When the Jedi Council suspects someone on Mandalore is amassing a military force, they dispatch Obi-Wan to investigate. On the Mandalore moon of Concordia, the Jedi is ambushed by a pair of Death Watch guards.
The warrior clans of Mandalore were believed to have been wiped out ages ago, their tattered remnants exiled to the Concordia moon. But as the Clone Wars swept the galaxy, the treacherous governor Pre Vizsla resurrected the Mandalorians, and with them, their legendary combat armor that was feared across the galaxy. Backed by Count Dooku and the Separatists, Vizsla began building an army to retake Mandalore from the control of pacifists who were trying to bury violent Mandalore's past. As the coup became inopportune, Dooku abandoned the Death Watch, leading once again to their exile. The Death Watch became a murderous band of nomadic outlaws, battle-worn rogues that wandered the Clone Wars.
Pre Vizsla publicly served Duchess Satine as the governor of Mandalore's moon Concordia, but was really the leader of the Death Watch, a secret society of Mandalorian commandos who sought to overthrow Satine's government and reclaim the Mandalorians' honor as warriors. Vizsla and Count Dooku plotted to assassinate Satine, which would lead to a Republic occupation of Mandalore. Vizsla's Death Watch would then liberate the planet, joining the Separatist cause. Things did not go according to plan, and Vizsla and Dooku bitterly parted ways. Death Watch became a group of nomadic warriors, with the formerly manicured and orderly Vizsla becoming unkempt and battle-worn as their leader.
Part of Pre Vizsla's arsenal were Gauntlet starfighters -- sleek combat ships that also served as troop transports. A Gauntlet has a sleek primary hull flanked by large pivoting wings that contain the ship's drives. The wings are on a collared mount, which can rotate independently from the hull, offering the ship remarkable maneuverability for a ship of its size. Within the hull is a drop-seat bay where 24 armored Death Watch troopers can egress via jetpack as the Gauntlet provides air support. The ship is armed with two forward laser cannons, and a pair of rearward facing cannons that flank its boarding tube.
A fierce warrior concealed in sleek Mandalorian armor, Bo-Katan was the ever-loyal lieutenant to Pre Vizsla, and a proud member of the Death Watch splinter group. Bo-Katan rallied to Death Watch's call for Mandalorians to embrace their martial heritage and find glory in war. She was confident, sardonic, and deadly.
The leader of Mandalore during the Clone Wars, Duchess Satine of Kalevala was a controversial figure. She longed to move Mandalore beyond its violent past and instituted a government that valued pacifism. Though Mandalore did begin to rebuild under her guidance, the dark shadow of the Clone Wars made the Duchess' goals difficult to achieve. Not wanting to be mired in galactic conflict, the Duchess declared her planet neutral. This isolation brought hardship to Mandalore, and gave the Death Watch -- a violent faction of Mandalorians -- opportunity to ally with the Separatists and target the Duchess for assassination.
As Prime Minister of Mandalore during the Clone Wars, Almec claimed loyalty to Duchess Satine Kryze and her controversial campaign of neutrality and pacifism. Almec saw Mandalore's violent past as shameful, and feared that the return of the armored warriors of Death Watch would be unstoppable. Though Almec loudly said that he valued the sanctity of Mandalorians above all else, his politician's grin and careful words concealed a different agenda.