Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 5, Episode 15 //
Shades Of Reason
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.
During the Clone Wars, Pre Vizsla served as governor of Concordia, a moon of Mandalore, and appeared to be a close ally of Duchess Satine Kryze. But Vizsla had another, secret life: he was the leader of Death Watch, a hidden group of Mandalorian commandos seeking control of their planet. In truth, Vizsla despised Satine’s pacifist beliefs and longed to restore Mandalore’s warrior heritage. To accomplish this goal, he formed several alliances with nefarious parties that ultimately led to his end.
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.
Confident, sardonic, and deadly. Bo-Katan was the ever-loyal Mandalorian lieutenant to Pre Vizsla, and a proud member of Death Watch. Bo-Katan rallied to Death Watch's call for Mandalorians to embrace their martial heritage and find glory in war.
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