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"The same rebellion that sent you for my help? No, Mandalore must rise by itself."
―Ursa Wren rejects the rebellion[src]

Ursa Wren was a human female Mandalorian warrior, the mother of Tristan and Sabine Wren, and the leader and Countess of Clan Wren. She was part of Death Watch, a Mandalorian splinter group that took over Mandalore during the Clone Wars. Mandalore was occupied by the Galactic Empire after the war's end, and Sabine Wren attended the Imperial Academy on the planet. Wren fled the Academy, however, bringing shame upon her family.

Due to her daughter's actions, Clan Wren were treated with suspicion by the other clans. Ursa's husband was kept as a hostage by Viceroy Gar Saxon to ensure her family's cooperation while her son Tristan was forced to join the Imperial Super Commandos. In an effort to protect Sabine, Ursa did not search for her daughter. In public, Ursa sided with the Empire and the Emperor's Hand Saxon. In 2 BBY, Ursa was reunited with her daughter Sabine, who had joined the rebellion and had returned to seek her famil's support for the rebels.

Unwilling to antagonize Saxon, Ursa was initially cold towards her daughter and the rebel emissaries Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger. Ursa's pragmatism clashed with Sabine's idealism. In an attempt to save Sabine's life, Ursa tried to trade the other rebels and the Darksaber with Saxon. However, Saxon reneged on the offer and ordered his men to exterminate Clan Wren, Ursa and her family joined forces with the rebels and the Journeyman Protector Fenn Rau to defeat Saxon's forces. Sabine defeated Saxon in a duel but chose to spare his life. When Saxon tried to kill Sabine, Ursa shot the Viceroy. Ursa, her daughter, and her family then joined forces to reunify the Mandalorian people.

BiographyEdit

Early LifeEdit

"Her own mother stands with me and the Empire now."
―Gar Saxon, referring to Sabine Wren[src]

Ursa Wren was a member of Death Watch,[1] a group of Mandalorian warriors who opposed Mandalore's pacifist government during the Clone Wars.[5] One year into the war, her daughter, Sabine Wren, was born.[6] In the war's second year,[7] Death Watch—with the help of the Sith Lord Darth Maul and his Shadow Collectivetook over Mandalore. Maul slew the leader of Death Watch, Pre Vizsla, and ruled Mandalore[8] for the remainder of the Clone Wars.[9] At the end of the war, Mandalore was besieged by the Galactic Republic, however the Republic was transformed into the Galactic Empire[10] and occupied the planet.[11] Sabine Wren enlisted in Mandalore's Imperial Academy,[12] however she fled the Academy[4] after the Empire forced her to build weapons which they used on the Mandalorian people.[3] Wren's desertion shamed her family, prompting Ursa to join the Empire.[4] After working as a bounty hunter for a time,[13] the young Wren joined a group of rebels who operated against the Empire on the planet Lothal,[14] and eventually became part of a larger rebel movement.[15] For years, Ursa did not search for her daughter in order to protect her from Gar Saxon, the Viceroy of Mandalore and the Emperor's Hand.[2]

Sabine's returnEdit

"Your Rebel friends will bring the Empire down on all of us."
―Ursa Wren expressing her concerns about the Rebels coming to her[src]
Sabine shows darksaber

Sabine shows her mother the darksaber.

In the hopes of gathering up Mandalorian warriors for an attack on Lothal, Sabine, Ezra Bridger, Kanan Jarrus and the Journeyman Protector Fenn Rau set out on a mission to Krownest to recruit Sabine's clan in a fight against the Empire. However, as Sabine expected, her clan set up an ambush for the rebels' ship, which was forced to crash-land on the snowy surface of the planet. After meeting Sabine's brother Tristan, she and the rest were taken before Ursa, who almost had Sabine placed into a cell before she stopped upon seeing the darksaber. She then demanded that the Jedi surrender their lightsabers before she spoke with her daughter.[2]

Ursa then told Sabine about Clan Wren's alliance with the Empire, her husband's imprisonment, and opposed joining the rebellion. Ursa also regarded Fenn Reu and his Protectors as traitors who had met their just end. Despite their disagreements, both Ursa and Sabine wanted to save Mandalore. Ursa then contacted Governor Gar Saxon. She told Saxon that she would give him the two Jedi and the Darksaber if he agreed to spare her daughter. When Saxon and his Imperial Super Commandos arrived, Ursa gave him the Jedi and the Darksaber. However, Saxon turned on her and ordered the extermination of Clan Wren on the pretext of colluding with rebels.[2]

