Rask is the elderly headman of Tirimo, Essun’s comm. When she reveals to him that she is an orogene, he admits that his sister was one as well, and was murdered as a child. He decides to personally lead Essun through the town gates so that she might leave safely, even though this will surely diminish his standing as a leader. When one of the town’s guards tries to kill Essun, however, Essun kills Rask along with everyone nearby in her rage and grief.
Rask Character Timeline in The Fifth Season
The timeline below shows where the character Rask appears in The Fifth Season. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: you, at the end
...besides Essun’s children who knows that Essun is an orogene. Lerna now tells her that Rask, the town’s headman, isn’t letting anyone enter or leave Tirimo. Essun quotes something from stonelore,... (full context)
Chapter 3: you’re on your way
...is the “rogga’s mother” and might even be an orogene herself. Looking for the headman Rask, Essun goes to his office but finds his second-in-command there instead, talking to some people... (full context)