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"Ahsoka Tano. I fought by her side from the Battle of Christophsis to the siege of Mandalore."
―Rex[src]

The siege of Mandalore, which engulfed the Outer Rim world of Mandalore, was one of the final battles of the Clone Wars. Former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano and Clone Captain Rex led a Galactic Republic battalion of clone troopers to apprehend the ex–Sith Lord Darth Maul, who controlled Mandalore by proxy via a puppet leader, Prime Minister Almec. Although Rex and Tano nearly succeeded in their mission, Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine's issuance of Order 66 disrupted their efforts. Instead of murdering Maul, Tano elected to save Rex's life, and both they and Maul escaped from Mandalore as the planet descended into chaos. The Republic's successor state, the Galactic Empire, seized control of Mandalore and occupied the world, establishing an Imperial Academy there.

PreludeEdit

"Go back to your Republic and tell them what has happened."
"That would likely lead to a Republic invasion of Mandalore."
"Yes, and Maul will die. But Mandalore will survive. We always survive."
―Bo-Katan Kryze and Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]

Mandalore's neutrality during the pan-galactic Clone Wars ultimately failed to stem the violent history of the Outer Rim world.[7] In 19 BBY,[8] the Sith Lord Darth Maul utilized his criminal organization known as the Shadow Collective to conquer Mandalore, ousting Duchess Satine Kryze and her pacifistic regime of[9] the New Mandalorians.[10] Yet, Maul's takeover of the Mandalorian Death Watch led one of the splinter group's lieutenants, Bo-Katan Kryze, to form[9] the Mandalorian Resistance,[11] a rebel cell that opposed Maul's leadership.[9] Maul further deepened his enmity with Kryze after he murdered her sister, Satine.[12]

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Bo-Katan Kryze hoped that a Republic invasion of Mandalore would kill off Darth Maul.

As part of a campaign against Maul's super commandos, Kryze rescued Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi from Maul's captivity. Before Kenobi left Mandalore, Kryze told him to inform the Galactic Republic of the state of the embattled planet, since she hoped that a Republic invasion would result in Maul's demise. Yet, the Jedi High Council believed that the Republic Senate would refuse to intervene in the affairs of a neutral star system like the Mandalore system.[12]

Maul, meanwhile, was defeated and captured by his former Sith Master, Darth Sidious.[12] Even though Maul later escaped from Sidious's custody,[13] he remained absent from Mandalore. Still, the Mandalorian Resistance kept the Republic apprised with intelligence regarding the world, including the fact that Prime Minister Almec,[11] the puppet leader whom Maul had installed during his coup,[9] maintained ties to the Shadow Collective. For their part, Jedi Generals like Kenobi and Mace Windu were determined not to let Mandalore fall to the Confederacy of Independent Systems. To that end, Kenobi and Windu led a Republic offensive against Maul and his Shadow Collective; however, Maul remained at large.[11] In the end, Sidious and the Confederacy quashed the Shadow Collective, robbing Maul of his criminal power base.[14]

Kryze's desire for a Republic invasion of Mandalore[12] was fulfilled.[2] While the Grand Army of the Republic was focused on other battlefronts as part of the Outer Rim Sieges,[3] former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano undertook a mission to target Maul, who had returned to Mandalore. Tano's former Master, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, was unable to assist her because he and Kenobi were sent to rescue Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine,[2] whom General Grievous had abducted as part of the ongoing Battle of Coruscant.[3][15] In his absence, Skywalker allocated Tano a Republic battalion of clone troopers under the command of an old friend of Tano's: Clone Captain CT-7567, nicknamed "Rex," of the Grand Army's 501st Legion.[2]

The siegeEdit

"Where's your army, Lady Tano?"
"Busy defeating yours."
"It was so nice of your former masters to send you out alone and spare me the exertion of a proper fight. You're not even a real Jedi."
"It'll be a fair fight then. You're only half a Sith."
―Darth Maul and Ahsoka Tano[src]
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Rex and Ahsoka Tano oversaw the Republic's invasion of Mandalore.

