"I remember when word of the Mandalorian attack arrived on Iridonia. My people had colonies across the Outer Rim. Many of them were among the first systems to fall. […] I did not join because I wanted to protect though. I hated them. I wanted to destroy them – to give them the mercy they gave the people they conquered. I remember the thrill I felt when we fought them in battle. Victories were rare, but we celebrated every Mandalorian's death."
The Galactic Republic, without support from the Jedi, had little success in the war's early campaigns. Several systems, including some of the Zabrak colonies, fell to the Mandalorian onslaught. In response to the Mandalorians' unprovoked aggression, many people on the Zabrak homeworld of Iridonia, including a gifted tech specialist named Bao-Dur, enlisted in the Republic military seeking vengeance.