Jen's notes about Renn and Liana
When I was first coming up with concepts for the character of Renn, my primary thought was that almost every smuggler type we see in Star Wars fiction is the Han Solo type - the dashing, womanizing, drinking, gambling rogue with a heart of gold. So in the interest of differentiating my Renn from my other favorite SW scoundrels (Atton lurve!), I decided to make him a cold-hearted, mean bastard. Not in the "heart of gold hidden under a mean exterior" way either. Renn is genuinely a very not-nice guy, although he does have a soft spot. He's also NOT a crack pilot, nor an especially great shot with a blaster. He doesn't drink, he doesn't gamble, and I think he may have slept with a woman once or twice... maybe. -_-; What Renn is, is a tech-head. He's a slicer, and he's also the people-person on board the ship. He's the one with the info and the contacts, and apparently people across the Galaxy owe Renn Falani favors.
Which leads us to Renn's partner, the Trianii pilot, Liana. I first decided that Renn needed a partner because he needed a buffer, someone that would be able to trump his natural instinct to abandon Kara and her troubles in the interests of keeping himself alive. I decided to make her an alien because a) we didn't have one in the story, really, and b) I thought she and Renn would make better partners if she weren't human. Plus, I realized that if Renn were in charge of the ship, things would never get anywhere. I picked the Trianii after some online reasearch, then went out and read Han Solo at Star's End, the Star Wars novel that actually featured a Trianii character.
Liana is a loyal, gentle, almost motherly influence on the people aboard her ship. She's easy to talk to, and she's quite fierce when threatened. How did she and Renn meet, you ask? That might come out later. All I'll say is that she saved his life, and he's been with her ever since. The loyalty goes both ways there - which is the third reason I wanted to give Renn a partner. I wanted one single thing beside himself that he loves, and Liana is that. (And despite what Kara thinks at first, it's purely a platonic relationship.) The partners are basically the only family that one another has.
And then, their house gets crashed.
Renn fights it tooth and nail at first. He gets into scraps with both of their passengers on a regular basis for the first four chapters. (And you'll notice he doesn't call Kara by name. Or Aeron. It's a quirk that he may grow out of later.) Even Liana has to give Aeron's attitude a verbal smackdown in chapter 3, though for the most part she is accepting of both of them, especially after Aeron saves them. She bonds quickly with Kara, and the two of them share a few nice conversations in chapters 3 and 4. Liana, severed from her own people, sees a little of herself in Kara.
Chapter 4, however, contains probably the most important scenes in terms of Renn's character development. The first is his contact with Gaman, and the news that Gaman passes to him. Daj's death affects him greatly, not because Daj was especially a good friend, but because this innocent man died to help them. It's the moment when things become truly serious to him, and of course it's puncuated by (in his opinion) Aeron being an ass. So he lets his pent up anger out on the Jedi and takes him down a peg.
The real turning point for Renn, though, is the ending scene of the chapter. I wish I'd been able to go into his thought processes a little more, and maybe someday I'll squeeze some of it in there, because it seems like a sudden turnaround. He's beginning to realize that they're in this for good. Sure, it'd be easy to dump the kid on a planet somewhere and wash their hands of her. But wouldn't that make them as responsible for what happens to her as they were for Daj's death? Because the Sith are going to find her if they abandon her. Besides, she actually stands up to him and doesn't take his attitude, and he actually kind of likes that.
Renn and Kara's 'moment' in the main hold is Renn's decision to finally accept her as part of their lives, even though he won't come right out and admit it.