Name: Beru Whitesun Lars
Born: 47 BBY
Died: 0 BBY (35:3:5 GrS), Tatooine
Height: 1.65 meters
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Blue
Skin color: Light
MOVE - 10
Repulsorlift Operation: 4D
Repulsorlift Repair: 2D
First Aid: 4D+1
Hunting Blaster (4D), Modest Clothing
FORCE SENSITIVE - N
FORCE POINTS - 2
DARK SIDE POINTS - 0
CHARACTER POINTS - 3
Description: Beru Whitesun Lars, the wife of Owen Lars, was a Tatooinian woman who raised Luke Skywalker after the fall of the Galactic Republic. Coming from a long line of moisture farmers, Beru Whitesun grew up near Mos Eisley on Tatooine. On a trip to Anchorhead, she met Owen Lars, the son of another moisture farmer, Cliegg Lars. Beru and Owen fell in love, and Beru later became part of the Lars family.
Shortly before the outbreak of the Clone Wars, Owen's stepmother, Shmi Skywalker Lars, was kidnapped by Tusken Raiders, an event that brought Shmi's son, Anakin Skywalker, and his soon-to-be-wife, PadmĂ© Amidala, to the Lars homestead. Three years later, when the galactic conflict came to a close, Beru and Owen became the guardians of their new baby nephew, Luke Skywalker, after his father turned to the dark side of the Force and became Darth Vader.
The Larses raised Skywalker like a son. Beru would often defend Skywalker's interests against Owen, who was overprotective of him out of fear that he would follow in Anakin's footsteps. Though Owen refused numerous times to let Skywalker go when he wished to leave home to attend the Imperial Academy with his friend Biggs Darklighter, Beru convinced her husband to let Skywalker go after staying on for only one more season. After a year had passed, Beru tried to convince Owen that it was time to let Skywalker move on, but they never had time to reach an agreement. The two were killed by Imperial stormtroopers, by order of Darth Vader, who were searching for a droid carrying the stolen Death Star plans.
Not long before the onset of the Clone Wars, Whitesun met a young man in Anchorhead named Owen Lars. Lars, also a moisture farmer, lived on a farm with his father, Cliegg Lars, and stepmother, Shmi Skywalker Lars. Whitesun developed a romantic relationship with Owen, and also grew close to his family. Her sister, Dama, would accompany her on visits to the Lars farm, although she would often leave for Anchorhead to visit a beau of her own. While Owen and Whitesun had not yet announced that they were getting married, Shmi could tell that it would only be a matter of time before they would wed. She knew that Whitesun's strong work ethic and easy-going nature would make her a good wife for a moisture farmer. Likewise, Cliegg found a strong verbal sparring partner in Whitesun; she held her own in playfully arguing with "old Cliegg."
Whitesun was staying with the Larses for a few days when a group of Tusken Raiders and their banthas began approaching the perimeter of the farm. While Cliegg and Owen tried to convince the women that there was nothing to worry about, Beru and Shmi saw through their lies and demanded to hear the truth. The family then prepared for the oncoming attack. When Shmi was kidnapped by the Tuskens, Cliegg and Owen recruited other local farmers to help them go after the Sand People. Many men were killed, and Cliegg lost his right leg, but Shmi was never recovered. Two weeks after she was taken, Whitesun and the Larses tearfully accepted that Shmi was gone.
A month passed since Shmi's kidnapping. Whitesun was surprised when she finally got the chance to meet Anakin Skywalker, the son Shmi so often spoke of, when the Senator PadmĂ© Amidala and he arrived on Tatooine to see his mother. While Cliegg explained what had happened, Whitesun prepared food and drinks for the guests. She was at Cliegg's when Skywalker set out to find Shmi, and she was the first to spot him on his return from the Tusken camp. When he arrived, she stood next to Owen and sadly watched as Anakin carried his mother's lifeless body into their house. She later helped Amidala prepare a meal for the distraught Skywalker; she asked Amidala what it was like on her homeworld, Naboo, but confessed that she preferred Tatooine and didn't like to travel.
Beru and the others held a funeral for Shmi, and buried her body on the western edge of the sand berm near the house. Skywalker and Amidala departed Tatooine, taking C-3PO, a droid who had been with the Larses as long as Shmi, along with them. Shortly thereafter, Kitster Banai, a childhood friend of Skywalker's, came to the farm hoping to see his friend. Instead, Beru shared with him the story of the recent events.
