The Force will always have more stories to tell.
One such story, the comic Star Wars: Forces of Destiny - Ahsoka & Padme — written by Beth Revis and released in January — brings together two characters Star Wars fans are sure to recognize: none other than Ahsoka Tano and Padme Amidala.
"It feels momentous to write for Star Wars, because you feel like you're entering like the Jedi Archives, making an entry into the tome of history for this other galaxy," Revis told SYFY WIRE.
Despite that pressure, Revis isn't a stranger to the Star Wars universe. She also penned Rebel Rising, which tied into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and focused on Jyn Erso. For the Ahsoka and Padme comic, Revis wanted to take the two characters away from Anakin.
"I think most people, when they think of either Ahsoka or Padme, they automatically think of Anakin, because Padme was married to Anakin and Ahsoka was Anakin's padawan, but writing a story about them outside of the context of Anakin was what I really wanted to do, and explore their friendship and those two characters as people outside of their relationship to the man who would ultimately become Darth Vader," Revis says.
Bringing the two characters together was also an interesting process for Revis, especially given that there were things that Ahsoka knew and Padme didn't... and vice versa: Ahsoka wasn't privy to the more intimate nature of Padme and Anakin's relationship, for example. The Force was another differentiating factor between the pair.
"They have these two different ways of viewing the world, and that was the driving force to show how they can be friends despite being so different," Revis says.
Revis tried to focus on Ahsoka and Padme's emotions and individuality, and also tried to take a narrow approach to the story. Ahsoka was the harder of the two for her to write — Star Wars Rebels hadn't ended yet, so Revis wasn't aware of all of Ahsoka's arc — but she did know that Ahsoka would ultimately leave the Jedi order.
"Really exploring her attitude about what it is to be a Jedi was the most fascinating part for me with Ahsoka," Revis says. "Because she obviously has a little bit of a different viewpoint, but she at that moment in time was still a Jedi."
Revis also enjoyed Padme's secrets: "It's always interesting as a writer to write a character who has secrets," she says. Of course, Revis is also entering the universe with large swaths of Padme and Ahsoka's stories already set and fleshed out.
"I find the actual process of writing that is a little bit easier, actually, because I have all the pieces and I just have to put them together," Revis says. "But the harder thing is worrying that I'm going to do it right for the fans, because I'm also a fan."
Star Wars is a massive universe even beyond the pages of the comic, and does come with decades of fans, but also pre-established lore, rules, and character developments. Revis likened stepping into the Star Wars universe to fan fiction, and said that not having to focus on building the world lets her focus on story, plot, and characters.
"The world is there, but because George Lucas created such a rich world with so many possibilities, you can really tell any stories within the confines of the world," Revis says. "And so exploring that, all the characters ultimately have a very human drive to them, and a very human set of motivations, and reasons for why they're doing what they're doing, and it just puts it on a grander scale to set it in the Star Wars universe."
The universe has a lot of moving parts, both in-universe with lightsabers, TIE fighters, Sith, and Jedi, but also in our own with Disney now owning the brand. And while working with giant conglomerates like Disney can have their challenges — and other recent Star Wars products have had their own share of development controversies — Revis said that working with the publishing department wasn't that different from working with any other publishing department.
"A lot of what the story group does is they fact-checked, and it's not different from, say, writing a historical novel, and I have to know that, you know, this type of button existed in 1873 or whatever, but that's what the Star Wars group is saying," Revis says. "Their notes to me were always things like 'Oh, well this character couldn't have this because it hasn't been invented yet,' or something like that, or 'This character cannot talk to this character because they're over here in a different spot.' So the guidelines from Lucasfilm, they're never restrictive, they're always a matter of keeping the facts straight."
That universe is also ever-expanding, be it the new trilogy, the Clone Wars and Rebels TV shows, or even the other supplemental stories like the Forces of Destiny shorts and comics. And Revis thinks that in these supplemental materials, side stories are able to be focused on.
"That's what these books and comic books and even some of the television shows allow us to do, is to explore the other little side stories of all these characters," Revis says. "Every single person in the galaxy has their own story to tell."