The Chronicle of the Jackdaw
The Mandalorians began as the humanoid Taung species from the planet Coruscant, although they were driven off Coruscant thousands of years ago. Led by the warlord known as Mandalore the First, in 3347 BTC they would conquer another planet in the Outer Rim, which they named Mandalore after their leader. The Taung took on the name Mandalorians and were seen by many as the most skilled fighters in the galaxy, thriving in battle. In their early years, Mandalorian culture revolved around battle, with war being a source of honor and pride in their community. In later years, the Mandalorians moved away from their obsessively war-like and conqueror ways and instead, most became bounty hunters and mercenaries, selling their skills to various individuals and factions in the galaxy.
Initiates can be born into Mandalorian society or inducted from outside; either way, new Mandalorians face harsh trials as they prove themselves worthy and learn the secrets of Mandalorian weapons and armor. The Mandalorians live for one purpose: to challenge the greatest opponents in combat and claim victory, for honor and glory. The best are proud fighters driven by a noble code, while the worst are bloodthirsty killers always looking for the next battle. Mandalorians wear very distinctive battle armor, including helmets with T-shaped visors that covered the entirety of their faces.
The Resol'nare, or Six Actions, are the central tenets of Mandalorian life. They consist of wearing armor, speaking the language, defending oneself and family, raising your children as Mandalorians, contributing to the clan's welfare, and when called upon by the Mand'alor, rallying to their cause.
The Mandalorians have been loosely allied with the Sith Empire since the Empire’s return to the galaxy and played an instrumental role in the Sacking of Coruscant. Though not Imperial subjects, the Mandalorians have an enclave in the Citadel on Dromund Kaas. Their relationship with the Empire is sometimes strained, but the alliance offers one undeniable advantage: ample opportunity to face the galaxy’s greatest warriors, the Jedi.
While many act as independent mercenaries, the Mandalorians are divided into clans, each answering to their own leader. From time to time in history, a single leader of all clans appears and is called “Mandalore.” Each new leader of the Mandalorians takes the name and mask of Mandalore and determines whether the clans will scatter or unite against a great foe.
The current leader of the Mandalorian faction is Mandalore the Avenger (born Shae Vizla).