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Cindel Towani
Biographical information
Born

2 BBY (33)[1]

Physical description
Species

Human[1]

Gender

Female[1]

Height

1.3 meters (age 5)[2]

Hair color

Blond[3]

Eye color

Brown[3]

Chronological and political information
Era(s)
"My family, they're all dead. What happens to me now, Wicket? I'm all alone."
―Cindel Towani

Cindel Towani was a female Human journalist during the time of the New Republic. When she was five standard years of age, her family crash-landed on the forest moon of Endor where her parents were captured by the native Gorax. Cindel, along with her teenage brother Mace and the Ewok tribe that included Wicket Warrick, managed to rescue the Towani parents.

It was in vain, however, as both of Cindel's parents and Mace were later killed by a group of Sanyassan Marauders. She and Wicket were eventually taken in by another stranded Human, an old man named Noa Briqualon. Together, they managed to defeat the Sanyassans, and the two Humans were able to leave the Endor moon using the power cell of the Towani family's star cruiser—which they had retrieved from the marauders.

Years later, a news story in which she leaked information about the Yevethan attack on Polneye helped garner public support for New Republic intervention.

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Biography

Early life

"I wish we had furry creatures like you where I came from."
―Cindel Towani to Wicket W. Warrick

Cindel was born in 2 BBY,[1] the youngest child of Jeremitt and Catarine Towani. She had an older brother named Mace, who was nine at the time of her birth.[6]

She and her family came from a planet which had, by her own admission, no "furry creatures," and she was therefore unfamiliar with such creatures. However, that would all later change.[4]

Accident at Endor

"Mommy and daddy…where did they go, Mace? Why did they leave us?"
―Cindel Towani

In approximately 3 ABY, while traveling through the Moddell Sector on their way home, Cindel's family starcruiser crash-landed on Endor.[3] Though all members of the family survived the crash, they found themselves stranded on the forest moon. Jeremitt and Catarine were concerned for their children's well-being in the unfamiliar forest and forbade them from leaving the ship and the protection it provided. One day, when Jeremitt and Catarine left to search for a transmitter, Mace and Cindel left the ship and went to explore the forest. They returned to find no sign of their parents, unaware that Jeremitt and Catarine had been captured by the giant Gorax.[4]

Mace and the Warrick family tend to the sick Cindel.

The two children were forced to forage for their own food[3] but, with their parents' life monitor signals indicating that they were still alive, they stayed with the crashed ship and waited for their parents to return. Some time later the Ewok Deej Warrick and his sons Weechee and Willy came to investigate the crash site. The Ewoks found Cindel hiding inside the ship but Mace, fearing that may have been responsible for his parents' disappearance, attacked the Ewoks, threatening them with a blaster. He was soon overpowered by the Ewoks and they led both children back to their village where it became clear that they intended no harm.[4]

Not long after arriving at the village, exposure to the strange environment[3] started to take its toll and Cindel complained that she felt unwell. Mace assumed she was merely hungry but it became clear that it was something more serious when she lost consciousness. Fortunately the Ewoks were aware of a fluid secreted by a tree in the forest which they had used as medicine for generations. The small amount they had available was enough to revive Cindel but she was still in pain and suffering from a fever. The Ewoks, together with Mace, made a trip to the forest and retrieved more medicine, but the children would have to stay with the Ewoks while Cindel rested and recovered her strength.[4]

Cindel plays with Wicket.

During their stay with the Ewoks Cindel became friends with Deej's youngest son, Wicket, and even taught the young Ewok some words in Basic. Cindel found their stay with the Ewoks reassuring, providing her with some stability in the absence of her parents, whose disappearance she couldn't understand and whom she feared dead. However, Mace was eager to return to the ship in the hopes of finding their parents. While the Ewoks slept, Mace woke Cindel and the two children ran off into the forest.[4]

Cindel found the long journey tiring but when the children stopped for a rest they came under attack from a boar-wolf and were forced to take refuge in a hollow tree. Though the creature appeared to leave, Mace decided that they should rest in the tree for the night and resume their journey in the morning. They awoke to find the boar-wolf still in the area, fighting Deej and his sons, who had come in search of the children. The Ewoks were eventually able to kill the boar-wolf but Mace discovered his father’s life monitor on the creature. It became clear that the children would have to locate the boar-wolf's master if they were to be reunited with their parents.[4]

The caravan

"Please help us. They're gonna die!"
―Cindel asks the Ewoks for help

Back at the village, Mace attempted to find out from the Ewoks where the boar-wolf had come from. The Ewoks took the children to see the village shaman, Logray. Logray used a crystal image spinner to show them a vision of their parents being held by the Gorax in a forbidden land from which no Ewok had ever returned. Though the Ewoks were aware of the dangers that awaited them, Deej and his sons soon agreed to Cindel's request to help her and Mace find their parents.[4]

The caravan consult Logray.

