Since I am not sure if I am allowed to post footnotes containing links under the chapters themselves, I will be adding them to this journal entry each time I add a new part of the story. Also, this is a good opportunity to add my author notes as well. Fans of the cartoon might find these unnecessary, but it's always nice to have them around.
AUTHOR NOTES - WHAT AM I WRITING ABOUT AND WHY?
I love Ewoks. I loved the cartoon series when I was a kid, though seeing the second season which was never broadcast where I am freaked me out even as an adult.
There's a large gap between the cartoon series and ROTJ, bridged only by Zack Gialongo's Shadows of Endor graphic novel (2013), which focuses on everybody but is too short; and the two made-for-TV films (1984, 1985) which focus on Wicket. Both the comic and the films leave a lot of headscratchers, so I tried to patch all the missing ends and, naturally, develop *all* characters.
I intended for this story to be coming out of age for the five adolescent Ewoks who are the focus of the cartoon series, three of which are the key Ewoks in Return of the Jedi and two of which are their female friends prominent in the cartoon series.
While the initial chapters of the story may seem VERY naive, things will get tough, eventually. The last scene of this story will directly flow into the first panel of the graphic novel, so this person
probably won't like it.AUTHOR NOTES - DIFFERENCES FROM THE STAR WARS LEGENDS CANON
I am going slightly against the proposed timeline which sets all of the cartoon series and made for TV films in 3 ABY. That's just impossible, so, in my head, only ROTJ happened in 4 ABY, the made for TV films and the graphic novel in 3 ABY, the rest of the things just had to happen beforehand. That said, this story is set a couple of months before the graphic novel, in the winter time and, as the time passes by, early spring.
I don't use any of the character redesign and de-aging from the second season of the cartoon, apart from Wicket's green hood; however, all the episodes' content apart from the idea of season kings and queens is valid in my fanon.AUTHOR NOTES - THEMES OF THIS STORY
I know everybody likes Wicket, so yeah, let's start with Wicket. In the made-for-TV film he's kinda silly, but responsible and expressive, emotional, which is not the case in the cartoon series, where he goes from being a kid with some good ideas to an outright jerk. In the second season, he's literally unbearable. So, he had to mature, in order to become the character everybody knows and loves. Also, we never saw how he got his belt of honour, so this story will see him become a warrior, like he always wanted. And he will learn that it's not always about him.
The comics and the cartoon series introduced princess Kneesaa, who might have never been my cup of tea when I was a child, but now when I look at her closer, she's somewhat of a teenage feminist heroine in a primitive world inhabited by her species. I wanted to put some accent on that, as she eventually succeeded her father as the leader of the tribe. How will she act if she has to lead the tribe for a couple of days, while Chirpa is away? How will she handle all the responsibilities?
The first panels of the Shadows of Endor graphic novel informs us that Teebo and Latara got together at some point and are lovers. Throughout the cartoon series, they had a thing going on: in the first season, Latara was very touchy-feely and Teebo was subtle, so it might take you a while to see him return the affection and flirt with her. When the characters were rewritten for the second season, she played hard-to-get and he was literally infatuated with her. Their first kiss was one of the most bizarre things I've ever seen in a show intended for children and nothing was implied to have happened in terms of the two of them getting together. So, how did they get together? With all we have read about how Ewoks get married et cetera, are these two breaking any rules? Being a force sensitive, in the past, Teebo had a couple of brushes with the dark side and he escaped unscratched. So, how exactly did his physical appearance change from being adorable to becoming the daring Ewok with the snarl who's almost gunned down by Han Solo in ROTJ? How did he acquire his memorable gurreck headdress and eventual respect of his tribe? Did this turn Latara into the badass girl who's using a blaster in Shadows of Endor and did she get over her selfishness, materialism and diva-like behaviour? Did she ever return to playing her flute?
And how about Paploo? A character added in the last minute (check the early ROTJ drafts, the guy doesn't exist, as simple as that - there goes your character swap myth!), he was memorably brave, yet somewhat of a thrill seeker in both ROTJ and the cartoon series. The cartoon series introduces him as hot-blooded, immature and his mother, who is implied to be a widow and also the sister of chief Chirpa's deceased wife, is unhealthily attached to him. How did he go from just showing off to make up for the lack of a father figure in his life or whatever, to knowing where he should react and when he should stay put? It's about the time for the man-child to grow up!
