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Mandalore the Vindicated
Mandalore the Vindicated
Physical description
Species

Human[1]

Gender

Male[1]

Hair color

Black[1]

Eye color

Brown[1]

Skin color

Dark[1]

Chronological and political information
Era(s)

Old Republic era[2]

Affiliation
"Mandalore was slain recently and his killer, the new Mandalore, has taken his place. Whether or not he's another Imperial puppet remains to be seen but we must watch him closely."
―Jedi Master Gnost-Dural, on Mandalore the Vindicated — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Artus Lok was a Human male Mandalorian warrior of Clan Lok who lived during the Great Galactic War, a galaxy-wide conflict between the Galactic Republic and the resurgent Sith Empire. Sometime after the signing of the Treaty of Coruscant, the reigning Mandalore—seeking to regain support after being defeated during the Blockade of the Hydian Way—organized a competition for glory known as the Great Hunt, which was held on a galactic scale. Artus eventually became the Grand Champion of the Great Hunt, and challenged the Mandalore to a duel in the gladiatorial arenas on the planet Geonosis. He successfully killed the Mandalorian leader and took the title of Mandalore the Vindicated. He began to consolidate his power over the Mandalorian clans, destroying an uprising led by Jicoln Cadera, who believed the Mandalorians should support the Republic. After defeating Cadera's faction, Mandalore the Vindicated ensured that his Mandalorians remained allies of the Sith Empire.

BiographyEdit

Artus Lok, a Human male, was a Mandalorian warrior who lived during the Great Galactic War, which was a galactic conflict between the Galactic Republic and the resurgent Sith Empire. Seven years prior to the Sacking of Coruscant, the reigning Mandalore—who was a puppet ruler secretly serving the Sith Empire—was defeated during the Blockade of the Hydian Way. After this, Mandalore organized a galaxy-wide competition for glory, known as the Great Hunt. Artus fought during the competition, eventually becoming the Grand Champion of the Great Hunt.[1]

The New Mandalore2

Mandalore the Vindicated, after having killed Mandalore the Lesser.

Artus challenged Mandalore to a duel[1] in the gladiatorial arenas on the planet Geonosis.[2] He killed the Mandalorian leader and assumed the title of Mandalore the Vindicated. After defeating the Mandalore—who became known as Mandalore the Lesser—he began to consolidate his power over the Mandalorian clans. During this time, Mandalore defeated an uprising by a faction of Mandalorians led by Jicoln Cadera, who believed that the Mandalorians should follow the ways of Mandalore the Preserver[1]—who fought during the Mandalorian Wars and the Jedi Civil War three centuries prior[4]—and support the Republic. After defeating Cadera's Mandalorians, Mandalore the Vindicated ensured that his Mandalorians remained well-paid, yet cautious, allies of the Sith Empire.[1] Under his leadership, the Mandalorians prospered. However, several of his contemporaries believed that their Mandalore was not content with being an ally of the Sith, and secretly harbored greater ambitions.[5]

During the Cold War, Artus summoned the latest Grand Champion to his flagship, the Spirit of Vengeance. He commended the Hunter for avenging Hedarr Soongh, preventing the Great Hunt list from being leaked, and stopping Tarro Blood. He sent the Hunter to Dromund Kaas to kill a Sithspawn and bring its head as a trophy. Upon his Champion's successful return, Artus introduced the other Grand Champions, Bloodworthy, Jewl'a Nightbringer and the Defenestrator. He declared the Hunter worthy of gaining access to the Blacklist, a confidential list of impossible bounties reserved only to the Grand Champions.

Artus then confessed that with war threatening to reignite, he wanted the Hunter to stand as his replacement among the Grand Champions, revealing that slaying the Sithspawn was a test. The Hunter gladly accepted his offer and became a Mandalorian.

When a Republic strike team sent by Jun Seros assaulted the Grand Champions' party on Nar Shaddaa to celebrate the Hunter's successful Blacklist kills, killing Bloodworthy, Jewl'a, and Defenestrator. Artus sent a message to his surviving Champion, demanding that they avenge their fallen comrades upon the cowardly Republic scum.

Artus was later present on Ilum as part of the emergency war council gathered to discuss Darth Malgus' New Empire.

Behind the scenesEdit

Mandalore the Vindicated first appeared in the video Timeline 4: The Empire Changes Strategy, which was released on the official website of the PC video game Star Wars: The Old Republic. He later received an entry in the "Biographies" section of the website's "Holonet" feature. On Mandalore's biographical entry, there are several phrases in Aurebesh. When translated, they read "Mandalore the Vindicated," "champion needed," and "Jedi merely first".

The Bounty Hunter player character in The Old Republic meets Mandalore onboard his cruiser, the Spirit of Vengeance, at the beginning of Act II of their storyline. Mandalore calls on the Hunter, the newly-crowned Grand Champion of the Great Hunt, to slay "the Ghost in the Darkness" - a massive terentatek in the jungles of Dromund Kaas - and bring back its heart as proof. Upon doing so, Mandalore offers to induct the Hunter into his clan and requests that the Hunter replace him on the Blacklist, an exclusive group of hunters made up of other Grand Champions, in order to ensure that a Mandalorian remains among their number. With a Mandalorian taking his place, he explains, he can return to "winning the Sith's wars for them". Whether the Hunter chooses to join or not is up to the player.[6]

AppearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Mandalores
Known period of reign
The First (c. 7000 BBY) · The Conqueror (Post 7000 BBY–Pre 3996 BBY) · The Indomitable (—3996 BBY)
The Ultimate (39963960 BBY) · Unidentified (c. 3957 BBY) · The Preserver (3954 BBY—) · The Lesser (3667 BBY—)
The Vindicated (Post–3653 BBY) · Ung Kusp (c. 1500 BBY) · The Uniter (1051 BBY) · Murdered Mandalore (—c. 132 BBY)
Jaster Mereel (6052 BBY) · Jango Fett (5222 BBY) · The Resurrector (—19 BBY) · Fenn Shysa (19 BBY21 ABY) · Boba Fett (23 ABY—)
Chernan Ordo (—127 ABY) · Yaga Auchs (127 ABY—)
Unknown period of reign
The Destroyer · The Binder · The Hammerborn
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