Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 5, Episode 15 //
Shades Of Reason
Backed by the criminal underworld, the Sith and Death Watch launch an attack on Mandalore.
In this installment of Clone Wars Download, Dave Filoni and Sam Witwer discuss Darth Maul's cunning power schemes and the epic final battle between the Sith Lord and Pre Vizsla.
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.
A deadly, agile Sith Lord trained by the evil Darth Sidious, Darth Maul was a formidable warrior and scheming mastermind. He wielded an intimidating double-bladed lightsaber and fought with a menacing ferocity. Though he fell in battle against Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Zabrak from Dathomir would prove to be much harder to destroy than originally believed.
His gruff demeanor and devilish grin indicated Ziton Moj relished how well-protected he was by the power of criminal influence. A bully to his very marrow, Moj was a leg-breaking lieutenant for the Black Sun criminal syndicate during the Clone Wars. Never one to be intimidated, he was also pragmatic enough to avoid fights he couldn't win. This level-headedness served him well when Darth Maul usurped control of Black Sun, and installed Ziton as leader, replacing the decapitated ruling council.
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 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 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.