- "Next time you wanna pretend to be a gunfighter, best to shoot first, talk later."
- ―Cobb Vanth, to Adwin Charu
Cobb Vanth, also known as "the Marshal," was a human male who lived during the Galactic Civil War and subsequent New Republic Era. Once a slave, he rose to become a sheriff of Mos Pelgo on the planet Tatooine. He despised the Red Key Raiders, a syndicate attempting to establish itself on the planet. Immediately following the Battle of Endor, Vanth fled into the desert following Mos Pelgo's takeover by the Mining Collective. He then encountered some Jawas and traded a camtono of silicax oxalate crystals for a set of Mandalorian armor.
Just then, Red Key employee Adwin Charu approached the sandcrawler. Vanth conversed with Charu and helped the man find valuable equipment on the vehicle. When Charu found the armor and wished to take it for himself, Vanth injured Charu, leaving him alive to send a message to his boss Lorgan Movellan. Vanth returned to town and single-handedly drove away the Collective, assuming the role of mayor and protector of Mos Pelgo.
As sheriff and mayor of Mos Pelgo, which was eventually renamed Freetown, Vanth led the residents in defying the Red Key Raiders. In 5 ABY, he rescued the beastmaster Malakili from a pair of raiders. Vanth recruited the beastmaster to tend to some rontos in Freetown and an infant Hutt which had been acquired from the Red Key Raiders.
Sometime later, the Red Key attacked and captured Freetown, overpowering the residents. Movellan confronted Vanth, both questioning each other's motives on Tatooine. The Hutt was then brought out with Malakili, and it gave a shriek, signaling Tusken Raider reinforcements against the Red Key Raiders. Vanth then carved a message onto Movellan for the crime boss's superiors.
By 9 ABY, the town was once again known as Mos Pelgo, and Vanth still led and defended the town, including battling Tusken Raiders who raided their village multiple times. At one point, the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin came to town searching for a fellow Mandalorian. Vanth agreed to give Djarin his armor in exchange for helping him kill a krayt dragon that lived nearby. Vanth and Djarin allied themselves with a local group of Tusken Raiders as well as the people of Mos Pelgo and succeeded in defeating the beast, after which Vanth gave Djarin the armor and parted ways with him.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Personality and traits
- 3 Equipment
- 4 Behind the scenes
- 5 Appearances
- 6 Sources
- 7 Notes and references
- 8 External links
Sheriff on Tatooine
- "Afraid the Republic is back and gonna put their boot down on all the lowlifes and scum-lickers, the syndicates are trying to find new ways to appear legit. And with the Hutts fighting one another for control, bunch of these quote-unquote mining companies are swooping in with brutes like your boss at the helm."
- ―Cobb Vanth, to Adwin Charu
Cobb Vanth lived on the desert planet of Tatooine his whole life and was once a slave, having a star-shaped mark carved onto his back as a sign of ownership, but eventually became free and came to be the sheriff of the town Mos Pelgo. The death of Jabba the Hutt and end of the Galactic Empire's occupation of Tatooine in 4 ABY led to a power struggle on the planet, and the Red Key Raiders, a crime syndicate led by the Weequay Lorgan Movellan that operated under the guise of a legitimate mining company, began to establish itself on the planet.
The very night after the Battle of Endor, that same year, the Mining Collective, another mining company, arrived at Mos Pelgo and attacked the patrons of the local bar. As they began rounding up citizens, Vanth and the Weequay bartender fled the bar, with Vanth grabbing a camtono before taking off into the desert. After days wandering around, lost without food or water, Vanth eventually collapsed and was discovered by a group of Jawa scavengers. After giving him water aboard their sandcrawler, the Jawas opened the camtono and realized that it was filled with silicax oxalate crystals. Vanth was offered multiple objects for the crystals, including an astromech droid, but Vanth refused them all, instead pointing to a set of damaged Mandalorian armor, which once belonged to the bounty hunter Boba Fett.
Acquiring Mandalorian armor
- "Mandalorian battle armor. Whole box. Complete set, by the looks of it. Been through hell and back. I think my boss will appreciate this."
"I actually think I might take that home with me."
"I think not."
- ―Adwin Charu and Cobb Vanth
While Vanth was still in the sandcrawler, Adwin Charu, a representative of the Red Key sent by Movellan, arrived to barter with the Jawa scavengers for droids, weapons and mining equipment. Greeting Charu, Vanth identified the representative as an off-worlder. After Adwin asked how Vanth knew, the sheriff told the Red Key employee that he looked too clean and did not know that the Jawas worked on rapport. Charu insisted that he did not have time to build rapport with Jawas and expressed the thought of visiting Mos Pelgo instead. Vanth agreed that the town or the spaceport city Mos Espa could help, and Charu attempted to leave. However, Vanth stopped the representative and decided to vouch for him to the Jawas.
