A fictional world needs details to give it authenticity, to suspend our disbelief, and to give it a richness and texture that simply makes us believe.
Here’s a few things about the world of Star Wars that I just learned about in the past year or so, although I’ve been a fan for nearly 40 years:
Aurabesh. This is the Star Wars alphabet. I’m not fluent in it at all, but it’s pretty darn cool. My name would be (Trill) (Isk) (Nern) (Aurek).
Symbols. Every major group or institution has a symbol attached to it. There are many more, but this is a decent sample. For my fiftieth birthday next year, and to celebrate my love of Star Wars, I’m going to get a tattoo of the Jedi symbol, probably on my right shoulder, and then the Rebel Alliance symbol on my left. As someone who’s never gotten a tattoo in her life, this is a big deal.
Lightsaber color meanings. Up until recently, I knew only of 3 lightsaber colors: green, blue, and red. The red I knew was for the Sith; and the green and blue for the Jedi, but I didn’t know the difference between the two, if any. Now I’m aware of many lightsaber colors, but I don’t have all the meanings memorized. So here’s a handy chart:
Green had always been my favorite color, until I saw Rey’s yellow lightsaber. Now I want to know more about the Sentinels (as well as the Jedi Consulars and Guardians), and will do some further research on them. So many Star Wars rabbit holes!
Calendar. I don’t know what was used before the designation BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin), or ABY (After the Battle of Yavin) but I only recently learned about this system when I began my Star Wars book-reading journey. The book timelines in both Legends and Canon list them in relation to A New Hope’s decisive battle, to make it easy to place it in time (most people are familiar with that event). For instance, the book I’m reading now, Rogue Planet by Greg Bear, is listed as 29BBY. (It takes place three years after The Phantom Menace). It’s always nice to know exactly “when” a story takes place.
So these are just a few of the fascinating details I’ve learned about Star Wars, among many that make it so fun.
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