Now, I know that a lot of people "ship" Wicket and Kneesaa. Given Wicket's age (he was the equivalent of human age of twelve when the cartoon series started, Kneesaa and Latara being about fourteen, Teebo and Paploo probably slightly older), I am not setting him up with Kneesaa, at least not in this story
. He needs to learn a lot more before he becomes aware of her love for him, as he didn't seem to notice it much throughout the cartoon series, nor did she ever explicitly said she liked him. So, let's say she'll be moody throughout the story, because of unrequited love, but being wise beyond her years, she will cope with it...
While the story focuses on this quintet, a lot of characters from the cartoon (and the comics) will make an appearance - the adorable little Malani, the wise chief Chirpa, the mystic master Logray, and others. And, of course, there will be blasé tree goats, because they're a big deal and mean a lot to me.
Footnotes for chapter 1
Wunka would be the black Ewok that scratches Chewie in the AT-AT, so his tic is there for a reason.
I always thought Romba (the one who mourns his dead friend) as one of the cuddliest Ewoks in Return of the Jedi and I thought it would be fun if he was on the youngsters' side.
Tippet appears in a couple of a couple old Marvel comics, most notably Star Wars #94: Small Wars
and since he seems sinister, I thought he'd be fun to have around neurotic Wunka and sweet Romba.
Wicket's birthday being in what would be the equivalent of December in our world - a Disney pin depicts him as a Sagittarius and that rings pretty true to me. I had some fun and made up star signs equivalent to human zodiac for the others.
In reference to Shodu's memories of Wicket's early days - Kneesaa and Asha's mother dies offscreen which is addressed in Asha
, and yes, Duloks were originally eating woklings, as described in The Adventures of Teebo: A Tale of Magic and Suspense
. These two links are essential in understanding the featured characters, too.
If you're asking about significance of Malani's bizarre gift - patience. Not telling, but it's there for a good reason.
Fleebogs - buglike sentients from Ewoks 11: The Incredible Shrinking Princess
Shadownight festival - the event from The Raich
Munyips - cute little bat-squirrel like things from the cartoon series - somebody like Wicket would definitely not want a munyip ornament on his belt buckle.
Tulgah - an interesting species settled on Endor. All of its specimen are magical, but only Morag, the witch from the first season of the cartoon series was evil.
Chak - yes
Arandee - listen
K'vark - the Ewokese four-letter-wordFootnotes for chapter 2
Chirita appears in Malani The Warrior
and treats Wicket the same way Wicket treats Malani. She just needed to be here.
Yes, I’m implying that Lumat
might be an abusive parent. The beginning of The Travelling Jindas
pretty much proves it.
Tak is a character mentioned in The Raich
, as one of Latara’s supposed crushes, he turned out to be dating Kneesaa’s older sister, Asha. While nobody knows how he looks like, it was fun to add him to the story.
Flitchee is the Ewok who acts like a stereotype Texan at the end of ground battle in ROTJ…the one who fires from a blaster and goes WOOOHOO! Just a cameo, obviously.
The “Knaa Naa” song does not exist, I made it up. The title indeed means Soul Trees in Ewokese.
I witnessed Amy Winehouse’s last concert and almost all the footage from that one you might have seen online is mine, it probably influenced my depiction of a drunken female musician.
Ee cha waa ma (alternate spellings: bee cha waa wa, ay chihuahua…) – gee whiz!
Great Tree – I assume this would be like Adam to humans, as Ewoks believe they’re the descendants of it, as per Wicket’s speech in ROTJ novelisation
The bizarre kiss Latara and Kneesaa mention is from The Tragic Flute
and I never liked it...had they kissed in the first season, it would’ve probably been much cuter. This way…yikes.
I shouldn’t be praising myself, but I like how defensive Malani gets when Kneesaa finds her. Footnotes for chapter 3
Oh, the astronomy. I do hope that Kuna constellation can be seen from the forest moon of Endor! After all, it’s right above the galactic plane and considered a part of the Moddell subsector.
Latara actually calls her younger siblings barf-eaters multiple times in the cartoon series. I did not make it up.
Teek – the white gnome-ish creatures one of which appears in the Battle for Endor
TV movie....and runs like freakin' Road Runnner or Speedy Gonzales.
