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Name: Cassian Jeron Andor Age/Date of Birth: 26-ish wtf he’s so young / 26 BBY Sexuality: Heterosexual but he’s really been too busy for romance. Fandom: Star Wars Medium: Movies Canon point: the end of Rogue One. Alternates?: Not at this time. Items of Note: Wearing: the remains of the Imperial uniform he was wearing -- his long-sleeved shirt, the pants, an empty holster. [His apartment will totally have some other clothing items, like his jackets.]
PB: Diego Luna
Cassian is someone who has been defined mostly by violence and death. After he lost his entire family during his childhood, Cassian reacted by doing two things in particular: fighting harder, and building walls around himself, emotionally, so that he would never be hurt again. The latter wasn’t necessarily a conscious decision; it was a method of self-preservation that slipped in under his skin over the years. In order to keep moving forward, in order to keep fighting, Cassian needed to detach himself from people around him. This happened during his years working for the Alliance in particular. He was already distrustful of other people’s intentions and motivations, after years of taking care of himself on his own, but seeing the ugly underbelly of the galaxy did nothing to help. Because of how good Cassian was at his job, he is instantly suspicious of everyone else. The fewer attachments he allows himself, the easier his job is. This is why he is more of a loner than a leader, for the most part. He has earned the ranking of Captain, and he knows how to talk to a squadron of soldiers, but he is far from an inspiration. He is straight-forward and clinical, and prefers completing missions on his own because there are fewer variables when it's just him and K-2SO. He cares little for his contacts across the galaxy, beyond what they can do for him -- or at least that’s what he tells himself. Other emotions get shut away somewhere far in his mind where he does not access them readily, because those emotions (guilt, fear, empathy, compassion) would hinder his mission. He shields himself from those emotions, making it difficult for people get a read on him unless they know him very well. This ability has served him well as a spy, because he can slip into whatever role he needs to be and he can keep his true self concealed. His cautiousness does not help him make friends, however. He can be warm when he needs to be, but it takes time for him to warm up to other people and to develop a strong rapport. He doesn’t trust instantly because they shouldn’t trust him instantly either, and he knows it. Friends -- or lovers -- could easily be a liability as well, something the Empire could use against him if he were ever caught. He’d already lost his entire family; the last thing he wants is to draw someone else into his life, only for their happiness to be destroyed as well.
Because violence has been part of him since he was a child, Cassian finds a strange sort of thrill in risk and in violence. He’s thrilled by the chase of information and by finding out that the thread he’d been tugging on had some truth in it. He enjoys putting himself in dangerous situations and finding his way out again. There’s a darkness in his eagerness for a fight, in his eagerness to push himself just to the edge of being caught, in his eagerness to take on more challenging missions. There’s a solid determination in him, too. He often refuses to return without information that the Alliance can use. He does not want to be worthless. He wants everything he does to have mattered. He wants everything he’s done to make a difference in the end. The darkness has its drawbacks, however. He is constantly on edge because of the things he’s done. Stress -- the other side of the adrenaline rush he often seeks out -- winds him up and expresses itself in his piloting skills (which is why having K-2SO around is so helpful). On the job, he is steady and deliberate, even in his recklessness. Everything has a plan, though he’s good at improvising when he needs to (and he needs to, often). But he needs to be particularly careful as well. One wrong step would lead the Empire right to him. Cassian covers his tracks and keeps a suicide pill on him at all times, just in case.
Cassian is ruthless. He is willing to do anything for the cause, and that gives him a leg up. He has killed for the cause if he needed to, because he fully believed that the end justified the means. His ruthlessness and his determination allowed him to climb ranks in the military quickly where others might not have. Someone has to do the things that he’s done, because the Alliance has to win. Because the Empire will kill them first if they don’t. Cassian has been lying and killing since he was a child, anyway. He already has that weight on his conscience, so he might as well continue. His soul is already marked. Other people have the luxury of keeping their hands clean, and Cassian doesn’t mind getting his dirty so that people like Mon Mothma can keep going. He accepted, long ago, that he would not live to old age. He accepted that it was unlikely he would live to see the galaxy become better than it is, or see the Empire fall. He hopes he will (he tries to convince himself that it’s possible, anyway), but he feels at peace with the idea that he might not. If they succeed in the end, if the Alliance is able to win, then his sacrifice would be worth it, even if he isn’t there to see it.
