Love Letter to Lana
I remember the first time I saw you almost two years ago. I hadn’t been playing much SWTOR when we met in the months leading up to the “Shadow of Revan” release. I’d been a bit disappointed with “The Rise of Hutt Cartel”—it wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t great—so I was wary when I saw the initial announcement for the “Forged Alliances” content. However, compelled by curiosity, I followed the prompt of the astromech quest giver on the fleet and guided my Sith Warrior into the office of Darth Arkous, Our yellow eyes, dark-side corrupted eyes met, the flirt option on the dialogue wheel appeared, and I was yours. Even my devoted Jedi characters could not resist your dulcet tones and pragmatic worldview.
Now we are months into the newest SWTOR expansion, “Knights of the Fallen Empire” (KOTFE), and you still have my devotion. You rescued me from carbonite poisoning and certain death. How many other people have partners who would take such risks? Okay, Leia rescued Han in “Return of the Jedi,” but technically you did it first since “The Old Republic” happened pre-ROTJ. I digress. My point is, it was nice to have my girlfriend show up and save the day. More so, in the five in-game years we’d been apart, you’d gone and started a rebellion against the Eternal Empire of Zakuul; the new big bad in the galaxy. You did this even after your own government had suffered great losses and practically collapsed. You could have stayed in what remained of the Sith Empire, continued fighting against the Republic out of old grudges and spite, but instead you looked at the larger threat to all the galaxy and focused your efforts on a greater good. Sith are supposed to be selfish and think of no one but themselves if Jedi are to be believed; I’d argue you put them to shame with your actions.
That is what I love most about you, Lana, the complexity of your character. You defy stereotypes. Most Sith, especially women, had been portrayed as one note, power hungry, villains in the main game until your appearance. To be able to engage with such a layered character—intelligent, funny, fearless, cunning—and win her heart? Truly a wonderful experience as a player, and nice to be able to do it without having to play a male character.
I know I am merely one of the many women, and men, who adore you. But, it’s really meant a lot to me to finally have the in-depth romance in one of my favorite franchises where none had been available, at least for same-sex options, before. It was you who made me feel like I was truly part of “Star Wars” for the first time; something I’ll never forget. I don’t know what future adventures hold for us, but I am eager to face whatever challenges come, together.
P.S. Can we fire Koth yet? I know you like him, and occasionally he’s useful, but if he’s going to keep interrupting intimate moments? He needs to go. So. Rude.