Veré, a female character in a legend of the planet Naboo's Futhork calligraphy, was said to be deeply in love with a man named Set. In 22 BBY, two lovers, Jedi Padawan Anakin Skywalker and Republic Senator Padmé Amidala, used the names of Set and Veré, respectively, to secretly elope. This hid news of their matrimony from the Jedi Order so that Skywalker would not be caught breaking its tenets on forbidden attachment.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Veré was a female figure from a myth regarding the planet Naboo's Futhork script, in which she was the eternal lover of a man named Set. In 22 BBY, immediately after the First Battle of Geonosis, these names were used as aliases by Republic Senator Padmé Amidala and Jedi Padawan Anakin Skywalker, respectively. Knowing matrimony to be contrary to the Jedi Order's belief that such an attachment, through passion, brought one close to the dark side of the Force, the young lovers used the archaic monikers to anonymously marry, not even allowing their pastor, Pontifex Maxiron Agolerga, to know their true identities. "Set" and "Veré" were blissfully wed, and Agolerga was instructed to tell no one of the ceremony, ensuring the only record of the short procession would be a scroll in his Brotherhood's archives. When Agolerga eventually learned who they really were, he informed Amidala's niece, Pooja Naberrie, of the union.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Veré was originally created during the What's The Story? campaign on StarWars.com, in which Hyperspace members were allowed to author backstories for various background characters from the Star Wars films for inclusion in the StarWars.com Databank and canon. The particular "Maxiron Agolerga" entry, written by Tim Veekhoven under the handle "Sompeetalay," covered Agolerga around the time he was solicited to oversee the Skywalker–Amidala unity, as seen in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, establishing Veré and Set as legendary characters in its text. She later received an entry in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, which was released in 2008.
The eternal lovers' motif was borrowed from a famous work of J. R. R. Tolkien related to his The Lord of the Rings series, a distant prequel entitled The Tale of Beren and Lúthien, which described the romance of a mortal man named Beren with an Elf-maiden named Lúthien. Veekhoven chose the name "Veré" for the character because it was pre-established as a common name on the planet of Naboo.
Sources[edit | edit source]
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
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