- "The Mandalorian Wars were a series of massacres that masked another war, a war of conversion. Culminating in a final atrocity that no Jedi could walk away from… save one."
- ―Kreia, referring to the Exile
The Mandalorian Wars erupted after two decades of relative peace following the Great Sith War. The conflict was set in motion by the ambitious Mandalore the Ultimate, who reconsolidated the Mandalorian clans under the Neo-Crusader banner.
Due to contradictory historical accounts from the period, the exact date of the war's beginning would remain a point of contention among historians. The wars could be said to have begun in the year 3,976 BBY, as it marked the start of Mandalorian aggression along the Outer Rim.
The first skirmishes between the Mandalorian and Republic fleets occurred as early as 3,965 BBY, but many published histories tend to emphasize the time period after the Mandalorians invaded the Galactic Republic proper, circa 3,963 BBY. After the invasion, the Republic Military and a faction of the Jedi Order entered the war. The war concluded in 3,960 BBY with the Republic victory at Malachor V.
The Great Sith WarEdit
- "Exar Kun was a Jedi who fell to the dark side and led an army against the Jedi and Republic."
The roots of the Mandalorian Wars lay buried deep in the turmoil of the Great Sith War. At the outbreak of that conflict, the Mandalorian clans had roamed far from their homeworld as they scouted the known galaxy for worthy foes. The nomadic warriors revered combat, and for centuries they had dedicated themselves to waging holy wars of conquest—known as crusades—against their celestial neighbors. In the year 3,996 BBY, the Mandalorian Crusaders sought a new adversary to test themselves against and thus they voyaged to the Empress Teta system which was, at that time, ruled by a Sith sect known as the Krath.
Mandalore the Indomitable, the Lord of the Mandalorians clans, had heard rumors of the military exploits of a young Krath commander named Ulic Qel-Droma. On the world of Kuar, Mandalore challenged Ulic to single combat, and he was defeated by the Sith Lord. After the duel, he pledged his loyalty to Qel-Droma and thus allied the Mandalorian clans with the Sith. Under orders from Ulic Qel-Droma and his Sith Master, Exar Kun, the Crusaders laid waste to numerous worlds and earned the enmity of the Republic and its Jedi defenders.
� A new Mandalore.In the waning days of the Great Sith War, as the Brotherhood of the Sith hovered on the brink of defeat, the Mandalorians took part in a disastrous campaign known as the Third Battle of Onderon. Mandalore staged a surprise assault against the city dwellers of Iziz, but just as the tide of battle turned in the Crusaders' favor, Republic reinforcements arrived in the system. The Republic commander, Orley Vanicus, informed Mandalore that Ulic Qel-Droma had been captured, and he demanded the Mandalorians' immediate surrender, but Mandalore refused to concede the battle. Trapped between the incoming Republic fleet and the native Beast Riders, the Mandalorian warriors were devastated.[
Mandalore ordered a rapid retreat to Onderon's nearby moon, Dxun, believing that he could lose the Republic pursuit in its dense jungles, but that was not to be the case. While withdrawing, a Republic frigate fired upon his Basilisk droid mount, and he crashed into the canopy far from friendly aid. Rising from the wreckage, Lord Mandalore was immediately attacked and eaten by a pack of Devourers. Meanwhile, the remaining Mandalorian Crusaders braved the dangers of Dxun's predators as they scoured the landscape for any sign of their lost leader. In a fateful moment, one Crusader stumbled across Mandalore's mask, hanging in a patch of foliage. In accordance with the laws of his people, he claimed the mask and became the new Mandalore.
The Restoration periodEdit
- "Exar Kun was defeated, but the war left both the Republic and our own Order severely weakened. For twenty years, we struggled to rebuild, trying to erase the scars of the terrible conflict."
The Mandalorian Crusaders suffered a crushing defeat in the Onderon system, and their Sith allies met a similar fate at the hands of the Galactic Republic soon thereafter. Once they had captured Ulic Qel-Droma on Ossus, the Jedi rallied to defeat Exar Kun at Yavin IV. Bereft of leadership, the Sith were vanquished and the Great Sith War swiftly came to a close. During the next twenty years, an uneasy peace prevailed and the galaxy slowly began to recover from the damage inflicted by warfare. The Mandalorians, the Galactic Republic, and the Jedi Order each entered an era of rebuilding and renewal known as the Restoration period.
