The Mandalorian: We now have a translation of Boba Fett’s post

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Boba Fett’s string code, translated.

Sander de Lange / Fantha Tracks / Lucasfilm

The last episode of The Mandalorian saw bounty hunter Boba Fett reveal his chain code to Mando, proving that the Mandalorian beskar armor truly belonged to him. Mando understands the symbols. Boba Fett understands them. Even Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) seems to understand them. Thanks to Star Wars fan site Fantha Tracks and Reddit, we can too.

The symbols are written in the Star Wars alphabet Aurebesh, Fantha Tracks writer Sander de Lange and Reddit user zackgardner provided translations. “It seems that string codes basically work in a family tree or genealogy,” Zackgardner noted.

Whether it makes sense to you or not, here is the translated message: “Foundling, Taken in… The Year… Concord Dawn, Mentor Jast, Father Fett, Boba Fett.

Before translating the translation, here’s a better look at the decrypted message (thanks to SWLibriComics on Imgur). The symbols appear to be letters with parts cut out:

Boba Fett Mandalorian Chain-code rev. 2

So what is the translation of the translation? It seems that the channel code is a chronicle of Boba’s origins. Let’s start with “Concord Dawn”. It is the home planet of Jango Fett, the “father” of Boba Fett. Boba is a clone of Jango – his home planet is Kamino, known for his cloning technology.

But back to Jango. This is where the “Foundling” part comes in. Like Mando, Jango is a foundling, a child in the care of others. Who welcomed him? “Mentor Jast” could be a reference to Jaster Mereel, Jango’s adoptive father. Mereel was the Mand’alor, the leader of all the Mandalorian clans in Mandalore, the homeworld of the Mandalorians.

On Concord Dawn, which is also Mereel’s home planet, Mereel rescues a young Jango from Death Watch, a violent splinter faction of the Mandalorians. When Mereel was later assassinated, Jango succeeded him as the new Mand’alor.

The bottom line is that the Fetts have strong ties to Mandalore and can be referred to as Mandalorians.

This hasn’t always been the case: George Lucas himself told Mandalorian executive producer Dave Filoni that the Fetts are not Mandalorians. But in Star Wars Legends, aka Star Wars stories outside of the six original Star Wars films produced by Lucas, they were. It looks like The Mandalorian is looking into this lore of legends.

CNET’s Sean Keane contributed to this report.

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