- "You are aware of the Empire's pact with the Mandalorians. The mercenary clans supported us during the war, and we paid them well. But the treaty has made them restless. Now Clan Varad has broken with the Mandalorian leadership and declared Akaan'gaan—the search for battle. [...] I admire their passion, but their methods are self-destructive. Clan Varad has begun a series of raids against both Republic and Imperial colonies, slaughtering our soldiers and demanding tribute. These traitors must be eliminated."
- ―Darth Malgus
Clan Varad was a Mandalorian clan in existence around the time of the Cold War, a conflict between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire. Varad established a number of secret bases throughout the Tamarin sector of space in the galaxy's Outer Rim. Members of Clan Varad developed an aggressive and violent reputation among the Mandalorian community, owed to decades of raiding and plundering from their hidden compounds.
Clan Varad was led by chieftain Mavrix Varad, a male warrior considered bloodthirty by his peers. Forcing his kinsmen to face demanding combat trials, those who failed to meet Varad's standards were used for sparring or even hunting practice for the clan's younger members. However, those that succeeded in the Varad clan were often rewarded with a substantial influx of credits and weaponry from the clan's latest pillage.
During the years of the Cold War, Mavrix Varad clashed on a personal level with the Mandalorians' reigning Mand'alor, Mandalore the Vindicated, who thought of Mavrix as little more than "a rancor foaming at the mouth." Clan Varad members became unwelcome at the Mandalorian-held stronghold of Geonosis, and it wasn't long after that Varad openly turned on the Mand'alor. Seeking combat, Clan Varad willing struck at both Republic and Sith targets alike.