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- "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, eventually going rogue and attacking planets controlled by both factions. 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 willingly struck at both Republic and Sith targets alike.
Battle aboard the AllusisEdit
Mavrix Varad led his clan to steal the Republic warship Allusis, using it to attack and plunder vulnerable planets within the Outer Rim. Both the Republic and the Empire sent strike teams to board and seize the ship, though it remains unclear which team was successful. Mavrix Varad was defeated and killed in the following battle, effectively finishing Clan Varad for good, and its remaining brethren were accepted in other Mandalorian clans as members of lower rank.
Rise of the Galactic EmpireEdit
Thousands of years later during the reign of the Galactic Empire, the skilled Mandalorian warrior Shyla Varad of Clan Varad, would take up arms against the Empire as they held her homeworld of Mandalore under a ironfist.
Behind the scenesEdit
Clan Varad and its leader are the main antagonists of the Mandalorian Raiders flashpoint, playable by both the Republic and Empire factions in Star Wars: The Old Republic. Players control one of the strike teams sent to seize the Allusis and end Clan Varad's threat.