Rex and Tano's battalion of clone troops laid siege to Maul's holdings on Mandalore, causing Maul to respond with an army of his loyal forces. As entire regions of Mandalore erupted into battle zones, Tano and some of her allies baited Maul into a trap. Tano briefly crossed lightsabers with Maul, luring him into a plaza where her comrades snared him in a ray shield.[2]

Afterwards, Bo-Katan Kryze, who was Tano's ally, was appointed the regent of Mandalore.[16] Nevertheless, the Republic's success did not last long. Chancellor Palpatine, who was in fact Darth Sidious, issued Order 66, which forced the Grand Army's clone troopers to execute their Jedi commanding officers. During the ensuing chaos on Mandalore, Tano was presented with the opportunity to kill Maul, but she instead chose to save Rex. Unlike the rest of the clone troopers, Rex was not forced to attack Tano,[2] as he had removed his inhibitor chip, an inorganic brain implant that compelled each clone trooper to comply with Order 66, some time prior.[17] Both Rex and Tano escaped from Mandalore, as did Maul, while a fresh wave of violence gripped the Mandalorian homeworld.[2]

AftermathEdit

"Running away again, Lady Tano?"
"If you want to finish our fight, you'll have to deal with him first."
―Maul and Tano during a duel on Malachor, the latter tasking Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus with defeating him[src]
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Ahsoka Tano failed to capture Darth Maul on Mandalore, but they crossed paths on Malachor sixteen years later.

The siege of Mandalore, as it came to be known, further disrupted the balance of power on the Outer Rim world.[2] The Galactic Empire, which replaced the Republic thanks to the machinations of the newly christened Emperor Palpatine,[3] gained control of Mandalore[18] and occupied the planet.[6] The Empire also transformed[19] the New Mandalorians' Royal Academy of Government[20] into a local Imperial Academy to train cadets for its nascent military.[18] Furthermore, the Empire outlawed the Mandalorians' mercenary practices,[21] though it paid off certain groups like the Journeyman Protectors of Concord Dawn in exchange for their loyalty.[6] Kryze's position as regent did not last long, as she refused to do the Empire's bidding and was swiftly forced out of power by Clan Saxon.[16]

As Palpatine initiated a galaxy-wide Jedi Purge to expunge the Jedi Order,[3] Rex and Tano parted ways and separately went into hiding in the Outer Rim. To ensure that the Empire presumed they were dead, Rex and Tano made a false grave for the former using the corpse of another clone trooper, inscribing on the headstone that both of them had killed each other. Tano also left behind her lightsaber and shoto at the burial site to facilitate their deception. Tano nonetheless suffered from guilt due to her failure to capture Maul on Mandalore, especially since the Jedi Order was no longer around to protect the galaxy from his wrath.[2] Maul, for his part, eventually became stranded on the Sith wasteland planet of Malachor after his starship crash-landed there.[22] Sixteen years after the Clone Wars,[23] Tano and Maul engaged in a rematch during an encounter on Malachor.[22]

Behind the scenesEdit

"The untold story of the end of The Clone Wars would have centered on the tensions on Mandalore and would have left the planet in a certain condition."
Lucasfilm Creative Executive Pablo Hidalgo[src]
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Dave Filoni's sketch of Captain Rex, Ahsoka Tano, and Bo-Katan Kryze during the siege of Mandalore

The siege of Mandalore was first mentioned in "The Lost Commanders", the premiere episode of the Star Wars Rebels television series' second season. The episode, which was written by Matt Michnovetz, aired on October 14, 2015.[17] Michnovetz included the mention of the event as a reference to the unreleased series finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the television series that preceded Star Wars Rebels.[24]

