FALL OF THE REPUBLIC
In his quest to take over Mandalore, Vizsla first looked to disrupt its stability, organizing several attacks through Death Watch and a secret alliance with Count Dooku. Leading Death Watch from mining camp bases on Concordia, the group’s continued attacks were so successful they garnered the attention of Obi-Wan Kenobi, an old friend of Duchess Satine. The Jedi tracked the terrorist acts to Concordia, where Vizsla revealed himself as the head of Death Watch. The two warriors dueled, both surviving to fight another day.
Despite the revelation of his true intentions, Vizsla continued to toil towards his goal. He next aligned with Mandalorian Senator Tal Merrik to apprehend Duchess Satine in an effort to prevent her from garnering support in the Senate, but the plan failed. Vizsla then hatched a scheme to assassinate Duchess Satine, but this also did not come to fruition.
A new opportunity arose for Vizsla and Death Watch with the discovery of a shuttle in deep space. Inside the craft were a severely injured Darth Maul and Savage Opress, the Sith brothers, reeling from a recent battle with Obi-Wan Kenobi and the Weequay pirates. With a common enemy in Kenobi, Vizsla and the Sith joined forces. Maul spearheaded the Shadow Collective -- a group of the galaxy’s most powerful gangsters -- and with Vizsla, staged a fake attack on Mandalore. Death Watch swooped in to save the planet, as scripted, and won Mandalore. After the victory, however, the Death Watch leader betrayed the Sith. It would be his last mistake. Maul challenged Vizsla to a duel -- Maul using his lightsaber, Vizsla wielding the ancient darksaber and his Mandalorian weapons. It was an intense battle, but ultimately, the Sith was too powerful. At the fight’s finish, Maul beheaded Vizsla with one swift, merciless stroke.
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.
A legendary Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi was a noble man and gifted in the ways of the Force. He trained Anakin Skywalker, served as a general in the Republic Army during the Clone Wars, and guided Luke Skywalker as a mentor.
Once a glorious world, the surface of Mandalore has been laid waste by centuries of war. Its people now live peacefully in massive bio-cubes across the planet's golden sand. Under the leadership of Duchess Satine Kryze, Mandalore has turned its back on its violent history. There is still an undercurrent of Mandalore's more martial past, however, and Death Watch has emerged as a painful reminder of Mandalore's warlike ways.
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.
Count Dooku was a menacing Sith Lord and central figure in the Clone Wars. Once a Jedi -- trained by Yoda -- he became disillusioned with the Jedi Order and thirsted for greater power. Dooku voluntarily left the light side behind and became Darth Sidious’ dark side disciple, taking the secret name Darth Tyranus and leading the Separatist army.
In the final days of the Republic, the galactic government had grown so huge and corrupt that any attempt at change required radical thinking and extreme actions. Outlying systems that saw no benefit from being part of the Republic despite paying heavy taxes, began to rebel. This undercurrent of disgust towards Coruscant was seized by a charismatic leader, Count Dooku. The former Jedi rallied together these worlds in a Separatist movement that saw the departure of thousands of systems from the Republic. When Dooku's alliance was secretly backed by corporate titans that offered their unlimited droid armies to the cause, the Separatists emerged as a major threat to the Republic, and the galaxy tipped towards full scale war.