- "Don't even ask what they do up there. They keep apart. They come and go, but they're there when we need them to fight, so no questions asked. Fair bit of Fett clone blood up there, because the place was a haven for deserters during the wars."
- ―Goran Beviin
Kyrimorut was a remote bastion and stronghold located in the northern hemisphere of the Outer Rim world of Mandalore. A large example of the traditional Mandalorian dwelling known as a vheh'yaim, Kyrimorut served as the home of the Mandalorian Skirata clan, as well as a refuge for any clone trooper or commando who wished to desert the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. Following the rise of the Galactic Empire and the start of the Jedi purge beginning with the issuance of Order 66, Kyrimorut accepted clone deserters from the new Imperial Army, as well as a small number of refugee Jedi who sought to escape the Empire's persecution.
Located in the dense veshok forests of Mandalore's northern hemisphere, Kyrimorut was fringed by trees and sat near a wide lake. The main building was a large vheh'yaim: circular, partially submerged in the ground, and possessing a grass roof that camouflaged it from the air. It had narrow, slit-like windows with transparisteel panes, and the floor was wood with rope-like matting over an emergency trapdoor exit which led into a series of tunnels connecting the main building with a number of nearby redoubts. The large central room—known as the karyai in Mando'a, and meaning "main living room"—was connected to a number of adjacent other rooms that ran around it like a rim around the hub of a wheel. The nearest settlement to Kyrimorut was Enceri, a relatively small trading post town.
Among Kyrimorut's more notable features, was an armory, a fully stocked kitchen, a moderately equipped medical research laboratory with equipment used for studying genetics, and a decent medical facility maintained by Mandalorian doctor, Mij Gilamar, and furnished with equipment Gilamar had stolen from Republic medcenters. Designed to be secluded and hidden, Kyrimorut also possessed a covered hangar to discreetly store starships. The homestead was also mostly self-sufficient, growing a substantial amount of its own food and raising both nunas and roba for later consumption. However, in the early weeks of the Galactic Empire's reign, Kyrimorut's reserves were not enough to sustain its significant population and outside purchased supplies were a necessity.
A Mandalorian memorial to fallen mercenaries was erected at Kyrimorut, with an inscription that read Rejorhaa'ruetiise meg'oyacyi jorcu mhi r'asham—"Tell the aruetiise that they lived because we died."
Kyrimorut was constructed on Mandalore in 21 BBY, on land in the planet's northern hemisphere owned by the Mandalorian soldier, Kal Skirata. Because of his involvement in the Grand Army of the Republic, Skirata entrusted the oversight of Kyrimorut's instruction to long-time friend, Rav Bralor, with whom Skirata had spent nearly ten years on the planet Kamino training clone commandos for the Galactic Republic's clone army as members of the Cuy'val Dar. Bralor, in turn, commanded a team of skilled construction droids in the creation of the sprawling vheh'yaim. Skirata would finally take possession of his Mandalore home later that year, following his kidnapping of former Kaminoan Chief Scientist, Ko Sai. There, he would keep Ko Sai imprisoned in order to force her to create a cure to halt the accelerated aging that plagued the Republic's clone troopers, and artificially shortened their lifespans. Jedi Knight Etain Tur-Mukan—who was romantically involved with Skirata's former clone commando trainee, Darman, whom Skirata looked upon as a son—also came to Kyrimorut in order to secretly have her baby, Venku, away from her duties as a Jedi General in the Grand Army, and without the knowledge of the Jedi Order.
Kyrimorut became the Mandalore home of Clan Skirata, and when Kal Skirata's former clone trainee, Fi, was gravely injured during a mission to Gaftikar, he was smuggled off of Coruscant and out of the Grand Army and brought to Kyrimorut for recovery. Following the issuance of Order 66, the Null-class Advanced Recon Commandos—whom Skirata had raised as his sons since rescuing them from termination at the hands of the Kaminoans— in addition to the clone commandos Corr and Atin from Omega Squad, deserted from the Grand Army and relocated to Kyrimorut; with them went Besany Wennen, wife of Null ARC trooper Ordo, and Laseema, wife of Atin. Kal Skirata's biological daughter, Ruusaan Skirata, and the late Jango Fett's sister, Arla Fett, were also given lodgings at Kyrimorut. During the chaotic events on the night of Order 66's enactment, Omega Squad's sergeant was badly wounded and his squadmate, Darman, refused to leave him behind alone. Etain Tur-Mukan—who was by this point Darman's wife—had been killed by a panicked Jedi Padawan when she stepped between him and a clone trooper from the 501st Legion whom he was attempting to attack with his lightsaber, though her and Darman's son, Venku, was taken safely to Kyrimorut. Tur-Mukan's body was later brought to Kyrimorut for a Jedi funeral by friend of the Skirata clan, Nyreen Vollen, and cremated the following day.
As the Republic transformed in the Galactic Empire, under the newly crowned Emperor Palpatine, Kyrimorut truly became the safe-haven it was designed to be. A bounty had been placed on Kal Skirata's head by Palpatine during the final days of the Republic, and the homestead was full of clone deserters, including the former clone commander Levet who had arrived aboard Ny Vollen's freighter after abandoning his life in the Grand Army. In addition to on-the-run clones, at Vollen's request Kyrimorut took in two Jedi refugees on the run from the Empire's Jedi purge: Padawan Tallisibeth Enwandung-Esterhazy, and a rare Kaminoan Jedi Master, Kina Ha. Several weeks after the Empire's formation, Kal Skirata's daughter Ruusaan and the former Jedi-turned-Mandalorian Bardan Jusik picked up the Alpha-class Advanced Recon Commando, Maze, when he contacted the Skirata clan for assistance after deserting. Maze had also rescued Jedi Master Arligan Zey during the events of Order 66, and both were brought to Mandalore and given refuge at Kyrimorut. Despite not being officially affiliated with the Skirata clan, Kal Skirata's fellow Mandalorian Cuy'val Dar associates Mij Gilamar, Wad'e Tay'haai, Walon Vau, and Rav Bralor, were frequent visitors to Kyrimorut. The former Separatist scientist, Ovolot Qail Uthan, had come to live at the remote bastion after being broken out of Republic custody, while she worked on the clones' accelerated aging problem following Ko Sai's suicide.
Kyrimorut continued to remain a haven for clones and the Skirata clan for years to come, and by 40 ABY, the residents were known colloquially as Kyrimorut "wild men." Among those known to reside at Kyrimorut by this time were Venku Skirata and Gotab, the adopted name of Bardan Jusik.
Behind the scenesEdit
Kyrimorut first appeared in Star Wars canon in Republic Commando: True Colors, the third entry into the Republic Commando series of novels, authored by Karen Traviss and published October 30, 2007. The sequel to True Colors, entitled Order 66, also featured Kyrimorut as a prominent location, as did the following novel, Imperial Commando: 501st. Traviss later referenced Kyrimorut in Legacy of the Force: Revelation, her third entry in the Legacy of the Force novel series.
- Republic Commando: True Colors (First appearance)
- Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel
- Imperial Commando: 501st
- Legacy of the Force: Revelation (Mentioned only)