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"Rey, be brave."

Miramir was a human female who worked as a junk trader during the New Republic Era. Her husband Dathan was the cloned "son"—an artificial Strand-Cast—of Darth Sidious, the Dark Lord of the Sith and Galactic Emperor. Miramir had a Force-sensitive child with Dathan, a daughter named Rey, who was born in 15 ABY. Though Miramir's husband lacked the ability to use the Force, Rey was born Force-sensitive as a result of her father's genetic connection to the Palpatine bloodline.

Despite their family's connection to the Dark Lord of the Sith, Miramir and Dathan chose to live as anonymous junk traders on the desert planet of Jakku. They succeeded in hiding Rey from Sidious, who intended to use Rey as a vessel for his spirit, by leaving her on Jakku with Unkar Plutt. Miramir and her husband were subsequently captured and killed by the Sith assassin Ochi, whom the Emperor had sent to retrieve his granddaughter.


Early life[]

Miramir was born on the planet Hyperkarn[1] in 6 BBY.[2] She lived with her grandmother, whom she was very close with.[1]

The birth of Rey[]

"When he sired a genetic heir to my Empire, a new opportunity to ensure my legacy arose. But my errant clone and his mate absconded with their child and went into hiding."
―Darth Sidious[5]

During the rise of the New Republic, Miramir[1] married Dathan, the cloned "son"—a genetic strandcast—of Galactic Emperor Darth Sidious. The Emperor had not anticipated the relationship between his clone and Miramir, but through it he sought to continue his bloodline the natural way after genetic experimentation on his template failed to produce a viable host for his essence. When their daughter, Rey, was born[6] in 15 ABY,[7] she inherited her grandfather's connection to the Force, whereas her father had not.[6]

Miramir gave birth to their daughter on her home world but soon left with Dathan; they fled to Jakku where they would live in obscurity for six years,[1] struggling to survive as junk traders[6] and moisture farmers.[1]

Exile and death[]

"She isn't on Jakku. She's gone."
―Miramir, to Ochi[4]
Rey mum and dad-TROS

Rey's parents left her on Jakku to prevent Darth Sidious from finding her.

The Emperor intended to transfer his spirit to his granddaughter's body, leaving the unstable cloned body that could not sustain his power in the dark side of the Force. However, his plan was thwarted by Rey's parents, who escaped into hiding along with their daughter. Sidious sent his devotee, the assassin Ochi, after them,[6] determined to regain his granddaughter and "punish" her parents who, in his view, betrayed him.[5] They eventually settled on Jakku, having elected to live in obscurity on a desert planet in order to keep their daughter safe.[6]

Life on Jakku was difficult for Rey's family, her mother and father struggling to survive as junk traders.[6] Their efforts to hide Rey were nearly compromised when Ochi drew closer to locating them. In an act of desperation, they departed Jakku aboard Ochi's ship, the Bestoon Legacy, and left their daughter with Unkar Plutt, paying Plutt with Dathan's Sith amulet.[1] Miramir embraced her daughter for the last time, her face partly obscured by a blue shawl.[8] Miramir also took some Aki-Aki beads that were in Plutts possession in hopes of using them to trick Ochi in case he caught them.[1] Rey watched as the Bestoon Legacy departed from Jakku. Knowing her parents were onboard the transport, she tried to free herself from Plutt's grasp while screaming for her parents to not leave her behind.[8]

Reys Parents

Sidious had Miramir and Dathan killed for refusing to reveal their daughter's location.

Miramir and Dathan were subsequently caught and taken as prisoners by Ochi.[1] Ochi interrogated the couple regarding their daughter's whereabouts, Miramir tried to undermine Ochi's investigation with misinformation, claiming that Rey was not on Jakku and that she was simply gone. Her lie was unacceptable to Sidious' follower; acting on his master's command, he used his dagger to stab Dathan and then Miramir to death.[8] As she had predicted, Ochi was tricked by the Aki-Aki beads and traveled to the planet Pasaana.[1] Due to Ochi's subsequent death on Pasaana, Rey remained hidden from her grandfather and the Sith Eternal cult that supported him.[6]


"I never lied to you. Your parents were no one. They chose to be to keep you safe."
―Kylo Ren, to Rey[4]

Rey grew up as a scavenger on Jakku, hoping to be reunited with her mother and father one day.

The bodies of Rey's parents were found stuffed in a crate and drifting in space by Lando Calrissian and R2-D2, who recovered them and took them to the frozen world of Neftali where they buried them with the help of Luke Skywalker and Komat. Having died holding the Aki-Aki beads she'd obtained from Plutt, Miramir successfully led Ochi to the incorrect conclusion that they had left Rey on Pasaana, leading him to go there in search of her. Upon landing there Ochi began seeing hallucinations of Miramir and Dathan, and his search for Rey on the world was short lived, soon sinking in the world's quicksand shortly after leaving his ship[1] where he remained until his death.[4]

Though Rey had all but forgotten her past, she remained on Jakku for years in the hope of reuniting with her mother and father.[6] During that time, she had nightmares of Miramir and Dathan abandoning her when she was a child.[8] That memory resurfaced several times, once when she visited Takodana,[9] the second shortly after her escape from the Supremacy,[10] and the third during her Jedi training on Ajan Kloss. Following the third occurrence, however, she remembered another forgotten moment from her childhood, in which she found herself in the warm embrace of a woman that she knew to be her mother.[8]

Rey was captured on Takodana by the First Order warlord Kylo Ren, who learned about the scavenger's parents through the Force-bond that connected their minds. Based on what he saw of them through a Force vision, Ren concluded that Rey was sired by insignificant[6] junk traders.[11] The desperate conditions of their lives also convinced Ren that they abandoned their daughter,[6] selling Rey for drinking money, and that they were dead and buried in a pauper's grave in the desert of Jakku.[11]


As a Jedi, Rey journeyed to Exegol to destroy Sidious, her paternal grandfather who had her parents killed.

