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Rojka 'Kasaan is a Sangheili leader who assembled a fleet during the outbreak of the Great Schism and fled to the human outer colony of Carrow. There, he and those who followed him founded the city of Rak.
Even though he mourned the Covenant when it fell apart, Rojka believes that in order for both races to survive on Carrow, humans and Sangheili alike must make common cause and unite as one. To help facilitate this, he had numerous vehicles, such as Type-46 Spectres, demilitarized. Despite this, many humans fear and hate him. In Sandholm, he is known to the residents there as a thief, a squatter, and an interloper. By 2558, another Sangheili on Carrow named Thars 'Sarov had amassed a following and stood in opposition to Rojka and the Carrow Militia, along with all other humans on the planet. Following the Carrow Conflict and the death of Thars, Rojka chose to become Rak's envoy to the humans and step aside from a leadership position to help build a new and better future for both species.
Covenant Service and Carrow
Rojka 'Kasaan was born on the Sangheili colony of Glyke. He eventually grew to a position of some wealth and power within the Covenant. His had a background of expertise in shipbuilding. At some point after the onset of the empire's war with humanity, Rojka suffered a fall in status and was relegated to being put in charge of multiple shipyards full of mothballed ships and salvage. Following the outbreak of the Great Schism in 2552 and the loss of his homeworld, Rojka assembled a fleet of refurbished and salvaged ships and led it to the former human Outer Colony of Carrow to settle there. He and his cousin, Thars 'Sarov, hoped to create a new world residents of Glyke that still lived to call home. The city of Rak was built along the hidden Astlehich River on the eastern side of the Uldt Desert. It was named in honor of the human city, Suraka, that had emptied years prior when the Covenant had attacked. To the surprise of the Sangheili, it wasn't long before humans resettled the planet, leading to the joint-occupation of it.
Conflict with Thars
Even though he mourned the Covenant when it fell apart, Rojka believed that in order for both races to survive on Carrow, humans and Sangheili alike must make common cause and unite as one. To help facilitate this, he had numerous vehicles, such as Type-46 Spectres, demilitarized. Despite this, many humans still feared and hated him. In Sandholm, he became known to the residents there as a thief, a squatter, and an interloper. By 2558, Thars 'Sarov had amassed a following and stood in opposition to Rojka and the Surakan Militia Volunteers, along with all other humans on the planet. On September 1 of that years, tensions finally boiled over and Thars sprung a trap he had been planning. He launched an attack on Suraka and then turned on Rojka as well. The factions loyal to each leader were at first evenly matched in terms of their respective fleets of crafts, but without warning, a Jiralhanae-led fleet showed up to support Thars and quickly turned the tide of battle in his favor.
A New Future
After the defeat of Thars and his Jirahanae allies, Rojka returned to Rak in a human Pelican where he was greeted by Kaidon Akato 'Dakaj and several of his warriors. Akato warned Rojka that with all of the losses they had suffered, he did not have many friends in Rak. Rojka stated that Thars was dead and as such suffered punishment for his actions and he sought no vengeance upon those who had followed Thars. Rojka admitted that having fought side-by-side with Gray Team to save Carrow, he no longer desired vengeance against them either as the war was over and Rojka just wanted to see his home again. Akato reminded Rojka of all that they had lost and how victory was only achieved by the intervention of the human governor. Akato offered Rojka the chance to act as his envoy towards the humans, working together with them to build a new future. Rojka accepted the opportunity, eager to help build a new and very different future for both species.
Personality and traits
As is typical of most Sangheili, Rojka 'Kassan is bound to a strict code of honor and vengeance. He prioritized his vengeance against Gray Team for destroying his home world Glyke, over that of his traitorous cousin Thars Sarov, or even that of the genocidal Brute, Hekabe. He demonstrated a reluctant attitude in forming an alliance with humans, but he did so at the prospect of prosperity for the city of Rak on the planet Carrow. Humans and Sangheili had been sharing Carrow in a tenuous alliance ever since the humans came back to the planet after the Human-Covenant War. Rojka, while not completely satisfied with the arrangement, understood that peace between humans and Sangheili was preferable to war. When Melody reveals how she used to view his race as demons in her nightmares, he expressed shame for the Sangheili's role in the war, comparing her rebukes to being jabbed by a spear. He demonstrated great restraint in capturing Gray Team and not killing them outright in their pods as they floated in the debris of what was formerly the planet Glyke. Even though he later resented not killing them immediately, he was forced in an alliance with them to neutralize Hekabe and his army of Sharquoi. He later recounted that after spilling blood alongside them, he no longer seeked vengeance against them. After the Carrow Conflict, he agreed to stem his ambitions of leadership and to be an envoy to the humans. This would technically make him subordinate to the Kaidon now in charge of Rak, but he agreed to this position due to the prospect for peace and influence.
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