Fenn Rau then stormed into the stronghold, returned the Jedi's lightsabers, and came to the aid of Clan Wren and the rebels. Ursa then shot at several of the commandos. Ursa was saved from Saxon when Sabine took Bridger's lightsaber and fought Saxon. Ursa then watched as her daughter fought Saxon. After Sabine took back the darksaber and spared Saxon's life, Ursa then shot Saxon before he could shoot Sabine. Ursa then agreed to help Sabine find a worthy leader for Mandalore.[2]

Personality and traitsEdit

Ursa Wren was a strong and pragmatic leader who was concerned about the well-being of her clan. She was a human woman with black hair and brown eyes. Ursa often wore Mandalorian armor while serving her duties as Countess and leader of Clan Wren. Ursa's desire to preserve her clan led her to acquiesce to the Galactic Empire and their puppet ruler, Viceroy Gar Saxon. Ursa disagreed with the abuses that occurred under Imperial rule but did not publicly voice dissent in order to safeguard her family and clan. Ursa was disappointed and angry with her daughter Sabine's decision to abandon her training at the Imperial Academy of Mandalore since it endangered the interests of Clan Wren and hurt her family. Ursa's husband was held as a hostage of Gar Saxon while her son Tristan was dragooned into the Imperial Super Commandos in order to guarantee Clan Wren's cooperation. For years, Ursa struggled to maintain the image of Clan Wren as a loyal clan to Gar Saxon and his Imperial backers.[2]

While Ursa loved her family including Sabine, she disapproved of her daughter's decision to join the rebellion. Ursa feared that aligning Clan Wren with the rebellion would incur the wrath of the Galactic Empire and Gar Saxon. Ursa regarded her daughter as a naive idealist whose alleged selfishness had endangered the interests of her family and clan. She also regarded Fenn Rau and his Journeyman Protectors as traitors for colluding with the rebellion. Ursa' preoccupation with protecting Clan Wren led Sabine to accuse her of prioritizing politics and power over family. Ursa's pragmatism and desire to protect Sabine led her to attempt to trade the Darksaber and the Jedi Kanan and Ezra to Gar Saxon. After Saxon betrayed their agreement and ordered the destruction of Clan Wren, Ursa and her clan joined forces with the rebels and Fenn Rau to defeat Saxon's Super Commandos. When Saxon tried to kill Sabine, Ursa chose her daughter and killed the Viceroy.[2]

Ursa believed that Mandalore needed to experience chaos in order for a true leader to arise in the wake of Saxon's death. Ursa agreed to help her daughter Sabine find a worthy leader for Mandalore. While she gained a greater sense of respect for Sabine's rebel comrades, Ursa thought that Clan Wren and the Mandalorians were not yet in a position to render assistance to the rebellion.[2]

Skills and abilitiesEdit

Ursa Wren was the matriarch of Clan Wren, and was a capable leader. She knew how to operate twin WESTAR-35 blasters and knew the importance of the darksaber. Ursa was an expert marksperson, using her blaster to shoot several Imperial Super Commandos quite accurately, along with Gar Saxon when he tried to murder her daughter, Sabine.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

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According to Dave Filoni, Ursa was likely present in "Shades of Reason."

Ursa Wren was first referenced in "The Protector of Concord Dawn," an episode of the animated television series Star Wars Rebels' second season, revealing that she was a member of Death Watch.[1] In the behind-the-scenes Rebels Recon video for the episode, series executive producer Dave Filoni stated that, in his mind, Ursa was likely one of the Death Watch members present in the Mandalorian throne room in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Shades of Reason," when Darth Maul killed Pre Vizsla.[16] Her name was revealed in an interview Filoni gave to Amy Ratcliffe of Nerdist.[17] Ursa Wren first appeared in "Legacy of Mandalore" voiced by Sharmila Devar.

AppearancesEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "The Protector of Concord Dawn"
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Legacy of Mandalore"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Trials of the Darksaber"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Imperial Super Commandos"
  5. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Mandalore Plot"
  6. Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide states that Sabine Wren was born in 3256 LY, and that the Clone Wars began in 3255 LY. Using basic math, this means Wren was born one year after the beginning of the Clone Wars.
  7. Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know dates the events of both "Brothers" and "The Wrong Jedi" to the second year of the Clone Wars. Since SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org) places "Shades of Reason" between those two episodes, it can be concluded that "Shades of Reason" also takes place during the war's second year.
  8. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shades of Reason"
  9. Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir, Part Three
  10. Ahsoka
  11. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "The Protector of Concord Dawn"
  12. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Out of Darkness"
  13. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Blood Sisters"
  14. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Art Attack"
  15. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Fire Across the Galaxy"
  16. SWCustom-2011 Rebels Recon: Inside "The Protector of Concord Dawn" on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  17. Ratcliffe, Amy (February 17, 2017). Star Wars Rebels Producer Talks Sabine's Arc, Mandalore, and More. Nerdist. Retrieved on February 17, 2017.

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