After Padmé dies, a myriad of legends spring up around her, most of the dealing with the strange circumstances of her death. The Empire encourages the ones that say she was killed by a Jedi traitor, while the Rebels favor one that says she was murdered to keep her from fighting back for democracy.
The truth remains shrouded in mystery, as only one person knows what really happened, and her killer would never tell.
Still, truth matters little to legend and myth, and her story continues. Rebels and Imperials alike claim that she is watching over them, protecting them in their diplomatic endeavors.
The people of Naboo like to tell that Padmé Amidala came to Naboo from either the ocean or the moon, depending on who you ask, a gift from one of the goddesses in Naboo’s hour of need. Once Naboo was safe, she was called back, but should their planet ever need her again, Queen Amidala would return.
Legends about her life are also fairly popular, about how she once fought a nexu with her bare hands, no five nexus!
About how she tricked the clever Hutts into giving her what she wanted without having to give them anything in return.
About how she was fierce enough that the Duchess of Mandalore once begged her to renounce Naboo and become a Mandalorian.
About how she was so kind that the Jedi themselves begged her to teach them of compassion.
About how she was so beautiful that Death itself wanted her for a bride and stole her away.
There is only one legend about her baby, although there are many variations on it, but all agree on the beginning: One of Queen Amidala’s Jedi friends was there when she died, the High General maybe, and he stole her baby and tricked the doctors into thinking she had never given birth. Just what that Jedi was doing with her baby was a matter of some debate.
The baby was being raised as a prince or princess, to one day rule a planet and rally it against the Empire.
The baby was being raised by poor peasants, farmers maybe, while the Jedi looked on, a silent protector. The baby grew up brave and strong, but with few worries.
The baby was raised by the Jedi, trained to fight the Sith.
The baby was being raised by Rebels, brought up on tales of the need for democracy, and would one day pull the Empire apart with their bare hands.
Darth Vader listened to every single story he could find and stored them away in the deepest corner of his heart.