Located in the Outer Rim Territories, north-east of the Corellian Run on the Triellus Trade Route that cuts through the Arkanis sector, travellers jumping into the binary star Tatoo system and down to the desert world of Tatooine would likely regard its endless, sun-scorched sand dunes and arid canyons as less than welcoming; to Cobb Vanth and the near 200,000 inhabitants of the desolate planet, it’s simply ‘home’.
Here we look at ten things you may not know about the Marshal of Mos Pelgo, Cobb Vanth.
COBB VANTH WAS A TATOOINE NATIVE
Cobb Vanth was born and raised on Tatooine, a youngster when the Battle of Naboo took place. Living in the harsh environs of the desert world, far away from the opulence and security of the Republic which largely didn’t exist so far out on the periphery, Vanth’s life was tough and harsh, eking an existence off the land and the precious moisture that could be dredged from the air. It’s unknown if he had family; his past was private, but his no-nonsense demeanour was common amongst natives and settlers on Tatooine.
Much like his fellow Tatooine inhabitant Anakin Skywalker, Vanth had lived a portion of his life in slavery. With a thriving underworld on the planet shamefully refusing to distinguish between race, gender, creed, or sentience, Vanth fell into that unenviable trap. It is unknown if his slavemasters were the corpulent Hutts, known galaxy-wide for their merciless pursuit of credits no matter the cost to others, but it is known that he left his servitude with a star-shaped mark carved into his back.
Now a free man, Vanth headed into the desert and the township of Mos Pelgo, also known as Freetown, way out in the Northern Dune Sea. Like many small settlements across the planet, the inhabitants of Mos Pelgo worked hard to maintain their community, working together to acquire parts to trade, food to eat and liquid to drink. Vanth entered this community and seeing an opportunity quickly installed himself as its sheriff.
After a harsh life of toil and servitude, his destiny decided by others who held little interest in his well-being, Vanth was ready to settle down in one location and make a life. Familiar with those uniquely Tatooine pressures, the position of Marshal proved too attractive to ignore. With environmental concerns a constant worry there were fellow Tatooine inhabitants like the Jawas and Tusken Raiders to consider, to say nothing of the local wildlife; Womp rats, scurriers, worrts and krayt dragons all caused problems of varying degrees, and so to address all of these issues and provide leadership for Mos Pelgo, Vanth took the badge.
After the death of Jabba the Hutt and the defeat of the Empire and its Emperor at Endor, a power vacuum emerged on Tatooine that was quickly filled by opportunistic raiders and criminals. Mos Pelgo was brutally subjected to such an attack when the Mining Collective came into the township and took control, killing dozens. The survivors fled into the desert night, including Vanth who stole a camtono of silicate crystals as he escaped. He made a trade with the local Jawas and returned with a weaponized acid-scarred suit of Mandalorian armor that he used to eliminate the Mining Collective. Other mercenaries would try their luck at Mos Pelgo, including the ruthless Red Key Raiders; with Vanth protecting the town wearing the Mandalorian armor of Boba Fett, their efforts were doomed to failure.
Understanding the benefits of trade between the diminutive clans of the Jawas and the township of Mos Pelgo, Vanth forged a relationship that gave Freetown access to materials and resources that otherwise might have been unattainable. That gave Mos Pelgo a fighting chance to fortify itself against attack, the opportunity to fend for itself without being indentured to other organisations and the freedom to determine its own destiny.
While Vanth understood that the use of the Mandalorian armor gave Mos Pelgo a certain level of notoriety, the real warriors of the desert were the fierce tribes of the Tusken Raiders. Obsessively protective of lands they believed were sacred to their culture, the Tuskens regularly clashed with the people of Freetown, as they did on settlements across the desert planet. Only his steadfast refusal to bow to anyone or anything gave Mos Pelgo a change to survive, a stubbornness the ruthless Sand People grudgingly respected.
With the attacks of the Red Key Raiders increasing and the ever-present threat of the Tusken Raiders encroaching on the peripheries of their town, the rescue of Jabba the Hutt’s former rancor keeper Malakili provided Vanth with a unique opportunity. Using his knowledge of the region, Malakili was able to broker a peace between Mos Pelgo and the Tusken tribe of the Northern Dune Sea. His skills in animal husbandry protected the ronto’s of the township, and his connection to a young Hutt liberated from the Red Key Raiders all combined to see the Tuskens help liberate Mos Pelgo and run off the Red Key Raiders. With that, a fragile peace with the Tuskens was established.
Traversing the sandy oceans of Tatooine was a dangerous endeavor. The ever-present threat of attack from the local menagerie of animals, blasting over a dune into the beak of a sarlacc or the back of a sandcrawler, or wandering into the territory of a tusken tribe were just a few of the potential pitfalls, so speedy and nimble transport was essential. For those fortunate enough to have access to transport faster than a dewback, eopie, bantha or ronto, swoops and speeders were the vehicle of choice. Cobb Vanth maintained a speeder cobbled together with parts including the engine of a pod racer, the prevalent motor sport in the Outer Rim during his childhood. As mechanics on desolate planets did the galaxy over, he crafted a vehicle from parts that were never designed to go together and in doing so made a speeder capable of sailing above the sandy seas of Tatooine at high velocity. The Maker would be proud.
Mandalorian bounty Hunter Din Djarin arrived at Mos Pelgo searching for fellow Mandalorians, but the appearance of Cobb Vanth in the armor of Boba Fett led to an impasse; an understanding between the two men was agreed upon. Should Djarin help the marshal of Mos Pelgo rid the township of the Greater Krayt Dragon that was terrorising the town, he could take the armor back to his people where it belonged. As huge as the krayt dragon clearly was, what was visible of the beast was only a portion of its enormous size. Much of the Greater Krayt remained under the sands, the same as the majority of an iceberg remained hidden under the surface of an ocean. Teaming up with the Tusken Raiders and using the skills and efforts of the townspeople, Vanth and Djarin worked together to lure out the krayt with tasty snacks including witless Banthas and unfortunate sand people, and using a combination of weapons, explosives and sheer bravery they prevailed.
- Hardcover Book
- Zahn, Timothy (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 416 Pages - 11/16/2021 (Publication Date) - Del Rey (Publisher)