Tana – Ewokese name for the actual gas giant Endor
Lurdo – idiot, weirdo, etc. Used throughout the cartoon series and in some parodies.
Sistermoon – one of the other Endor moons, presumably the closest one to the gas giant. Ewoks see it the same way we see our moon.
The romantic interplay between these two was really interesting in Rampage of the Phlogs
and had they had more screen time in The Three Lessons
, that could’ve been fun. Anyway, I hope this is actually cute, and not like Anakin/Padmé stuff in AOTC, as that quite honestly scares me.
Yes, there’s an observatory in the Bright Tree Village and Logray owns a telescope somehow. See Night of the Stranger
Yes, there’s a reference to one of Yoda’s more famous replies, assuming that a Force sensitive can figure out that much.
Chromestesia is an interesting type of synaesthesia and I recommend you to read about it. This is from the book mentioned in the first part’s footnotes.
Taming disobedient animals? Check the first episode posted in my reply above from 3:24 for the next 15 seconds. The discussion on that on the Republic Forces podcast is interesting, too.
With Light Spirit being the equivalent of god to Ewoks, whatever “taking somebody to see the Light Spirit” means has got to be…yeah, precisely that. It’s Latara we’re talking about! And this euphemism is obviously something I made up, as the series had no PG-rated elements.
One of the SW encyclopaedias says that a male is to build a hut and that females are to bring gifts and that he then picks one…I had to explain why the parents of these two were never present in the cartoon series (Warok appears twice and says “Uh?”at some point) and my only idea was to make them somewhat more free-spirited than the others and trusting their son to the point of allowing him to take care of his sister most of the time.Footnotes for chapter 4
And heeeere comes some Ewok feminism and I put a lot of thought in this chapter not failing the Betchdel test.
Head elder Kazak never appears in the cartoon series, but he appears in a couple of comics and some people apparently found him in ROTJ,
Father Tree is an actual tree the Ewoks worship and it appears on a picture book.
in case somebody needs a reminder, Shodu and Deej Warrick indeed have four children – Weeche, Widdle (Willy), Wicket and Winda. Winda is the only wokling who doesn’t appear in Return of the Jedi and thus wasn’t assigned a plush toy.
Footnotes for chapter 5
Lumat doesn’t have a backstory, so I totally made it up, in order to explain how come he’s walking with a stick and his wife is so young, and to make up for Latara’s absence in the comics, where she appears only once. So, he had lost his first wife, left to another village, eventually remarried and when his third child was born, came back to BTV. This kind of a backstory could explain why he appears to be too protective of his eldest daughter.Teebo making a fool of himself for Latara? Well, more of a doormat, really, throughout the second season of the cartoon. The lame, narrow passing of whatever exam he had to take as the shaman’s apprentice happens at the very beginning of Wicket’s flashback in Just My LuckHead elder Kazak indeed had a problem with Kneesaa and some weird memories of TeeboFootnotes for chapter 6
Ibleam – the star of the Endor system...otherwise referred to as "sun" in other chapters.
Footnotes for chapter 7
The cave Asha and Chukha-Trok have set their outpost in is the very same cave from the Asha episode.Yayax is a large feline, native to Endor. I assume its cubs would be quite cuddly.A brief reminder of who is who among the woklings: Nippet and Wiley would be Latara's younger siblings, Winda Warrick is Wicket, Weechee and Widdle's baby sister and Leeni is a friend of theirs (wearing a poncho-like thing in the cartoon).
