What is this crystal necklace from Andor Episode 4?

There will be spoilers for “Andor” episode IV.

In the fourth episode of “Andor”, Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård) drops Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) on the distant world of Aldhani where he should be part of a heist to steal the Empire. The mission is dangerous and may well cost Cassian his life, but it could earn him a substantial amount of money, far more than what Luthen had offered for the mysterious Starpath unit they lost in the previous episode. As collateral, Luthen gives Cassian a crystal necklace and he calls it a Kuati signet and that it was a relic of the Rakatan invaders.

What does this mean exactly?

Kuat and Kyber

Kuat is a location in the “Star Wars” universe renowned for its shipyards and shipbuilding capabilities. According to Imperial defector Everi Chalis in the novel “Battlefront: Twilight Company”, it was the main construction site for the Imperial Star Destroyers. It’s also a vital location in “Star Wars” history, which dates back to the old West End Star Wars role-playing game of the 80s.

The necklace itself is Kyber crystal. The first necklace we saw on screen made from Kyber crystals could very well have been Jyn Erso’s necklace in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”. For those unaware, Kyber Crystals power the Jedi’s lightsabers, but they’re also brutally mined across the galaxy to create the planet Death Star’s killer weapon.

The Rakatan invaders

Luthen talks about the significance of the necklace and its connection to the Rakatan invaders. This is a deep cut of the Legends of “Star Wars” canon. They first appeared in the game “Knights of the Old Republic” and were one of the first space-faring species in the “Star Wars” universe. Unfortunately, they have been corrupted by the dark side of the Force and have conquered planets across the galaxy. They would strip planets of their resources, conquer people and occupy their worlds, much like British colonialism. The Rakata themselves were fish-like creatures native to the planet Lehon in the Unknown Regions.

Fortunately, in the timeline of legends, their empire faded away 25,000 years before the Battle of Yavin. The remnants of their collapsed society were the key Darth Revan needed to invade the Republic.

With Luthen at least canonizing the idea that the Rakata have marauded the galaxy, it’s a fun nod to fans of the “Knights of the Old Republic” video game.

To Cassian, the necklace isn’t worth as much as the work and none of it matters much, but Luthen assures him that it has a lot of sentimental value to him. With Luthen’s mysterious nature and status as an art dealer on Coruscant, we wonder if this crystal necklace is even more important than he suggests. Cassian nevertheless takes the guarantee and it stands to reason that the wider meaning of the necklace will be revealed in future episodes.

New episodes of “Andor” premiere Wednesdays on Disney+.

Wendy R. Taylor