In the years following the Sith War, an ambitious new Mandalorian leader rose to power—a Mandalore whose legacy would shape the galaxy for years to come. Known to history as Mandalore the Ultimate, it was he who undertook the arduous task of rebuilding the greatly diminished Mandalorian clans. Upon assuming leadership, Lord Mandalore recalled his scattered warriors, but few remained to heed his summons. Undeterred, he aggressively expanded his recruiting efforts beyond the original Mandalorian species—known as the Taung—and welcomed members of alien descent into the Mandalorian fold. As a result of his efforts, the Mandalorian ranks swelled with warriors from countless worlds, and Mandalore was able to swiftly form a powerful new generation of warriors known as the Neo-Crusaders.
War in the Unknown Regions (3,976–3,966 BBY)Edit
- "We started by conquering worlds just outside the Republic. We did it quietly so the Republic wouldn't really know what was going on until too late. When we finally did hit the Republic worlds, they had no idea we were coming."
- ―Canderous Ordo[src]
In the decades following the Sith War, many Mandalorians reflected upon their humiliating defeat at the hands of the Republic, and became convinced that their prophesied "Great Last Battle" was at hand. Anticipating—and perhaps precipitating—this apocalyptic conflict, Mandalore the Ultimate began marshalling his clans for war. Conspiring with the Sith, he devised an ambitious scheme aimed at conquering their common foe. In the year 3,976 BBY, Mandalore launched a new military crusade against the weakened and vulnerable Galactic Republic.Knowing that his people were not yet strong enough to challenge the Republic directly, Mandalore began his crusade by leading his renewed clans in a brutal campaign of conquest along the Outer Rim Territories, on the edge of Republic Space. Sacking independent planets such as Althir, the Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders were able to carve out a clan territory larger than that ruled by the Hutts in the short span of a decade.
� The Mandalorians begin a new crusade in the Unknown Regions.During this period of rampant imperialism, the Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders conquered the planet Cathar. The operation was masterminded by Mandalore the Ultimate's chief strategist, Cassus Fett, who wished to exact vengeance on the native Cathar species for opposing the Mandalorians in past conflicts. In 3,973 BBY, Fett's forces viciously massacred the Cathar, driving the species to the brink of extinction. Years later, tidings of the event would bring about a major turning point in the Mandalorians' war with the Republic.
The Republic Senate initially chose not to intervene in the Mandalorians' campaign of conquest. The senators were wary of allowing the Republic to become embroiled in another galaxy spanning conflict; they still remembered the devastation wrought during the Great Sith War, and they did not wish to risk open warfare in the defense of planets located beyond their government's borders. They refused to take part in the ongoing war unless the Mandalorians threatened to invade the Republic itself. Meanwhile, Mandalore prepared to do just that. He plundered resources from his conquered provinces and stockpiled them in order to fuel his war machine. With each military victory, the Mandalorian clans grew more powerful; they assembled a massive slave labor force and conscripted conquered species into their ranks.As planet after planet fell before their advancing fleet, refugees began to pour into Republic space, flocking to border worlds such as Taris in the hopes of escaping the Mandalorians' wrath.
The False War (3,966–3,964 BBY)Edit
- "Mandalore spends years picking off unaligned rimworlds—the Senate sits. Mandalore gets too close to one full of Republic business interests—and the Senate throws it Republic membership and a security cordon so long it would take five fleets our size to crew it. I'm sure Mandalore did a little dance when he heard the Republic had pledged to defend Taris. They've called these last few months "War." I think you can see it's nothing of the sort!"
