So the Jedi Council refuses to train Anakin Skywalker. Honestly, how much trouble could Qui-Gon Jin have spared the galaxies if he rescued Shmi and they home-schooled Anakin together a long ways away from Coruscant?
I just saw an article talking about how Shmi’s last name shouldn’t have been Skywalker because she was just a slave woman and didn’t do anything to deserve such a ‘grandiose’ name and that it should’ve been a name Anakin or Luke took on for themselves once they left Tatooine and I’m just like
No, screw that
The Skywalker name started (as far back as we know) with a slave single mother on Tatooine. Not a warrior, not a Jedi, not a great war hero, but one of the most genuinely kind, decent, and selfless people in the entire saga. It doesn’t matter if she never wielded a lightsaber or used the force. She gave everything for her son, sacrificing the last bit of happiness in her miserable life so he could escape from slavery and fulfill his dreams. She did everything to deserve the name Skywalker.
Shmi was the first Skywalker, and don’t you forget that.
wait: anakin only had one gene donor. the only genes he’s carrying, apparently, are his mother’s, and the force bullshitted the rest. so, if you were to try and clone him - wouldn’t you just get clones of shmi?
imagine palpatine trying to clone vader and ending up teenage shmi skywalker, here to fuck you up
She was a woman of forty, her long brown hair tied back from her worn face, her clothing rough and simple. She had been pretty once, and Anakin would say she was pretty still, but time and the demands of her life were catching up with her. Her smile was warm and youthful as she greeted her son.
the au we all truly deserve is the au where revered badass jedi master shmi skywalker has to somehow explain to the council that she hasn’t broken the code, yes master windu I am aware of how human children happen, yes I know there’s a belly monster growing in me that’s making me crave chandrilan jabanero pepper balls and forcing me to pee every half hour it’d be pretty impressive if I DIDN’T know, however the fact still stands I did not break the code
Shmi had often wondered if Owen had been part of the reason she had so readily agreed to marry Cliegg. […] Yes, she loved him, and deeply, and she certainly couldn’t deny her joy finally being relieved of her slave bonds. But despite all of that, what part had the presence of Owen played in her decisions? It had been a question that had stayed with her all these years. Had there been a need in her heart that Owen had filled? A mother’s need to cover the hole left by Anakin’s departure?
Helping others isn’t always easy, is it? If people paid us to be good, the galaxy would be overflowing with kindness. But most of the time there isn’t much reward, and sometimes it even costs us dearly to do good things.