The next day, as the whole village got together to help them load supplies for the long journey ahead, Cindel, Mace and the others were called to Logray for a ceremony in which he bestowed upon them the totems of the legendary Ewok warriors. During the ceremony Cindel received the Candle of Pure Light.[4]

The caravan soon set off with the older Ewoks traveling on horseback and Cindel riding with Wicket in a large basket mounted on the back of a horse—Mace opted to walk rather than ride with the children.[4]

Not long into their journey they encountered the Ewok woodsman, Chukha-Trok, when a tree he cut down narrowly missed Cindel as it fell to the ground. After some persuasion from the Ewoks and Mace, Chukha-Trok agreed to join the caravan.[4]

They next encountered the Ewok priestess, Kaink, who agreed to join them only if they could pass a magical test. Mace stepped forward to take the test but, upon touching the crystal she presented to him, he failed the test when it turned into a lizard. Kaink was reluctant to help until Cindel picked up the lizard, causing it to turn into a mouse, and passed the test. Kaink agreed to join the group and, the caravan complete, they resumed their long journey.[4]

Cindel holds the Candle of Pure Light.

The group later stopped for a rest near a river. As Wicket and Cindel played, Mace walked down to the river bank but, upon touching the water, was pulled into it and was unable to get out. Cindel alerted the Ewoks but every attempt they made to throw something to Mace resulted in it disappearing as soon as it touched the water. Eventually Cindel remembered the magic walking stick Logray had given to Wicket and the young Ewok used it to pull Mace to safety.[4]

The group were just about to resume their journey after one stop when, after Mace loaded Cindel into the basket, a sudden noise startled her horse, causing it to flee. Chukha-Trok was quick to act, mounting his horse and pursuing Cindel into the forest. He eventually managed to catch up with her and, after bringing her horse under control, they returned to the group.[4]

Cindel would discover the power of the Candle of Pure Light when, after stopping for the night, they encountered a swarm of Wisties. Wicket woke Cindel who brought the Candle of Pure Light outside and, drawn to the light, all but one of the Wisties used it to find their way home[3]—Mace decided to take the last Wistie with him.[4]

Reunion

The long journey was starting to take its toll and the group was running low on food when the finally reached the Desert of Salma, on the other side of which lay the Forbidden Fortress of the Gorax. After finding an entrance to a tunnel under the mountain fortress the group headed inside but Deej refused to let the youngest members of the group go any further, believing that it was too dangerous. Mace agreed and, as the others proceeded further into the fortress, Cindel, Willy and Wicket remained at the entrance to the tunnel.[4]

However, they would not be as safe as Deej had hoped. Soon after the others had left, the children were attacked by a large spider. Wicket fought the spider and eventually managed to kill the creature with a knife.[4]

Cindel, Wicket and Willy are attacked by the Gorax.

Meanwhile, the others had located Jeremitt and Catarine, trapped in a cage suspended from the roof of a cave. No sooner had they freed them than the Gorax attacked. Mace released the Wistie he had captured earlier, which distracted the Gorax, enabling the others to flee. The Gorax pursued but they managed to apparently kill it, causing the giant to fall down a deep chasm. However, Chukha-Trok was killed in the encounter.[4]

Moments later, as Cindel, Willy and Wicket appeared at the entrance to the cave, the Gorax climbed back to the top of the chasm and attacked the children. Mace acted quickly to grab Chukha-Trok's ax and threw it at the Gorax, causing the giant to lose its grip and fall once more into the chasm.[4]

With the Gorax dead, Cindel had an emotional reunion with her parents and they set off on the long journey back to Bright Tree Village.[4] There the two families celebrated together and Logray presented Cindel, along with Mace and the Ewoks, with white ear-wing headdresses to mark their heroism.[3]

