A Galaxy of Possibilities: Discussing Character Writing, Diversity, Star Wars and Fandom – Week 34: Saranka

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Saranka is one of the few characters I write who doesn’t wear a last name and never did. While I created her with one, she never used it in her story since the day she left her home world of Kheedar. I don’t remember how I came up with that, but it always felt right for this character, so I went with it. Picking up an argument with a muse rarely results with the writer winning! I originally used actress Cote De Pablo for her image claim, but it didn’t feel such a good fit as I developed the character. After a lot of thinking, I eventually changed for Teresa Palmer (that I discovered in the movie I Am Number Four). Saranka also worked much better in my head as a blonde.

Saranka was raised on Kheedar with her older sister and her father, since her mother died when she was very young. Her father was a guard at a local prison, while her sister, quite older than her, worked as a waitress at several establishments. Saranka was also taken under the wings of members of the local fight ring, who protected her and taught her how to fight. In her late teens, Saranka dabbed into a criminal life, but it didn’t last long and she eventually turned her back to a local gang by helping the law catch them. Following this, she left Kheedar as to take a low profile. She worked several jobs across the galaxy as private security, for the most part.

SarSigPalmer12At some point, Saranka had also forged a friendship with a (now former) imperial, who became like an older brother to her. She was closer to him than to her own sister, and also watched after his nephew when there was need to, liking the teenage boy’s spirit. While some of my Cartel characters tend to be more imperial friendly, Saranka doesn’t. She would be more New Republic inclined than anything else, though as one of Vaago’s employees, she has no allegiance, save for her boss.

One evening, she ended in a prison cell for having broken fingers of a cantina’s patron who had had wandering hands towards her. There, she met a blind man who would not only become a smuggling partner but also a friend, and even more later on. The two got along well while stuck in the same cell and soon began traveling and working together, along with his dog that Saranka also liked a lot. Over the next years, they went through some crazy stuff, both on a professional and personal level. A trip home to Kheedar during which Saranka found her father lethally wounded and had to put him out of his misery herself, drove her partner and her to finally admit how deep their relationship and feelings ran.

  • Do you enjoy writing outlaws?
  • What is the most bizarre location where some of your characters met?
  • Did your couples often start as friends, before becoming romantically involved?

9 thoughts on “A Galaxy of Possibilities: Discussing Character Writing, Diversity, Star Wars and Fandom – Week 34: Saranka

  1. Chris Mac

    I don’t have any outlaws yet, boo, so I can’t discuss much about that, though had the Galactic Empire not joined with the Sith Empire I could have seen Rakai being an outlaw. Now I guess he’d become a sanctioned privateer for her Empress Tatiania Renkl. Oh I like the sound of that…. “The Empress has sent an alternative solution, an expert on the subject of destruction. Lord Ira comes highly recommended by the Sith Council!”

    I love bizarre location meetings and duels, it gives what ever is happening in the story far more flavour than just a regularly visited area. I don’t get to use them as often as I’d like.

    Sadly, none of my character’s have really ever been truly romantically involved. Rakai came close a few times, though it was more animalistic lust at the time, maybe more after they left him. Derakai, has only the greatest respect for the mother of his daughter, Amalia, but he does not have feelings for her or any Jedi. He keeps himself away from those emotions purposely, though he finds it difficult not to love his daughter. Rel’Avauld, well, it’s had to have someone fall in love with you for the way you act, and for your personality, when you don’t have a body. It would take a very special being to fall in love with him I think, and thus he knows no love. So, no, the one person who was the closest involved romantically didn’t have them as friends first, it was just spur of the moment lust, lol.

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    1. Natacha Guyot Post author

      Saranka was one of my first outlaws (along with Reyana Shenko who I had deleted a few years ago, or had a name change for a new character, I don’t remember!)

      Hutt Cartel characters are a lot of fun. And I LOVE the idea of Rakai working with the Empress and on joint missions. Oh we have to make this happen! This will be exciting and so dangerous. We must plot! I am laughing maniachly right now.

      Bizarre locations are interesting for the reasons you mention indeed.

      I like the bond Derakai and Amalia (and their daughter have). I still remember the thread when Satkia was pregnant and that Derakai reacted to this, even before he had Sylvanna. It was another great thread with you!

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      1. Chris Mac

        I cannot wait for a joint mission for Rakai and the Galactic Empire, I love those kind of threads, though it would have been fun to have one before Rakai’s change, so he would still hit on all the female Imperials he met lol, probably including the Empress herself! I will just be glad to show them my ‘Business Face Rakai’, and that he will be a very good team player, as well as a very deadly weapon to be pointed in the direction of the Galactic Empire’s enemies direction.

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        1. Natacha Guyot Post author

          Would you be interested in having a joint thread with Rakai and Alienor (who’s now an Intelligence Operative for the imperials) where they go beat up on people together and interrogate in a very deadly way?

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          1. Chris Mac

            Heck yeah I wounder be interested, we just have to wait until Rakai is rescued by his pupi’s lol. That is a good paring too, since she can see the changes in him from the flirtatious, playful, and boisterous Rakai to the serious, no nonsense, get the job done right Rakai lol

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            1. Natacha Guyot Post author

              And he’ll see her even more assured and deadly than back when she was a Sith. She still has a very dark edge which makes her a very good operative. It’ll be a great thread. Just let me know when you’re good to go and I’ll cook something up!

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