One of my favorite artists I’ve discovered online has done it again…made beautiful Star Wars art again, that is. And this time, Lorna-ka is tugging at my heartstrings.
Ahsoka and Vader…this one is beautiful and tragic. Leading up to the season 2 finale, seeing tiny previews of the long-anticipated duel between the former padawan and master duo instantly reminded me of the episodes of Clone Wars where Ahsoka was accused of treasonous acts towards the Jedi Order, and she ran away. Stupid jerkface (but she actually has a really cool design but that doesn’t matter) Barriss Offee framed the crap out of my darling Ahsoka, and pretty much everyone but Anakin and Obi-Wan believed that Ahsoka was guilty of bombing the Jedi Temple. Suddenly, the Jedi Order’s most devoted and capable Padawan was treated like a common criminal from the streets. Anakin was trying to talk to her, but with everyone else after her, she didn’t feel safe even talking to her master. This is when he told her he would never let anyone hurt her. I do love this moment, just because you see how much Anakin truly loves his Padawan. He believes in her and even tracks down the truth while she is on trial. Once he was able to prove her innocence, it was too late. The damage was done. And Ahsoka decided not to accept her invitation back to the Jedi Order. She walked away, and this definitely broke Anakin’s heart.
Fast forward some 20 years later, and Ahsoka’s beloved master Anakin Skywalker has become the villainous Darth Vader. For me, his promise to her is heartbreaking to think about knowing that they duel and he tries to kill her. Pairing Anakin’s quote with the picture of his grown up padawan and his turned, evil self summarizes their relationship.
But wait! Lorna-ka did a version in color without Anakin’s promise, and it’s still heartbreaking:
For me, just because her stream of tears is ever so slightly more prominent in color, it still takes me back to their Clone Wars days and makes me cry along with Ahsoka.
But wait…Ahsoka isn’t our only heartbroken Clone Wars alumni!
Poor Rex…yes, this reflection of the good ole’ days is sad because Rex thinks these two old friends are dead…but Ahsoka and Anakin both look so adorable here…I just love this.