Sanyassan attack

"Cindel, I'll always be with you."
―Jeremitt Towani says goodbye to Cindel

The Towani family remained at Bright Tree Village for several months while Jeremitt attempted to repair their ship. During this time Cindel became good friends with Wicket, spending their days having imaginary adventures in the forest and continuing Wicket's instruction in Basic.[3] The repairs proceeded well and it eventually appeared that they would soon be able to return home. Though Cindel was reluctant to leave Wicket, she was looking forward to going home and resuming a normal life.[7]

One day the two youngsters returned to the village, after playing nearby, to find the Ewoks under attack from Sanyassan Marauders. The Ewoks were fighting bravely but were being overpowered by the Sanyassans' more advanced technology. Telling Cindel to take cover, Wicket went running off to help his people.[7]

Cindel and her father hide from a Sanyassan patrol.

Moments later, Cindel saw on her life monitor that her mother's life signal was weakening. Leaving her hiding place, Cindel ran into the village to find her mother. When Cindel located Catarine, she was lying motionless on the floor while Mace crouched beside her, engaged in a firefight with the Sanyassans. Upon seeing Cindel, Mace told her to run back to the ship and find their father, who had been working on repairs there when the attack begun. As Cindel fled into the forest, she saw her mother and brother's life signal indicators go out on her life monitor.[7]

Cindel ran straight back to the shuttle but arrived to discover her father surrounded by Sanyassans, led by King Terak and the rogue Dathomiri Nightsister[8] Charal.

The Sanyassans were tearing the ship apart in the hope of finding a power source for their own crashed vessel in order to flee Endor,[2] ultimately finding what they sought when they discovered the ship's crystal oscillator.[3] Seeing his daughter arriving, Jeremitt took advantage of the Sanyassans' momentary distraction to attempt to take a weapon and attempt to escape, grabbing Cindel as he fled. However, he was shot and wounded in the attempt. Hiding in the forest, Jeremitt reminded Cindel of a story he used to tell about a bird blown out of its nest in a storm which had to learn to fly to survive. With Catarine and Mace dead and him wounded, he told her that she would have to be like the bird and find be brave until she could find her way back to Deej and the other Ewoks. As the Sanyassans discovered their position, Jeremitt told Cindel to run and attempted to hold the Sanyassans off with his blaster. As Cindel fled, her father's life signal faded out.[7]

Escape

Cindel's attempt to escape soon failed as she was caught by Charal and taken back to Bright Tree Village where she was locked in a wagon with the Ewok prisoners which soon set off for Terak's Keep. Once in the wagon she discovered that Wicket had also been captured. Wicket, whose Basic was by now quite good, attempted to console her on the death of her family, telling her not to lose hope and promising that the Ewoks would take care of her. It wasn't long before the Ewoks formulated an escape plan, managing to pry up one of the wagon's floorboards. The hole wasn't big enough for a fully grown Ewok to fit through, but the Ewoks helped both Cindel and Wicket through the hole and they dropped down to the ground below, almost getting trampled by a blurrg and having to move quickly to the undergrowth as the Sanyassan convoy continued on its journey.[7]

Cindel in the talons of a condor dragon.

However, their escape did not go unnoticed and two Sanyassan guards pursued them into the trees. As they fled, they came across a large mountain and had to traverse a narrow ledge around it. The Sanyassans followed, firing their weapons and causing a rock slide. Cindel and Wicket were able to escape into a small cave opening but their pursuers were killed. With the entrance to the cave blocked by the rock slide, Cindel and Wicket had no choice other than to proceed further into the cave in search of another way out—they eventually found one but the exit was high off the ground and the mountainside was far too steep for them to climb down. As Cindel rested, Wicket began to search the cave, finding several large bones and some tattered fabric from which he constructed a hang glider. However, Wicket managed to wake a condor dragon which grabbed Cindel in its talons and flew out of the cave with its prey. Grabbing some rocks, Wicket pursued in his hang glider. After maneuvering over the top of the dragon, Wicket dropped a rock on it, causing it to let go of Cindel. As she plummeted to the ground, Wicket swooped down and managed to catch her but the glider was damaged in the process and they crashed into the forest. Unharmed by the crash and seeing the dragon circling overhead, the two children ran through the trees until they lost the beast. Exhausted, they stopped to rest in the relative safety of a hollow tree overnight.[7]

The castaway

Cindel and Wicket discover Noa's ship.

