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Shmi Skywalker is a significant character in the Star Wars universe. She is the mother of Anakin Skywalker, who under the influence of Emperor Palpatine, would later become the notorious Darth Vader, and the grandmother of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa. Shmi's role in the franchise is essential, as her life and choices greatly influenced the fates of her descendants and the entire Star Wars saga itself.
Born in a poor family on the Outer Rim planet Tatooine, Shmi was raised in harsh conditions, typical of that planet's difficult climate and social disparity. At an early age, she and her family were kidnapped and sold into slavery by pirates. Shmi’s life as a slave was difficult, being continuously passed from one owner to another, enduring many hardships.
Shmi Skywalker eventually ended up in the hands of Gardulla the Hutt, an influential crime boss in Tatooine's underworld. During her servitude to Gardulla, she gave birth to Anakin Skywalker, claiming that he was conceived by the midi-chlorians, microscopic lifeforms connected to The Force. Gardulla later lost Shmi and Anakin in a bet to a junk dealer named Watto.
Shmi's life changed when Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn arrived on Tatooine searching for parts to repair Queen Padme Amidala's spaceship. Discovering Anakin's immense potential with The Force, Qui-Gon wagered and successfully freed Anakin from slavery. Unfortunately, Qui-Gon was unable to secure Shmi's freedom as well.
After her separation from Anakin, Shmi remained a slave to Watto until a former slave named Cliegg Lars purchased her freedom and married her. Together, they settled on a moisture farm on Tatooine, where Shmi became a stepmother to Cliegg's son, Owen Lars; the future stepfather of Luke Skywalker.
Unfortunately, Shmi's happiness in her new life was short-lived. While farming, she was captured by a group of Tusken Raiders and held captive. Anakin, plagued by visions of her suffering, returned to Tatooine in an attempt to save her. He managed to find Shmi, but she died shortly after their reunion due to the brutality she endured.
Her death would prove to be a pivotal turning point for Anakin, as his grief and anger towards the Tusken Raiders ignited his path towards the Dark Side. These emotions would be manipulated by Emperor Palpatine to lure Anakin away from the Jedi Order and eventually turn him into Darth Vader. Shmi Skywalker's life and tragic death, though somber in nature, were undeniably instrumental in shaping the entire Star Wars saga.
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