We’ve been very interested to learn about the mysterious group known as The Knights of Ren after they were first introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and then finally got some action in the latest film.
The visual dictionary of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has seemingly pulled the curtain on the Knights of Ren along with recent comic books, as the latest installment reveals the names and brief details of the force-sensitive group (via ScreenRant) which is being further explored in the comic book The Rise of Kylo Ren (including who Ren is).
THE KNIGHTS OF REN
- Vicrul, who sees himself as the harvester, the reaper of the fallen, and the targeter of souls. He grows in the dark side with every life he takes, and has a nascent and uncontrolled ability to generate fear in his prey.
- Cardo, a destructive warrior who uses hefty arm cannon packs, vented plasma bolt launchers, and flamethrowers. He is the Knights’ armorer, and is obsessed with weapon modification.
- Ushar believes in testing his victims; if they plead for mercy, then they receive a slow and painful death. His signature weapon is a blunt-ended war club that drives kinetic energy into a concussion field generator.
- Trudgen collects trophies from his fallen conquests, adding to his weapons and armor with every victory. His patchwork helmet incorporates elements from a Death Trooper he defeated at some point, and his signature weapon is a powerful vibrocleaver.
- Kuruk is something of a loner, and typically operates as the Knights of Ren’s pilot. He’s predominantly a sniper.
- Ap’lek is a master manipulator and strategist, who likes to use smoke to conceal his approach and uses the Force to peer through the smoke screens. He carries an ancient Mandalorian executioner’s ax.
Personally, I was a little disappointed the Knights of Ren simply ended up becoming a replacement/mirror image of the Praetorian Guard from The Last Jedi meant to be cool looking cannon fodder for the film.
The group was crafted from rejected Kylo Ren designs, so it isn’t terribly shocking that their backstory was covered in the movies.
However, it looks like Lucasfilm is at least trying to fill gaps left by the films.
It remains to be seen if we’ll more of the group outside of comic books and novels.