It isn’t until he meets Jyn -- and Bodhi, Chirrut and Baze -- that Cassian starts to feel differently about the path his life has taken thus far. His skills in manipulation and secrecy, in assassination and theft, had allowed him to access intelligence that the Alliance needed, and had given him a network of contacts throughout the galaxy. But when he was faced with yet another cold-blooded murder, this time of someone he wasn’t really convinced was on the other side, he couldn’t do it. He’d spent two decades doing whatever he needed to do in order to survive and in order to further the rebellion. His natural adaptability allows him to shift his motivations when something new is stirred up inside him. The things he’s done over the years have left him feeling empty and hollow -- a necessity in his line of work -- but suddenly, that isn’t enough anymore. He wants to help the rebellion, but he wants to do it the right way, too. He doesn’t want to simply survive from one assassination to the next, a loyal follower of every order no matter how they made him feel. He realized he needed something more in his short life, and that there was still kindness left in him. He could be merciful and show compassion. He could rebel against the structure of the rebellion.
Cassian’s early life on Fest ended before he was able to form too many memories. When the Clone Wars began, the planet became host to a Separatist movement, and that was his first taste of warfare and rebellion. Much of the galaxy struggled under the rule of the Republic, and discord was prominent across many star systems. The plight of his family was no exception, and that was what drew Cassian into the war too. His first experience as a child soldier, and one of his earliest memories, was fighting back against Republic military - walkers and Clone troopers - on the planet.
Losing all of his family only solidified young Cassian’s beliefs further. After his father died, Cassian was on his own, and entrenched in the separatist movement. It was easy to keep blaming the Republic for the Clone Wars, and when the Republic fell, it was easy to say it was the Republic’s fault for what came next. If only they hadn’t been so naive, if they had done things differently… Cassian was young and easily manipulated, and he didn’t fully understand the situation facing the galaxy. Of course, he had no idea that the Separatist cause was actually led by a Sith Lord, whose master was actually Chancellor Palpatine. Whoops.
Eventually, however, Cassian ran into Davits Draven, a general with the Rebellion. Draven had served the Rebellion during the Clone Wars, too, and this was when Cassian changed tactics for his own personal fight. He was a bright boy, and with the right sort of education and leadership, he blossomed into an integral part of the Alliance’s Intelligence Branch. It was as he would later tell Jyn: some people had been fighting since they were six years old. He went from child soldier to captain by the time he was twenty six. In the intervening years, he developed contacts across the galaxy, which helped him stay in touch with what the Empire was doing. He worked as a Fulcrum recruitment agent in the Albarrio sector, went undercover as an assistant to Admiral Grendreef, had senatorial contact on Darknell… Cassian was a busy man.
During his time as an intelligence officer, Cassian was trusted to handle many different kinds of missions, and as his skills as a spy grew, he was often tasked with missions that other people couldn’t do. None of them were easy, and not all of them left him feeling proud of himself. Cassian has killed more contacts than he wishes he had, and has been sent on more missions to assassinate an important Imperial officer (like when he was tasked to kill Galen Erso). His success, and his ability to actually keep it all a secret, allowed him to rise in the ranks quickly, and he gained a lot of trust out of his superior officers. Draven, in particular, counted on him to do whatever had to be done in order to 1) complete their goal and 2) ensure the survival of the Rebellion. At whatever cost.
He found an Imperial droid and managed to reprogram him to serve the Rebellion instead. K-2SO quickly became Cassian’s best friend and his only confidant. He’d scrubbed the Imperial influence from Kaytoo and replaced it with individuality. He gave Kaytoo free will, and as a result, the security droid developed a sarcastic, dry sense of humor, and a tendency to rattle off statistics about the likelihood of failing a mission (or the likelihood of injury or death). As much as he doesn’t like hearing that, Cassian really can’t imagine life without Kaytoo. He took him everywhere with him: Kaytoo was his co-pilot on every mission, and he was Cassian’s back-up when things went south. When things were bad, Kaytoo always found a way to comfort Cassian, though not in a traditionally comforting sense. After one mission where Cassian had to kill someone, Kaytoo found Cassian in the aftermath, crying, holding his blaster. They don’t talk about that - or any of the other things Cassian has done - but Kaytoo did offer to wipe his own memory in case Cassian’s dignity needed to be perserved. (He’s a good friend.) They’ve been through a lot together at this point, and K-2 has seen Cassian do many things that weren’t even officially sanctioned. Anything for the cause.
He’s on another mission, gathering intelligence, when he hears that an Imperial pilot defected on Jedha, that the pilot had known Galen Erso and that there were rumors of a planet-killing weapon. He takes that information back to the rebellion leaders on Yavin 4, and this is where the movie begins. Woo!
Firearms (he has sniper skillz~)
Good at reading people