Early Life Edit
Winter was the only child of Sheltay Retrac, the senatorial aide of Bail Organa at the time of the end of the Clone Wars, and an Alderaanian artist. Her parents both died when Winter was still young, and because of this she was adopted by Bail and Breha Organa, and thus became Princess Leia's best friend and companion. The two grew up together on the peaceful world of Alderaan and attended the best schools, learning about art and history, as well as ladylike graces. Possessed of a natural grace and poise, she was often mistaken for Princess Leia by visitors to Alderaan's court. This impression was increased by the fact that Leia's youthful tomboy nature did not seem as regal as Winter's stately bearing. Despite these differences in personality, however, Winter would remain a comfort to Leia, who had problems relating to the snobbish, cruel young girls at court.
Though the pair's physical resemblance was tempered by Winter's stunning white hair, the two friends would soon learn to employ similar looks for tactical advantage, a practice they would continue throughout their lives.
Winter would sometimes disguise herself as Leia so that Leia could escape the palace to create mischief and visit with inappropriate boys. It was probable that Winter attended the University of Alderaan with Leia, who recalled that Winter's perfect memory was very helpful when it came time to study for exams.One way or another, Winter and Leia were both schooled in Alderaanian ideals of freedom and liberty, as well as weaponry, on Leia's insistence. Also as teenagers, the young women encountered Emperor Palpatine on Imperial Center, with the image of Palpatine and his eyes making her feel as if he would drink up her spirit, would remain with Winter forever and influence her decision to join the Rebel Alliance.