Star Wars: Andor It premiered on Disney+, and with it, we finally get Cassian Andor’s true origin story. Follow light spoilers: As it turns out, Cassian Andor was just an adopted name and cover story: Cassian started out as “Kassa,” a young Aboriginal boy who was part of a jungle tribe in Kenari’s Mid Rim realm. Cassian’s story may not spend much time on Kenari, but the planet definitely lies at the center of the character’s entire drive for being who he is, and for doing what he inevitably does.
On a larger level, Kenari has also become another pivotal part of star Wars Date.
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The world of Mid Rim Kenari is not as well known or densely populated, but it is inhabited by at least one forest-dwelling tribe. Cassian Andor came from that tribe, and so did his younger sister.
When did the Kenari disaster happen?
Clues after the first three Andor episodes include that the Kasa tribe of people seems consistent only with older children and teens – an indication that something serious might have happened to adults on this planet. Cassian’s childhood timeline hasn’t been officially set, but since Andor started around 5 BBY from the Star Wars timeline, and Cassian was a boy of about 10 (or older) flashbacks, it’s not hard to imagine the flashback sequence happening soon after 19 BBY, which is the time the Revenge of the Sith is set.
The ship seen smashing onto the planet is referred to as the ‘Republic’ ship, but the mottos on the clothes of the dead engineers on board suggest that this was a time when the ‘Empire’ was still disguising itself as the Republic – again, this would That puts a window of time into the transitional early years of Emperor Palpatine’s rule, when the mid-and-outer edge planets were still happily unaware of the dark times unfolding.
Why is Kenari important in Star Wars?
Other evidence from the early episodes of the series suggests that some kind of mining or excavation project was being conducted on the Kenari – presenting a major danger to the indigenous population. By 5 BBY, Kenari was isolated by the Empire as the site of a “mining accident” that caused toxins to overrun the planet. However, flashbacks show that the Empire was dealing with some kind of hazardous or toxic substance, exposure to which would kill all the engineers on board the ship – potentially causing it to crash.
Once Kassa’s group kills one of the surviving engineers in self-defense, the young boy is rescued by eliminator Marfa Andor (Fiona Shaw), who takes Cassian out of the world, knowing that the dead engineer with arrows in his back will cause a “Republic” ( empire) to slaughter the entire population. It’s a noble sentiment, but one that also might transcend a deeper secret…
rogue one Show how the empire destroyed the planet Jedha, extracting the Kyber crystals that the Jedi used in their flashlights in order to build the Death Star laser. Orson Krennic and Grand Moff Tarkin destroyed the holy city of Jedha in order to eliminate Saw Gerrera’s resistance forces, but also as a way to cover the effects of building the Death Star. After the Holy City was destroyed, the Empire used the cover story of a mine accident to keep people away.
That’s all there is to say: It looks like Kinari could have been another pivotal site for Empire engineering and/or weapons development plans. The question is: What toxin were they working with on the Kenari, and what terrible purpose did it ultimately serve?
These answers can become major details for the largest star Wars long story.
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