Footnotes for chapter 8
Tulgah are “magical”, indeed. With that amount of Force-sensitive individuals in one place, this is not a matter of Teebo’s inability to use the crystal image spinner, rather some sort of a disturbance; but nevertheless, it gives Chukha-Trok a reason to be angry with him.What is a space bird? The escape pod on a Star Destroyer. Latara did accidentally pilot one by sitting on its controls inBattle for the Sunstar.Korrina are vicious canines, but if you watch the Ewoks episode Asha at 11:56, there is a cute scene of Wicket playing with their pups, which in turn shows why he was crying when he found a dead cub.The Raich is a creature that summons animals to it cave by a hypnosis-like drill and eats them. Wicket couldn’t have continued the story, as it was him who accidentally freed the beast and he, Kneesaa, Latara and Teebo eventually managed to capture it again. Watch the episode.Widdle claims he never wants to be involved in anything with Wunka again. Never say never! Hint: which two Ewoks get into the walker with Chewbacca? Footnotes for chapter 9
Koyt – another Endor species that may be vicious, but once again, I can imagine that cubs are cute.King Gorneesh – the leader of the Dulok tribe from the Ewoks cartoon series – arrogant, belligerent and known to use others for his own gain, which often backfires on him.Umwak – just like it says in the story itself – the Dulok “shaman” and one of the most interesting characters in the Ewoks cartoon series.Urgah – Also referred to as Urgah Lady Gorneesh and Lady Gorneesh in some sources, King Gorneesh’s wife, mother of prince Boogutt and three other children.Bratling – since “Dulokling” or “Dulking” would sound strange, I’m using the words Urgah and Gorneesh use in the cartoon.Umwak’s nephew – a cute adolescent Dulok who appears in a single Ewoks episode, The Tree of Light and is apparently smarter than the rest, but he’s put down by his uncle the same way his uncle is put down by Gorneesh. I’m yet to think of a name for him.Umwak and Gorneesh being both interested in Urgah in their youth is my fanon.There are three “Dulok bratlings” seen in The Travelling Jindas, when Latara is kidnapped to be their babysitter. Prince Boogutt, however, appears in The Black Cavern, the 13th out of 14 Ewoks comics and he appears to be old enough not to need a babysitter. Therefore, as far as I’m concerned, there are four Gorneesh offsprings.What’s this thing with king Vulgarr? Once again, it’s from Duloks’ first appearance in the horror-ish book, The Adventures of Teebo: A Tale of Magic and Suspense by Joe Johnston. Vulgarr was the original leader of Duloks and after a VERY young and scared Teebo uncovered his plans to eat the woklings, a creature whom he befriended simply stepped on Vulgarr, killing him. The cartoon series introduced Gorneesh as the Dulok leader, so I had to come up with something to explain why his gang is bumbling, often making no sense and so on. An idea of a more extreme faction and a less extreme faction made sense, so I went with it. In this story, prompted by the yet-to-be-named “Master” and whoever is the “stranger” speaking to Umwak and Gorneesh (patience!); the two factions unite to have their revenge on the Ewoks of Bright Tree Village.In the same book mentioned above, Ulgo was indeed a Dulok whom Warok pushed off a cliff, with no intention of killing him; but he died in the river. Therefore, Kaalwar would be an OC, his son, who wants to take vengeance for this.Since Ulgo was also calling himself a king, one can see that Duloks disagree a lot. Whoever managed to make them agree on something has got to be a smooth talker and good at convincing others.Glock – some sort of a thick pastey thing Duloks make from flour, roots and whatever else. Both Urgah and later Teebo assisted by Latara are seen making it for the Phlog baby in Rampage of the Phlogs.I assume Chukha-Trok to have family. Why wouldn’t he? While he does not seem to be married, that does not stop him from having unspecified “relatives”.The dessert Kneesaa makes for herself and Teebo is some sort of an Ewok milkshake. I hope that Endorian chicken eggs don’t spoil when stored outside in a pile of snow. But either way, this is something yummy and yes, partial fanon. There is a “dangleberry shake” on the “Ewok Sweets” shop level in tinydeathstar; so it’s got to be possible. Given that dangleberries, as hinted in the footnotes for the second chapter, are pretty rare, it’s got to be a treat for special occasions (Wicket’s party) and situations where one simply needs to unwind.I am indeed implying that Kneesaa would not be interested in fooling around before marriage, though the clear reason for that is unknown. Maybe Ewoks would treat a royal scandal the same way British tabloids do. Maybe she’s just being the usual moral pet. Fanon.As for Teebo, in my fanon, and based on his behavior in all of his appearances, I interpret him as a demisexual and, at the same time, speaking in tropes, a clear case of single-target sexuality. If Latara was male, trans, a cloud, a vegetable, a centipede, he’d still be into her/him/them/it. Combined with his Force sensitivity, it’s a confusing