The mystery about Ray’s dynasty is one of the central narratives in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. From Star Wars: The Force AwakensOpening day, fans had their theories, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi He seemed to crush them all just for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker To offer a surprising answer: Ray is the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine, and her father is a genetic pathogen (not exactly a clone) of the Sith lord. It is now known that he took the name Dathan, escaped from the Palpatine kingdom and lived the life of a family man until his father’s agents came to search for Rey.
But it turns out that Darth Vader played an unintended role in Ray’s birth, as she revealed Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith, the new novel by Adam Christopher that serves as a precursor to the sequel trilogy. Dathan (known throughout his early years simply as an abomination) was trapped in Xygol, the Sith realm where he was created by Palpatine. How did he escape?
It took a visit to the planet from Darth Vader and Oche from Beeston to allow Dathan to escape. We know that Vader and Ochi have visited Exegol at least once thanks to Marvel Comics Darth Vader series. This particular visit came at just the right time for Dathan. At this point, he’s old enough to feel like a prisoner in Exegol and know he doesn’t want to do anything with what the Sith Eternal is up to. With the help of a Symeon slave named Dathan (who then borrowed his name), the bridge hides away on Vader and Ochi’s ship, remaining unnoticed until the ship goes down and he escapes.
From here, Dathan can start over again, away from Palpatine’s gaze. He worked on a ship for some time before coming to live on the planet Hyperkarn. There, he met Miramir and married her. Then Ray was born and began their lives on the run from Palpatine’s clients in search of collecting his granddaughter.
But none of this would have moved without Vader landing Exegol on that fateful day, unknowingly giving the unwanted Palpatine descendant a chance to escape the life he was born into. Given the strained relationship between Vader and his master by this time, one must wonder if Vader sensed something in the force and allowed it to happen anyway.
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