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Anakin Solo
Position Jedi Knight
Homeworld Coruscant (born on Nespis VIII)
Species Human
Gender Male
Affiliation Jedi, New Republic
Portrayed by N/A

Anakin Solo is a fictional character from the Star Wars Expanded Universe, the youngest child born to Han Solo and Leia Organa Solo, and the brother to elder twin siblings, Jaina and Jacen. Anakin is named for his maternal grandfather, Anakin Skywalker, and, like his namesake, is a talented pilot who is prodigiously gifted both in the Force and mechanical engineering. He dies in the novel Star by Star.

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Publication history

Anakin Solo debuts in Tom Veitch's Dark Empire II limited comic series. He is first referred to as Han Solo, Jr. by his father, but Leia corrects him. Leia names Anakin after her biological father, Anakin Skywalker, as a reminder of hope; however, Anakin still fears the name and his grandfather's legacy.[1] Anakin appears as an infant and toddler in many Star Wars novels such as the Jedi Academy Trilogy. Anakin and his siblings, Jacen Solo and Jaina Solo, play central roles in other novels such as The Crystal Star, The New Rebellion, and The Corellian Trilogy.

On October 1, 1995, Nancy Richardson started the Junior Jedi Knights series with The Golden Globe starring Anakin and his best friend Tahiri Veila. Anakin was now an eleven year old child starting his training at the Jedi Academy on Yavin IV.[1] Richardson continued Anakin's adventures in the following two novels, Lyric's World and Promises, before Rebecca Moesta finished the series with Anakin's Quest, Vader's Fortress, and Kenobi's Blade, starting in 1996. Anakin appears in the Young Jedi Knights series by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta, which follows the adventures of Anakin's siblings, Jacen and Jaina.

In 1999, the first novel of the New Jedi Order series was published, entitled Vector Prime by R.A. Salvatore. Anakin is now a teenager studying as a Jedi under his uncle, Luke Skywalker, debating with his brother, Jacen, on the ways of a Jedi and the Force. In the novel's climax, his father's copilot and best friend, Chewbacca, dies saving Anakin's life.

Anakin plays major roles in Dark Tide: Onslaught and Dark Tide: Ruin by Michael A. Stackpole published 1 February 2000 and 1 June 2000, respectively, and is the main focus of the books Edge of Victory: Conquest and Edge of Victory: Rebirth by Greg Keyes published April 1, 2001 and August 1, 2001, respectively.

In the following novel by Troy Denning, Star by Star published on October 30, 2001, Anakin leads a team of Jedi to take out a dangerous enemy of the Jedi resulting in his death. Writers of the New Jedi Order story line revealed in a question-and-answer section of the paperback edition of The Unifying Force published on August 3, 2004 that Anakin was supposed to be the hero of the story and lead the Jedi Order, but this was changed due to the release of the Star Wars prequel films, in which the hero was also named Anakin. Instead, he dies in battle at the conclusion of the novel.

Even after his death, Anakin Solo has been mentioned several times in most following novels, including a possible appearance in Traitor by Matthew Stover and as a droid in Betrayal by Aaron Allston as Anakin Sal-Solo.

Anakin is portrayed in the earlier books as being a genius and a loner, but is haunted by his name. In Lyric's World, it is revealed that he loves to take computers apart and put them back together and sees it as a puzzle.[2] He would also have dreams of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader trying to persuade him to fall to the dark side of the Force; Anakin overcomes this fear in Anakin's Quest, in which he confronts himself.[3]

In The New Jedi Order series, Anakin is older but not portrayed too differently. He still spent time alone thinking about the role of the Force, and would get into arguments with his brother, Jacen Solo, on the subject.[4] However, his uncle Luke still sees Anakin as too young and reckless.[5]

Plot details

Childhood

Anakin first appears in the graphic novel Empire's End, in which he is mere months old. The resurrected Emperor Palpatine touches the unborn Anakin Solo in Dark Empire II through Leia's womb, in a failed attempt to steal the infant's body for himself.

Like his grandfather, Anakin Skywalker, he is incredibly strong in the Force. However, Anakin feels that he had inherited not only his grandfather's name, but also his dark legacy as the Sith Lord Darth Vader. As a child he often has nightmares of Vader and a very strong fear of the dark side. At the age of three, Anakin's gifts become obvious to his uncle, Luke Skywalker. By the time he is seven, he has demonstrated a remarkable ability to make anything mechanical work, regardless of whether he understands the device's purpose or its components.

During the Empire Reborn series, the Imperial Procurator of Justice, Lord Hethrir, kidnaps the Solo children to use in his plot for their Force powers. There, Anakin develops a relationship with Tigris, the son of Hethrir and his mate Rillao, who serves as Anakin's guard (and Hethrir's servant). In exchange for Waru's help, Hethrir tries to sacrifice Anakin to Waru, but Luke, Han and Leia Solo battle Hethrir and Waru and rescue Anakin and siblings. Waru, giving up the hope that Hethrir would help him go back to his own dimension, destroys Hethrir.

Anakin figures prominently in the discovery and activation of some of the ancient Corellian planetary repulsors during the reign of Thrackan Sal-Solo on Corellia in the Corellian Trilogy.

Jedi Academy Years

Anakin arrives on Yavin IV at the age of 11. He immediately befriends Tahiri Veila, a girl two years his junior who was recently discovered by Luke Skywalker on his home planet of Tatooine. Together, they discover the Golden Globe beneath the Palace of the Woolamander and the existence of the ancient Jedi Master Ikrit, who had told them that the thousands of souls were imprisoned within could only be released by Force-sensitive children.

After that, Anakin and Tahiri travel to Yavin VIII at the request of their Melodie friend, Lyric. There, they accompany her while she goes through the Changing Ceremony, in which Lyric would change forms. Anakin fights and kills their ambushers. The duo also find a matching ancient carving on the wall of a cave that informs them that, 4000 years before, Sith Lord Exar Kun trapped countless number of Massassi children with his Sith magic.

Tahiri's foster father, Sliven, the leader of the Tusken clan, demands that she return to Tatooine, where she would decide whether she would train as a Jedi or return to her tribe. There, Sliven tells Tahiri of her true heritage: Her parents were Force-sensitive moisture farmers named Tryst and Cassa Veila, who were accidentally killed by the Tribe, who went looking for the missing Sliven. In reality, he was in care of her parents and after they were killed, Sliven took Tahiri under his wing, striking a deal with the Tribe so that she could stay. When Tahiri was of age, she would undergo a test to prove herself and Sliven as a leader. Anakin came along with Tahiri during her test, which also turned out to test their Force abilities — surviving the harshest deserts of the Dune Sea and battling a Krayt dragon. The duo returns to Yavin IV and frees the souls.

Later, Anakin is plagued by dreams of Palpatine and Darth Vader telling him that he is destined to become a Dark Jedi. Worried, Anakin requests to travel to Dagobah and face himself in the same cave Luke Skywalker had done so many years ago. He is accompanied by Tahiri and Ikrit — and to their surprise, a stowaway named Uldir Lochett, who thinks himself to have Force potential, but really only has a vague instinct that senses when the Force is being used. The four face swamp creatures and both Tahiri and Anakin go inside the cave separately. While Anakin emerges victorious, Tahiri sees images of her past, including her grandfather, who had once been a Jedi murdered during Palpatine's Great Jedi Purge, and her parents.

In Kenobi's Blade, Tionne Solusar, the Jedi historian, finds that Vader had saved Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber. With Anakin, Tahiri, Uldir and Ikrit, Tionne goes to Vader's fortress at Bast Castle on Vjun to retrieve it, only to have Orloc, a self-claimed "mage" after it as well. Orloc, after capturing Uldir, manipulates the youth by claiming that he had great powers and therefore would grant him Jedi powers. When his companions rescue him and escape with the lightsaber and the Jedi Holocron, Uldir steals the artifacts and goes back to Orloc.

His companions chase him to Exis Station, in which Orloc had demonostrated his powers to Uldir. In reality, they were only technological tricks that could only be performed in Orloc's base, Exis Station. Uldir, seeing his friends battle Orloc with true Force powers, joins them and defeats the mage. Anakin and his companions return to the Jedi Praxeum with both artifacts.

Anakin graduates from his Junior Jedi Class and returns to Coruscant, where he attends school, develops his piloting skills, and studies under the careful tutelage of C-3PO. Following the attack by the Shadow Academy in the titular novel, he returns to Yavin IV and helps rebuild the Great Temple by viewing its rubble as a huge puzzle to be solved.

