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"You think this is what Anakin would want? His mother and his girlfriend trying to kill each other?"
Han Solo[src]

The Duel in the Royal Hangar was a duel 40 ABY between Jedi Knights Tahiri Veila and Leia Organa Solo that took place in the Royal Hangar on Hapes.

PreludeEdit

Leia and her husband Han had come to Hapes to persuade Queen Mother Tenel Ka Djo to withdraw support for the Galactic Alliance, join the Jedi, and turn her fleets against Colonel Jacen Solo who was burning the Wookiee world of Kashyyyk for harboring the Jedi. Unbeknownst to them, Tahiri Veila, who was serving Jacen as his spy within the Jedi, had followed them in her StealthX, to prevent them from pleading their case to the Queen Mother.

After the Solos had landed in the hangar, the Hapan Royal Space Marines welcomed them and their "escort", Tahiri, to the planet. However, Tahiri announced her objective was to detain the Solos, which, in her eyes, was what Anakin Solo, her lost love and Jacen's dead brother, would have desired. For Leia Solo, reeling from Jacen's recent fall to the Dark Side and what she believed was the death of her brother, Luke Skywalker, at Kashyyyk, this was too much. She flew into a rage, muttering various things about her dead son not supporting torture and coups, and lit her lightsaber, and Tahiri responded in kind.

DuelEdit

Ignoring the Marines ordering them to drop their weapons, the two women engaged, landing various physical blows as well as lightsaber. Despite warnings from Han, the marines opened fire with stun bolts, but the Jedi easily deflected their shots. Using the Force, Tahiri flung one of the (now unconscious) troopers' blasters at Leia's back. Then, Leia flipped over and brought her blade around level with Tahiri's neck.

Han, realizing his wife's vengeful intent, restrained Leia, preventing her from killing Tahiri, though he took some blows when Leia defended herself. However, Tahiri continued to advance even as Han warned her to back down, stating that Anakin would never have wanted his mother and lover attempting to kill one another. At that moment, Tenel Ka arrived with her guard, and Tahiri, embarrassed, desisted. The duel ended with no loss of life on either side.

AftermathEdit

"This is the Hapes Consortium, Jedi Veila. I govern here, not the Alliance, not Jacen, and certainly not you."
―Tenel Ka to Tahiri Veila[src]

When Tenel Ka was informed of Luke's presumed death, she gave her sympathies to the Solos. Tahiri insisted that the Solos be turned over to Alliance custody, as there still was an arrest warrant on them, but Tenel Ka coldly reminded her that the Solos had safe haven in the Hapes Consortium, which, as the Queen Mother, Tenel Ka governed—not the Alliance, not Jacen Solo, and especially not Tahiri.

Tenel Ka had Major Moreem Espara disarm Tahiri and supply her with a messenger skiff, to be returned to Jacen with the Consortium's apologies for any inconvenience. Tahiri protested, but to no avail. The elder Solos confirmed reports of Jacen's actions at Kashyyyk, ultimately prompting Tenel Ka to withdraw support for him. Luke was revealed to be alive, though grievously injured in a duel with Jacen. While relieved, Leia and her daughter Jaina threatened to give Luke a similarly severe beating if he ever faked his death again.[1]

Tahiri's StealthX would later be used by Jacen as an escape vehicle when he captured the Hapan Chume'da, Allana.[2]

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