- "Windy's nothing but a follower…"
- ―Biggs Darklighter
Windy was usually seen in the company of his friend Deak, who continually followed him around Anchorhead. Another Tatooine acquaintance, Biggs Darklighter, once characterized Windy as "a follower" and called Deak "a follower of a follower."
Windy's parents would sometimes visit Luke's aunt and uncle at the Lars homestead. When they were thirteen, Luke and Windy became lost in the desert and found themselves face to face with a Krayt dragon. They were rescued by Obi-Wan Kenobi, whom they only knew as hermit Ben Kenobi. When Windy and Luke were brought back safely to the Lars homestead by the Jedi, Owen angrily chased Kenobi away.
Windy and Deak were present when Luke was challenged to a speeder race by a local braggart, Gorm Maldorf, in The Cage. He warned Luke that Maldorf was dangerous, but he accepted the challenge. On the morning of the race, Gorm was found dead, strangled, in The Cage. After Windy and Deak helped him make his escape, Luke investigated the death and deduced that Gorm had been accidentally killed while trying to sabotage the race the night before.
By their late teens, the friends were part of a group of youths that included Biggs Darklighter, Janek "Tank" Sunber, Laze "Fixer" Loneozner, and his girlfriend Camie. The teens spent time hanging around at Tosche Station in Anchorhead, and raced their skyhoppers for fun.
Windy would often serve as a foil to Luke's dreams of leaving Tatooine to join the Academy. Once, when Windy found Luke replaying a Space Academy Recruitment tape for a countless time, he told his friend that he should grow up and be content with the life of a moisture farmer.
Sometime later, just before the Tantive IV was captured by Darth Vader above Tatooine, Luke challenged Fixer to a dangerous skyhopper race through Beggar's Canyon and through the eye of the Stone Needle. Windy flew along with Luke during the race, squealing with fear the whole time. He was frightened by Skywalker's reckless flying and called him "crazy."
Windy last saw Luke on the morning Biggs confided in Luke about his plans to join the Rebel Alliance. Windy, along with the rest of his friends, told Luke that he did not believe he had actually seen a firefight in the skies above Tatooine.
Following the destruction of the first Death Star in 0 BBY, Windy could still be found in Anchorhead. While here, he asked a spacer to find a wanted murderer named Blix Lanister, who had fled town.
The spacer agreed to carry out the task, and found Blix shortly thereafter. Blix was brought back to Windy, who paid the spacer 30 credits in thanks. He even said the spacer should consider a career as a security officer. Yet the situation with Blix did not end there. Windy also wanted the spacer to find one of Blix's gang members, a Rodian named Gleezwuq. Gleezwuq was the only member of Blix's gang whose whereabouts Windy did not know. He was sure that Gleezwuq would have evidence which would implicate Blix in his murder of Alita Sweetwater.
The spacer managed to find the Rodian gang member, and killed him. On Gleezwuq's person was the same blaster that Blix used in his murder of Alita. The spacer brought the blaster back to an impressed Windy, who was now certain that Blix could be brought to justice. The spacer was once again awarded another 30 credits. However, shortly after the evidence was brought to Windy, Blix's cohorts came into town and helped Blix escape Anchorhead. Windy tasked the spacer with one final task, which was to find Blix and his cronies. Windy did not believe that Blix would let himself be brought back alive again. He told the spacer to do what was necessary. Ultimately, the spacer found Blix, and killed him and the other thugs. Following the successful operation, Windy awarded the spacer 100 credits. Sometime following this event, Windy left Anchorhead.
Behind the scenesEdit
Windy is barely glimpsed in the background of the Tosche Station scene cut from A New Hope. The scene is included the Blu-Ray release. His character is expanded upon in the Star Wars radio drama, where he gets several lines of dialogue.
In the original version of Luke Skywalker's Walkabout, Windy is referred to as both Windom Starkiller and Windy Marstrap. One can assume that Windy is short for Windom. Leland Chee has stated that his last name is Marstrap in the Holocron continuity database. However, in the colored reprint for Star Wars: Luke Skywalker, Last Hope for the Galaxy, Windy's last name has been corrected, and he is named Starkiller both times. Confusing things further, an action figure released by Hasbro in 2010 gave Windy's friend Camie the last name "Marstrap."
Adventure in Beggar's Canyon and Luke Skywalker's Walkabout were both suggested by a single line of dialogue from Luke in the Star Wars radio drama. The two stories are variations on the same premise.
In "Luke Skywalker: Detective," the artist makes Windy and Deak virtually identical, and it's never identified which character is which.
In the MMORPG Star Wars Galaxies, Windy was named Windom Starkiller and could be found as a Non-Player Character (NPC) in a tent in Anchorhead. Players who performed a series of quests for Windy had to escort Blix Lanister to Anchorhead, kill Gleezwuq outside town, and then kill Lanister when he escaped from Anchorhead. The series of quests involved implicating Blix Lanister in the murder of Alita Sweetwater. During the second quest, Windom Starkiller would ask the player to call him "Windy." In the game, Windy had blond hair with brown eyes. For unknown reasons, Windy was removed from Star Wars Galaxies less than a year after its release, during Publish 6 on February 11, 2004. Although the player could choose not to do Windy's quests, this article assumes 100% game completion.
"Windy" was the name of a character in early versions of the Star Wars script. The first iteration of Windy was as "Mace Windy," a Jedi, in the Journal of the Whills, Part I. In the rough draft, Windy becomes the son of King Kayos and brother of Biggs and Leia. In the second draft, Windy, with Biggs, his twin, is a younger brother of Luke Starkiller. They are definitively excised from Luke's family tree in the third draft, where they first become Luke's friends at the power station.
- "Luke Skywalker: Detective"—Star Wars Tales 20
- Luke Skywalker's Walkabout
- Adventure in Beggar's Canyon
- Luke's Fate
- Empire 8: Darklighter, Part 1
- Star Wars radio drama
- Star Wars Journal: The Fight for Justice
- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope novel (First appearance)
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (Deleted scene)
- Rebel Force: Renegade
- Star Wars 17: Crucible (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided (Identified as Windom Starkiller)
- The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi (Appears in flashback(s))
- A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker (Appears in flashback(s))
- A Guide to the Star Wars Universe
- The Essential Guide to Characters
- "Anchorhead: The Lost Scenes"—Star Wars Insider 35
- Star Wars Encyclopedia
- The Essential Guide to Alien Species
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided Quick Reference Guide (as Windom Starkiller)
- The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ S T A R K I L L E R - The Jedi Bendu Script Site. Archived from the original on September 27, 2017. "Luke bounces into a small room behind the office where Deak and Windy, two tough boys about the same age as Luke, are playing a computer pool-like game with Biggs, a burly, handsome boy a few years older than the rest."
- ↑ Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope novel
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Star Wars radio drama
- ↑ Adventure in Beggar's Canyon
- ↑ Luke Skywalker's Walkabout
- ↑ "Luke Skywalker: Detective"—Star Wars Tales 20
- ↑ Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike
- ↑ Star Wars 17: Crucible
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 Star Wars Journal: The Fight for Justice
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Star Wars Galaxies
- ↑ Rebel Force: Renegade
- ↑ Leland Chee. Star Wars: Message Boards: Holocron continuity database questions. Archived from the original on September 27, 2017. "Windy's last name is Marstrap. That's about all I've got."
- ↑ The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film