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{{Quote|Tell me something. Are all missions this hard?"<br />"No," Soara said. "Some are harder.|Jedi Padawan Darra Thel-Tanis to Jedi Master Soara Antana.|Jedi Quest: The Way of the Apprentice}}
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'''Darra Thel-Tanis''', also known as '''Darra Haariden''',<ref name="CSWEHaariden">{{CSWECite|II|4|Haariden, Darra}}</ref> was a [[Sexes/Legends|female]] [[Human/Legends|Human]] [[Jedi/Legends|Jedi]] [[Padawan/Legends|Padawan]] of [[Jedi Master/Legends|Master]] [[Soara Antana]] in the waning [[Standard year/Legends|years]] of the [[Republic Classic era]]. In [[27 BBY]], she and her master joined fellow Jedi Masters [[Obi-Wan Kenobi/Legends|Obi-Wan Kenobi]] with his Padawan [[Anakin Skywalker/Legends|Anakin Skywalker]] (who was her same age), [[Siri Tachi]] with [[Ferus Olin]], and [[Ry-Gaul]] with [[Tru Veld]] on a mission to the [[Planet/Legends|planet]] [[Radnor]], where some deadly toxins were accidentally released into the atmosphere, resulting in a bioplague. The Jedi were briefed and tasked by the [[Jedi Council]] to aid the evacuation of the surviving [[Radnoran]]s from the [[Twin Cities]] [[Tacto]] and [[Aubendo]].<ref name="JQ:Apprentice" />
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'''Darra Thel-Tanis''', also known as '''Darra Haariden''',<ref name="CSWEHaariden">{{CSWECite|II|4|Haariden, Darra}} ''- the entry is merely a re-direct to "Thel-Tanis, Darra"''</ref> was a [[Sexes/Legends|female]] [[Human/Legends|Human]] [[Jedi/Legends|Jedi]] [[Padawan/Legends|Padawan]] of [[Jedi Master/Legends|Master]] [[Soara Antana/Legends|Soara Antana]] in the waning [[Standard year/Legends|years]] of the [[Republic Classic era]]. In [[27 BBY/Legends|27 BBY]], she and her master joined fellow Jedi Masters [[Obi-Wan Kenobi/Legends|Obi-Wan Kenobi]] with his Padawan [[Anakin Skywalker/Legends|Anakin Skywalker]] (who was her age), [[Siri Tachi]] with [[Ferus Olin]], and [[Ry-Gaul]] with [[Tru Veld]] on a mission to the [[Planet/Legends|planet]] [[Radnor/Legends|Radnor]], where some deadly toxins were accidentally released into the atmosphere, resulting in a bioplague. The Jedi were briefed and tasked by the [[Jedi Council/Legends|Jedi Council]] to aid the evacuation of the surviving [[Radnoran]]s from the [[Twin Cities]] [[Tacto]] and [[Aubendo]].<ref name="JQ:Apprentice" />
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
[[File:Darra Thel-Tanis.JPG|thumb|left|120px|Darra Thel-Tanis.]]
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{{Quote|Stay with me until I fall asleep. It's lonely here.|Darra Thel-Tanis' words to Anakin Skywalker, while recuperating from her Haariden wound, rising up again as a cry within him at her tragic death in the Valley of the Dark Lords on Korriban|Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown}}
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[[File:Darra Thel-Tanis.JPG|thumb|left|120px|Darra Thel-Tanis]]
   
A [[Human/Legends|Human]] [[Sexes/Legends|female]], Thel-Tanis was taken to the [[Jedi Temple]] on the [[Planet/Legends|planet]] [[Coruscant/Legends|Coruscant]] due to her being [[Force-sensitive/Legends|Force-sensitive]]. There, she was to be trained to become a [[Jedi Knight/Legends|Jedi Knight]]. Around [[27 BBY]], she was taken as an [[Padawan/Legends|apprentice]] by the [[Jedi Master/Legends|Jedi Master]] [[Soara Antana]], who was famous for her skill with a [[Lightsaber/Legends|lightsaber]].<ref name="JQ:Apprentice" />
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A [[Human/Legends|Human]] [[Sexes/Legends|female]], Thel-Tanis was taken to the [[Jedi Temple]] on the [[Planet/Legends|planet]] [[Coruscant/Legends|Coruscant]] due to her being [[Force-sensitive/Legends|Force-sensitive]]. There, she was to be trained to become a [[Jedi Knight/Legends|Jedi Knight]]. Around [[27 BBY/Legends|27 BBY]], she was taken as an [[Padawan/Legends|apprentice]] by the [[Jedi Master/Legends|Jedi Master]] [[Soara Antana/Legends|Soara Antana]], who was famous for her skill with a [[Lightsaber/Legends|lightsaber]].<ref name="JQ:Apprentice" />
   