In this series, he has several adventures with his siblings and their friends, including the mission to find Zekk, taking down Black Sun, accompanying his father to Ord Mantell, etc.

In the beginning of the New Jedi Order series, Anakin graduates from the Academy and becomes an apprentice along with other students like Jacen, Jaina, Tenel Ka, Lowbacca and Zekk. Together with his brother Jacen, Anakin trains directly with Luke.

Yuuzhan Vong War

In Vector Prime, 15-year-old Anakin is at the forefront of the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, present at Sernpidal, the first planet lost to the Vong. Anakin is forced to fly the Millennium Falcon and flee. The freighter is taking on as many refugees as possible before Sernpidal's moon could crash into its surface. Anakin keeps the Falcon grounded as long as he can, soaring away from the cataclysm at the last possible instant. This decision results in the death of Chewbacca, who is unable to board the Falcon in time. Han blames Anakin for Chewbacca's death, and the two do not fully reconcile until the end of the series. Anakin pushes himself harder and harder against the invading enemy forces, trying to live up to Chewbacca's sacrifice.

Later on, Anakin protects a terminally ill Mara Jade Skywalker on Dantooine. Soon after this, refugees from Dubrillion, who Lando Calrissian had evacuated, arrive on the planet as well. Unfortunately, the Yuuzhan Vong follow them and engage them in battle. Anakin and Jacen kill legions of reptiloid Chazrach slave soldiers and beetle-like Thrall herders from the Yuuzhan Vong's own galaxy. However, they find out that the Chazrack are mindless, functioning much like battle droids. With the Jedi's efforts, including Luke, who destroys a thrall herder, the refugees escape Dantooine.

In the same year, after learning through the computer program created by Anakin that kept track of the usage of the data library that Daeshara'cor wants super-weapons, Luke, Mara, Mirax Horn, Anakin and a grifter named Chalco travel to different worlds to stop her. Anakin and Chalco are told to stay on the ship, but Chalco talks Anakin into leaving the ship to check out local information sources. Anakin ends up being captured, along with Chalco. Anakin uses the Force to knock Daeshara'cor out with Chalco's blaster while in captivity, and ends up bringing Daeshara'cor to the light side. He, along with the other Jedi, fight at Ithor. At the battle, after seeing Daeshara'cor poisoned by the amphistaff, Anakin defends her from the Yuuzhan Vong, wielding two lightsabers: his and Daeshara'cor's. Even though he, along Luke and Mara, gets the Twi'lek to the medical bay, she dies — after reassuring him that she would not have changed anything. Nevertheless, Anakin blames himself and sinks deeper into his guilt.

Anakin develops Jedi tactics that could be used against the Yuuzhan Vong. He rediscovers a lost Force skill, Battle Meditation, and refines it into a technique known as Force Meld which is used to coordinate Jedi in battle. He also designs the prototype for the Yuuzhan Vong Hunter Droids (YVH) manufactured by Lando Calrissian.

When the Yuuzhan Vong attack Yavin IV and the New Republic refuses to send aid, Anakin impetuously runs off to the system in an attempt to save the students studying there. In the ensuing battle, Anakin's childhood mentor Master Ikrit is killed and his friend Tahiri captured. Anakin finds an unlikely ally in Vua Rapuung, a Yuuzhan Vong outcast, who helps him infiltrate the enemy encampment and rescue Tahiri. Anakin's lightsaber is damaged in the rescue attempt and he has to rebuild it using a Yuuzhan Vong lambent. He attunes his lightsaber to himself and discovers a way to sense the Vong through the Force. Anakin is the first Jedi after Vergere to have sensed the Yuuzhan Vong thus. He calls this ability the "Vongsense".

The Yuuzhan Vong had performed numerous experiments on Tahiri during her captivity; Anakin helps her recover from the ordeal. Meanwhile, rumors of their exploits on Yavin IV run rampant through the working class "shamed ones" of the Yuuzhan Vong, who soon began to see Jedi as their salvation.

