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"Sir! Enemy fighters coming in!"
―Caitken — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Caitken was a Mon Calamari male who hailed from the planet Mon Cala. Along with fellow Mon Calamari Shollan, he served as an aide to Admiral Raddus in the Alliance to Restore the Republic. In 0 BBY, the trio were present at a meeting where it was debated whether or not the Alliance High Command would authorize an attack on the Imperial security complex on the world of Scarif to steal the plans to the Galactic Empire's rumored superweapon, the Death Star. Although the council did not fully support this move, it was nonetheless carried out by a rogue group of Rebels. Raddus, along with Shollan and Caitken, quickly prepared and boarded the Admiral's flagship, the Profundity, for departure to support them at Scarif.

While above Scarif, Caitken sat to Raddus's left. During the battle, he informed Raddus of approaching enemy fighters as well as their effect on the deflector shields. Raddus later turned to Caitken to order him to call up a Hammerhead corvette in order to take down the Shield Gate protecting Scarif. After that was done successfully, the Profundity received a transmission of the plans. The Death Star then emerged from hyperspace. The Mon Calamari in the Profundity watched for a moment in silence before Raddus ordered the ships of the Alliance Fleet to jump to hyperspace. However, the Profundity was then disabled by the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Devastator and destroyed, with most of the crew perishing.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Prelude to Scarif[edit | edit source]

"I say we fight!"
―Raddus, while standing in front of Caitken — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Caitken (left) and Shollan (right) at the base on Yavin

Hailing from the waterworld of Mon Cala, on the planet's colder regions, Caitken, along with fellow Mon Calamari Shollan, served as an aide to Admiral Raddus of the Alliance to Restore the Republic.[1] At some point, he and Shollan assembled a report for Raddus on the status of the Alliance Fleet's starships. Raddus then forwarded the report to[3] Commander-in-Chief[1] Mon Mothma.[3] In 0 BBY,[4] Caitken stood next to Raddus during a meeting in the Alliance headquarters on the planet Yavin 4 where Alliance High Command discussed the data brought to them by the recently enlisted Rebel Jyn Erso, which claimed that the Galactic Empire was building a planet killer called the Death Star. According to Erso, the only way to stop it would be to steal the plans for the battle station, located on the planet Scarif. However, due to the fact that full support from the council was not received, an attack was not authorized.[2]

Nonetheless, Erso and many other rogue rebels commandeered a Zeta-class Heavy Cargo Shuttle, intending to go to the Scarif system to steal the plans.[2] Raddus was informed of these proceedings, and he agreed with it, ordering that his flagship, the MC75 Star Cruiser Profundity, be made ready for departure. As Shollan and Caitken stood by his side, it quickly was, and the Alliance fleet made the jump to hyperspace.[5]

Battle of Scarif[edit | edit source]

"Deflector shields down to 50%! We're sustaining heavy damage!"
"There's no turning back now! We have to press the attack!"
―Caitken and Raddus — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Shollan, Raddus, and Caitken on the Profundity

Caitken and Shollan interacted with their computers as the fleet emerged from hyperspace above Scarif. Caitken sat to Raddus's left with Shollan to his right. Raddus called out to each starfighter squadron how to proceed. Later in the battle, as swarms of TIE/ln space superiority starfighters approached, Caitken called out to the Admiral that enemy fighters were approaching. As they fired upon the Profundity, he informed Raddus that the deflector shields were sustaining heavy damage and down to fifty percent. The Admiral responded that they could not turn back, and would have to press the attack.[2]

The Profundity then received a call from Imperial pilot-turned rebel Bodhi Rook, who explained that the only way that the Death Star plans would be retrieved would be by destroying the Shield Gate that protected Scarif. Raddus turned in the direction of Caitken and ordered him to call up a Sphyrna-class Hammerhead corvette, which successfully took out the Shield Gate. The plans were then transmitted to the Star Cruiser.[2]

The Death Star whose plans they had come to steal then emerged from hyperspace. Shollan and Caitken stood up to look at it. It fired upon the Imperial security complex below, where Rogue One was stranded. After a moment of silence, Raddus wished for the Force to be with Rogue One. He then ordered all craft to jump to hyperspace. Many ships did so successfully, although the Profundity was then disabled by the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Devastator[2] and destroyed,[6] with most of the crew perishing.[7]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

Caitken was inspired by the tenacity of Raddus, and along with Shollan, he promised to give him his all.[8] He, Raddus, and Shollan were eager to pay the Empire back for what they had done to the Mon Calamari.[9] Caitken was an albino[10] Mon Calamari male with white skin and gray eyes.[2] Due to his hailing from the colder regions of Mon Cala, his blood was said to have been especially thick.[1]

Skills and abilities[edit | edit source]

Caitken was efficient in following the orders of Raddus.[1] He was highly intelligent and had diplomacy skills, as well as moderate strength, speed, and fighting abilities. He was not Force-sensitive.[8]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

He wore a dark, gray uniform with blue sleeves and a black belt.[2]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Shollan and Caitken on the set of Rogue One

Caitken was created for the anthology film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,[2] released December 16, 2016,[11] where he was portrayed by puppeteer Aidan Cook.[12] He was first identified in the accompanying reference book to Rogue One, Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide, written by Pablo Hidalgo.[1] An image of Caitken was first showcased in a StarWars.com article published August 31, 2016, just months before the release of the film.[13]

Caitken's card in The Topps Company's 2017 Topps Star Wars: Rogue One Series 2 set[12] incorrectly uses[2] an image of Shollan.[12] Additionally, the novelization of Rogue One by Alexander Freed mistakenly attributes the line of "Sir! Enemy fighters coming in!" to Shollan,[14] while the film shows Caitken as the one who said it.[2] This article follows the film's depiction of the scene.

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