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The Mandalorians were a clan-based warrior culture known for their advanced weaponry, incredible training, and unmatched tenacity in combat.
The Mandalorian Wars started after the hordes of Mandalorian clans invaded Republic space. The Mandalorians first invaded Dxun, a moon of Onderon. The Republic would not face the invaders, so the Mandalorian leader Mandalore the Ultimate began ruthless attacks on helpless civilians on the planet Onderon. The Republic finally intervened yet the Mandalorians won planet after planet.
The Jedi Intervene
The Republic begged the Jedi Council to enter the war; however, the Jedi were slow to act. The Council believed that the true threat had yet to reveal itself, and thus refused to assist the Republic and forbade its members to go to war. Two young Jedi, Revan and Malak, decided to take action, calling for support from the ranks of Jedi who considered the Council to be making a mistake. Many Jedi Knights answered this call to follow the ingenious, charismatic Revan. The Republic eagerly accepted this support, and so the war truly began.
Revan proved to be one of the greatest tactical geniuses in history, willing to make sacrifices to bring greater victories and was able to almost always outmaneuver the Mandalorians both on the ground and in space. Republic forces took incredible casualties throughout the war, in many cases losing as many as ten soldiers for every Mandalorian, but Revan's leadership managed to carry them through victory after victory, pushing the the Mandalorians back to Yavin, across Korriban, out of Dxun and Onderon and back into Mandalorian space. The war ended at Malachor V. Revan had sent a massive fleet of Republic soldiers and Jedi whose loyalty was in quetsion. Unknown to either side, Revan had hidden a weapon known as a "Mass Shadow Generator," designed by Zabrak engineer Bao-Dur, on the planet. Overseeing its use was the Jedi Exile, one of the Jedi who followed Revan to war and became one of his top Generals. The Exile gave the command to Bao-Dur to activate the weapon, and in doing so, watched as the Mandalorian and Republic fleets alike were crushed by the weapon, crashing into and nearly destroying the entire planet.
Few men in either fleet survived this final battle. It marked Revan's final move before truly falling to the dark side. This terrible act of destruction caused the Jedi Exile to lose his connection with the Force, thus causing a hole within the Force. He was the only person out of all who followed Revan to turn from the dark side, and returned to the Jedi Council on Coruscant. The Council exiled him for following Revan to war, but their true reasons were quite different. They feared the hole within the Force that formed within him, and furthermore feared the failings in the Jedi teachings that he represented. Defiantly stabbing his lightsaber into the centerstone of the Jedi Council, as if it represented the failing of the their teachings, the Exile left for the outer rim.
On the surface of Malachor V, Revan found the ancient Trayus Academy, a former Sith stronghold deeply marked with the dark side. Here he was corrupted by the Sith teachings. Revan and Malak were hailed as heroes within the Republic. Revan left with his fleet, reportedly to pursue the final remains of the Mandalorian fleet, but in truth searching for the ancient Star Forge. One year later, Revan and Malak returned at the head of a massive Sith armada, the Jedi and Republic soldiers who had once followed him now Sith. So began the Jedi Civil War.
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