When Charu asked what price the he wanted, Vanth turned down the prospect of being paid. The Red Key employee agreed, and asked for the sheriff's name, which the lawman willingly stated. Vanth then negotiated with the Jawas, promising that both he and Charu had credits. Two Jawas led the pair to a room containing droids, weapons, and the wreckage of a Hutt sail barge. Vanth and Charu looked around the room until Vanth asked Charu if he was with the "Red Key Company," which the representative admitted, and mentioned the Tatooine's vacuum that the company could fill.
Charu then eyed the Mandalorian armor , which he wished to bring to Movellan. Vanth made note of his desire to take the armor with him instead. Charu shut down Vanth, and the sheriff revealed his title to the Red Key employee. As Adwin then threatened to draw his blaster, Vanth drew his own and shot the representative in the shoulder. After explaining his disgust of the Red Key Raiders, the sheriff claimed that he was bringing law to a lawless place. Charu begged Vanth not to kill him, and the lawman asked the representative to tell Movellan to leave the sector.
- "We got a couple [of] unruly rontos that could use a steady hand. Can you handle that? There'd be payment. And a homestead for you if you care to claim it."
- ―Cobb Vanth and Malakili
Vanth returned to Mos Pelgo, wearing his newly acquired Mandalorian armor, entering the bar he had last been at. As he regarded the multiple Mining Collective members in the building, he nodded at the Weequay bartender, who slowly took cover. Vanth then opened fire on the Collective, who failed to return fire as Vanth's armor protected him. Vanth watched as the remaining members fled for their lives in a transport, but Vanth fired a missile from his jetpack to blow up the transport. Following the event, Vanth began to watch over Mos Pelgo and protect the citizens.
By the year 5 ABY, Vanth was the de-facto mayor of Mos Pelgo, since renamed Freetown, where residents took a stand against the Red Key Raiders. The Red Key attempted to smuggle an infant Hutt into the palace dias at Freetown, but were stopped by Vanth, who acquired the young Hutt. One day, Malakili, the former beastmaster of the late Jabba the Hutt, was robbed by two Red Key thugs on his way to Freetown. Vanth, though, arrived with his Twi'lek companion Issa-Or and fired on the gangsters, quickly killing them.
Vanth and Issa-Or allowed Malakili to get up and claimed they were the law, both of them introducing themselves and Freetown to the beastmaster. Vanth recognized Malakili, but the beastmaster claimed that he was no one and was still mourning the death of his rancor Pateesa. Learning of Malakili's trade, the sheriff invited the beastmaster to live in Freetown as an animal trainer for the young Hutt and some resident rontos. Malakili took the offer, and Vanth and Issa-Or left for Freetown with the beastmaster.
The Red Key occupation
- "The Tuskens consider this place sacred. And they don't like slavers any more than we do. We cut them a deal. We give them water, they leave us alone. They like that we have a Hutt, too. Earns us a bit of respect. And my friend here, Malakili, he procured for them something real special: a pearl from a krayt dragon's belly That afforded us the last piece of the puzzle: their protection."
- ―Cobb Vanth, to Lorgan Movellan
Although Freetown came to conflict with Tusken Raiders, Vanth, with the assistance of Malakili, struck a deal with the raiders to help protect Freetown by giving them water and a pearl from a krayt dragon's belly. The Tuskens regarded Freetown as a sacred place and respected the fact that they had a Hutt, which was since named Borgo. Movellan, however, led an attack on Freetown. Vanth and the residents were overpowered by the Red Key criminals, some being killed in the fighting. Upon the occupation, Movellan had two raiders, the Gran Yimug and the Rodian Gweeska, bring the cuffed sheriff before him. As Vanth was brought forward, he was thrown to the ground by the Yimug and Gweeska kicked him, the other Red Key Raiders cheering around them.
Movellan mocked Vanth's Mandalorian armor and ordered Yimug and Gweeska to remove the sheriff's helmet. Lorgan then acknowledged Vanth for being a hindrance to the Red Key, Vanth bragging that it had brought the crime boss to Freetown, and inquired on the Vanth's intentions. After the sheriff expressed his desire for freedom, Lorgan discovered Vanth's slave mark. When Vanth asked what Movellan wanted on Tatooine, the Weequay revealed that he wished to enslave the town's population, exploit Tatooine for its dilarium oil and silicax oxalate, and sell Borgo to the Hutts.