mix. Lumat does not understand that, the same way Warok didn’t.There goes Teebo’s chromestesia and ability to “see the future in stars” again…and it gets scary. I took a bit from Yoda’s famous reply on the future always being in motion; but since Teebo is largely untrained for what he feels and knows and it’s often implied that everybody but Logray may see it as a “condition”; he does not know how to cope with it. A bunch of futures, one of them might be implying death…combine it with his willingness to have a future with Latara, regardless of how slow he wants to go…and you get hell. Pure hell. Fanon, of course.Shadowstone would be the violet half of the Sunstar Shadowstoneaka its dark side.Hope it’s clear where I’m referring to Light Spirit as an actual unnamed deity and where it’s a euphemism for bedroom activities.The Night Spirit would obviously be the Ewok mythology equivalent of the devil, Dark side of the Force and a lot more. FYI, the Duloks worship it, or at least they say they do.I wanted the Kneesaa and Teebo scene to resemble Harry Potter and Hermione Granger dancing in the tent in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; to a certain extent. They’ve been friends, they never felt any affection towards each other, but their friendship is very deep. Throughout the series, Kneesaa is genuinely worried about Teebo a couple of times and, ironically, he’s the one who always offers her a hand and helps her out. Since Wicket is unaware of his own feelings, shying away and playing tough; this makes sense, doesn’t it?Zephee, who was not mentioned previously, is obviously Lumat’s far younger (not really my fanon, as the age difference is obvious in the cartoon) wife and the mother of Latara, Nippet and Wiley.
Footnotes for chapter 10
I am not implying that Lumat beat up Zephee, but yes, he might have pushed her into the candles she was making or threw them at her.
Gurreck - an aggressive boar-like predatory animal. Beetrot - obviously a fanon euphemism, as, well, they do need one. With such a sausage party, it was a matter of time when such insults would be fired.Nho-Apakk is a random Ewok from ROTJ, for some reason the name is spelled as Nho'Apakk. I don't like that apostrophe, as no other name in Ewokese has an apostrophe and many have a hyphen, so I took the liberty to modify it.Chubbray is another random Ewok from ROTJ, seen next to a catapult and Stemzee, who was mentioned in the first chapter. Not sure why I picked him to be a horny moron, but somebody had to.Belt of Honour - Not sure if I elaborated on this before, but it's canon. A warrior apprentice needs to fill it with trophies from various expeditions and battles in order to be granted his or her new status. Wicket is known to be obsessed with his belt.“Eat worms and die." - Wicket actually says this in an episode of the cartoons eries.Great Horn of the Sistermoon - Fanon again. I just named the horn Paploo is using in the cartoon series, which is completely different from the horn we see Teebo receive at the end of Shadows of Endor and which is a common accessory for all of the action figures and toys of him.Ewok-Dulok wars were looong ago at this point. So, yup, Latara assumes that her dad is stuck in what would be the XVIII century from our current POV.The thing Warok and Gunlaag are discussing is, once again, the plot of this amazing little horror story."the age she starts counting her moons" - precisely what you think it is
Footnotes for chapter 11
Footnotes for chapter 12
For those who don't know: Logray is an actual Force-sensitive (though Return of the Jedi may make you think otherwise), and he initially learnt what he knew from a dark side mage, Morag. For more information and their last duel which ended in Morag's death, watch .Seemingly, what Chukha-Trok tells Teebo is right, as the seemingly harmless apprentice played a large part in Morag's demise and roughly a year later he used his telekinetic powers to distract Zarrak, Logray's previous apprentice, with flying leaves and make him fall into a bottomless pit.Gorax King's Heart is also known as the Din nebula, the centre of which is the Din Pulsar.Bordoks are equine beasts of burden/mounts used by Ewoks as horses/donkeys. Look up Baga, he's adorable!Logray and Teebo never communicated through Force - or, as they say, "magic" and "nature powers" before - but there had to be the first time.
Footnotes for chapter 13
Guiding Star, short for Guiding star of the trees long gone is my fanon element to Ewok religion and it corresponds to the star Zorbia. It's a counterpart to what we know as the Northern Star. But was it that what Wicket saw? Take a rough guess.In similar fashion, Wicket's rambling about fire going over crystals is, of course, complete nonsense. This may or may not be the point where he realises that his arrogance caused major trouble in the past; but that this time he's gone further than ever.Yes, poor Paploo is drugged.How did Teebo find a shortcut and how did he know his love interest was in immediate danger? Stay tuned.At this point, the origin of one of the craziest outfits in Return of the Jedi should be making more sense. BECAUSE FASHIONABLE.
