Parts of the planet Shili, the home world of the Togruta, are still very remote. The Togruta like it this way since a large part of the population prefers to keep the old ways and roam the forests and plains in small but tight-knit groups. Raana De’Fenn was born in one such community in one of the most remote regions of the planet. She was nearly five years old when her parents happened to bring her along to a far-off trading post, past an Ithorian Jedi Master. He was on Shili to study the native flora and help combat a blight that was wreaking havoc on one of the many kinds of tall turu-grass that covers much of the planet.
The Jedi, Master Lum Edom, noticed something strange about the child and asked her parents if the young girl had ever been tested by the Jedi. When it became apparent that she had not, the old Ithorian performed the tests to the best of his abilities, and surmised that she was indeed force sensitive. Her parents didn’t quite know how to react to this, so Master Edom told them he would be on the planet for several months still, and did not feel it was his place to pressure them on the future of their child. Instead, he offered to meet them in three months to hear what they had decided.
In three months’ time his parents, true to their word, returned to the trading post and told the Jedi Master that the community had decided to send young Raana with him to Coruscant to learn the arts of the Jedi. It was not an easy decision to make, but both her parents and the rest of her clan felt it was the right thing to do, to allow her to follow the destiny the Force had set out for her.
Naturally, the nearly five-year old Rana felt very differently about leaving her parents and home world behind. Master Edom took the child’s tantrums in stride, but he also faced some opposition from the Jedi Order when he brought her back. Raana was quite a bit older than most of the young children brought in for training, but the old Master found several precedents for allowing children so young to be trained, and in the end young Rana was accepted.
The young Togruta had a hard time of it for the first year or so, missing her parents, the others in her clan and the life in the forest and endless plains on Shili. In the end, her eagerness to learn and experience new things won out, and she became fascinated by the Force and the teachings of the Jedi.
Despite her eagerness to learn, Raana always felt a bit like an outsider at the temple. Unlike most of the other Padawans, she could actually remember her family, the life on her old home world and it set her apart from the other younglings. She compensated for this with her winning personality and warmth, and as a result tended to be popular with the other younglings.
It was a frustrating experience for Raana when several of her peers went to Ilum to seek out crystals for their lightsabers, but she was not allowed to go. She tried to hide her disappointment when Jedi Master Yoda told her she wasn’t ready yet.
Half a year later, she was approached by Master Edom, who had stayed in touch during her years in the temple, following her progress and offering advice and help. He brought her to the Council Chambers to meet with Master Yoda again. This time, Yoda told her she was ready. But since there weren’t others going to Ilum at this time, he gave her master the coordinates for another planet where she might find a suitable crystal.
Raana travelled with Master Edom to a planet not on any of the star charts, in Wild Space. Master Yoda called the planet Raus Dram. There she discovered a white-blue kyber crystal, and consequently built her own lightsaber, instructed by Master Edom, before returning to the temple on Coruscant.
After ten years in the Jedi Temple, Raana was finally judged to be ready to serve as a Padawan. This is normally a time of great stress for potential Padawans, as finding a master is not guaranteed by any means. For Raana this was not the case. Master Edom had already informed her he would ask for her as his Padawan learner. He did this despite a few raised eyebrows in the temple from Jedi Masters who felt he should perhaps pay a little more attentions to the part of the Jedi code about attachment.
Master Edom was a firm believer in the Living Force. He was a keen horticulturalist and a lover of the wilderness found only on planets untouched by civilization. His philosophy was simple, only with discourse could the galaxy avoid conflict. Only by working together to maintain the peace could the galaxy avoid wars.
Raana’s master was not too keen on training her with her lightsaber, teaching her only the basics at first. He told her that he had to stay true to his nature and he wanted little to do with conflict. Through the course of his career he had never had a call to ignite his lightsaber in anger, although he had trained in different styles.
