I keep seeing a lot of posts about Poe Dameron that say something about wondering who his parents are
Well, wonder no longer! Sit down and buckle up, children. I’m gonna learn you a thing about the famous Shara Bey and Kes Dameron
This dashing fella is Kes Dameron, Poe’s papa
He was one of the Pathfinders under the command of Han Solo to destroy the shield generator that protected the second Death Star during the Battle of Endor
With his help, the Rebel Alliance was able to discover something called Operation: Cinder, an apocalyptical order to destroy planets by making them in hospitable to live on. One of the planets included was Naboo, where Shara Bey was working on her own mission
After the destruction of Operation: Cinder, Kes retired from the Rebel Alliance to Yavin 4 where he wanted to start a new life with his wife and son
So Kes Dameron was a super brave dude who adored his wife and son, but lemme tell ya, he’s got nothing on his wife
This, my friends, is Lieutenant Shara Bey
This is the woman who inspired her son to become a pilot because of how badass she is
She was a hotshot pilot for the Rebel Alliance, serving on the Green Squadron during the assault on the second Death Star
Her job was to protect the Millennium Falcon during the battle and she did a damn good job doing it
After the Battle of Endor, she liberated a city and saved countless lives
During Operation: Cinder, while she was on Naboo with Princess Leia, she was the one who figured out that the reason the weather was going to shit was because of satellites
Her last mission was to accompany Luke Skywalker to retrieve a piece of a Force-sensitive tree that used to be in Jedi temple on Coruscant. They ended up retrieving two. Luke liked and respected Shara Bey so much he entrusted one of the pieces to her, and she planted it outside her new home on Yavin 4 where she retired with her husband so they could have a nice quiet life together with their son
She passed away 6 years after the Battle of Endor. I can’t find any info on the cause
Her son, Poe Dameron followed in her footsteps and became a pilot for the new Republic. He looked into her service records and learned all about the badass stuff she did during the Galactic Civil War. There were also testimonies from other pilots about how awesome she was and she saved everybody’s butts
This caused Poe to defect to the Resistance under Leia’s command, becoming the best pilot in the Resistance
So Poe gets his awesomeness from his mama
So now y’all can rest knowing that the reason Poe Dameron is awesome is because he had awesome, brave, badass parents who raised their boy right
THIS IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG OF CANON AVAILABLE ABOUT THE DAMERON FAMERON, FYI, TO ANYONE WHO WANTS TO KNOW MORE –
Other DamFam canon (all from the Logbook, Shattered Empire, or Before the Awakening):
Han “only in it for the money” Solo offered up his compensation package so that Kes could muster out to be with Poe, who was 2 and living in hiding with Shara’s father when Endor happened
Han also recommended that Kes be awarded/commended for his valor
Shara almost shot Luke down when he was flying Vader’s shuttle down to the Endor moon ^_^
Canonically, the first thing that Lando did after destroying Death Star Mark II was hit on Shara.
Kes mustered out before Shara did and had settled with Poe on Yavin 4 while Shara flew a final mission with/for Luke.
She was given (by Luke) one of two living Force trees to raise. It still grows on the Dameron ranch on Yavin 4…
Which, yes, they are ranchers after mustering out. They grow koyo melons, which are a fruit small enough that Poe keeps them in Black One for flight provisions.
Kes is an expert tracker, probably the best in the Rebel Alliance. He also took child!Poe on like, Bear Grylls style “no supplies” hiking and camping trips into the Yavinese jungle, where they would build shelter out of jakaw tree fronds and Poe would watch Kes leap around treetops making friends with woolamanders.
Shara used to take child!Poe to Classic Starship Shows on mama/son dates :( She liked Z-class Headhunter ships, even though she flew an A-wing.
Her callsign was Green Four.
She taught Poe to fly by letting him sit in her lap at the controls starting when he was 2 or 3, and she let him do barrel rolls even though it made him barf.
Shara didn’t talk about her time with the Alliance. She and Kes were both heavily awarded heroes – Leia even said in her condolence letter after Shara died that “as long as the stars shine, Shara Bey will be remembered” – but Shara didn’t want Poe to grow up thinking that war was glamorous or exciting.
Kes said that his biggest fear about the war was that it had all been for nothing. :(
Shara served as a personal pilot for both Leia and Luke. Kes and Han were partners on their final ground assault runs. They were Fucking Important in the Rebel Alliance, okay.
The reason that Poe decided to trust Finn was that he thought about what his mom would do. :}}}}}
Poe left Black One with Kes on Yavin 4 while he did the Jakku mission to get the map from Lor San Tekka.
Poe also had a surrogate big alien uncle – a la the Organa-Solos and Chewbacca – in the form of L’ulo L’ampar, Shara’s former commanding officer of Green Squadron and future member of Poe’s elite Black Squadron. When Shara died, L’ulo helped Kes to raise Poe.
They are the best, sweetest, and most important family in Space.