Footnotes for chapter 14
Crystal image spinner is an object Logray used in all of his appearances other than ROTJ to communicate with other shamans on Endor. though in some instances the object was shown as simply letting its Force-sensitive owners know what was happening elsewhere.This chapter relies heavily on The Adventures of Teebo: A Tale of Magic and Suspense, where Warok first killed Ulgo, whom we earlier established as the father of Kalwaar. The later is a warlord working for king Patrash, another descendant, this time of king Vulgarr, who was stomped on by Grudakk, the guardian of the Father Tree. The wokling Vulgarr almost beheaded and ate in the above mentioned book was Malani and it's pretty clear that the plan implied by "the master" could be used for more than just the reason stated in his address to Gunlaag. Therefore, the whole story just got...more disturbing than expected.The "master" and Gunlaag also talk about Zarrak. While the "aftermath" part of the Wook articles on him assumes some things that only appeared in RPG sourcebooks and some that were never confirmed or denied, the story of his demise is correct, so it may help those who have never read about an Ewok dark Jedi before.Naming a villain Patrash was fun. I mean, that's just an alternate spelling of Patrasche, the name of the harmless dog from The Dog of Flanders.Outhut - this would be, err, an Endorian outhouse. There is another term I invented, but that will be relevant in far future as a joke, so I'd rather use this one.The as-of-yet-unknown master's vision was a female Ewok being Logray's apprentice, which made him and Gunlaag target Asha, as opposed to Teebo. What's this for? Some videocaster reviewing the Ewoks cartoon pilot, The Cries of the Trees, had problems figuring out if Teebo was male or female, likely due to his somewhat neutral appearance and ultra-gentle mannerisms. I thought it would be fun if these things could be misinterpreted in-universe as well.
Footnotes for chapter 15
(none)Footnotes for chapter 16
Bozzie and Paploo's home was never depicted in the cartoon series, but since Chirpa married quite late in life, I would assume that he previously lived with his sister and, until the later was killed/passed away, brother-in-law. Therefore, it has to be a nicer place.Lumat does not speak when Kazak is present, probably because it's hard to outdo that particular rear-end opening.Kneesaa's inability to tell who actually killed Gunlaag is there for a reason.Fire of the Eternal is my fanon. Logray did not have the time to explain things to Warok, who is not a Force-sensitive; so he dumbed it down. Basically, on that specific night, the star (Din Pulsar of the Din Nebula, aka Gorax King of the Gorax King's Heart) is visible in the sky and the Fire of the Eternal needs to be lit in a specific place, for certain purposes. Obviously, those who studied "magic" are more than aware of it, which is why Logray is worried and why Teebo decided to investigate.
Footnotes for chapter 17Roothead/root head is actually a Dulok insult. I like to think that Latara is the one to pick up such things.The Battle of the Thorn Forest occurs in the second season episode of the Ewoks cartoon series, titled Night of the Stranger. A creature referred to as Stranger uses the Sunstar in a Stonehenge-like temple to open a passage to the "Otherworld" and brings a bunch of other freaky, skeleton-ish wizards of the Night Spirit with him. In the very beginning of the episode, two moons cross each other's ways and Logray implies that it's a night when something will happen. While the forest moon of Endor is close to the actual gas giant (whom, once again, Ewoks call "Tana") for them to notice it, it is indeed aligned to the other two moons and the planet itself.Related to the above, yes, Latara gives Teebo a kiss on the cheek in the said episode, but it's often overlooked and ignored in favour of their fully-blown liplock in The Tragic Flute.If you read chapters 14 and 16 again, it will be clear to you that Teebo does not have the Sunstar, but a painted stone from the Yarlubb river, coloured in violet and yellow to resemble the legendary gem. Gunlaag had already taken the actual Sunstar at the point where he went to grab it. Yikes!Teebo is wrong about what Gorax King's Heart is, sort of - it's a nebula (as previously said, the Din nebula), but with the Ewoks' primitive science, that is understandable.Vi-Laaktar is a fanon character, I will elaborate on him at some point."Did you forget how I knocked down a Yuzzum when you could only hurl a lame two-headed Skee?" - This is a reference to a scene in Sunstar vs. Shadowstone. After Morag's Yuzzum servants start attacking Logray, Teebo stands up to it and, while looking somewhat heroic and very, very angry, he only gets a two-headed skee (a ratlike-creature) out of the way. Seconds later, Kneesaa and Latara yell "LEAVE LOGRAY ALONE!", jump on the Yuzzums and knock them down, like true action girls."I want to change your destiny", "Unbelievable, maybe...", "Follow me", "Just follow me" - Try to guess where these are from. [emoji14]One of Teebo's Force powers is animal friendship and the Ewoks cartoon portrays him as the gang's beastmaster.Yago is a name made up on spot, because I wanted somebody, anybody in this story to have a name connected to one of my favourite sitcoms - Aquí no hay quien viva.Dengar is an Ewok battle cry. And yeah, I know.
