The Mandalorians are a nomadic group of clan-based people consisting of members from multiple species and multiple genders, all bound by a common culture.

In their early years, Mandalorian culture revolved around battle, with war being a source of honor and pride in their community. Throughout their history, the Mandalorians were frequently allied with the Sith and held a certain distrust and general dislike for the Jedi Order. However, they would not hesitate to cooperate with the Jedi if a partnership between the two groups was mutually beneficial. In later years, the Mandalorians moved away from their obsessively war-like and conqueror ways and instead, most became bounty hunters and mercenaries, selling their skills to various individuals and factions in the galaxy. However, the Mandalorian Protectors sided with the Alliance to Restore the Republic ever since about 3 ABY and even continued to serve the Alliance of Free Planets, the New Republic, and finally the Galactic Alliance.

By the year 127 ABY, the Sith–Imperial War had broken out, with the Fel Empire turning on the Galactic Alliance. The Mandalorians, now under the leadership of Mand’alor Chernan Ordo, had been contracted by the Galactic Alliance to hold the planet Botajef and its shipyards against the Imperial Army until the Galactic Alliance Fleet arrived with reinforcements. However, there was a traitor in their midst who sabotaged communication with the Alliance fleet and betrayed his (her?) comrades, leading to the Mand’alor’s death. One of Ordo’s senior troopers, Yaga Auchs, claimed the title of Mand’alor and used his authority to order a retreat, leaving Botajef to the Empire and taking his people out of the war.

The Mandalorians of today once again serve as “mercenaries-for-hire” and bounty hunters. Mandalorians wear very distinctive battle armor, including helmets with T-shaped visors that covered the entirety of their faces (and would provide inspiration for the helmets of the Republic’s clone troopers). These helmets would eventually become strongly associated with the Mandalorian people.

Modern Mandalorian Armors


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