Three years went by, over which time Whitesun and Owen had married, and Cliegg had died and left the farm to them. Mere days after the Clone Wars came to an end and Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader, the Larses spoke to the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. Kenobi asked them to become the guardians of their nephew, Luke Skywalker, simply telling them that Skywalker's parents were dead, and not giving any details as to how. Although Owen was initially reluctant, the pair agreed after Beru convinced her husband to adopt the boy. Despite the Larses raising the child, Kenobi would live nearby on Tatooine to keep an eye on Skywalker. The Larses told their neighbors that they had given him the name "Skywalker" to honor Owen's late stepmother.
The Larses essentially became Skywalker's parents, loving him as their own son. On the farm, Beru often carried baby Skywalker with her on a sling while she would gather mushrooms that grew on the moisture vaporators; Owen would always go with her for protection. On one particular morning, the Larses discovered that Tusken Raiders had stolen roughly a third of their vaporators. Kenobi, who frequently checked on the Larses from afar, noticed this and approached the homestead. Beru insisted that they leave the Tuskens alone, fearing for the life of her husband, but Owen felt that the local farmers and he should go after them again. However, Kenobi took the initiative himself. He went to the Tusken camp and retrieved the vaporators, returning them to the Larses that night. Beru had mixed emotions; she was glad that Owen would not have to fight, but she did not want to be indebted to Kenobi. Still, he would defend the family from Tuskens again, this time from a raiding party led by a former Jedi, A'Sharad Hett.
Beru would carry Skywalker with her when she visited Anchorhead to buy supplies, unaware that Kenobi was keeping watch, but the Larses eventually came to know that he was constantly checking on Skywalker, though they agreed that it would be best if they all ignored him. Beru played and laughed with Skywalker as a toddler, and as he grew older she would impart to him the values of patience and compassion. All the while, Beru kept busy on the farm, maintaining the hydroponics labs and coming up with dishes made from roots and herbs to feed the family. WED-15-77, a WED Treadwell repair droid in the family's service, preferred working for Beru because of the same predictable tasks she always gave it. Years of daily exposure to Tatooine's twin suns caused Beru's face to betray her true age.
As Skywalker matured, Beru and Owen tried to downplay to him things having to do with the Force. When Skywalker was around six years old, Beru lost a small screwdriver that she used to repair her mending stitcher. Skywalker simply told them that it was under their couch. Owen yelled at the boy for this, but he claimed that it was because Skywalker had to have placed it there himself. Another time, Skywalker inquired about the Jedi Knights, whom he heard about from someone at school. Owen dismissed the idea as fiction, but Beru told him while the stories of them were exaggerated, the Jedi did indeed once exist.
When Beru wasn't tending to Skywalker or the farm, she enjoyed having friends and relatives visit the homestead from time to time, such as her sister Dama Brunk, Mister and Mrs. Starkiller, and others. Skywalker's friends frequented too, like Camie, Windy Starkiller, and Biggs Darklighter and his cousin Gavin; they would all later remember Beru fondly.
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When Skywalker began to inquire about his real father, Owen grounded the boy, preventing him from visiting his friends in Anchorhead. Beru felt that Owen was being far too harsh, and that Skywalker's curiosity was only natural. Skywalker sneaked out anyway, and got caught in a dangerous sandstorm. He came down with dust fever, which his Aunt Beru had warned him he was prone to. After hallucinating an adventure with a young boy named "Annie," Skywalker managed to make his way back home.
Beru helped Skywalker recover from his serious bout of dust fever, staying with him for days, feeding him and keeping his temperature down. At times, she would sing to him an old song about the persistence of love.
After keeping his distance for so many years, Kenobi finally encountered Skywalker face-to-face when the boy and his friend Windy Starkiller were caught in a krayt dragon's cave while seeking shelter from a sandswirl. Kenobi immediately took the boys home, and Beru and the Starkillers were very grateful. However, Owen was furious at Kenobi, and forced the man away from their home, despite Beru's pleas.
When Skywalker neared eighteen years of age and his friend, Biggs Darklighter, prepared to leave Tatooine for the Imperial Academy, Darklighter stayed a few nights at the Lars house. While Darklighter ate dinner with the family, Beru asked him about his plans and suggested that Skywalker would likely follow in his footsteps. Owen lashed out at Beru for mentioning the idea. Beru would become mediator between her men on the matter. When Skywalker planned to go to a farewell party for Darklighter, Owen refused. Beru then reminded her husband that he had let his brother leave without saying goodbye, and so he reluctantly rescinded. Still, the issue of Skywalker applying for the Academy himself continued to persist. Owen insisted that he needed Skywalker's help for another season, so Beru proposed a compromise: if Skywalker stayed for one last season, Owen would save up and prepare to hire help to replace him. Still, while Beru understood how greatly Skywalker wanted to move on, she was pleased that he would be around for a while more.
