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Death Watch
General information
Founder(s)

Tor Vizsla

Leader(s)
Notable members
Headquarters
Locations
Historical information
Formed from

Mandalorians

Founding

60 BBY

Fragmentation

32 BBY

Dissolution

1.5 ABY

Restoration

Before 0 ABY

Other information
Era(s)
Affiliation
"It’s the Death Watch!"
"Who?"
"Before your time, Silas. Ex-Mandalorians who split with Jaster years ago. We thought they were finished. Guess we were wrong.''"
Jango Fett and Silas during an ambush by the Death Watch at the Battle of Korda 6

The Death Watch, or Kyr'tsad in Mando'a, was a Mandalorian splinter group.

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History

Early history

Mandalorian Death Watch

In the wake of the Ithullan genocide of 200 BBY, many Mandalorian warriors expressed a desire to shed the dishonorable ways of the past. A century and a half later, the charismatic warrior Jaster Mereel became the new Mandalore, and with him a new standard of Mandalorian behavior - the Supercommando Codex. Not all agreed with the Codex however. The soldier Tor Vizsla attracted warriors fond of the old ways into his own movement, the Death Watch. In turn, Mereel's faction recast themselves as the True Mandalorians and total war broke out.

Vizsla proclaimed that the Death Watch would eventually attempt to conquer the galaxy like the Mandalorians of the past. Ill-disciplined to the extreme, they were skilled warriors nonetheless, but constant in-fighting and the egotistical nature of Vizsla's leadership of the Death Watch was its downfall. When Jango Fett finally defeated Vizsla, the remaining members of the group scattered, and it ceased to have any influence on the galaxy. Whilst seemingly destroyed, the beliefs of the Death Watch remained amongst some Mandalorians.

Clone Wars

"Not everyone on Mandalore believes our commitment to peace is a sign of progress. There is a group that calls itself Death Watch. I imagine these are the renegades you are looking for. They idolize violence and the warrior ways of the past."
Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore to Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi.

After the formation of the Grand Army of the Republic, Fett created the Cuy'val Dar to train the clone commandos. Two of the Mandalorian trainers, Isabet Reau and Dred Priest, attempted to ingrain the beliefs of the Death Watch by secretly forming battle circles in the bowels of Tipoca City. Jango Fett discovered the existence of the battle circles and put them to an end after viciously beating Priest. The two Cuy'val Dar would later attempt to resurrect the Death Watch as a means to repel the Imperial occupation of Mandalore.

Pre Vizsla and the Death Watch

During the Clone War, the Death Watch remained in existence though this was not known by many. They were in conflict with the New Mandalorians and attempted to return to their ruthless warrior roots. At the time, the group operated on the Mandalorian moon of Concordia where they were secretly led by Governor Pre Vizsla. In order to get support for their attempt at taking over the Mandalorian government, the Death Watch allied themselves with the Confederacy of Independent Systems. As part of this alliance, Death Watch commandos performed sabotage missions for the Separatists against Republic targets. One such mission involved a commando attempting to sabotage a Republic cruiser but this agent was caught. However, rather than surrender, the Death Watchman committed suicide and his actions led to the Republic believing that Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore who headed the Council of Neutral Systems was training a Mandalorian army for the Separatists.

In order to investigate this matter further, the Jedi Council dispatched Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi to Mandalore to meet with Satine. At first, the Duchess and her advisers discounted any Mandalorian involvement until Kenobi showed holographic recordings of the Death Watch saboteur. She later revealed the existence of rumors of Death Watch's return which was later proven at the capital of Sundari when a Mandalorian bombed a memorial as well as committed suicide. At the bomb site, was a holographic representation of the Death Watch symbol which further highlighted the groups return. Vizsla in the mean time was in contact with Count Dooku who revealed his strategy for the Republic to establish peacekeeping forces on Mandalore which would cause unrest and lead the Mandalorian populace to the Death Watch's ideals. During his investigation, Kenobi discovered the Death Watch base of operations on Concordia and also uncovered the fact that Pre Vizsla was their leader. However, the Mandalorians managed to escape and abandoned their base allowing them to remain at large.

When Alpha-Ø2 resurrected the Mandalorians, he invited many former Death Watch members to join his Protectors. Other members took up base in the Death Watch Bunker on the forest moon of Endor, under the leadership of Teti Viba, before he was killed by an unknown raiding party.