- ―Saul Karath[src]
The Galactic Senate allowed the Mandalorians' expansionist crusade to continue—unchecked—for a decade before the legislative body finally took action. As the Mandalorians began to converge on Taris's resource worlds of Vanquo, Tarnith, Suurja and Jebble, the Republic Senators chose to make a stand and defend their government's extensive commercial investments in the region. In 3,966 BBY, the Taris system was granted Republic membership at the behest of Lhosan Industries, an influential corporate interest based on Taris. In following months, the Republic deployed its Outer Rim fleets in a lengthy defensive formation which was intended to protect Taris and its dependent worlds from the Mandalorian's predations; however, the Jebble-Vanquo-Tarnith line, as it came to be called, was more of a show of force than a practical military deterrent. The Republic Navy was spread too thin over a vast area and it lacked the ships to truly defend the entire front.
In 3,965 BBY, Mandalorian and Republic forces fought the first of many sporadic skirmishes along the Republic border between the annexed world of Taris and the Mandalorian homeworld. A series of four minor battles took place on the agrarian world of Suurja, but the contest eventually ended in a stalemate. By 3,964 BBY, the Mandalorians' crusade appeared to have ground to a halt; apart from taking possession of a stellar research station on the remote planet Flashpoint, the Mandalorians had failed to conquer a populated system in the Outer Rim for more than a year. Appearances, however, were deceiving. The Republic's chief military minds were ignorant of the scope of Mandalore's ambitions, the scale of his war machine, and the subtlety of his battle plans; they were largely oblivious to the fact that the "war" they were fighting along their border was nothing more than an elaborate ruse.
Mandalore the Ultimate and Cassus Fett had engineered this False War, as it would later be termed, in order to gauge the potency of the Republic's defenses. Withholding the majority of his forces and feigning weakness, Mandalore initiated a deceptive campaign designed to mobilize the Republic while simultaneously lulling it into a false sense of security. He began by drawing the Republic into a series of minor border skirmishes, police actions, and proxy wars. He then escalated hostilities by interrupting trade routes and harrying worlds that maintained close political ties to the Republic. After the annexation of Taris, Mandalore finally managed to goad the Republic into a state of undeclared warfare, and as the two galactic powers sparred indecisively along the neutral Outer Rim frontier, the Mandalorians systematically probed the strength and resolve of the Republic military in preparation for a full-scale attack.
Discord within the Jedi OrderEdit
- "We'll go to the front—and beyond it, if it'll save the galaxy. Sometimes you have to enter the darkness to save the light."
- ―Alek of Quelii[src]
Amid such uncertain times, radical new factions began to coalesce within the Jedi Order. An outspoken Jedi Knight, who would become known in the popular media as "The Revanchist," warned of the danger posed by the Mandalorian clans. He lobbied for the Jedi Order to take an active role in the Republic's war effort, but the Jedi High Council was hesitant to be drawn into another armed conflict. Only thirty years earlier, the fallen Knights Exar Kun and Ulic Qel-Droma had successfully led a host of Jedi to the dark side and thence to war with the Republic. The resulting struggle with the Sith took a very heavy toll on the Jedi Order and it had yet to fully recover. In the face of a looming Mandalorian threat, the Jedi Masters grew cautious lest they repeat the mistakes of the past; they were wary of the dark side and they sensed that an unknown hand was at work behind the new war.
� A group of Revanchists are captured on Suurja.The Jedi Council seemed content to watch and wait as the border war escalated along the Outer Rim, but a growing movement within the Jedi Order refused to stand idly by. The young and charismatic Revanchist began to recruit Jedi followers to combat the Mandalorians, and his friend Alek was the first to join his cause. Well known and admired within the Order, the two Knights were able to quickly enlist a number of like-minded volunteers and form them into a faction that would come to be known as the Revanchists. Anticipating a Mandalorian invasion, they scouted the battlefront without the knowledge or consent of the Jedi Council.