The next morning they were woken by the arrival of Teek. Wicket was suspicious of the creature but Cindel hoped that it could lead them to food. Teek, who seemed to understand her, motioned for them to follow and ran off, leading them to a cabin in a glade in the forest. Mistakenly believing that the cabin was abandoned the two children decided to take refuge their but were soon interrupted when the cabin's owner, Noa Briqualon, returned home. Noa was angry to find that his companion had led strangers to his house and told them to leave. Cold and hungry, Cindel and Wicket decided to spend the night near the cabin where they hoped it would be safe. When Wicket later lit a fire, Noa emerged and put it out. Having a change of heart, he told them that they could stay in the cabin for the night but must leave in the morning. During the night, the traumatic events that Cindel had experienced recently manifested themselves as she slept, causing her to dream that the Sanyassans were attacking the cabin. After Cindel woke suddenly from her nightmare, Noa comforted her and, clearly warming somewhat to the newcomers, he allowed Cindel and Wicket to take his bed for the night.[7]

Despite Noa's original insistence that they leave the next morning, he allowed them to stay so long as they made themselves useful and participated in chores around the cabin. Wicket, however, was growing eager to find his family. Cindel became curious where Noa went during the day and one day persuaded Wicket to help her follow him. Noa led them to a clearing in which lay a crashed starship. After discovering that he had been followed Noa told Cindel and Wicket his story. Decades earlier Noa had crashed on Endor along with Salek Weet. With their power system damaged, Salek had gone in search of a replacement and never returned, and Noa had been trapped there ever since.[7]

Battle for Endor

Wicket W. Warrick: "Goodbye. Goodbye."
Cindel Towani: "Goodbye. Not good."
―Cindel and Wicket say goodbye

Meanwhile, Charal had been unable to give produce power from the stolen crystal oscillator. Terak was furious with the Nightsister, but she suggested that Cindel might know how to make it work. Using a magic ring she transformed into a raven and set out to find Cindel, a search which led her to Noa's cabin.[7]

Early the next morning, Cindel awoke to hear her name being called from the forest. Going to investigate, she found a woman singing a song that Catarine used to sing to Cindel. Meanwhile, Wicket woke to discover Cindel was missing and quickly roused Noa. The two began a search of the forest but, as they closed in on Cindel's location, the woman transformed into Charal and kidnapped Cindel, riding away on a horse before Noa and Wicket could intervene. Noa and Wicket returned to the cabin for supplies and, along with Teek, set off to rescue Cindel.[7]

Cindel in Terak's dungeon.

Charal took Cindel to Terak's Keep where she was taken before the Sanyassan leader who demanded that she use her magic to make the crystal oscillator work. When Cindel informed him that she couldn't do as he asked he informed her that she would have until dawn to comply, otherwise he would kill her and the Ewok prisoners. Cindel was taken to a dungeon where she was locked in a small cage. Charal was also imprisoned as punishment for her failure and her ring was confiscated. While there, Cindel learned from Charal that years earlier Salek had come seeking a new source of power for his ship. When Terak mistook this for power that he could possess, he'd killed Salek and now believed that the crystal oscillator was the power source he sought. During the conversation Cindel unwittingly revealed the existence of Noa's ship.[7]

Noa, Wicket and Teek succeeded in gaining entry to Terak's Keep and, disguised in the robes of a Sanyassan, they made their way to the dungeon. After eliminating the guards, Wicket released Cindel and the Ewoks—he was about to release Charal but Cindel stopped him and threw away the key. As the group attempted to escape they were seen by a guard who raised the alarm. Trapped in a dead end, Noa produced a thermal detonator and blew a hole in the wall. After attaching a grappling hook to some rocks on the far side of the castle's moat, the Ewoks began to climb down a rope to safety. When Cindel mentions what she learned about Salek's fate and the Sanyassan possession of a crystal oscillator, Noa realized that he could use the device to power his ship and quickly retrieved it before he and Cindel followed the Ewoks out of the castle. The escapees returned to the forest and Noa's ship but they were followed by Charal—the Nightsister had told Terak about Noa's ship in exchange for sparing her life and been allowed to transform into a raven to locate it. Knowing that it was only a matter of time before the Sanyassans arrived, Noa told the Ewoks to hold them off while he and Cindel attempted to install the crystal oscillator and restore power to his ship.[7]

Cindel is abducted by Terak.

