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"Next time you wanna pretend to be a gunfighter, best to shoot first, talk later."
―Cobb Vanth, to Adwin Charu[src]

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 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.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Sheriff on Tatooine[edit | edit source]

"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[src]

Cobb Vanth lived on the desert planet of Tatooine his whole life[1] and was once a slave, having a star-shaped mark carved onto his back as a sign of ownership, but eventually became free[3] and came to be the sheriff of the town Mos Pelgo. The death of Jabba the Hutt[2] and end of the Galactic Empire's occupation of Tatooine[1] in 4 ABY[4] led to a power struggle on the planet, and the[2] Red Key Raiders,[5] 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.[2]

Cobb Vanth was in Mos Pelgo when the second Death Star was destroyed in the Battle of Endor.

The very night after the Battle of Endor,[1] that same year,[4] 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,[1] which once belonged to the bounty hunter Boba Fett.[6]

Acquiring Mandalorian armor[edit | edit source]

"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[src]

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[2] spaceport city[7] Mos Espa could help, and Charu attempted to leave. However, Vanth stopped the representative and decided to vouch for him to the Jawas.[2]

Driven into the desert as a result of Mos Pelgo's enslavement, Vanth was saved by Jawa scavengers.

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.[2]

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.[2]

Protecting Freetown[edit | edit source]

"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."
"I…can."
―Cobb Vanth and Malakili — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Armed with Mandalorian weapons and armor, Vanth confronted the Mining Collective in Mos Pelgo.

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.[1]

By the year 5 ABY,[8] 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.[5]

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.[5]

The Red Key occupation[edit | edit source]

"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[src]

Vanth worked with the Tusken Raiders to protect Freetown from the Red Key Raiders.

Although Freetown came to conflict with Tusken Raiders,[1] Vanth struck a deal, with the assistance of Malakili, 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.[3]

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.[3]

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.[3]

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.[3]

Meeting a Mandalorian[edit | edit source]

"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[src]

Vanth convinced Din Djarin, a Mandalorian bounty hunter, to help him slay a krayt dragon.

Around 9 ABY,[9] 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.[1]

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 sandpeople 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.

Cobb Vanth argues with a Tusken Raider.

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 sandpeople 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.[1]

Battle against the krayt dragon[edit | edit source]

"As much as I've grown fond of the armor I'm even more fond of this town. The Mandalorian is willing to help us slay the leviathan in exchange for returning the armor to its ancestral owners."
―Cobb Vanth, to the people of Mos Pelgo[src]

Vanth and Djarin formed an alliance between Mos Pelgo and the Tusken Raiders.

When Djarin allied themselves with the Tuskens and volunteered the people of Mos Pelgo, they traveled back to the village. Vanth told the people that they would be working with the Tusken Raiders to take down the dragon, outraging the populace, who hated the Tuskens for various clashes they had with them. Djarin convinced them to help by saying that the Tuskens would not attack them anymore if they were successful unless the villagers themselves broke the peace. The reluctant villagers met with the Tuskens and began to load supplies onto their banthas. When one Tusken dropped an explosive device, another villager angrily confronted him, but Vanth broke up the two, reassuring the man that it was an accident.[1]

The group then traveled together to the dragon's lair. Vanth listened as Djarin formulated his plan, which involved planting the explosives underground and luring the dragon out, blowing them when its soft underbelly was exposed. However, when the dragon emerged, it seemed invulnerable to the blasterfire and ballistas that were fired upon it. Djarin and Vanth tried to draw it out, but it wreaked havoc before disappearing. When it emerged from the top of the mountainside, the two men used their jetpacks to fly up and fire on it.[1]

After killing the dragon, Vanth gave his armor to Djarin who claimed it on behalf of the Mandalorian people.

Vanth told Djarin that their plan was failing, but Djarin had another idea. Luring the dragon towards the ground again, he continued to distract it, leading it towards the bantha that had the remaining explosives attached to its back. Djarin told Vanth to leave, but when Vanth stayed, his jetpack was sabotaged by Djarin, causing him to fly away as Djarin and the bantha were swallowed. Vanth looked on in horror until the krayt dragon emerged, with Djarin flying out of its mouth as he triggered the explosives, finally killing it. As the survivors celebrated, Vanth congratulated Djarin on a job well done before willingly forfeiting the armor. As Djarin began to pack up his things, Vanth wished Djarin good luck and told him that he hoped their paths would cross again. Djarin agreed and Vanth watched as the Mandalorian left on his speeder bike.[1]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

"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[src]

Cobb Vanth protected the residents of Mos Pelgo as the town's de facto marshal.

