Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 2, Episode 12 //
The Mandalore Plot
Director Dave Filoni discusses some of the cultural influence seen in Mandalorian design, including a painting that should be familiar to anyone who has studied modern art...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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