Legacy

In the early days of the Rebellion, a man wearing the armor of a Death Watchman was seen protecting Tungo Li during the hearing of Janek Sunber. Dred Priest led several fellow Mandalorians in an attempt that tried and failed to restart the Death Watch, as a means of fighting off the Empire.

As a child, Nashiak Llalik was impressed with the armors of this group. He read a lot about them and entertained his younger sister, Saren, with stories about those armors. As an adult, Saren regretted being separated from her brother, partly because she would have enjoyed those stories again.[1]

In 40 ABY, Mandalore Boba Fett believed the destruction of the Death Watch was his father's lasting legacy for the Mandalorians. Walon Vau, a member of the Cuy'val Dar, was known to say the Death Watch was the only group he truly considered his enemy.

Known members

A variation of Death Watch armor

Appearances

  • Jango Fett: Open Seasons (First appearance)
  • Star Wars: Bounty Hunter
  • Republic Commando: Hard Contact (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Mandalore Plot"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Voyage of Temptation"
  • Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel (Mentioned only)
  • Imperial Commando: 501st
  •  Star Wars Galaxies – An Empire Divided
  • Star Wars Rebellion 4: My Brother, My Enemy, Part 4 (Picture only)
  • Sacrifice (Mentioned only)

Sources

The symbol of the Death Watch during the Clone Wars

Notes and references


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Star Wars Fanon

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Death Watch
General information
Founder(s)

Vizsla

Leader(s)
  • Vizsla (60 BBY-32 BBY)
  • Theta (16 ABY - ?)
Headquarters

Dxun

Locations
Historical information
Founding

60 BBY

Dissolution

34 BBY

Restoration

16 ABY

Other information
Era(s)

Rise of the Empire era, New Republic era, Death Watch Revival Series

Affiliation

Mandalorians, Imperial Remnant

The Death Watch were a splinter group of Mandalorians who were first defeated by Jango Fett in 34 BBY and later resurrected thanks to the help of the revived Emperor Palpatine. They began a war to destroy the New Republic by first invading Onderon in 18 ABY. They began to take subsequent planets for their cause.

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History

Original Organization

The Emblem of the former Death Watch.

Its members, under the leadership of Vizsla, fought against Jaster Mereel's "True Mandalorians" during the Mandalorian Civil War. They opposed his reforms and wished to continue to be savage raiders. At least some of them, including Vizsla, wished to start a new Mandalorian War and conquer the galaxy. They wore unique helmets and were led by an "Overlord." When Jango Fett finally defeated Vizsla, the remaining members of the group scattered, and it ceased to have any influence on the galaxy.

Restoration

Main article: Unification of Dxun

After the Battle of Endor, the Imperial Remnant began a mass funding of projects to crush the New Republic in the Mid and Outer Rim, most projects failed, but in 11 ABY, the newly revived Emperor Palpatine, who was an admirer of Zsinj's cunning, lead him to fund his own outlandish projects. He remembered Theta, a Mandalorian who had previously hunted Jedi for the Empire and had a deep interest to restore the Mandalorian Empire to it's former glory. Palpatine ordered Gilad Pellaeon that in the case of yet another death, he was to seek out this Mandalorian and convince his clan to fight the New Republic. In 16 ABY, with the help of Gilad's funding, Theta was able to unite the Mandalorians on Dxun and with it, he reformed the Death Watch. Calling for castaway of honor and a following of Vizsla's values, until the Mandalorians again held their old empire in their grasp. This rhetoric was later used to strike fear into the other clans, and the New Republic.

The Conquest of the Death Watch

In 18 ABY, Theta sent his forces to the neighboring planet of Onderon. There, the Death Watch used the closeness of the planet to their advantage, striking quickly and never relenting. The sheer number was too much for the forces of Onderon to withstand, and before long, the people of Onderon surrendered. After the takeover, the Death Watch were asked to help the Imperial Remnant invade Naboo. Theta sent his forces and successfully helped in the invasion.

Known Members


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SWG Wiki

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From SWG Wiki

Here is the Official introducing of the Death Watch in Patch 8 on the 25 May 2004 :

Boba Fett has discovered that an ancient splinter group of Mandalorian mercenaries known as the Death Watch are not just the stuff of myth and rumor but are operating out of a hidden location. Boba Fett's network of spies has also discovered that the Death Watch assassins have contracted a heavy of contingent of the Black Sun to help them in their unknown plans. Are you brave enough to find out what these heinous villains are up to? Work your way through this new adventure zone with over 6 Action packed new quests and unique new crafting missions to find out what has brought these ancient warriors out of hiding !


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