With her Master, Darra accompanied [[Anakin Skywalker/Legends|Anakin Skywalker]] and [[Obi-Wan Kenobi/Legends|Obi-Wan Kenobi]] on missions to worlds such as [[Radnor]] (her first mission) and [[Haariden]]. On the mission to Haariden, Thel-Tanis was badly injured, after being shot in the thigh with a [[Blaster/Legends|blaster]]. During her recovery she developed a friendship with Skywalker.<ref name="JQ:Disguise">''[[Jedi Quest: The Master of Disguise]]''</ref> At some point before [[24 BBY]], Thel-Tanis was sent together with Skywalker on a mission to [[Norah]], where she was wounded again.<ref name="JQ:Peace">''[[Jedi Quest: The False Peace]]''</ref>
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With her Master, Darra accompanied [[Anakin Skywalker/Legends|Anakin Skywalker]] and [[Obi-Wan Kenobi/Legends|Obi-Wan Kenobi]] on missions to worlds such as [[Radnor/Legends|Radnor]] (her first mission) and [[Haariden]]. On the [[mission to Haariden]], Thel-Tanis was badly injured, after being shot in the thigh with a [[Blaster/Legends|blaster]]. During her recovery she developed a friendship with Skywalker.<ref name="JQ:Disguise">''[[Jedi Quest: The Master of Disguise]]''</ref> At some point before [[24 BBY/Legends|24 BBY]], Thel-Tanis was sent together with Skywalker on a mission to [[Norah]], where she was wounded again.<ref name="JQ:Peace">''[[Jedi Quest: The False Peace]]''</ref>
   
She also served on a escorting mission to [[Nuralee]] in 24 BBY.<ref name="JQ:Peace" /> [[23 BBY|The next year]],<ref name="ERC" /> Thel-Tanis and her Master once again [[Mission to Korriban (23 BBY)|accompanied]] Skywalker and Kenobi, as well as two other Jedi pairs ([[Siri Tachi]] with [[Ferus Olin]] and [[Ry-Gaul]] with [[Tru Veld]]) to [[Korriban]] to stop [[Granta Omega]] and [[Jenna Zan Arbor]]. During this mission, influenced by the [[Dark side of the Force/Legends|dark side]] energies of the planet, the apprentices started to argue rather than work as a team. The situation was aggravated when Tru Veld asked Ferus Olin to fix his lightsaber, which Anakin Skywalker had worked on before they left the Temple. Unfortunately, not being aware of Anakin's repairs to Tru's lightsaber, Ferus' repairs led the lightsaber to drain power faster. This made the confrontation with Granta Omega deadly. Ferus saw that Tru's lightsaber was shorting out and quickly switched lightsabers with him, but Granta Omega sneaked around behind him. Seeing that Ferus was in trouble, Darra Thel-Tanis jumped toward them, determined to save her friend, and Granta Omega shot her in the chest with his [[KYD-21 blaster pistol]], killing her.
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[[File:Darra and Tru The Final Showdown Jap cover JQ10.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Darra Thel-Tanis and Tru Veld]]She also served on an escorting mission to [[Nuralee]] in 24 BBY.<ref name="JQ:Peace" /> [[23 BBY/Legends|The next year]],<ref name="ERC" /> Thel-Tanis and her Master once again [[Mission to Korriban (23 BBY)|accompanied]] Skywalker and Kenobi, as well as two other Jedi pairs ([[Siri Tachi]] with [[Ferus Olin]] and [[Ry-Gaul]] with [[Tru Veld]]) to [[Korriban]] to stop [[Granta Omega]] and [[Jenna Zan Arbor]]. During this mission, influenced by the [[Dark side of the Force/Legends|dark-side]] energies of the planet, the apprentices started to argue rather than work as a team. The situation was aggravated when Ferus Olin offered to fix Tru Veld's lightsaber, which Anakin Skywalker had worked on before they left the Temple. Unfortunately, not being aware of Anakin's repairs to Tru's weapon, Ferus' repairs caused the lightsaber to drain power faster. This made the confrontation with Granta Omega deadly. Ferus saw that Tru's lightsaber was shorting out and quickly switched weapons with him, but Granta Omega slipped around and surprised them, coming at them from behind. Seeing that Ferus was in trouble, Darra Thel-Tanis leaped forward to protect him, determined to save her friend, but when the faulty saber failed, Granta Omega's [[KYD-21 blaster pistol|KYD-21 blaster]] bolt sped past Olin and hit Darra in the chest, killing her.<ref name="JQ:Showdown">''[[Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown]]''</ref>
   