Footnotes for chapter 18
Galak is an old Nestle ice cream. Whatever, since no model cel of Umwak's nephew ever surfaced, I though I'd give him some sort of a name. I like that name.
The Wanderer has a name, yes. At last.
Footnotes for chapter 19
Confused? Here's a summary.
- Origins of the place the Wanderer's lair is at, his exact reasoning and his descent to the Dark side (or the Night Spirit) are not relevant to Snowed In, but they may be relevant to the future stories.
- The Wanderer's original species cannot be determined here, but it can be determined...someplace else. They may be too primitive to understand things such as Force sensitivity.
- While the Wanderer was still a "regular" being and Logray was still looked down by his people (which is implied in The Adventures of Teebo and How the Ewoks Saved the Trees), Gunlaag fell to the Dark Side and started abusing her nature powers to train animals.
- During his descent to the Dark Side, The Wanderer's right hand was severed. He retrieved it and left it in the swamp, thinking that a Dulok shaman was a likely candidate for an apprentice. He may have thought that tasting Force sensitivity in blood was a common sign of other beings like him.
- The Wanderer was wrong, as Umwak is as muggle as can be. He was also wrong about thinking that his hand would be controllable all the time.
- Umwak had the hand enbalmed and used it as a relic, to make himself look more credible. The Wanderer spent some time looking for a new apprentice, likely encountering Morag the Tulgah witch and Zarrak, Logray's first apprentice in the meantime.
- Once the Wanderer encountered Gunlaag, they agreed to work together and she became his apprentice. She was planning to change the plans once she has obtained the Sunstar. Destroying Logray in the most violent ways possible was a fantasy of hers.
- The two encountered Kaalwar and Patrash's faction of the former tribe led by King Vulgarr and Gunlaag hired them to help them out, as they had motifs for blood revenge as well - getting rid of Warok and his family.
- Kaalwar had his own doubts as Patrash's father, Vulgarr, once exiled his father, Ulgo, who claimed *he* was the Dulok king. They were still able to get over their personal differences, as they both followed the "ethics" Gorneesh's faction didn't. They also made a pact not to rely on the nature powers once they get what they wanted.
- The Wanderer pressured Kaalwar and Patrash into getting rid of Gorneesh's men and grooming their women and children; for his own reasons - he had realised that his hand will come alive on the same night as he will be able to use his powers to the maximum.
- Once Gunlaag reported from the Bright Tree Village, the Wanderer realised that the Force-sensitive wokling Kaalwar and Patrash spoke of may be more powerful than her and he infilitrated Teebo's mind pretending to be Logray, just to get him where he wants him. He also sensed Gunlaag's betrayal.
- Teebo figured out the Fire of the Eternal by himself, but he only decided to follow it once the Wanderer, posing as Logray, groomed him into it.
Footnotes for chapter 20
A reminder: the black circle is in the centre of the gigantic chamber, on a decline.
Chukha-Trok is the manly man among the Ewoks. While he is brave, I never interpreted him as particularly bright. The scene in Asha's introduction episode where he falls into a trap, is a clear sign of that.
Logray needs Kneesaa's energy for the Sunstar to destroy the Griagh (and itself) in Shadows of Endor, which implies that there may be some things "muggles" can do in order to help a Force-sensitive.
How can Umwak notice a pulsar pulsing? For some reason, on that particular night, it's pulsing less. That could make it brighter, as it sends more constant light towards the forest moon of Endor. I am not an astronomer and I cannot think of a combination of anomalities that causes this rare event to happen, but it's possible in GFFA, full stop.
