Friday, May 16, 2014

101 Star Wars Variations 11: Yoda was an Ewok

One of the things that's always been a little hard to pin down about the old times is what species, exactly, Yoda was.

You'll know about Yoda well enough, hopefully.  Although in public he kept mostly to the sidelines, his was perhaps the greatest reputation among all the Jedi.  Even if you didn't know that, his short green stature probably helped make him memorable, too.  Because there just aren't that many little green people running around.  In fact, Yoda is pretty much the only one I personally can think of.

And maybe that's because over the course of his long life, Yoda changed.  Maybe he wasn't always green.  Maybe that was a little of the effect the Force had on him over the years.  And so if he wasn't always green, what else might he have been?

Furry.  Yeah, I just said that.

Yoda was furry.  He wasn't just furry, but an Ewok, the most intelligent lifeform on the forest moon of Endor, site of the Rebel Alliance's final victory over the Galactic Empire.  You didn't think that was a coincidence, did you?

The archives show that Yoda spent a great deal of time among the Wookiees, but his penchant for woolly companions was perhaps an act of nostalgia.  Speculation has it that he was once the greatest of the Ewok shamans, that he left them so he could pursue his craft to its fullest potential, keep the danger away from his own kind.

But nature has a way of course-correcting, hence the greatest danger the galaxy ever saw still arriving at the Ewok doorstep.  But not to worry, right?  By that time, Yoda himself was dead.  It should come as no surprise, however, that there were Ewoks among the new Jedi Order, and that some of them...looked strange, too.  None of them green.

Well, just give it some time.

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