While the Revanchist concerned himself with the Mandalorians, the famed Jedi seer Krynda Draay focused her attention on the Sith. Draay was embittered by her failure to predict the reemergence of the Sith, and by the loss of her husband, sister, and former Jedi Master during the resulting Great Sith War. She lived in self-imposed solitude for four years following the death of her spouse, but the needs of the Jedi Order eventually drew her out of isolation. The war with the Sith had gravely depleted the Jedi ranks and there were few remaining Masters who were capable of training the next generation in the ways of the Force. In 3,993 BBY, the Jedi convinced Krynda Draay to train a new class of seers for the Order, but she had greater ambitions. With the aid of Haazen, a failed Padawan who had served her husband, she quietly founded a Jedi splinter group known as the Covenant. In the following decades, she and her students developed the organization into a vast, clandestine operation dedicated to preventing the Sith from ever rising to power again.
The Padawan Massacre of TarisEdit
In the year 3,964 BBY, the Covenant's first WatchCircle, stationed on Taris, received a disturbing vision that foretold the return of the Sith. Their brief glimpse of the future seemed to predict that one of their own Padawans was to become a Sith Lord—one who would be responsible for the collapse of the Jedi Order. Having dedicated their lives to the sole mission of safeguarding the Republic from the Sith, the WatchCircle decided that their students had to be sacrificed for the greater good. They massacred their apprentices within the halls of the Jedi Tower in an attempt to forestall the future that they had foreseen, but their plan was not entirely successful; one of their Padawans managed to escape the scene of the crime.
The Covenant members framed the lone survivor, Zayne Carrick, for the murders that they had committed, but Carrick repeatedly escaped capture and fled the system. As a result, the Tarisian citizenry lost faith in their Jedi protectors and civil order began to deteriorate. Prominent business interests, such as Lhosan Industries, announced their intentions of pulling off the planet, citing security risks. Three weeks after the Padawan Massacre, the embarrassed Jedi Order also decided to cut its losses. Taris slowly descended into anarchy and the Jedi chose to abandon it to its fate.
The Mandalorian invasion (3,963 BBY)Edit
- "The prologue is over. We're breaking out on the Outer Rim—and more. The real Mandalorian Wars have begun."
- ―Rohlan Dyre[src]
In 3,963 BBY, Mandalore the Ultimate received word of the chaos that had consumed Taris. Understanding that the planet was the key to the entire sector, Cassus Fett designed a three-pronged assault designed to take advantage of the situation. With his battle plans drawn, Mandalore signaled his long-prepared forces to attack en masse. The invasion of the Republic began with a rapid conquest of Onderon which was staged from nearby Dxun. Soon afterwards, the Mandalorian fleets in the Outer Rim began to pour into Republic space through three invasion corridors in adjacent sectors.
� Republic and Mandalorian fleets clash at the Battle of Vanquo.The Republic was caught completely off-guard by the sudden Mandalorian break out—an event that the popular media would refer to as "The Onslaught." Overwhelmed, the deployed battle groups of the Republic Navy did their level best to counter the massive Mandalorian assault while the Galactic Senate prepared to retaliate with the entire Republic fleet. Meanwhile, the primary Mandalorian invasion force, commanded by Mandalore himself, began a major push towards the Republic security cordon surrounding the Taris system. Splitting his command, Mandalore simultaneously attacked Taris and the nearby planet Vanquo, thereby forcing the Republic defenders to divide their efforts.
While Captain Saul Karath of the Courageous oversaw the defense of Vanquo, the Admirals Jimas Veltraa and Noma Sommos commanded the defense of the Jebble-Vanquo-Tarnith line surrounding Taris. When the line became indefensible, Admiral Veltraa reformed the remnants of the Outer Rim fleets into a new defensive line around the planet Taris itself, but that formation also fell before the massed Mandalorian assault. During the battle, Admiral Sommos was gravely injured and Admiral Veltraa was killed when his flagship, Reliance, was destroyed. Once the dust had finally settled, Taris found itself under siege and the remnants of the Republic fleets in the region were in full retreat.
Clash at Flashpoint StationEdit
- "Everything my master foresaw about the Mandalorians was true. They have all the force they need to overrun the Republic. […] My master has a plan to defeat the Mandalorians, fast—but there are risks. Serious risks. But after this, a lot of us here are ready to do anything."
- ―Alek of Quelii[src]
As the Mandalorian Onslaught was being unleashed across the Outer Rim Territories, the Jedi High Council faced a crisis closer to home. Over the course of the False War with the Mandalorians, the Revanchist faction had grown increasingly rebellious. Now, having learned that a number of Jedi were captured on Suurja, the Council called the Revanchist leader before them to answer for his actions. Upon his arrival, the Council members lectured the wayward Jedi for leading Padawans and fellow Knights to a war zone without permission, and for leaving his followers to fend for themselves on Suurja while he investigating a vision that led events on Dxun and Onderon. Master Vrook Lamar ordered the Revanchist to recover the captured Jedi and return them safely to Coruscant.
Ultimately, however, it would be the fugitive Zayne Carrick who would accomplish that feat. Implementing a plan concocted by his con-artist employer, Marn Hierogryph, Carrick and a renegade Mandalorian named Rohlan Dyre infiltrated the Flashpoint Research Station and liberated the prisoners held within from the clutches of Demagol—a Mandalorian scientist who conducted torturous, and often fatal, experiments on his Jedi subjects in an effort to divine the nature of their Force abilities. Among the prisoners at Flashpoint was Alek of Quelii, a prominent Revanchist who would prove crucial to the Republic war effort in the following years.
� The devestation of SerrocoEdit
- "Anyone who put up a fight—or wouldn't fight—was crushed. We razed entire worlds trying to provoke the Republic into fighting us."
- ―Canderous Ordo[src]
The war was going very poorly for the Galactic Republic; during their initial assault, the Mandalorian invaders managed to overwhelm much of the Outer Rim, and the Republic fleets retreating from Taris were forced to fall back to the Core World of Ralltir. Under the command of Admiral Saul Karath, promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral following the Battle of Vanquo, the Courageous battle group was resupplied and reinforced on Ralltir before shipping out to a forward staging area on the backwater world of Serroco.
� The Mandalorians devastate Serroco with nuclear weapons.The Mandalorian veteran Canderous Ordo would later reminisce that the Republic initially utilized "shameful" defensive tactics such as placing military installations adjacent to major civilian population centers. He believed that the Republic felt that his people would not use "appropriate force" against their bases in major cities. The Mandalorians quickly disabused them of such notions. On the planet Serroco, the Republic military made the mistake of placing its defensive fortifications within the cities of the native Stereb. Disgusted by what he called a "defense without honor," Mandalore had the cities completely annihilated with nuclear devices. The Mandalorian war machine proved to be ruthless, tenacious, and largely unscrupulous—willing to achieve victory regardless of the cost. In the battles of Serroco, Duro, and Eres III, they shocked the galaxy with the sheer carnage they were willing to inflict upon any worlds that dared to fight back.
� Operation Dark HarvestEdit
In a play for power, Lord Arkoh Adasca, head of Adascorp set up a bid between the two sides, offering them gigantic space creatures called exogorths, which he considered to be the ultimate bioweapons that can multiply faster than ships can be built. The representatives of the bidding factions were Saul Karath for the Republic, Mandalore himself for the Mandalorians and Alek of the Revanchists. Though all sides despised the use of such creatures, they could not let one party get away with them. But Adasca was rooting for the winning side, which is the Mandalorians, promised to spare Arkania and that Adascorp would be the main weapons forge for the war effort. But his insanity made him think that he could control the Mandalorians. However, Carrick, temporarily allied with his former master Lucien Draay and Carth Onasi made a plan to stop it. Zayne disguised himself in Rohlan's new armor and had a fight with Carth and then unmasked himself, saying that Adasca planned a trap for Mandalore, resulting in a fight between the two sides. Gorman Vandrayk, an Arkanian offshoot who was forced to finish work on the exogorths, drove them onto the Arkanian Legacy, killing Adasca and then took them out into Wild Space where he could remove their cybernetic implants and make sure no one uses them.
The Mandalorians soon began conscripting recruits to prepare for the attack on Alderaan. As they massed their forces on Jebble, the unexplained Rakghoul Plague began spreading throughout the base. To prevent the infection from spreading to the rest of the galaxy, Cassus Fett had no choice but to obliterate the base. Soon after, reports from Republic Intelligence say that the Mandalorians suffered an insurrection, convincing the Jedi High Council that the Revanchist's path was wrong.
