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"Mythosaurs weren't that big, were they?"
"Maybe not, but they don't know that, do they?"
Bardan Jusik and Jarkyc[src]

Mythosaurs were a species of animal native to the Outer Rim world of Mandalore. Enormous in size, the mythosaurs dominated their world until the arrival of the Mandalorian Taung, led by the warrior known as Mandalore the First. In a campaign to conquer the world for their own, Mandalore the First and his crusaders slaughtered the gigantic beasts and drove them to extinction. The skull of the mythosaur became the symbol of the Mand'alor—the traditional ruler of all the Mandalorian clans—the planet Mandalore, and of the Mandalorians themselves for generations after.

Biology and appearanceEdit

"Ugly as osik."
Ordo Skirata, upon viewing a mythosaur skeletal replica[src]

Perhaps the most notable feature of the mythosaur was its sheer size, so enormous that accounts estimated the creatures to be on par with the scale of a small city.[1] Four powerful legs[3] supported what was surely an impressive weight, for a being of similar size to that of a city.[1] Some manner of sexual dimorphism was evident between the skulls of male and female mythosaurs,[2] but in general, the skull of a mythosaur featured large, downturned horns that curved inward toward the creature's jaw, slanted eye sockets, and a mouth that contained a number of long teeth.[4] Mythosaurs also possessed a sternum composed of rigid bone, that was located over their heart.[5]

HistoryEdit

Fall of the mythosaurEdit

"When the [Taung] Progenitors arrived, Mandalore was inhabited by huge horned creatures—the savage mythosaurs. The clans tested themselves against these great beasts, until all had fallen before their axes and swords."
Tor Vizsla[src]

The Mythosaurs were native to a planet in the Outer Rim uninhabited by any sentient species, and thus their great size afforded them dominion over the other creatures who made the world their home.[2] The mythosaurs roamed the planet's surface unopposed until the day when the Taung arrived on the world around the year 7000 BBY. Immigrating from the planet of Roon and led by the warrior known as Mandalore the First, the Taung sought to colonize the mythosaur's world as their own.[6] Mandalore the First led a campaign against the giant Mythosaurs, his warriors slaughtering the native beasts[2] using swords and axes as a test of their skills,[5] until they finally drove the creatures to extinction. The Taung then assumed the name "Mandalorians"[2]—or Mando'ade in the Mandalorian language of Mando'a, meaning "Children of Mandalore"[7]—and renamed the conquered world Mandalore in honor of their leader.[2]

LegacyEdit

"Both the mythosaurs and Clan Keldau are long gone, but the skull sigil remains a common symbol of the Mando'ade"
―Tor Vizsla[src]
JaingHead

The mythosaur skull sigil

Though extinct, the mythosaur lived on as a legendary figure in Mandalorian mythology.[1] The calcified bones of mythosaurs were used by the ancient Mandalorians to construct deadly weapons like the mythosaur axe, which used sharpened plates of bone arranged in a fan shape[5] atop an elongated pole grip. Often considered a ceremonial weapon, mythosaur axes were nonetheless used by Mandalorian Crusaders[8] and other veteran warriors in combat for thousands of years.[9] The skull of the mythosaur became a symbol of the planet Mandalore and its people, none more so than the Mand'alor—the traditional ruler of the Mandalorian clans.[4] The rigid bone of a mythosaur's sternum was taken from over one the slain creature's hearts, and carved into a ceremonial mask for Mandalore the First.[5] The mask was later passed down for generations, worn by each succeeding claimant to the title of Mand'alor.[10] The veteran Mandalorian soldier Canderous Ordo was the last known leader to wear[10] the mythosaur-bone mask,[5] during his reign as "Mandalore the Preserver."[10] Even after the use of the ceremonial mask had fallen out of practice, Mandalorians referred to the metaphorical "crown" held by the reigning Mand'alor as the kyr'bes, or mythosaur skull.[4]

The image of a mythosaur skull was taken as the sigil of the ancient Mandalorian Keldau clan, renowned for its combat trainers, and combined with the insignia of the Mandalorian Crusaders to form the symbol of the later Neo-Crusaders.[5] The Mandalorian starship company known as MandalMotors also used the skull of the mythosaur as the corporation's logo.[4] In time, the mythosaur skull became a common sigil in Mandalorian society,[5] used to decorate Mandalorian armor[11][12] and equipment,[13] and even adopted by some as a tattoo.[14]

Cityofbone

The City of Bone, a failed theme park built in the image of a giant mythosaur skeleton

In the final weeks of the Galactic Republic and the early days of its replacement, the Galactic Empire, an enterprising Mandalorian sought to attract adventure tourists to Mandalore to raise a profit. To accomplish his goal, he constructed a large replica of a giant mythosaur skeleton—although its accuracy to scale was debated—on the southern outskirts of Mandalore's capital city, Keldabe. The Mandalorian's theme park ultimately never opened, though he, his brother Hayar, and friend Jarkyc, were able to sell the defunct tourist site to the Imperial garrison that had come to establish a base on Mandalore.[4] The so-called "City of Bone" remained on Mandalore for nearly twenty years, becoming the headquarters of the Imperial slaver, the Suprema, during the Imperial occupation of Mandalore, before being destroyed by Fenn Shysa's Mandalorian Protectors.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

Mythosaurs first appeared in the Marvel Star Wars comic, Star Wars 69: Death in the City of Bone, and numerous sources have featured the mythosaurs and provided information since. However, prior to 2013, mythosaurs had never appeared alive in Star Wars, only as skeletons or symbols, primarily as the sigil of the Mandalorian people. That year, with the release of The Bounty Hunter Code: From the Files of Boba Fett—co-authored by Daniel Wallace, Jason Fry, and Ryder Windham—came the first depiction of a living mythosaur.

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