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Eirtaé was a female Human who was one of the five handmaidens for Padmé Amidala when she was Queen of Naboo. Eirtaé was particularly skilled in dealing with protocol and assisting with the queen's hair styles. Eirtaé was brought up a wealthy girl in a remote river valley of Naboo.
Eirtaé was the only applicant for the Queen's handmaidens that had blond hair and blue eyes in contrast to Amidala's brown hair and brown eyes. She was sometimes known as the "Blond Handmaiden".
Eirtaé had also taken the same examinations as Amidala to run for the position of Queen but lost the election to Amidala.
At first Eirtaé tended to be bossy with the other handmaidens and was resentful toward Amidala, having lost the election to her but they soon became friends.
Eirtaé was one of the three handmaidens who accompanied Amidala to Coruscant when the Trade Federation blockaded Naboo. At the Second Battle of Theed she helped to end the Invasion on Naboo and was present at the Funeral of Qui-Gon Jinn and the Celebration following the next day.
Around 21 BBY during the Clone Wars, the Jedi High Council discovered that the Confederacy of Independent Systems had paid several outlaws on Coruscant to kidnap Amidala before a crucial speech in the Senate. In an effort to draw out the kidnappers, the Jedi hid Amidala in a safe location and allowed Sabé and Eirtaé to be captured instead. The Council then sent Anakin Skywalker—now a Jedi Knight and, secretly, Amidala's husband—to rescue the Senator; Skywalker was not aware of the exchange that had occurred. Skywalker successfully tracked down the kidnappers and subdued them. He released Amidala's decoys, but did not like that he was not told the truth about the Jedi Council's plans.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Queen in Disguise
- Cloak of Deception (Indirect appearance)
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (First appearance)
- Star Wars: Darth Plagueis (Indirect mention only)
- "In Triplicate"—Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.3
- Episode I: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Scrapbook
- Secrets of Naboo
- The New Essential Guide to Characters
- "The Jedi Council" - Young Jedi Collectible Card Game (Card: )
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 37 (HAN1-4, Amidala's Handmaidens)
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia