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This article is about the species later known as the Mandalorians. You may be looking for the organization of the same name.
Taung (Mandalorian)
Homeworld

Coruscant, Roon, Mandalore

Language

Mando'a

Average height

2 meters

Skin color

Gray

Eye color

Yellow

Average lifespan

85 years[1]

Famous members

The Taungs, later known as the Mandalorians[1], were a warlike Near-Human species that dominated the planet Coruscant thousands of years before the rise of Humans.

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Biology and appearance

A tall and strong species, the Taungs were warriors by nature. Their build was similar to Humans, save for a gray skin-tone and their face, which was dramatically different from baseline Humans yet resembled the faceplate of a Mandalorian helmet.[1]

History

Taung

The Taungs and the thirteen native Human nations, the Battalions of Zhell, eventually battled for control of Coruscant. Though the Zhell were nearly exterminated in a volcanic explosion, they managed to drive the Taungs from Coruscant. Due to the two years of darkness caused by the ash, the Taungs named themselves the Warriors of the Shadow (Dha Werda Verda).[2][3]

The Taungs, under the leadership of the legendary Mandalore the First, eventually conquered another world which they renamed in honor of their leader, Mandalore. The species as a whole then also took the name, becoming the Mandalorians (or Mando'ade in their native Mando'a).[3]

The Taungs eventually became extinct, which many attributed to the destructive Mandalorian War. [4] But the Taung legacy remained, resulting in the epic poem Dha Werda Verda being included in traditional Mandalorian lore.

Much like the Sith species which gave rise to the Sith Order, the name "Mandalorian" became associated with a multi-species culture of warrior clans, who, regardless of species, adhered to the tenets of the Mandalorians. These Mandalorians, who were mostly baseline Humans, held the legacy of the Taungs in high regard.

Taung names were derived from their language. They often selected names reflecting positive personality traits, such as "Atin" for "stubborn" and "Kot" for "strength". Taung Heights, a district of Coruscant, was presumably named for the Taung.

Appearances

  • Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War (First appearance as Mandalorian species)
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 8: Flashpoint, Part 2
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 15: Days of Fear, Part 3 (Cover only)
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 19: Daze of Hate, Part 1 (Appears in hologram)
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 20: Daze of Hate, Part 2
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 21: Daze of Hate, Part 3
  •  Mass Aqualish Exodus ExpectedHoloNet News Vol. 531 45 (Mentioned only)
  •  Area Woman Finds Sith Icon in PastebreadHoloNet News Vol. 531 49 (Mentioned only)
  • Republic Commando: Triple Zero (Mentioned only)

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Notes and references

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