One day in the year following Darklighter's departure, 0 BBY, Skywalker convinced Owen to invite the Jawas to the farm so that they could purchase some new droids. Beru made certain they knew that if they purchased a translator droid, it needed to be able to speak Bocce. Owen purchased two droidsâ€”an astromech, R2-D2, and, coincidentally, C-3PO. As Skywalker cleaned up the newly purchased droids, he discovered that R2-D2 was carrying an important message for Ben Kenobi. When he mentioned this to his aunt and uncle at dinner, Owen dissuaded him from pursuing that particular lead, claiming that Kenobi was just a "crazy old man." Disappointed, Skywalker changed the topic of discussion to his attending the Imperial Academy, but Owen once again asserted that he needed the young man's help for one more year. When Skywalker had departed, Beru tried to convince Owen that it was time to let Skywalker go. That night, Skywalker found that R2-D2 had escaped the farm in pursuit of Kenobi.
Early the next morning, Skywalker went after the R2 unit after telling his Aunt Beru that he had some things to do. While Beru prepared breakfast, Owen came looking for the boy, so she relayed what Skywalker had said. The Larses were likely planning to attend the wedding of Eyvind and Ariela that day, but they never got the chance. While they went about their day, a group of Imperial stormtroopers led by Captain Mod Terrik showed up, searching for the pair of droids, which carried a stolen set of top secret plans. The troopers laid waste to the Lars home, bringing Beru to tears. Owen cooperated with Terrik, albeit defiantly, but the troopers showed no compassion. Terrik then contacted Darth Vader personally. Vader ordered the Larses killed and watched their execution via holoimage, satisfied to have revenge for their "repeated weaknesses."
Meanwhile, Skywalker had found the droids and spent the day with Ben Kenobi. En route to Anchorhead, the group spotted smoke; it was coming from a destroyed Jawa sandcrawler, the one owned by the Jawas that had sold the droids to the Larses. When Skywalker and Kenobi determined that Imperials were after the droids, Skywalker rushed back home, only to find the homestead ablaze and his aunt and uncle murdered, their charred skeletal remains outside the entrance of their home. Skywalker buried the only parents he knew before departing alongside Kenobi into a trip that would change the galaxy.
Personality and traits
Beru Whitesun Lars was a Human woman with blue eyes, brown hair worn in a simple style, and fair skin who stood 1.65 meters tall. She favored rough, simple clothing made locally in Anchorhead, such as tunics and boots suitable for desert life. She was well loved by all who knew her. She was not a terribly brilliant woman but was kind, caring, and compassionate towards others. Beru also had a playful side; she and Owen's father, Cliegg, were known to engage in verbal sparring at times. Beru was an experienced chef, cooking most of her family's meals and specializing in preparing different meals utilizing ingredients native to the Tatooinian wastes such as giju stew or Beru Stew, one of several recipes of her own invention. She also used to play with her nephew, Luke Skywalker.
As part of the fourth generation of moisture farmers of the Whitesun family, considered the family best conditioned to the harsh conditions of the profession, Beru had a strong work ethic and was considered an excellent wife for Owen by those around him. Although she supported the Galactic Republic, Beru was uninterested in traveling offworld. Content in her life on Tatooine, she proudly worked alongside her husband on the farm season after season, tending to the homestead's hydroponics lab personally. When the family was low on money, Beru never complained and asked for little from her husband. In fact, her only large request was a droid that spoke Bocce to help her around the house. She loved her husband Owen dearly, as did she her nephew, who was essentially her son.
While her husband would accost Skywalker whenever he would become curious about the Jedi or show signs of his strong Force-sensitivity, Beru was more lenient when dealing with these situations. She would admit, in small amounts, that there was truth to stories her adoptive son had heard of swashbuckling warriors who once fought for peace among the galaxy. When it came to Obi-Wan Kenobi, Beru was outwardly much more grateful to the Jedi Master than Owen, who saw completely isolating Skywalker from the "old wizard" as the best means of protecting their nephew, even after Kenobi saved the boy's life from a Krayt Dragon and earned Beru's gratitude. Beru quietly disliked when Owen raved against Skywalker's protector, but did not stop him.
As Skywalker grew up, Beru would often serve as the buffer between the two men in her life, presiding over their disagreements, while the increasing frequency of such disputes deeply saddened her. So, apart from more mystical matters, Beru was also more receptive to Skywalker's dreams, such as his wish to join the Imperial Academy, than Owen. She quietly advocated for Skywalker's cause when speaking with her husband and was the one who suggested that Skywalker stay at the homestead for one last season before leaving for the Academy so Owen could raise enough credits to hire someone to replace him, placating both her nephew and husband with the arrangement. Although Beru wanted Skywalker around as much as Owen did, and respected her husband's desire to stop Skywalker following in his father's footsteps, she also knew that Skywalker needed to get away and pursue his passions.