Movellan ordered two more raiders, the Ithorian Vommb and the brute woman Trayness, to bring forth the young Hutt and Malakili. After Lorgan taunted Vanth a final time, the sheriff returned his own remark and signaled to Malakili, who gave an order to Borgo. As the the crime boss had Trayness club the beastmaster, the Hutt gave out a shriek. This alerted Tusken Raider reinforcements to Freetown, which attacked the Red Key Raiders. As fighting broke out in the town between the raiders and the Tuskens, Vanth freed himself from his cuffs with the help of Malakili and attacked Movellan, disarming the crime boss and bringing him to the ground.
After Vanth told Movellan of his deal with the Tuskens, the Weequay tried to intimidate Vanth by threatening to bring his masters to wipe out the town. Undaunted by Movellan's threats, the sheriff told Lorgan that the crime boss did not know who Vanth really was. Despite knowing that he had incurred the wrath of Red Key, the sheriff stated that he was ready to die in the service of protecting Freetown and keeping criminal elements away from Tatooine. As a parting insult to the defeated crime boss, Vanth proceeded to carve a message onto Movellan's face.
Meeting a Mandalorian
- "I've never met a real Mandalorian. Heard stories. I know you're good at killing. And probably none too happy to see me wearing this hardware. So… I figure only one of us walking out of here. But then I see the little guy… and I think, maybe I pegged you wrong."
- ―Cobb Vanth, to Din Djarin
Around 9 ABY, the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin arrived in the town searching for another Mandalorian. After learning of the man known as "The Marshal," Djarin met Vanth in the local cantina. Vanth ordered two snorts of spotchka before telling Djarin that he had never met a real Mandalorian. He elaborated by saying that he knew the stories of the Mandalorians and how they were renowned for their killing ways. Vanth said that he figured only one of them was walking out of the bar, but when he saw Grogu, he said that maybe he had misjudged the Mandalorian. When Djarin demanded Vanth give up his armor, Vanth refused and stood up, preparing for a standoff.
However, a nearby krayt dragon caused an earthquake that shook the entire town and ate another one of their banthas. Vanth explained to Djarin that the creature had been terrorizing the area since before Mos Pelgo was established. Vanth had been protecting the town from sand people and bandits, but the dragon was too much for him alone. He offered his armor to Djarin in exchange for help in taking down the beast, saying later he was more fond of the town than his armor. Vanth and Djarin began to ride to the krayt dragon's lair on speeder bikes. On the way there, Vanth told Djarin the story of how his city had been turned into a slavery camp the very same night they heard news of the destruction of the second Death Star, how he acquired his Mandalorian armor from Jawas, and how he took back the town with his newfound weapons.
As they rode, they heard a noise of a creature. Both of them immediately stopped their bikes and pulled out their weapons. Grogu hid in his bag. While Vanth watched nervously as the creatures came out from behind the rocks, Djarin began to communicate with them. A group of Tusken Raiders came out as well, and Djarin explained that they too were trying to kill the dragon. The pair made camp for the night with the Tuskens. Whilst sitting at a campfire, Vanth accidentally offended the Tuskens by not drinking a black melon. Vanth and the sand people began to argue, with Vanth claiming that he only killed their people in self-defense. Djarin then activated his flamethrower and told the both of them to settle down and focus on how they would kill the dragon.
Observing the krayt dragon
- "They might be open to some fresh ideas."
- ―Din Djarin to Cobb Vanth after the unsuccessful attempt
Vanth, Djarin, and the sand people then rode by bantha to the abandoned sarlacc pit where the krayt dragon lived. Djarin translated for the Tuskens, explaining that they had studied its digestive cycle for generations, and knew how to feed it in order to make it sleep. The Tusken at the entrance of the cave tied down the bantha and began to yell in an effort to awaken the dragon. As Vanth watched on apprehensively, the Tusken tried to run away, but tripped and was consumed by the dragon, leaving the bantha unharmed. Grogu looked away, frightened, and Djarin suggested that they might be open to new ideas.
- "That's more like it… Where are they getting the reinforcements?"
"I volunteered your village."
- ―Cobb Vanth and Din Djarin
The cohort regrouped, and the sand people arranged a diorama of bones and pebbles, which represented the krayt dragon and its combatentes, respectively. Vanth insisted that it was not to scale, and that the krayt was too big, but Djarin assured him that it was, and that Vanth was unaware of the sheer size of the dragon. After a signal from Djarin, a Tusken Raider sprinkled in a few more pebbles. Vanth asked where the reinforcements would be coming from, and to Vanth's shock, Djarin explained that he had volunteered the people of Mos Pelgo.