Rey's mother was remembered by Sidious as the wife of his clone, whom he despised as a "useless creature" that he rejected due to its powerlessness in the Force.[5] The Emperor revealed to Ren the secret of Rey's lineage as his granddaughter. The revelation did not change Ren's mind about Rey's parents; he still regarded them as nonentities. Nevertheless, he tried to turn Rey to the dark side by telling her that Sidious, her grandfather, ordered her parents' execution. Ren's actions caused Rey to rediscover forgotten memories of her childhood, including the last time she saw her parents.[6] Though she possessed qualities of a Jedi,[5] Rey struggled to resist the seduction of the dark side. The knowledge that her mother and father were killed on her grandfather's orders caused Rey to develop a desire to avenge them. Ultimately, though, the memory of her parents kept Rey entrenched in the light side of the Force. During the Battle of Exegol, Rey succeeded in destroying her grandfather, preventing the rebirth of the Sith.[6]

Personality and traits[]

"Weak. Like your parents."
"My parents were strong. They saved me from you."
―Darth Sidious and Rey[4]

Rey was loved by her mother, who endured a life of hardship and sacrifice for her daughter's sake.

Miramir was a young[8] human female who had blonde hair, brown eyes, and light skin. Like her husband, she loved Rey and was willing to risk death by hiding her daughter from Darth Sidious.[4] She chose to live in obscurity to keep Rey safe and bore the consequences of her choice, living day-to-day on the edge of desperation.[6] With Ochi on her trail,[4] she made the heart-breaking decision[12] to leave behind her daughter, though not before embracing her one last time, telling Rey to be brave.[4]

Having to give her daughter away, even to keep her safe, drove Rey's mother to tears as they embraced for the final time, neither one wanting to let the other go.[8] She remained defiant during her final moments, refusing to reveal her daughter's whereabouts to the Emperor's hunter even when her life and that of her husband were threatened.[4] Though dismissed as unimportant and weak by Ren and Sidious, Miramir was remembered by Rey as someone who was strong enough to keep her daughter safe from her grandfather.[4]

Behind the scenes[]

Miramir first appeared, albeit unseen, in the novelization of the 2015 film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. In the novel, during the sequence depicting Rey's force vision on Takodana, she hears a voice say "Stay here. I'll come back for you," and "I'll come back, sweetheart, I promise." The junior novelization for the following film Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi would incorporate a scene during the events of the film where Rey has a dream of that same voice uttering the same lines once again.

Miramir would go on to be depicted in live action in a flashback sequence in the 2019 film Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker, where she was portrayed by Jodie Comer.[4]

The novel Shadow of the Sith, released in 2022, would later reveal that the words Rey had heard in the vision in The Force Awakens novelization were actually part of her last meeting with Miramir, taking place during the sequence where Dathan and Miramir bid farewell to her.

Adam Christopher, the author of the book Shadow of the Sith, named the character after Miramar, a suburb of Wellington, New Zealand. According to the author, he wanted a fantasy name to go with Miramir's homeworld Hyperkarn, which is mysterious and has a twilight forest. The author typed in the name and switched around some of the letters, and thought the name Miramir had a magical quality, almost Elven.[13] According to the author, Miramir is pronounced "Mirr - Ah - Meer."[14]


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 Shadow of the Sith
  2. 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: Timelines dates the events of Shadow of the Sith to 21 ABY. Shadow of the Sith establishes that Miramir is twenty-seven years old, therefore placing her birth on Hyperkarn in 6 BBY.
  3. Star Wars: Timelines
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Star Wars: Secrets of the Sith
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition
  7. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary states that Rey is nineteen years old during the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, which is dated to 34 ABY by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. Therefore it can be deduced that Rey was born in 15 ABY.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior Novel
  9. Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  10. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: A Junior Novel
  11. 11.0 11.1 Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
  12. SWInsider "Space Moms" — Star Wars Insider 221
  13. 'Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith' Makes Luke Skywalker 'The Most Powerful Person in The Galaxy by Sean Keane on CNET (September 5, 2022): "With Miramir, I wanted a kind of fantasy name, because in the book we see her home planet -- it's not magical, but it has a twilight forest and is very mysterious. There's a place in Wellington in New Zealand called Miramar, which is where Weta Studios, who made Lord of the Rings, are based. I just typed it in, switched some of the letters and I was like "Well hang on -- that sounds really cool." It had a kind of magical quality, it sounds almost Elven. It was also a contrast to Dathan, which is relatively simple. Whereas Miramir sounds a little bit otherworldly." (archived from the original on September 7, 2022)
  14. TwitterLogo Adam Christopher (@ghostfinder) on Twitter (May 19, 2022): "Pronunciation guide: Dathan as in Nathan. Miramir is Mirr - Ah - Meer. If you're lucky I might reveal the origins at my #StarWarsCelebration panel..." (backup link)