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A descendant of of Nomi Sunrider who lived to old age through the death of the Old Republic to the fall of the First Galactic Empire.
She had a daughter, named Neema, who was also force sensitive. However, her daughter fell to the Dark Side following a tumultuous time as her mother's padawan. Eventually, probably after the fall of the Old Republic, relations became so strained between mother and daughter that they parted ways.
Eventually, Neema sent a message through the Force to Vima. By this point, the younger woman had taken a husband. But things were not well between Veema and her unfaithful Dark Side husband. After confronting him regarding his infidelity, he imprisoned her.
Languishing for months in captivity, Vima's daughter came to see the error of following the Dark Side. It was during this time that she sent her telepathic message to her mother. By the time her mother got the message and was able to make her way to the planet on which Neema was being held, her daughter was already dead, having been eaten by wild rancors.
Vima was enraged, and struck out in anger at her son-in-law. She sliced him in half with her lightsaber, recognizing too late that she, too, was succumbing to the Dark Side.
She pulled back from her rage, but it was somewhat too late. From that moment, she began to lose her connection to the Force. Coupled with the ongoing Jedi Purge of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine, she was no longer really a Jedi. She retreated to the underworld on Nar Shaddaa. Sometime after settling there, but probably immediately around the time of Return of the Jedi, she was removed to an Imperial Corrections facility on Kessel. The circumstances of her capture and eventual release—not to mention why she was left alive at all—are somewhat unclear, but while imprisoned on Kessel, she discovered that one of her fellow inmates, Kyp Durron, had tremendous Force abilities. Though she was by now mostly devoid of her connection to the Force, she was able to teach the raw, untrained Durron some basic lessons of Force use.
After her time on Kessel, she made her way back to Nar Shaddaa—probably around five years after Return of the Jedi. in the year 10 ABY (or about 6 years after the Battle of Endor), Princess Leia came to Nar Shaddaa. Vima sensed Leia through the Force, at last able to tell her story to another Jedi.
Unburdening herself of her complicated path in the Force, the now-elderly Vima sought some sort of redemption from the new generation of Jedi. She gave Leia a 10,000 year-old lightsaber from the historically important planet of Ossus. She also held Jedi Holocrons which she passed to Leia to help rebuild the Jedi.
She was even persuaded to leave the shadows of Nar Shaddaa to join the New Republic's cause. Along with Empatojayos Brand, she would help Luke train the very first class of The New Jedi Order.
Most importantly though, she, more than even Luke, taught Leia how to tap into the deeper levels of the Force. In many ways, she became as vital to Leia's training as Yoda had been to Luke's. As she embarked upon her new career as trainer, she regained full access to the Force.
Chief among the things she taught Leia were defensive skills. She was particularly helpful in giving Leia the secret of how to shield her unborn, then newborn, baby, Anakin Solo, from Dark Siders. When the clone Palpatine attempted to inhabit the youngest Solo, Vima's knowledge was ultimately what saved Anakin and finally stopped Palpatine's essence from being able to continuously jump to new bodies.
In a real sense, it was the knowledge of Vima-Da-Boda that ended the First Galactic Empire.
As with all post-Return of the Jedi characters that originated prior to the release of Revenge of the Sith, Vima's canonicity is disputable.
First Appearance: Star Wars: Dark Empire (1991) #3
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Star Wars Handbook (1998)
Star Wars: Crimson Empire III - Empire Lost (2011)
Star Wars: Dark Empire (1991)
Star Wars: Dark Empire II (1994)
Star Wars: Dark Empire Trilogy (2010)
HC Star Wars: Empire's End (1995)
- 'Star Wars: Dark Empire Trilogy'
TPB Star Wars: Luke Skywalker: The Last Hope for the Galaxy (2008)
- 'Empire's End'#2
- 'Rage of the Emperor'
HC Star Wars: The Crimson Empire Saga (2012)
- 'Star Wars: Luke Skywalker: The Last Hope for the Galaxy'
- 'Star Wars: The Crimson Empire Saga'
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