Disney has done an outstanding job making money off of the Star Wars franchise over the last few years. Everyone knows about the sequel trilogy, featuring new exciting characters like Rey and Kylo Ren, but there is so much more, including Star Wars Rebels, a cartoon TV series that follows the early formation of the Rebellion in the years leading up to Star Wars: A New Hope. Marvel has also created several canonical comic series that fill in story gaps, too.
And, of course, there are the novels – all of which are canon, and many of which are truly excellent. That’s absolutely the case for the recent novel following Princess Leia’s life as a 16-year-old finding her place in the galaxy, just a handful of years before she’d find herself a prisoner aboard the Death Star. We took a dive into several interesting Star Wars tidbits that we learned from Claudia Gray’s recent canonical novel, Leia: Princess of Alderaan.
A Rogue One planet makes a cameo
We’re first introduced to Wobani early in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Jyn Erso is being held captive by the Empire, and is being moved to a Imperial labor camp. But just a handful of years prior, Wobani was a different place. It was a once-thriving planet, now crushed underneath the tyrannical regulations of Emperor Palpatine. The people of the planet were starving, and Leia’s first humanitarian mission was to bring food and supplies to their people.
On that mission, Leia finds that things are worse than she knew. Stormtroopers and Imperial officers are present, and many of the people are sick and without hope. Wanting to help the people of Wobani in any way she can, Leia devises a plan to get many of them off the planet and back to Alderaan. She had strict orders from the Empire that only crew of her ship, Tantive IV, would be allowed to land and take off. The way around it? Hiring people as crew.
In the end, Leia gets in some serious trouble with her parents for tricking an Imperial officer and violating an order. And for her effort, she actually wrecks work that her father, Bail Organa, was doing in the Imperial Senate to bring the people of Wobani relief.