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Rook
Rook Portrait
Gender: Male
Allegiance: The Sand Spiders
Occupation: Thief[1]
Status:Alive
Appearances:Song of the Eastern Sands

Rook is the Polcan member of The Sand Spiders.

Personality

Rook is cynical.[2] He is very cautious and aware of the risks of a job.[3][4] He has expressed a distaste for amber,[5][6] which he believes is gaudy.[7]

Relationships

Beck

The two banter back and forth, insulting each other with good-natured ease. Rook also likes to tease Beck about her teeth and smile. While he has shown that he is not above insulting the Lutren in front of Beck, she does not seem offended by his comments.[8]

Skills

An experienced criminal,[9] Rook is capable of cracking a vault by himself. He is also experienced when it comes to formulating cover stories and is able to see the flaws in a shoddy one.[10] He is also experienced with using blades in combat.[11]

History

Backstory

Rook was a pirate, then a slave.[12]

The Mark

Rook helps Beck solidify her cover story a few hours before a planned job they are going to pull together. Beck will be distracting a certain mark at a masquerade party, a rich Lutren merchant, while Rook cracks the vault in his basement. Rook gives her many valuable suggestions, then tells her she has something stuck in her teeth as he leaves.[13]

Rook's end of the heist goes well and the two meet back up in the Abadis Tavern to compare notes. To his amusement, Rook's comments put Beck so on edge that she spent the afternoon brushing her teeth and forgot her cover story. However, her mark was so distracted by her teeth that he did not notice the awkwardness. Agreeing to split the haul when Asha and Theo return from their own work, Beck goes to leave and tells Rook he has something stuck in his teeth. It is too dark to properly see inside his mouth, and Rook uneasily concludes that Beck is lying.[14]

Song of the Eastern Sands

Rook enters the merchant's tent to ask Asha why she's taking to long to pick the lock., to which she replies that Felis locks are tricky for her.[15] Rook points out that Beck can't distract the merchant forever,[16] so they decide to simply run off with the chest[17].[18]

Bringing the chest back to the Abadis Tavern where Theo and Tabitha await them, Rook informs her that Asha had trouble with the lock.[19] After Beck cracks the chest open,[20] he comments that the valuable jewelry inside is too gaudy for his taste.[21] Rook toasts to the Sand Spiders with the others.[22]

After Theo explains they have another job lined up at the Sunsgrovian Embassy,[23] Rook asks if they're going to be targeting more amber. Theo says the room will have gold, pearl flakes and amber. Asha and Rook point out that Embassy treasure rooms are usually well-guarded, but Theo replies that tonight is an exception[24] but admits he does not know why, only that the guards will be occupied. Rook asks him who Theo heard this from, and Theo confesses it's from the same anonymous source as usual. Rook and the other Sand Spiders look at Theo suspiciously.[25] After Theo asks for his thoughts, Rook claims he is hesitant.[26]

After the moon rises, Beck, Asha and Rook scale a tree to enter the Sunsgrovian Embassy through a window.[27] Security is very light.[28] Sneaking past a pair of guards, they reach the treasury without incident and Asha begins to pick the lock.[29] Asha gets the door open and the Spiders slip inside the treasury. They are stunned at the wealth and variety of the treasury room.[30]

The Sand Spiders collect the loot and stuff it into empty sacks. Beck addresses the other Spiders,[31] and reminds them that the job's only half over and that they still have to sneak past the guards with sacks full of coins. The other Spiders respond with confidence, and Beck opens the door[32] revealing the corpses of the two guards. After a horrified pause, Beck tells the others they need to leave now.[33] Asha asks what would happen if they are caught. Rook tells her that while thieves lose their hands, murderers lose their heads. As the Spiders start down the hallway, they hear screaming and pleading from a courtyard.[34] The Spiders see a pair of Canid assassins attacking more Sunsgrovians.[35] Beck smashes her bag of amber drops into an assassin's face, bursting it open and Rook claims a fallen sword and faces the remaining assassin.[36] Rook taunts the assassin, but is quickly overpowered by a disarming move that lands him on the floor.[37] Asha swings her bag of coins at the assassin, but he blocks her attack and pulls her off balance, intending to kill her, but Rook kicks the assassin in the knee, briefly disabling him.[38] The assassin flees, and Asha follows him out the window.[39]

Rook looks out the window after Asha as Beck calls his name.[40] Rook considers going after Asha, but Beck tells him she can take care of herself and tells him to help her with the would-be victims. Rook says they don't have time for this, and Beck agrees but tells him they're helping anyway.[41] One ambassador in particular draws his attention- a tamian who's been traumatized into staring blankly into the distance, altho otherwise unharmed. Rook comments that he doesn't look very good. After the Ambassodr asks them to find his daughter Janik,[42] Rook tries to calm Ambassador Rowan down, but the Ambassador offers to pay them anything to find his daughter. Rook and Beck share a look.[43]

Back at the Abadis Tavern, Theo congratulates the Spiders on their haul, and Rook claims he wouldn't call their loot a haul.[44] He tells Theo it would have been nice to know about the assassination attempt before hand, leading Theo to guess that the Spiders were supposed to take the fall.[45] Rook tells Theo they'll be careful.[46] Rook and Beck leave together.[47]

Appearances

References

  1. The Mark
  2. The Mark
  3. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 18
  4. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 20
  5. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 15
  6. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 18
  7. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 15
  8. The Mark
  9. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 29- Alex's Commentary
  10. The Mark
  11. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 29- Alex's Commentary
  12. Song of the Eastern Sands (Teaser 3)
  13. The Mark
  14. The Mark
  15. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 7
  16. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 8
  17. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 9
  18. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 10
  19. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 13
  20. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 14
  21. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 15
  22. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 16
  23. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 17
  24. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 18
  25. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 19
  26. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 20
  27. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 21
  28. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 21- Alex's Commentary
  29. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 22- Alex's Commentary
  30. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 23
  31. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 24
  32. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 25
  33. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 26
  34. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 27
  35. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 28
  36. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 29
  37. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 30
  38. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 31
  39. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 32
  40. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 35
  41. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 36
  42. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 37
  43. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 38
  44. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 39
  45. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 40
  46. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 43
  47. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 44

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