After Anakin helps Tahiri repress her Yuuzhan Vong personality from taking total control, Corran Horn takes the two of them to Eriadu, to get supplies. What begins as a simple mission, ends up being complicated after learning from Kelbis Nu, a fellow Rodian Jedi Knight who Anakin and Tahiri set off to rescued after sensing him in trouble, learned that the Vong's next target is Yag'Dhul, where the Givin lived. After being arrested by anti-Jedi Erudian judicials, Tahiri saves Anakin (under her Yuuzhan Vong personality) from further interrogation and escapes. The three of them ride under a Yuuzhan Vong spy ship to warn the Givin. While doing so, they encounter Nom Anor and his warriors, and Anakin challenges one to a duel, which he wins. To destroy the Yuuzhan Vong, the Givin decide to draw air out of the space sation while Corran, Anakin and Tahiri search for vac suits. After complications, the duo are pushed into an oxygenated, yet leaking locker. Anakin, believing that they are going to die, admits his love for her and the two kiss. Corran Horn, who had, much to the duo's embarrassment, figured what had happened between them, returns for them and the combined Givin and New Republic fleet defeats the Yuuzhan Vong.

When the Yuuzhan Vong bioengineer Jedi-hunting creatures called Voxyn, Lyric is among the first to fall. Anakin leads a strike team into the Myrkr system; its mission is to destroy the cloning facility where the creatures are being bred. But things go wrong from the beginning when Ulaha Kore, one of the strike team tacticians, is gravely injured. Jaina cracks when Ulaha is further subjected to torture. The Yuuzhan Vong torturer decided to pick on her and force her to choose between her younger brother or her twin. Anakin tells her to select him as the next victim. The Yuuzhan Vong torture him, but he doesn't react — which earns admiration from his torturers. He buys the strike team enough time to take over the ship.

In Star by Star, Anakin impulsively runs to his sister's rescue and is stabbed in the gut. The wound rupturs his spleen. Desperate to save the mission, Anakin refuses to drop into a Force trance. His connection to the Force remains strong, and he gathers energy around him like a magnet. Anakin becomes a glowing extension of the Force itself and he achieves complete oneness with the Force. Being almost invincible, he cuts down Yuuzhan Vong in order to get his friends closer to the voxyn queen.

However, the intense energy quickly consumes him as it escaped through his mortal wound, and Anakin dies shortly after ensuring that Tahiri is safe. His death is transmitted through the Force, leaving his family and fellow Jedi Knights devastated. However, because of his death, even the enemy grow to admire him. His sister rashly attacks a Yuuzhan Vong mortuary and recovers his body. She flies his body to Hapes, where the entire family gathers for a funeral. After a memorial ceremony, the fallen hero is cremated by Luke Skywalker.

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b Richardson, N. Junior Jedi Knights: The Golden Globe. Boulevard, October 1995. ISBN 1572970359
  2. ^ Richardson, N. Junior Jedi Knights: Lyric's World. Berkley Jam, June 1998. ISBN 0425167623
  3. ^ Moesta, R. Junior Jedi Knights: Anakin's Quest. Boulevard, April 1997. ISBN 1572971363
  4. ^ Salvatore, R. A. New Jedi Order: Vector Prime. Del Rey, October 1999. ISBN 0345428447
  5. ^ Keyes, G. New Jedi Order: Edge of Victory I: Conquest. Del Rey, April 2001. ISBN 0345428641

References

  • Star Wars: The essential guide to characters, 1st edition, 1995. Andy Mangels. ISBN 0-345-39535-2
  • Dark Empire II, Issue #6, 1st edition, 1995 (trade paperback). Tom Veitch, Cam Kennedy, ISBN 1-56971-119-4
  • Star Wars: Ambush at Corellia, 1st paperback printing, 1995. Roger Macbride Allen, ISBN 0-553-29803-8
  • Star Wars, The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime, 1st edition, 1999. R. A. Salvatore, ISBN 0-345-42845-5
  • Star Wars, The New Jedi Order: Balance Point, 1st edition, 2000. Kathy Tyers, ISBN 0-345-42857-9
  • Star Wars, The New Jedi Order: Edge of Victory 1: Conquest, 1st paperback printing. Greg Keyes, ISBN 0-345-42864-1
  • Star Wars, The New Jedi Order: Star by Star, 1st hardcover edition, 2002. Troy Denning, ISBN 0-345-42867-6
  • Star Wars, The New Jedi Order: Force Heretic II: Refugee, 1st paperback printing, 2003. Sean Williams and Shane Dix, ISBN 0-345-42871-4

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