[[Soara Antana]] unwound Darra's [[Padawan braid/Legends|Padawan braid]] as she cried. Her [[Death/Legends|death]] deeply saddened her fellow Padawans. Olin blamed himself for her death and left the [[Jedi Order/Legends|Jedi Order]] after this mission due to guilt, but not before becoming more amicable with fellow Padawan Tru Veld.<ref name="JQ:Showdown">''[[Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown]]''</ref>
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[[Soara Antana/Legends|Soara Antana]] gently unwound the ribbon in Darra's [[Padawan braid/Legends|Padawan braid]] as she wept over her beloved apprentice. Darra's [[Death/Legends|death]] deeply saddened her fellow Padawans. Olin blamed himself for her death and left the [[Jedi Order/Legends|Jedi Order]] after this mission because of guilt, but not before strengthening the bonds of his friendship with fellow Padawan Tru Veld.<ref name="JQ:Showdown" />
   
 
==Personality and traits==
 
==Personality and traits==
{{Quote|I thought the worst thing about being on [[Mission to Radnor|this mission]] was [[Protein cube|protein cubes]] for breakfast. Now I know it's you two.|Darra Thel-Tanis groans over the non-stop rivalry and contesting wills of fellow Padawans Ferus Olin and Anakin Skywalker.|Jedi Quest: The Way of the Apprentice}}
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{{Quote|I thought the worst thing about being on [[Mission to Radnor|this mission]] was [[Protein cube/Legends|protein cubes]] for breakfast. Now I know it's you two.|Darra Thel-Tanis groans over the nonstop rivalry and contesting wills of fellow Padawans Ferus Olin and Anakin Skywalker|Jedi Quest: The Way of the Apprentice}}
Darra Thel-Tanis was described as a slender girl with lively, rust-colored eyes and ginger hair. While she impressed others as being kind and polite, she was also very cheerful, of quick and sarcastic wit, and "crackled" with a positive energy that could almost be felt when she was near. She furthermore possessed "a cool grace" that Anakin Skywalker admired, and she was especially skilled at not favoring one hand over the other, when Jedi were required, as per their lightsaber training, to switch their Jedi weapons from the right hand to the left.
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Darra Thel-Tanis was described as a slender girl with lively, rust-colored eyes and hair that was described both as auburn and as a combination of bright copper and gold. While she impressed others as being kind and polite, she was also very cheerful, had a quick and sarcastic wit, and "crackled" with a positive energy that could almost be felt when she was near. She furthermore possessed "a cool grace" that Anakin Skywalker admired, and she was especially skilled at not favoring one hand over the other, when Jedi were required, as per their lightsaber training, to switch their Jedi weapons from the right hand to the left.<ref name="JQ:Apprentice" />
   
