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Darra Thel-Tanis was created by the author [[Jude Watson]] and first appeared in her young-readers novel ''[[Jedi Quest: The Way of the Apprentice]]''. She remained a major character in the series and was killed in the final installment, ''[[Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown]]''.<ref name="JQ:Disguise" /><ref name="JQ:Peace" />
 
Darra Thel-Tanis was created by the author [[Jude Watson]] and first appeared in her young-readers novel ''[[Jedi Quest: The Way of the Apprentice]]''. She remained a major character in the series and was killed in the final installment, ''[[Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown]]''.<ref name="JQ:Disguise" /><ref name="JQ:Peace" />
   
Darra's alternate surname "Haariden" appears to be a writing error, as the name appears only once in the ''Jedi Quest'' novels (whereas "Thel-Tanis" appears repeatedly), in conjunction with a mention in the very next sentences of the character being wounded on a mission―the same mission her friend Anakin Skywalker says was the last time that he'd seen Darra for any significant duration before working with her on Coruscant to foil a joint heist-assassination [[Attack on the Senate Building|attempt]] by Omega and Zan Arbor. As a surname for Darra, the name is given no [[In-universe|in-story]] explanation or rationale. The fact that readers last engaged with Thel-Tanis on a [[Mission to Haariden|mission]] with Skywalker to the planet also called Haariden, where she was also wounded (a key incident involving Skywalker that proved an important character-development point in both that earlier story and a subsequent tale<ref name="JQ:Disguise" /><ref name="JQ:Showdown" />) points to the surname Haariden being an early designation in Jude Watson's development of the story arc that became her eleven-book [[Star Wars: Jedi Quest (novel series)|''Jedi Quest'']] series. In the three sentences that appear together in ''[[Jedi Quest: The False Peace]]''―which mention Darra's alternate surname, her wound, and her mission―the planet where that mission with Anakin took place is named [[Norah]], perhaps also an early discarded name, for, as with the alternate surname, it nowhere thereafter appears as a planet name in the corpus of [[Star Wars Legends|''Star Wars'' Legends]]. It appears that Watson simply renamed Darra "Thel-Tanis," swapping her original surname "Haariden" with the planet where she was ultimately wounded on her mission with Skywalker―with later drafts of the continuing storyline simply escaping the name changes, the original designations slipping their way into print.<ref name="JQ:Peace" /> The last volume in the ''Jedi Quest'' series, ''The Final Showdown''―sequel to ''The False Peace''―poignantly references only Thel-Tanis' wound that she received on her mission to Haariden, with no mention of the supposed intervening planet, mission, wound or alternate surname.<ref name="JQ:Showdown" /> Nor does Watson, even in her capstone [[The Last of the Jedi|''Last of the Jedi'']] series, ever again mention the alternate nomenclature specific to Darra's character.<ref>''[[The Last of the Jedi]]''</ref>
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Darra's alternate surname "Haariden" appears to be a writing error, as the name appears only once in the ''Jedi Quest'' novels (whereas "Thel-Tanis" appears repeatedly), in conjunction with a mention in the very next sentences of the character being wounded on a mission―the same mission her friend Anakin Skywalker says was the last time that he'd seen Darra for any significant duration before working with her on Coruscant to foil a joint heist-assassination [[Attack on the Senate Building|attempt]] by Omega and Zan Arbor. As a surname for Darra, the name is given no [[in-universe|in-story]] explanation or rationale. The fact that readers last engaged with Thel-Tanis on a [[Mission to Haariden|mission]] with Skywalker to the planet also called Haariden, where she was also wounded (a key incident involving Skywalker that proved an important character-development point in both that earlier story and a subsequent tale<ref name="JQ:Disguise" /><ref name="JQ:Showdown" />) points to the surname Haariden being an early designation in Jude Watson's development of the story arc that became her eleven-book [[Star Wars: Jedi Quest (novel series)|''Jedi Quest'']] series. In the three sentences that appear together in ''[[Jedi Quest: The False Peace]]''―which mention Darra's alternate surname, her wound, and her mission―the planet where that mission with Anakin took place is named [[Norah]], perhaps also an early discarded name, for, as with the alternate surname, it nowhere thereafter appears as a planet name in the corpus of [[Star Wars Legends|''Star Wars'' Legends]]. It appears that Watson simply renamed Darra "Thel-Tanis," swapping her original surname "Haariden" with the planet where she was ultimately wounded on her mission with Skywalker―with later drafts of the continuing storyline simply escaping the name changes, the original designations slipping their way into print.<ref name="JQ:Peace" /> The last volume in the ''Jedi Quest'' series, ''The Final Showdown''―sequel to ''The False Peace''―poignantly references only Thel-Tanis' wound that she received on her mission to Haariden, with no mention of the supposed intervening planet, mission, wound or alternate surname.<ref name="JQ:Showdown" /> Nor does Watson, even in her capstone ''[[The Last of the Jedi|Last of the Jedi]]'' series, ever again mention the alternate nomenclature specific to Darra's character.<ref>''[[The Last of the Jedi]]''</ref>
   
 
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