The Republic counteroffensive (3,963–3,960 BBY)Edit
� The Revanchists interveneEdit
- "We fought against the Republic forces for some time, over the course of many battles. At the start, they were not much of a threat to speak of, but once the Jedi Revan had taken charge, things began to turn against us."
- ―Canderous Ordo[src]
In the opening stages of the war, the Republic military proved to be outmatched by the sheer ferocity of the Mandalorians' attacks. Time and again, the Republic navy was soundly beaten. In desperation, the Republic petitioned the Jedi Council for aid, but the Council urged patience as they assessed the Mandalorian threat.
The revelation of exactly what had occurred during the Battle of Cathar, years earlier, would change the course of the war. In 3,963 BBY, even as the Mandalorians Neo-Crusaders were attacking Serroco, the Revanchist—now better known as Revan—led an expedition to Cathar. While there, he and his followers were confronted by a team of Council-loyal Jedi who demanded they disband forever. However, both sides, through a vision, learned of the Mandalorians' brutal genocide of the Cathar species. When the greater galaxy was made aware of the tragic event, the Jedi Council sanctioned the Revanchists' actions and many more Jedi joined them. In the following days, the Battle of Cathar became a rallying cry which gave Revan and his friend Alek the leverage they needed to lead their faction to war. The Jedi Crusaders joined the Republic fleets battling the Mandalorians and they quickly became vital to the Republic's war effort.
Revan and Alek (who had assumed the alias "Malak") proved to be extremely capable commanders in the field of battle and they rose swiftly through the ranks of the Republic Military. After masterminding a string of military victories, the Republic ceded control of its military assets to the young Knights and they soon found themselves in direct command of one-third of the Republic fleet. Revan used his new-found authority to spearhead the Republic war effort and under his enterprising leadership, the all-but-defeated Republic Navy began to push the Mandalorians back. The Jedi Masters, however, were not pleased. Even though the Council had sanctioned their actions, they believed that Revan and Malak were only offering easy solutions to the galaxy's problems and they feared that much woe would result from their recklessness.
The tide turnsEdit
- "Two Jedi Knights, Revan and Malak, defied the Jedi Council. They challenged the Mandalorian fierceness and brutality with a viciousness of their own. Revan's entrance into the conflict marked the true beginning… and end… of the war. It was Revan who drove the Mandalorians back into the Unknown Regions."
Revan's keen tactical abilities completely turned the Republic's war effort around, but he did not achieve such success without paying a heavy price. As the war dragged on, Revan began to take certain moral shortcuts—committing several "unsavory" acts, such as leaving "non-strategic" planets completely undefended in order to accomplish the "greater goal" of speedily winning the war. Revan and Malak adapted to their enemies' merciless tactics by simply co-opting them—fighting fire with fire. In time, they developed a cold and calculating disposition uncharacteristic of Jedi; they grew to despise weakness and indecisiveness in all its forms. Though Revan's tactics were flawless and Malak's righteous fury was unmatched, the pair slowly began to mirror the callous Mandalorians they were fighting.
Revan and Malak led the Republic to victory after victory. They pushed the Mandalorians back to Taris, off Dxun and Onderon, and back into Mandalorian space. Even Cassus Fett's impressive victory at the Battle of Jaga's Cluster could not turn the momentum back in the Mandalorians' favor. Pursuing the roving Mandalorian fleets, Revan and Malak ventured into the Unknown Regions beyond the Republic's borders. In an effort to draw their enemies out, their forces assaulted the Mandalorian regime on Althir, and in the resulting battle, much of the remaining Mandalorian ground forces were decimated. The Revanchists also attacked a slave colony on the moon Lorrd II, where they freed some slaves and looted some Lorrdian gemstones, a type of crystal that could be used in lightsabers. Yet for all their success, the Republic took enormous casualties while the two young Jedi were in command. Mandalorians would later claim that during the assault on the Mandalorian Outpost on Dxun alone, as many as ten Republic soldiers died for every Mandalorian slain.