Darra's lightsaber fighting style―graceful, fluid, in constant motion, perfectly planned and executed, seemingly effortless―was testament to her superb training by Jedi Master Soara Antana. Darra's concentration and combat discipline were unparalleled.
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Darra's lightsaber fighting style―graceful, fluid, in constant motion, perfectly planned and executed, seemingly effortless―was testament to her superb training by Jedi Master Soara Antana. Darra's concentration and combat discipline were unparalleled.<ref name="JQ:Apprentice" /> She also developed her talent for communications, such as the ability to "jam" varied and complex signals—a sensitive gift at which she became an expert.<ref name="JQ:Disguise" />
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Darra, always a vivid presence among the apprentices, seems to have undergone a change, however, following her experience on Haariden, when she was wounded in battle. Thereafter, a new maturity and a hardened sense of purpose marked her actions and demeanor. She seemed to Anakin Skywalker to carry a sense of gravity along with her trademark humor. The incident on Haariden had brought death so close, she told Anakin, that she'd made friends with it—a remark that was meant to have been a joke, but a joke that was weighted with a seriousness that Skywalker had trouble accepting. Anakin wanted the old, wisecracking Darra back, whose jokes were simply jokes, not keys to her own sorrows. Indeed, even Anakin's Master noted while journeying to their final mission together on Korriban, that the accustomed exuberance that had danced in Darra's unusual, rust-colored eyes would often shift to a shadowy sadness.<ref name="JQ:Showdown" />
   
 
Darra was fond of having a piece of bright fabric, or ribbon, woven through her [[Padawan braid/Legends|Padawan braid]].<ref name="JQ:Apprentice" /><ref name="JQ:Showdown" />
 
Darra was fond of having a piece of bright fabric, or ribbon, woven through her [[Padawan braid/Legends|Padawan braid]].<ref name="JQ:Apprentice" /><ref name="JQ:Showdown" />
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
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" />
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{{Dialogue|Ferus Olin|Darra, you and I have to make contact with the Masters while Anakin and Tru steal the ship. We have to get the droids to follow us to an ambush. Does that sound okay to you?|Anakin Skywalker|Sounds like a good plan.|Darra Thel-Tanis|We have an agreement. Remind me to declare this an annual holiday once we get back to the Temple.|attr=Darra Thel-Tanis commends the new spirit of consensus and agreement between fellow Padawans Ferus Olin and Anakin Skywalker|src=Jedi Quest: The Way of the Apprentice}}
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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" />
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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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"Tell me something. Are all missions this hard?"
"No. Some are harder.
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―Padawan Darra Thel-Tanis and Master Soara Antana[src]

Darra Thel-Tanis, also known as Darra Haariden,[4] was a female Human Jedi Padawan of Master Soara Antana in the waning years of the Republic Classic era. In 27 BBY, she and her master joined fellow Jedi Masters Obi-Wan Kenobi with his Padawan Anakin Skywalker (who was her age), Siri Tachi with Ferus Olin, and Ry-Gaul with Tru Veld on a mission to the planet Radnor, where some deadly toxins were accidentally released into the atmosphere, resulting in a bioplague. The Jedi were briefed and tasked by the Jedi Council to aid the evacuation of the surviving Radnorans from the Twin Cities Tacto and Aubendo.[3]

BiographyEdit

"Stay with me until I fall asleep. It's lonely here."
―Darra Thel-Tanis' words to Anakin Skywalker, while recuperating from her Haariden wound, rising up again as a cry within him at her tragic death in the Valley of the Dark Lords on Korriban[src]
Darra Thel-Tanis

Darra Thel-Tanis

A Human female, Thel-Tanis was taken to the Jedi Temple on the planet Coruscant due to her being Force-sensitive. There, she was to be trained to become a Jedi Knight. Around 27 BBY, she was taken as an apprentice by the Jedi Master Soara Antana, who was famous for her skill with a lightsaber.[3]

With her Master, Darra accompanied Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi on missions to worlds such as Radnor (her first mission) and Haariden. On the mission to Haariden, Thel-Tanis was badly injured, after being shot in the thigh with a blaster. During her recovery she developed a friendship with Skywalker.[5] At some point before 24 BBY, Thel-Tanis was sent together with Skywalker on a mission to Norah, where she was wounded again.[6]