The Wanderer's tactics for having Teebo slip to the dark side are pretty obvious to us. But the Ewoks never dealt with them before!
In case this was not clear: the Wanderer's ghost hand dies when Teebo severs the arm it was attached to in the past. This allows Logray to destroy the hand.
The Wanderer saying “Goodbye…friend!” to Paploo is a nod to the Ewoks cartoon episode Sunstar vs. Shadowstone when Morag the Tulgah witch says the same to Logray.
Teebo's Force jump to protect Latara with his body is something he has not done before and may not do it ever again.
The disgifuration power is likely what the Wanderer used on himself and, while it's a fanon power, it may be similar to the non-canon Alter Image Force power, with some aspects of Force drain. There will be a fanon post mention of it, no worries.
Oddly enough, the starlight, in combination with the red gem, creates a Force barrier around the black circle.
There are two parallels in this chapter:
- Teebo remembered to use his axe on the Wanderer's arm when Paploo, still under influence, yelled at him to 'close his eyes'; as that reminded him of how he directed the same axe at the gurreck to save Latara, earlier that night. And since levitation is one of his main powers in the cartoon, next to animal friendship...yeah.
- Wicket saw Latara trip over her knife and that eventually led him to a realisation that tripping over the weird toy with wheels might be extremely effective.
- And yes, you were all right about the toy from the very beginning of the story. Nobody knows what it is, but it's great! So is the stealth mini-backpack it was in.
Footnotes for chapter 21
The character standing at the lookout post, Graak, previous appeared in the notoriously boring fourth chapter, he is the one whom Kneesaa stops to ask about the hunting party. He otherwise appears in ROTJ, as a scout and he is not to be confused with another Graak.Latara's name, according to a character sheet, does mean Sings to the Moon.I am implying that Logray just toyed with the dark side, in a content that may make sense. He is not a Jedi, so why should he act like one? Then again, it's not that Jedi are completely innocent when it comes to this. Cade Skywalkerdid this in the Legacy comics on more than one occasion, didn't he?The Sunstar Shadowstone was never used to revive anything or anybody like this, so this is fanon.Morag the Tulgah Witch is a villain from the first season of the Ewoks cartoon. She dies in my favourite episode,Sunstar vs. Shadowstone, trying to take Logray with her, but he survives and Morag's spirit comes back as a heart-shaped tree that resembles her face. So, in this case, she can be anything from a hallucination to a Force ghost triggered by specific events. Or a little bit of both. But she is definitely not alive.
Footnotes for chapter 22
All things that do not seem familiar from the story are direct references to The Adventures of Teebo: A Tale of Magic and Suspense. Kaalwar's memories, however, are fanon.
Footnotes for chapter 23
The trip to space referred to in Chirpa's speech takes place in the last episode of the Ewoks cartoon, Battle for the Sunstar.Chirita appears in the second season episode Malani the Warrior and Wicket has a crush on her, but she treats him the way he treats Malani. Eventually, it turns out she's Weechee's girlfriend.The "legends keeper" Mistress Kaink appears in Caravan of Courage film, as well as the first season cartoon episode Wicket's Wagon.
Footnotes for chapter 24
(none)Footnotes for chapter 25Zorbian space pirates appear in the second Ewoks comic and their species will tell you everything you need to know about what Leektar saw.Don't remember Teebo's vision? Go back to chapter 9. SHAME ON YOU.Chak, Endorian chicken is a thing.Fashkaa is an OC I came up with. If Latara is the hoodmaker apprentice, somebody has to be the hoodmaker.Unlike her, Leektar appears in Return of the Jedi, he is the percussionist next to Teebo at the end of the film - Teebo plays a drum, Leektar plays some undefined percussion instruments and another Ewok is using Stormtrooper helmets. Leektar's story can be read on Wook and it's quite sad.We have not seen Teebo talk to animals before the very end, but he does that quite a lot in the Ewoks cartoon. It's his main "nature power".Shadows of Endor starts with Teebo and Latara on the cliff, and that is where I wanted the story leading up to it to end. Originally, the events in Shadows were supposed to follow my fic immediately, but since Teebo could not gain his strength that fast and jump off the glider on a freakin' condor dragon, I determined that Shadows instead happens right before my next fic.