Vanth and Djarin took their speeders back to Mos Pelgo. The people of Mos Pelgo gathered in the cantina. Vanth explained the problem of him having the Mandalorian armor, and that Djarin felt it was his right to take it. He also laid that Djarin was willing to help slay the krayt dragon, which had been terrorizing the town, in exchange for the armor. The people accepted this, but Vanth then revealed to them that the sand people were willing to help with the crusade. This set them off, proclaiming that they were monsters. Djarin then gave the case for the Tuskens, saying that although they were indeed raiders, they knew more about the krayt than anyone there, and would keep their word. If the carcass of the dragon was left to them, they promised to stand by Mos Pelgo in battle, and never to attack them again, unless Mos Pelgo were to break the peace. This was begrudgingly accepted.
As they prepared supplies and weapons, the sand people arrived on their banthas. The people of Mos Pelgo began to load the supplies onto the banthas. One of the Tuskens dropped an explosive, which caused a villager to retaliate. He began to yell at the Tusken, who started to yell back at him, until Vanth stepped in and broke up the fight, explaining that it was an accident. The fighting stopped, but the tension remained.
- "What are you gonna do?""
"I don't know, but wish me luck!"
- ―Cobb Vanth and Din Djarin
The group walked to the krayt dragon's cave. One Tusken walked up to its entrance and felt the ground near it. Djarin translated that the dragon was sleeping, and one could hear its breathing. A trench near the cave was dug, and the explosives were buried in it. The sand people also prepared a number of ballistae. A villager named Jo then handed the detonator to Vanth, who told her to stay safe. A trio of Tuskens walked up to the cave and began to yell to wake up the dragon. They ran away as soon as they heard it arise. Vanth watched as the dragon slowly crawled out. The Tuskens fired their arrows, but the dragon started to move back inside the cave. Vanth was about to detonate the explosives, but Djarin cautioned that they would only have one shot, and that they would have to get it out.
The villagers and sand people began to fire arrows and blaster fire at the krayt, provoking it to come out further. The krayt dragon then fired a stream of its spit on its attackers, killing several of them. It was then that Vanth detonated the explosives at Djarin's instruction. The group cautiously walked towards the explosion, although Vanth and Djarin did not think it to be dead. The dragon then suddenly burst through the hill above its cave and fired another stream of spit. Vanth remarked that they were being picked off like womp rats, put on his helmet, and flew with Djarin via his jet pack toward the dragon. The pair began to fire at it with their blaster rifles. They both took off when the krayt took notice of them.
It then disappeared again, and came out of the ground from behind them, chasing after the Tuskens and Mos Pelgo residents. Djarin told Vanth to get its attention, so Vanth bent over and fired a missile from his armor at it. He handed the detonator to Djarin, who subsequently hit Vanth's jet pack, causing it to malfunction and shoot straight into the air. Djarin then armed a batch of explosives that were attached to a bantha, and had the dragon swallow the both of then. The dragon then went back underground. Vanth landed awkwardly nearby. The group, including Vanth and Grogu, looked around for the krayt, wondering if Djarin would be alright. It then came back above ground, and Djarin flew out, having used his Amban phase-pulse blaster to give the dragon an electric shock. He then detonated the bantha, which remained in the krayt's stomach, killing the dragon.
Both parties of the group began to celebrate together, as Vanth watched. The sand people hacked away at the meat, and eventually found the krayt dragon pearl they were looking for. Djarin apologized for not explaining his plan, but Vanth told him not to worry about it, handing over the Mandalorian armor he had promised. Vanth remarked that he hoped their paths would cross again, and that he was not the one who broke the armor. Djarin and Grogu then rode off in their speeder, and were being watched by the original owner of Vanth's armor, Boba Fett. Fett would continue to track down Djarin and, he eventually reclaimed his armor.
Personality and traits
- "What you think I stole, I say I earned. You think I'm just some slave, and that's one part of the story. But you don't know the rest. What I've seen. Who I was before. And I know my time is short. I've poked the monster, and now it is awake. I'll die in service to this town, and maybe this town will die with me, but we won't be the last, not by a long shot."