Darra and Tru The Final Showdown Jap cover JQ10

Darra Thel-Tanis and Tru Veld

She also served on an escorting mission to Nuralee in 24 BBY.[6] The next year,[2] Thel-Tanis and her Master once again accompanied Skywalker and Kenobi, as well as two other Jedi pairs (Siri Tachi with Ferus Olin and Ry-Gaul with Tru Veld) to Korriban to stop Granta Omega and Jenna Zan Arbor. During this mission, influenced by the dark-side energies of the planet, the apprentices started to argue rather than work as a team. The situation was aggravated when Ferus Olin offered to fix Tru Veld's lightsaber, which Anakin Skywalker had worked on before they left the Temple. Unfortunately, not being aware of Anakin's repairs to Tru's weapon, Ferus' repairs caused the lightsaber to drain power faster. This made the confrontation with Granta Omega deadly. Ferus saw that Tru's lightsaber was shorting out and quickly switched weapons with him, but Granta Omega slipped around and surprised them, coming at them from behind. Seeing that Ferus was in trouble, Darra Thel-Tanis leaped forward to protect him, determined to save her friend, but when the faulty saber failed, Granta Omega's KYD-21 blaster bolt sped past Olin and hit Darra in the chest, killing her.[7]

Soara Antana gently unwound the ribbon in Darra's Padawan braid as she wept over her beloved apprentice. Darra's death deeply saddened her fellow Padawans. Olin blamed himself for her death and left the Jedi Order after this mission because of guilt, but not before strengthening the bonds of his friendship with fellow Padawan Tru Veld.[7]

Personality and traitsEdit

"I thought the worst thing about being on this mission was protein cubes for breakfast. Now I know it's you two."
―Darra Thel-Tanis groans over the nonstop rivalry and contesting wills of fellow Padawans Ferus Olin and Anakin Skywalker[src]

Darra Thel-Tanis was described as a slender girl with lively, rust-colored eyes and hair that was described both as auburn and as a combination of bright copper and gold. While she impressed others as being kind and polite, she was also very cheerful, had a quick and sarcastic wit, and "crackled" with a positive energy that could almost be felt when she was near. She furthermore possessed "a cool grace" that Anakin Skywalker admired, and she was especially skilled at not favoring one hand over the other, when Jedi were required, as per their lightsaber training, to switch their Jedi weapons from the right hand to the left.[3]

Darra's lightsaber fighting style―graceful, fluid, in constant motion, perfectly planned and executed, seemingly effortless―was testament to her superb training by Jedi Master Soara Antana. Darra's concentration and combat discipline were unparalleled.[3] She also developed her talent for communications, such as the ability to "jam" varied and complex signals—a sensitive gift at which she became an expert.[5]

Darra, always a vivid presence among the apprentices, seems to have undergone a change, however, following her experience on Haariden, when she was wounded in battle. Thereafter, a new maturity and a hardened sense of purpose marked her actions and demeanor. She seemed to Anakin Skywalker to carry a sense of gravity along with her trademark humor. The incident on Haariden had brought death so close, she told Anakin, that she'd made friends with it—a remark that was meant to have been a joke, but a joke that was weighted with a seriousness that Skywalker had trouble accepting. Anakin wanted the old, wisecracking Darra back, whose jokes were simply jokes, not keys to her own sorrows. Indeed, even Anakin's Master noted while journeying to their final mission together on Korriban, that the accustomed exuberance that had danced in Darra's unusual, rust-colored eyes would often shift to a shadowy sadness.[7]

Darra was fond of having a piece of bright fabric, or ribbon, woven through her Padawan braid.[3][7]

Behind the scenesEdit

Ferus Olin: "Darra, you and I have to make contact with the Masters while Anakin and Tru steal the ship. We have to get the droids to follow us to an ambush. Does that sound okay to you?"
Anakin Skywalker: "Sounds like a good plan."
Darra Thel-Tanis: "We have an agreement. Remind me to declare this an annual holiday once we get back to the Temple."
―Darra Thel-Tanis commends the new spirit of consensus and agreement between fellow Padawans Ferus Olin and Anakin Skywalker[src]

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.[5][6]

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 attempt by Omega and Zan Arbor. As a surname for Darra, the name is given no in-story explanation or rationale. The fact that readers last engaged with Thel-Tanis on a 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[5][7]) points to the surname Haariden being an early designation in Jude Watson's development of the story arc that became her eleven-book 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. 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.[6] 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.[7] Nor does Watson, even in her capstone Last of the Jedi series, ever again mention the alternate nomenclature specific to Darra's character.[8]

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