakin thinks of this as prison clothes, and technically he’s right, but tbh the Jedi just dressed him in what they had to hand, which was the first layer of a Jedi uniform.
In the very beginning those prison clothes leave him feeling nervous and exposed. He’s used to having the protection of his hood and several obscuring layers. He’s not used to people seeing him. Master was always very adamant that he couldn’t be seen.
There’s no way to hide in the Jedi clothes. Which is of course the point.
And yes, that puts him on edge, but there’s also a certain thrill to it. Palpatine took his name and his face and made him a weapon, but Anakin gave his name to Padme and now he’s showing his face to the world. It’s terrifying and liberating at the same time.
The prison clothes aren’t a constant, though. The Jedi dress him in black again every time he’s taken to the Senate for a hearing, just in case the Senate needs to be reminded of what he is.
But if he had the choice, Anakin would probably still prefer black. For Tatooine reasons rather than Sith reasons (though there’s probably also a subconscious sense of comfort in familiarity). But the obscuring cloaks wouldn’t reappear.
Actually, given a choice, Anakin’s likely to dress in something pretty similar to Luke’s black ROTJ outfit.
So I can’t draw people but!!! These aren’t people!! So it’s all good :) and I tried my best so I hope you like them!!! It’s a happy little Anti axolotl with a speckled belly and a super grumpy and speckly Dark axolotl!! I hope they’re okay :)