Rook Kast, a mysterious Mandalorian warrior, emerges as a key player in the animated series, Star Wars Rebels. Behind her iconic Mandalorian armour lies a tale of honour, loyalty and a relentless spirit that sets her apart in a galaxy teeming with legends.
From her enigmatic origins to her transformation into a pivotal character, Rook Kast’s journey is a testament to her unmatched combat prowess and the richness and complexity of Mandalorian culture.
Who Is Rook Kast?
Rook Kast is a lady who served as the leader of the Mandalorian super commandos—a group of skilled soldiers who pledged allegiance to the Sith Lord Maul in the animated series, “Star Wars Rebels”. These commandos were part of the Shadow Collective, a criminal alliance led by Maul during the Clone Wars.
Kast exhibited unwavering loyalty to the Shadow Collective and, above all, to Maul. She repeatedly showed her dedication by personally evacuating him from dangerous situations, demonstrating concern for his well-being during confrontations with General Grievous on Zanbar and forcibly trying to bring him onto the ship in Dathomir when the Separatists threatened the planet. Kast’s loyalty was fierce and she did not hesitate to issue threats to those who dared to abandon the Collective, as seen when she warned Black Sun and the Pykes that she would pursue and eliminate them if they withdrew their support.
Unlike some Mandalorians, such as Bo-Katan Kryze and her Nite Owls, who were reluctant to accept Maul’s leadership due to him being an outsider despite defeating Pre Vizsla in combat, Kast did not have any issues with Maul’s non-Mandalorian heritage. She faithfully served him, regardless of his origins, and showed her steadfast allegiance.
Physically, Kast was a human female with brown hair, blue eyes, and fair skin. However, at the time of the Siege of Mandalore, she had purple hair, indicating a possible change in appearance over time.
As a Mandalorian soldier, Kast donned the standard Mandalorian armour, covering a black body glove. Her armour included a jetpack that could launch missiles and she wore vambraces on each forearm, equipped with zip lines for enhanced mobility. Kast’s distinctive Mandalorian super commando armour was predominantly painted red and black, intentionally mirroring Maul’s appearance and prominently displaying the black hand symbol of the Shadow Collective on her right shoulder pad.
Unlike traditional Mandalorian helmets, Kast’s helmet had two pointed slopes atop it, giving it a unique and recognisable look. During the Siege of Mandalore, she wielded two WESTAR-35 blaster pistols.
Kast made her first appearance in the four-part comic miniseries Star Wars: Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir“, written by Jeremy Barlow and illustrated by Juan Frigeri. The miniseries, adapted from unfinished episodes of the animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, was released from May to August 2014. Before the release of Son of Dathomir, Kast was mentioned in Star Wars Insider 149, in the “Blaster” section, where fans were informed about her upcoming appearance in the comic.
Later on, Kast appeared in the seventh season of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars“.
Rook Kast origin
Kast’s origins remain shrouded in mystery as Star Wars Rebels does not delve deeply into her backstory. However, tidbits of information scattered throughout the series and media related helped to piece together some aspects of her past.
Kast’s connection to the Protectors of Concord Dawn suggests that she was born and raised within the Mandalorian society on Concord Dawn. The Protectors, as their name suggests, were responsible for maintaining peace and stability in the Concord Dawn system. Their exact relationship with the central Mandalorian government on Mandalore remains unclear, but they had their unique traditions and way of life.
As a member of the Protectors, Kast underwent rigorous training to become a skilled warrior. In Mandalorian culture, combat prowess is highly esteemed and young Mandalorians are often taught the art of warfare from a young age. Rook’s exceptional combat skills and expertise with various weaponry are a testament to her dedication and the training she received.
The Mandalorian culture has faced numerous challenges and changes throughout the galaxy’s history. From conflicts with the Jedi Knights during the Clone Wars to the Empire’s oppression, Mandalorians have had to adapt to shifting political tides. The Galactic Empire’s influence reached far and wide, leading to conflicts within the Mandalorian society as well. Kast’s affiliation with the Protectors of Concord Dawn has roots in this complex political landscape.
What Happened To Rook Kast?
Kast played a significant role in leading the Shadow Collective’s super commandos during the Clone Wars. When Maul, the leader of the Shadow Collective, was imprisoned on Stygeon Prime by the Sith, Kast and her comrade, Gar Saxon, orchestrated Maul’s rescue and brought him to a Shadow Collective stronghold on Zanbar. However, they were pursued by the Confederacy of Independent Systems’ forces, forcing them to escape to Ord Mantell.
Despite facing a separatist attack there, they managed to repel it. During their operations, Kast and Maul successfully captured General Grievous from the Droid Army in orbit, while Maul’s ground forces apprehended Count Dooku, the Separatist leader.
Taking their prisoners to a Mandalorian asteroid base, they found themselves under attack by the Galactic Republic and Jedi Order, who sought to seize Dooku. Amid the chaos, Kast, Maul, Dooku and some of Maul’s forces fled to Dathomir. Their escape was intensified by Darth Sidious, the Dark Lord of the Sith, who fought alongside Dooku and Grievous, ultimately defeating the Shadow Collective forces. Despite the setback, Kast managed to rescue Maul and together they left the planet.
In subsequent episodes, Kast played a crucial role in the Siege of Mandalore. She lured Ahsoka Tano into the undercity of Sundari, where she and her super commandos surrounded the former Jedi Padawan under Maul’s orders.
However, Tano ultimately escaped. Later, the super commandos captured ARC Trooper Jesse and subjected him to interrogation. Following the interrogation, Maul rallied the Mandalorians for a final, decisive battle but it ended in defeat, resulting in Kast’s capture at the hands of Bo-Katan Kryze.
Who played Rook Kast?
Rook Kast was voiced by actress Vanessa Marshall.
Vanessa Marshall, born on October 19, 1969, in Los Angeles, California, is a versatile American voice and television actress with a strong presence in films, cartoons, and video games. She comes from a background of talent, being the daughter of actress Joan Van Ark and reporter John Marshall.
Before pursuing a career in voice acting, Marshall attended Princeton University, where she majored in English. She then pursued further education at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts and obtained a master’s degree in acting. Her training in acting and diverse language skills have played a significant role in her successful voiceover career. Marshall’s voice acting journey began when a voice acting agent discovered her during a solo performance, where she was portraying an impressive 15 different characters.
Marshall has stated that she brought together various aspects of her life into her performance as “Rook Kast” in the Star Wars Rebels franchise and this made the character inspirational for her.