Why is like 86% of readily available Star Wars merch covered in pictures of Darth Vader or stormtroopers or Kylo Ren? Do I want to support the Empire/Sith/First Order? Do I want a waterbottle marred by imposing masked figures of darkness? No! I want to be refreshed as I drink my 6-8 cups a day from a waterbottle bearing the proud, inspiring, brave visages of beings who fought for the light! I want to sip ice cold H2O from a container proudly displaying Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ki-Adi Mundi or Satele Shan. When I think about grabbing a Coke from the vending machine, I want Quinlan Vos and Mace Windu side-eyeing me from the plastic container on my desk at work, judging me for my unhealthy life choices. I need Han, Leia, Padme, Poe, Finn, Luke, Rey and every single member of Rogue One to be plastered on anything that says Star Wars on, in, or around it. We must take down the empire of Empire propaganda! For the Jedi! For the Republic, the Rebellion and the Resistance! For my whiny, pedantic nerd needs! Who’s with me?!
What a glorious couple of Funko months I’ve had…yet I still think my collection needs Mon Mothma, Bail Organa, Admiral Raddus, General Merrick, Wedge Antilles, Jess Pava, Karé Kun..so how’s about it, Funko?
'Star Wars' Is Resurrecting 'Rogue One' Heroes Cassian and K-2SO – and Prequel Jedi Mace Windu Too – in New Comic-Book Series
Cassian and K-2SO cover (Image: Marvel Comics)
We know for certain that the heroes of last December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story won’t be returning to the Star Wars movie universe in any upcoming sequels, due to the fact that most perished during their mission to steal the plans for the Death Star and deliver them to Princess Leia and the Rebel Alliance. Yet fear not — we haven’t seen the last of those do-gooders, thanks to a newly announced comic-book prequel series that, in August, will recount how two of the film’s characters first partnered up for intergalactic adventure.
Written by Duane Swierczynski, with art by Fernando Blanco, Star Wars: Rogue One — Cassian & K-2SO Special No. 1will detail the first meeting between Diego Luna’s Rebel captain and his trusty reprogrammed Imperial droid K-2SO (voiced, in the film, by Alan Tudyk), and explain how the unlikely odd couple became one of the most fearsome galactic duos this side of Luke Skywalker and R2-D2. As Swierczynski says, “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be invited to tell a small piece of that story. And it was even cooler that I was asked to write about the first meeting of Cassian and K-2SO — easily my two favorite characters in the movie. What can I say? I love bad-asses and robots.”
As if the resurrection of two Rogue One heroes wasn’t enough, Mace Windu — the noble Jedi Knight played by Samuel L. Jackson in George Lucas’s prequel trilogy, who perished at the hands of Anakin Skywalker and Senator Palpatine — is also getting a second lease on life (which we’re certain Jackson is happy about). In the five-issue Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic — Mace Windu, the Jedi will embark on a quest that takes place during the Clone Wars. Written by Luke Cage TV writer Matt Owens, with art by Denys Cowan, the series will focus on Windu’s moral dilemma of upholding the Jedi’s pacifistic code while also leading soldiers to war.
Marvel has already published two printed prequel series — last year’s Obi-Wan and Anakin, and this past February’s Darth Maul — while a separate six-issue comic adaptation of Rogue One began rolling out in April, so it’s clear that these latest titles are part of an ongoing strategy to truly flesh out Star Wars’ sprawling sci-fi mythos. Cassian & K2SO is due to hit store shelves on Aug. 9, and Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic — Mace Windu is set to begin in Aug. 23.
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So after observing the Lucii a bit more closely, here are some thoughts about it…?
— The Blade of the Mystic and the Trident of the Oracle seem to be the first of the Armiger weapons – with the Blade being from a ‘king who rose to protect the world with the Oracle’ and the trident being from the Oracle who ‘granded succor to the stars and brought man and god together.’ The trident, however, could possibly be referring to Lunafreya as the ‘strong and noble woman was loved by the world.’
— The same king who had put up the Wall around Lucis was the man who wielded the Sword of the Wise.
— About two thousand years ago, the kings built twelve statues to serve as Guardians of Lucis, essentially acting as a coffin for their souls that would awaken in times of need or when the Chosen King needed them. Some of the spirits we see awaken from the status come from: The Blade of the Mystic, The Trident of the Oracle, the Star of the Rogue, and the Mace of the Fierce, perhaps meaning that these four kings (and noble lady) are older than 2000 years.
— Unless their souls were sealed in these statues afterwards?
— The Trident of the Oracle states that this royal arm didn’t belong to someone of direct Royal Linage, and yet is considered as part of the armigers. Maybe that means there’s a possibility that the Oracle is associated with the Lucis Caelum line – perhaps married into it at some point?
— Despite the Royal Arms typically depleting Noctis’s health when he used them, there seems to be no real limit on who can wield these weapons, considering that Ravus wielded the Sword of the Father and the Chocobros can wield other weapons during the Armiger Chain. Physical weariness probably still applies.
— Both Prompto and Ignis know how to wield swords, it seems too. Since Prompto during the Armiger Chain holds the Sword of the Wise, and Ignis during it holds the Sword of the Wanderer and the Katana of the Warrior.
— Out of the Royal Arms that Noctis wields, the Star of the Rogue and the Shield of the Just both belonged to women who were deemed worthy enough for the title of ‘King.’ What badass babes…!
— The Mace of the Fierce has a -50% to Shot Damage, meaning that perhaps he was assassinated VIA gunshot? If you go along the lines of the Armigers holding a story behind their stats. If not, then maybe he was just a giant bullet magnet?
— Along that line, the Katana of the Warrior holds a -50% against Darkness, perhaps referring back to how the King fell to sorrow when his queen’s life was taken from him.
— The Star of the Rogue claims that the queen who wielded it took to the shadows more than she did to the public. In the Japanese translation of her weapon, she is also referred to as the ‘Crouching Dragon King.’ So legit, she was probably a ninja.
— The Sword of the Father would be the very last Royal Arm ever made.
— Despite only thirteen Royal Arms being found by Noctis, there is said to be hundreds of Royal Arms still in existence, just all missing from their tombs or lost to nature.