It nearly broke the old Jedi Master’s heart when the Clone Wars started. He spoke against the Jedi Order’s involvement in closed sessions of the Jedi Council, but performed the duties asked of him nevertheless. He continued his work as a horticulturalist when possible, and a negotiator when he had to, trying his best to secure ceasefires to recover wounded soldiers and keep civilians safe from the horrors of war. As the war continued, he confided in his Padawan that he felt like his will to carry on was getting weaker and weaker.
After doing his best to teach his Padawan the virtues of peaceful resolution of any hostile situation, he realized that the work they were doing brought them all too frequently to dangerous places. He shifted the girl’s training more towards learning ways to defend herself, increasing the focus on lightsaber training but keeping up with the other aspects of her training the best he could.
The old Ithorian was far from being a good warrior, but he used his strong connection to the Living Force to a good effect in the rare occasions when he had to ignite his saber to defend himself or others as the war continued. His chosen style was form VI, Niman, the way of the diplomat. Many of his peers, including Jedi Master Obi-Van Kenobi, told him that form was too weak in a serious conflict, he was too old and set in his ways to master the other styles. He did have a good working knowledge of form IV, Ataru, as well, and realized this style might serve his quick and agile Padawan well to quickly end conflict with decisive action.
The death of old Master Edom came as a shock for Raana and the Jedi Council. The Ithorian had been sent to negotiate the surrender of a small world on the fringes of Separatist space. Since the mission was routine, he left his Padawan back on Coruscant to gather information on what he hoped would be the Separatist leaders involved in the final peace talks to end the war, now that Count Dooku was dead.
Master Edom’s consular cruiser never made it to his destination. As it came out of hyperspace in the system, a CIS frigate carrying the General who had been in charge of defending the now lost planet was leaving the system. Out of sheer spite the General ordered the frigate to open fire on the small Jedi cruiser, destroying the ship in minutes with all hands. Just another act of senseless violence in a war full of such acts.
Back on Coruscant, Raana felt the death of her master. As other Republic ships were sent to investigate, her feelings were confirmed; her master was dead. The Jedi Council gave her time to grief for her master in the temple on Coruscant. After all, the war seemed to be in the final stages and the services of a single distraught Padawan could hardly matter.
Raana spent several weeks in contemplation in the Jedi Temple before being approached by Jedi Master Mace Windu himself. He shared stories of her deceased master with the young Togruta, seeming to offer sympathy, but really testing her to see if she was ready to move on. She must have passed his test, because he told her that he was sending her to meet with her new master. A Jedi Knight who had recently lost his own Padawan. And so Raana gathered up her meager belongings and left the Jedi Temple for new adventures, still determined to do what it takes to become a Jedi Knight.
Cause: Galactic Peace
Although she would never say so out loud, feeling it is not her place as a Padawan, Raana feels like the Jedi have lost their way, fighting as generals in a war against people who want to leave the Republic. She thinks the better course of action would have been to allow the Separatist Alliance to leave the Republic peacefully and build a relationship to the Separatists as equals. With the Clone Wars raging on, she hopes both sides will want to end it soon by negotiating a peace agreement.
Raana loves new experiences and learning new skills. She is also fascinated by visiting new places and learning new things, especially when it involves nature.
Light-Side Force User - Morality: 50
Emotional Strength: Enthusiasm
Raana is enthusiastic about experiencing new and interesting things and tends to solve problems by diving right into the deep end of the pool and trying her best.
Emotional Weakness: Recklessness
Her former master cautioned Raana about leaping before she looked, but the young Togruta has not been able to take her master's advice to heart. In her enthusiasm she sometimes forgets to think about the danger to her self and others.
Raana De'Fenn is tall, for a Togruta, measuring just over 175 cm at the age of only seventeen. She has dark-red skin with contrasting white patterns on her face, chest, arms and back. She has white montrals and three white lekku, all marked with light-blue stripes.
Raana dresses plainly, but has never been comfortable in the brown robes of the Jedi order. She prefers a more practical tunic and pants. Both are made of good material capable of at least slowing down small knifes and the like, although not armored enough to matter against anything bigger. She prefers to travel very light, usually carrying only her lightsaber on her belt with what little equipment she feels she needs in pouches on her utility belt.