Previously, as the head writer for The Clone Wars, Michnovetz detailed the siege of Mandalore for a story arc that would have concluded the series' eighth and final season.[24][25] According to Supervising Director Dave Filoni, the story arc revolved around the possibility that Ahsoka Tano would rejoin the Jedi Order.[26] However, the episodes were not completed[24] prior to the series' cancellation in 2013.[27]

The siege of Mandalore first appeared in author E. K. Johnston's young adult novel Ahsoka,[2] which was released on October 11, 2016.[28] For her novel, Johnston drew upon plot points that Michnovetz had mapped out with Filoni. Prior to then, Filoni had released a number of details about the siege of Mandalore in various forms, including concept art[29] as well as a panel presentation entitled "Ahsoka's Untold Tales" at Celebration Europe in July 2016.[30] Notably, Johnston's Ahsoka explained how the siege of Mandalore tied into the events of the 2005 film Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. The novel also confirmed that Tano confronted Darth Maul on Mandalore,[2] an encounter that was first referred to in "Twilight of the Apprentice", the second season finale of Star Wars Rebels.[22]

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Kanan 11: First Blood, Part V: The Fog of War
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 Ahsoka
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  4. Kanan 1: The Last Padawan, Part I: Fight
  5. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas establishes that the Battle of Coruscant takes place in 19 BBY. Since the Siege of Mandalore takes place concurrently to the Battle of Coruscant as established by the novel Ahsoka, it must also take place in 19 BBY.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "The Protector of Concord Dawn"
  7. StarWars-DatabankII Mandalore in the Databank (backup link)
  8. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shades of Reason"
  10. StarWars-DatabankII New-Mandalorians in the Databank (backup link)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir, Part Three
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lawless"
  13. Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir, Part One
  14. Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir, Part Four
  15. StarWars-DatabankII Coruscant in the Databank (backup link)
  16. 16.0 16.1 Star Wars Rebels: Heroes of Mandalore
  17. 17.0 17.1 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "The Lost Commanders"
  18. 18.0 18.1 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Out of Darkness"
  19. "Geek Girl Diva" (2015-10-05). Dave Filoni Star Wars Rebels S2 Interview by Geek Girl Diva. SoundCloud. Retrieved on October 12, 2016. "[Beginning around 2:44:] [Sabine Wren] would have gone to the same academy on Mandalore that you saw Korkie and all those kids, and the one that Ahsoka infiltrates and is a part of. That's the academy she's referring to, except now that academy would be run by the Empire."
  20. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Academy"
  21. The Rebellion Begins
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Twilight of the Apprentice"
  23. SWCustom-2011 Star Wars Rebels Returns…with Princess Leia on StarWars.com (backup link) indicates that "A Princess on Lothal" takes place three years before the Battle of Yavin. As a result, "Twilight of the Apprentice"—which is set after "A Princess on Lothal"—also occurs three years before the Battle of Yavin. Using simple math, since the Clone Wars ended nineteen years before the Battle of Yavin, "Twilight of the Apprentice" takes place sixteen years after the Clone Wars.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 TwitterLogo @BFree63 (Brent Friedman) on Twitter. "It's a reference to Clone Wars' 'lost' series finale, since that arc and last night's ep were both written by @MattMichnovetz" (screenshot)
  25. TwitterLogo @MattMichnovetz (Matt Michnovetz) on Twitter. "That was the plan." (screenshot)
  26. Goldman, Eric (2016-03-30). Star Wars Rebels: Dave Filoni on Ahsoka's Fate, Maul's Return and Much More. IGN.com. Retrieved on March 31, 2016.
  27. SWCustom-2011 A New Direction for Lucasfilm Animation on StarWars.com (backup link)
  28. Amazon favicon Star Wars Ahsoka on Amazon.com
  29. SWCustom-2011 To Fans of Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Thank You on StarWars.com (backup link)
  30. SWYTlogo Ahsoka's Untold Tales Panel | Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 on the official Star Wars YouTube Channel
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