The Expanded Universe elaborated on George Lucas’ basic setup for the Mandalorians and sought to build a culture that could compete with the Jedi and Sith without relying on the Force. Perhaps the best of these stories was told in the Knights of the Old Republic video games and comics, but unfortunately due to the Disney relaunch Star wars canon, all of these stories were ignored. Some found their way back into the barrel thanks to the Clone wars, Star Wars Rebels, and of course, The Mandalorian, but most of them can no longer work.
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Slowly but surely, however, The Mandalorian revealed bits of Mandalorian culture and what happened to them during the Galactic Civil War. In The Mandalorian first in the series, it was revealed that there was a great purge; the Empire killed most of the Mandalorians and stripped Mandalore of its beskar steel. Years later, Bo-Katan Kryze and his Nite Owls fight against the Empire and aim to reclaim their home world. But through his introduction, it seems the Mandalorians aren’t as united as they once appeared.
Din Djarin and the tribe
Like Baby Yoda, Din Djarin was once a foundling. His planet was terrorized by separatists during the Clone Wars and his parents were killed by the Droid Army. But luckily, Din Djarin was saved at the last minute by Death Watch – a group of Mandalorians who opposed the New Mandalorian peace government led by Satine Kryze – and he was raised to be a Mandalorian. At some point after the fall of the Republic and the rise of the Empire, the Mandalorians were killed by the Imperials during the Great Purge, which is likely the time when they lost control of the planet Mandalore. What happened immediately after is unknown, but over time The Mandalorian takes place, many Mandalorians were in hiding.
Din Djarin became part of the tribe, a faction that adhered to the antiquated warrior past of the Mandalorians; for the most part, they lived underground on the planet Nevarro and left the secret only one at a time, fearing to expose the tribe. (Eventually, they did; several Mandalorians were killed on Nevarro before the secret moved elsewhere.) Additionally, the tribe believed in the path of the Mandalore, which included never removing their helmets in front of another living being. . And based on what Bo-Katan Kryze told Mando, the tribe appeared to be following in the paths of the Children of the Watch – a group that broke away from the other Mandalorians – which is presumably either evolution or the group. dissident of Death Watch.
Bo-Katan and the Nite Owls
For thousands of years, the Mandalorians were considered the most formidable warriors in the galaxy, so much so that even the Empire at first resisted fighting them. But during the Clone Wars, the Duchess of Mandalore, Satine Kryze, sought to usher in a new era, anchored in peace rather than war. It was an unpopular decision among some Mandalorians, most notably Death Watch, of which Bo-Katan Kryze (Satine’s sister) was a member. Bo-Katan fought alongside Death Watch frontman Pre Vizsla and later Maul and his Shadow Collective. Together they reclaimed Mandalore from the New Mandalorians, but rather than let Pre Vizsla rule the Mandalorians as the New Mandalore, Maul took control of the world, killed Pre Vizsla in a duel, and executed Satine.
Bo-Katan believed in restoring the old ways, but only to a certain extent; she told Maul that the Mandalorians would never accept a foreigner to the throne. So, she and her Nite Owls – a group of elite Mandalorians, identified by their blue Mandalorian armor and owl-designed helmets – parted ways with Death Watch and temporarily joined forces with Ahsoka Tano and the 501st Legion of the Republic to defeat Maul and take it back. house during the siege of Mandalore. Since then, Bo-Katan and his Nite Owls have fought against the Empire (as seen in Star Wars Rebels and The Mandalorian) and tried, once again, to save the planet Mandalore. In the years since the Clone Wars, Bo-Katan came to regret her involvement with Death Watch, but she and the Nite Owls have always remained true to their cause; now it’s just not in opposition to the other Mandalorians.
Boba Fett (and other false mandalorians)
Bo-Katan Kryze and his Nite Owls are Mandalorians just like Din Djarin and the tribesmen, although the latter group had split from Mandalorian society to follow an ancient path. Then there is Boba Fett and his father, Jango Fett, who are actually not Mandalorians at all. Despite the fact that Boba Fett is the character who inspired the Mandalorian race in Star Wars, he was never a Mandalorian, but rather is a clone who wore Mandalorian armor, just like Cobb Vanth aka the Marshal did. in The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 1.
As revealed in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Jango Fett was a bounty hunter whose DNA was used as a model for the Republic’s Clone Army. All he wanted as payment was an unmodified clone for himself – Boba Fett. It was then explained by Prime Minister Almec in Clone wars that, despite wearing Mandalorian armor, Jango Fett was not a Mandalorian; he sort of found that armor and wore it everywhere. Still, that didn’t mean Boba Fett couldn’t become a Mandalorian himself. However, instead of devoting himself to the Mandalorian creed, Boba Fett became nothing more than a common bounty hunter.
What’s unique about the Mandalorians is that technically anyone can be. No one needs to be born to Mandalore or to be born into a prominent Mandalorian family; they can come from any planet, race, culture or religion. All they have to do is train and devote themselves to the belief. Boba Fett chose not to follow this code of honor and become an outlaw, which means he is not a Mandalorian, just like his father. Sadly, it’s easy to wear Mandalorian armor and pretend to be one, but it’s not easy to be one.
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