Cobb Vanth was a human male with light[1] leathery skin,[2] graying hair with a beard,[1] pinched[2] hazel eyes,[1] and angular features.[2] 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.[3] 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.[2]

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.[2] Wearing the Mandalorian armor thereafter, Vanth believed that he had earned the armor.[3]

Though he was not Mandalorian, Vanth felt that he had earned the right to wear their armor.

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.[5] 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.[3] Like with Charu,[2] Vanth kept Movellan alive to send a message to his superiors.[3]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

"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[src]

Cobb Vanth wore a maroon shirt, brown trousers, a brown belt, a red scarf and brown shoes.[1] He later acquired a full set of Mandalorian battle armor,[2] formally owned by Boba Fett,[6] during his visit to a sandcrawler with Charu.[2] The armor had a largely green colorscheme with came with a jetpack armed with a missile as well as red Mandalorian vambraces. Vanth utilized a speeder built from a refurbished podracer engine and 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.[1]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

"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[src]

Cobb Vanth was created by Chuck Wendig for Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy, appearing in its first installment, Aftermath, in 2015.[2] 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.[10]

Concept art for Cobb Vanth by Christian Alzmann

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+[1] on October 30, 2020.[11] He was portrayed by Timothy Olyphant, with Paul Darnell serving as stunt double.[1] Olyphant's appearance in the series was rumored on May 15 that year by The Hollywood Reporter.[12] 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,[13] with other sites agreeing with the speculation.[14][15] Chuck Wendig later tweeted that he enjoyed the episode featuring Vanth.[16]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 9: The Marshal"
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 Aftermath
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Aftermath: Empire's End
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Aftermath: Life Debt
  6. 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  7. StarWars-DatabankII.png Mos Espa in the Databank (backup link)
  8. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Battle of Endor to 4 ABY and the events of Shattered Empire 4, which take place three months after the battle, to 5 ABY. Furthermore, the novel Aftermath states that months have passed since the Battle of Endor, while Aftermath: Life Debt begins two months after the end of Aftermath. Therefore, the events of Aftermath: Life Debt begin at least four months after the Battle of Endor, which corresponds to 5 ABY. Additionally, Galactic Atlas dates the Battle of Jakku, as depicted in Life Debt's sequel, Aftermath: Empire's End, to 5 ABY as well, thereby firmly placing Aftermath: Life Debt in 5 ABY.
  9. StarWars.com SWCC 2019: 9 Things We Learned from The Mandalorian Panel on StarWars.com (backup link) establishes that The Mandalorian is set about five years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 4 ABY. Therefore, the events of "Chapter 9: The Marshal," including the appearance of Cobb Vanth, must have taken place around 9 ABY.
  10. StarWars.com Chuck Wendig on the Battle of Jakku, Han and Leia's complex relationship, and more from Aftermath: Empire's End on StarWars.com (backup link)
  11. D23 logo.png Everything New You Can Stream on Disney+ in October 2020 on D23.com (backup link)
  12. Kit, Borys (2020-05-15). Timothy Olyphant Joins 'The Mandalorian' (Exclusive). The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on October 31, 2020. Retrieved on November 2, 2020. "Timothy Olyphant is the latest actor to be captured by The Mandalorian."
  13. Sciretta, Peter (2020-05-19). Exclusive: Timothy Olyphant Will Wear Boba Fett's Iconic Armor in 'The Mandalorian' Season 2. Slashfilm. Archived from the original on September 22, 2020. Retrieved on October 2, 2020. "Last week, it was revealed that Justified and Deadwood star Timothy Olyphant had been cast in The Mandalorian season 2 in an unknown role."
  14. Schaefer, Sandy (2020-05-19). Mandalorian Season 2: Multiple Characters Wear Boba Fett's Armor. Screen Rant. Archived from the original on May 29, 2020. Retrieved on October 2, 2020. "A new report on The Mandalorian season 2 reveals Timothy Olyphant wears Boba Fett's armor - something which may confirm which character he's playing."
  15. Adams, Tim (2020-05-19). REPORT: The Mandalorian Puts Timothy Olyphant in Boba Fett's Armor. CBR. Archived from the original on June 19, 2020. Retrieved on October 2, 2020. "Timothy Olyphant's role The Mandalorian Season 2 has reportedly been revealed, and it includes the star wearing Boba Fett's armor."
  16. TwitterLogo.svg Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) on Twitter: "Hey so I liked that there #TheMandalorian episode. That was pretty cool." (backup link)

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