With Charal leading the way it wasn't long before Terak led his forces to Noa's ship. Their approach was slowed by the hastily mounted Ewok defense, but the Sanyassans slowly pushed the Ewoks back toward the ship. Terak's forces finally reached the ship just as Noa restored power and, after he turned the ship's firepower on them, the Sanyassan attack was routed. During the fight Cindel saw Wicket get caught in one the traps Noa had set up to protect the ship. With Sanyassans closing on Wicket's position, Cindel left the ship to help her friend. Cindel's arrival distracted the Sanyassans long enough for Deej to eliminate them and save his son but, as Wicket was released from the trap, Terak emerged from the undergrowth and grabbed Cindel. Terak told the Ewoks that he would trade Cindel's life for the crystal oscillator. Noa had little choice and emerged with the oscillator, agreeing to fight Terak for it, if he let Cindel go. Terak agreed and let Cindel go, but Noa was quickly overpowered his opponent. As Terak moved in for the kill, Wicket threw a well-aimed stone at the magic ring hanging around Terak's neck. The blow caused the power of the ring to be unleashed, turning the Sanyassan king into stone.[7]

With power restored to Noa's ship he could finally leave Endor and Cindel decided to go with him. Before they left, the Ewoks of Bright Tree Village gathered at Noa's ship for an emotional farewell and Cindel promised to return and see Wicket and Teek as soon as she could.[7]

Later life

"Personal to Cindel Towani. This is your shopping service. I want to alert you to a special offer, limited availability, your signature required…"
―Admiral Hiram Drayson's message to Cindel Towani

After leaving Endor, Cindel traveled the galaxy with Noa for some time before he settled somewhere in the Mid Rim and retired.[9] Years later, sometime after the Battle of Endor, Cindel settled on Coruscant and started a career in journalism. By 16 ABY, nine years before the Yuuzhan Vong War, she was a reporter for The Life Monitor. During the Black Fleet Crisis, she received leaked tapes from Admiral Hiram Drayson which she used to break the story of Plat Mallar, the sole survivor of the Yevethan attack on Polneye. Although The Life Monitor had a limited readership, the article was soon picked up by larger new agencies who gave Cindel some credit for her original story. The article succeeded in fulfilling Drayson's intention and helped garner sympathy for victims of the Yevethan Purge among the New Republic, which eventually led to the intervention of the New Republic Fifth Battle Group.[5]

Personality and traits

Cindel Towani.

As a child, Cindel was innocent and trusting.[10] She quickly came to trust the Ewoks when they discovered her and Mace, something which took her more cynical brother some time to do.[4] She was also very inquisitive, and it was this curiosity that led her and Wicket to follow Noa to his ship. Her curiosity combined with her trusting nature could also get her into trouble, and it was these personality traits that Charal exploited to draw her away from the safety of Noa's cabin and kidnap her. Cindel was also brave, both in the way she faced the many dangers of life on Endor and the way she dealt with the tragedy of losing her family.[7]

These qualities she displayed as a child would be of use to her as she grew into an intelligent and idealistic young journalist.[1] It was these traits that brought her to the attention of Hiram Drayson as he sought somebody who would set the appropriate tone for his leaked story and would be willing to risk a shutdown order to break the story.[5]

Behind the scenes

Cindel Towani first appeared in the 1984 made-for-TV film Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure, where she was portrayed by Aubree Miller. Miller reprised her role for the 1985 sequel, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor. The character later appeared as an adult in the 1996 novel Tyrant's Test—the third entry in Michael P. Kube-McDowell's Black Fleet Crisis trilogy.

The second edition of A Guide to the Star Wars Universe states that Cindel was four at the time of the Ewoks films, but her age was later adjusted to five in her entry in the Databank on StarWars.com.[1] Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide incorrectly spells her name as "Cyndel Towani".

Appearances

  • Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (First appearance)
  • The Ewok Adventure book-and-record
  • The Ewoks and the Lost Children
  • Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
  • Ewoks: The Battle for Endor book-and-record
  • The Ring, the Witch, and the Crystal: An Ewok Adventure
  • Tyrant's Test

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Notes and references

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