- ―Cobb Vanth, to Lorgan Movellan
Cobb Vanth was a human male with light leathery skin, graying hair with a beard, pinched hazel eyes, and angular features. As a legacy of his enslavement, he had a star-shaped scar on his back with a series of dots and hashes. As a result of being a slave, Vanth sought freedom and to protect Freetown, even claiming that he would die for the settlement. He despised syndicates like the Red Key Raiders for trying to appear legitimate within the new galactic climate. Vanth also developed some rapport with some local Jawas on Tatooine, learning that it was the key to having access to goods.
Upon greeting Adwin Charu, Vanth grinned when guessing that the Red Key employee was not from Tatooine, giving a rheumy laugh when Charu confirmed the sheriff's suspicions. Vanth chose to vouch for Adwin to the Jawas and help the representative find what he wished to purchase. After Charu discovered a set of Mandalorian battle armor, Vanth took interest in obtaining it to wear as a lawman and remained persistent when Adwin defiantly claimed the armor, shooting a glancing shot at the representative when he threatened to draw his own blaster. The sheriff kept Charu alive simply to send a message to his boss, Lorgan Movellan. Wearing the Mandalorian armor thereafter, Vanth appreciated hardships he went through before he wore it, saying it was well earned.
Vanth believed that everyone was someone, promoting this idea to Malakili when the beastmaster called himself a nobody. The sheriff recruited individuals to live in Freetown on the proviso that they proved themselves useful. Upon learning of Malakili's trade, Vanth subsequently offered him an opportunity to use his skills in Freetown. Understanding the Tusken Raiders' view on slavery, Freetown's location and the town's ownership of a Hutt, Vanth cut a deal with the Tuskens to leave the settlement alone in return for water. After Malakili cut a further deal for the Tusken's protection, Cobb used this after the Red Key Raiders occupied Freetown. Like with Charu, Vanth kept Movellan alive to send a message to his superiors.
- "Being a lawman, I could use some protection against those corrupt types who might think to seize the opportunity here on my planet. That armor is mine."
- ―Cobb Vanth, to Adwin Charu
Cobb Vanth wore a maroon shirt, brown trousers, a brown belt, a red scarf and brown shoes. He later acquired a full set of Mandalorian battle armor, formerly owned by Boba Fett, during his visit to a sandcrawler with Charu. The armor had a largely green color scheme, and it had a jetpack armed with a missile as well as red Mandalorian vambraces. Vanth utilized a speeder made from a modified podracer engine. The speeder had flight controls and a saddle, and was used by Vanth to travel swiftly between Mos Pelgo and the Jundland Wastes. He also wielded a blaster which he carried in a holster on his belt. Following the occupation of Mos Pelgo by the Mining Collective, he carried a cantomo carrying silicax oxalate.
Behind the scenes
- "For Empire's End, we see that these interludes have really fed back into the main story, and so a lot of them are carrying forward the stories we know—the Acolytes of the Beyond, Cobb Vanth, and so forth."
- ―Chuck Wendig
Cobb Vanth was created by Chuck Wendig for Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy, appearing in its first installment, Aftermath, in 2015. In an interview with StarWars.com, Wendig stated that the interlude chapters in Aftermath: Empire's End, the Aftermath Trilogy's third and final installment released in 2017, like the one including Vanth were written to feed back into the main story.
Vanth made his live-action debut in "Chapter 9: The Marshal," the season two premiere the television series The Mandalorian, directed by Jon Favreau and released on Disney+ on October 30, 2020. He was portrayed by Timothy Olyphant, with Paul Darnell serving as stunt double. Olyphant's appearance in the series was rumored on May 15 that year by The Hollywood Reporter. Slashfilm leaked four days later on May 19 that the actor had been filmed wearing the iconic armor of Boba Fett and predicted Vanth's appearance, with other sites agreeing with the speculation. Chuck Wendig later tweeted that he enjoyed the episode featuring Vanth.
- Aftermath (First appearance, simultaneous with Aftermath audiobook)
- Aftermath audiobook
- Aftermath: Life Debt
- Aftermath: Life Debt audiobook
- Aftermath: Empire's End
- Aftermath: Empire's End audiobook
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 9: The Marshal" (First pictured)
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 10: The Passenger" (Indirect mention only)
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 14: The Tragedy" (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 37 (Databank A-Z: Luggabeast–Malakili)
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian: Making of Season Two
- "Launchpad"—Star Wars Insider 201 (Picture only)
- "Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season Two Companion"—Star Wars Insider 202
- "Mando Mania"—Star Wars Insider 203
- "Jedi Master's Quiz"—Star Wars Insider 203
- "Din Djarin and Other Bounty Hunters and Criminals" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
- "Launchpad"—Star Wars Insider 204
Notes and references