The Rook Islands are the setting of Far Cry 3. It is where Vaas, Citra, Hoyt Volker and Dr. Earnhardt are based, and is full of relics such as ancient ruins and World War II bunkers and tunnels. The Rook Islands consist of two major islands — the North Island and the Southern Island — and three smaller ones.
The Rook Islands were once considered a tropical paradise. Even though the isles are filled with lush jungles, rolling savannahs, thick swamps, and steep mountains, years of negligence and violence have forced the isles to fall into a state of turmoil... permanently. The once peaceful chain of islands belonged to the thriving tribes (primarily the Rakyat) that once inhabited the entirety of the isles.
Later in the 15th century, Zheng He, a Chinese warlord, passed by the isles during a voyage to map the oceans. It was an ideal location for one of Zheng He's most trusted soldiers, Lin Cong. After Zheng He left the isles, Lin Cong stole one of Zheng He's colossal treasure ships (named; "the Chaoyang" containing massive amounts of gold and treasure that were collected during Zheng He's many ocean voyages), he promised his crew riches and power and Lin Cong delivered. Once Lin Cong and his men secured and hid the ship, they set out to enslave the natives, the Chinese intruders forced the native slaves to build shrines as well as some towns and temples in his name. At this point, Lin Cong and his men were considered lords of the isles (with Lin still in complete control), the island's newfound empire was short-lived however... as a vengeful Zheng He returned for Chaoyang and his traitorous old ally. After a relatively minor battle, Zheng He wiped Lin Cong's empire from the island for good (with the help from the Rakyat who took the opportunity to rebel), but not before Lin Cong could seal away his most prized possession... the Chaoyang. And the Rook Islands rumours and myths state that the ship was never found.
As time passed, the British and Irish colonials landed on the isles after finding considerable amounts of phosphate beneath the surface. The British then began enslaving the natives, along with the Irish and English convicts they had brought, and forced them to work in their mines. Eventually, the phosphate started to run low and the tribals began fighting back, so the British packed up and left, leaving some of the convicts behind. The natives who were finally free, picked up the pieces of their homeland and rebuilt the Rook Islands, but with the island dry of resources, it saw another period of tranquillity from the outside world.
Centuries later, a Japanese Brigade General named Takeo Masaki had his men land on the isles to start up a small air force/army base during World War II. The natives were then forced to the centres of the isles, with some being imprisoned and most being killed. The soldiers were then able to build bunkers and fortifications throughout the isles perimeter with the natives effectively driven back. Unfortunately, just under a year after landing on the Rook Islands, the terrible news of Japan's bombings finally reached the island's radio station, Private Kashiwara and Superior Private Shimizu. With tarnished pride, loved ones dead and faith in their country crippled, they spared their comrades from the devastating news by sabotaging the radios and radio towers. This caused great tension between Kashiwara, Shimizu and their superiors, eventually leading the decorated Major Tanida to kill several of his own men just to get to the paid, whom he believed were traitors working for the Americans. There were also two top secret projects, named Project Tenk and Project Kyouken, that were in the works led by a Doctor Fujita, under orders from the General. After being deserted on the island with the rest of the Japanese soldiers Fujita grew increasingly paranoid until he finally descended into madness, before he met his untimely demise.
In 2012, Rook Island has not really progressed from its past issues. The natives have grown tired and only wish to live their lives in solitude, no longer caring who inhabits the islands any more. The only resistance to the outside world is the people of the Rakyat, who believe the island was and still is rightfully their homeland. With the pirates now swarming the islands, the Rakyat are ready to fight back, and they prepare and wait for a sign from their deities.
Location of the Rook IslandsEdit
Based on the wildlife, people, environment and culture seen in Far Cry 3, the Rook Islands are likely located somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, between Thailand and New-Guinea. In real life, an Island called Rook Island is located near New-Guinea.
- Somewhere around the islands, a billboard with the image of a man in suit and the headings President and Vote can be found, implying that the Rook Islands have some kind of government. However, neither the name of the politician, nor any other sign of a government can be found.