- "It was what we had wanted all along, in a way. We wanted to fight the best in a battle that would be remembered for centuries. And we did."
- ―Canderous Ordo[src]
Early in the war, at some point in the year 3,963 BBY, Revan visited the ancient Sith world of Malachor V while scouting for new outposts along the embattled Outer Rim. Word had reached him that Malachor was anathema to the Mandalorians and he wished to know the reason why. Upon landing on the planet's surface, he was nearly destroyed by the resonance of dark side power and he only managed to survive the encounter through sheer force of will. He fed upon Malachor's dark side power, and in so doing, avoided being utterly consumed by it, yet he did not escape unscathed. The dark side beckoned and Revan fell under its influence.
A year later in 3,960 BBY, Revan forced a final confrontation with the Mandalorians above Malachor V. He deployed a massive fleet to the planet consisting mostly of those whose loyalties to himself remained in doubt. In utter secrecy, he had prepared a superweapon, known as the "Mass Shadow Generator," which had been designed by the Zabrak engineer Bao-Dur. The weapon was the centerpiece of a trap with which he hoped to bring about a conclusive end to the destructive conflict. Commanding the fleet and overseeing the device's use was a capable and jaded Jedi General (later known as the Jedi Exile) who had taken part in the recent bloody campaign on Dxun. Revan lured the Mandalorians to the planet and a massive fleet battle ensued in orbit.
� The shattered remnants of Malachor V.Revan himself was delayed outside the system by a Mandalorian scouting party. He eventually arrived at Malachor and entered the fray, but he was late and the Mandalorian fleets were far from defeated. In that moment, he drew upon the Sith energies haunting the surface below to augment his power. Soon thereafter, Revan pressed Mandalore into a direct confrontation and the fallen Jedi struck the great Mandalorian leader down in single combat. Meanwhile, more and more of the Jedi fighting in orbit found themselves unable to resist the call of the power emanating from the planet below and were thus drawn to the dark side. With renewed vigor, Revan's forces pressed the attack. They soon achieved a stalemate and then slowly began to push the Mandalorian fleet back towards Malachor V.
Finally, as the fighting grew intense, Revan's Jedi general observed that the Mandalorians had taken the bait and that her trap was set to spring. With a nod of her head, she commanded Bao-Dur to activate the secret weapon. Moments later, she watched in horror as much of the Mandalorian fleet, and a significant number of Republic vessels, were drawn into a vast gravity vortex. In the ensuing cataclysm, the countless ship were pulled from orbit and crushed into Malachor V's crust, and the planet itself was fractured to its very core. The event wreaked havoc on both sides of the battle lines, but the Mandalorians sustained the greatest damage and the highest casualties. In the aftermath of the destruction caused by the Mass Shadow Generator, the Mandalorian survivors transmitted their unconditional surrender.
After winning the war with a sweeping victory at Malachor V, Revan and Malak were hailed as heroes and saviors of the Republic, but at that time, Sith teachings were already circulating throughout the ranks of their command. Not long after the events at Malachor, they led the remainder of their forces into the Unknown Regions under the pretense of tracking down the remnants of the Mandalorian fleet, but they did not return and they sent no word of their whereabouts. In time, the Republic feared that the Revanchist Jedi and their followers were lost in a tragic, unknown disaster in the depths of unexplored space.
- "The war we had with the Republic was supposed to be the most glorious battle of our history but… it was a very costly one. I guess we didn't think of how much we could lose in it."
- ―Canderous Ordo[src]
The Mandalorians' "Great Last Battle", known as Ani'la Akaan in Mando'a, was devastating for them; it was a loss from which they would never fully recover. The Mass Shadow Generator destroyed almost the entire Mandalorian fleet, and it virtually wiped out the Taung species. After executing Mandalore the Ultimate before the eyes of his people, Revan took possession of the famed helm traditionally worn by the lord of the Mandalorian clans. In so doing, he denied the Mandalorians the ability to choose a new leader. Afterwards, he disarmed and disbanded the clans, allowing them to splinter into disheartened groups which scattered across the Outer Rim. There, devoid of leadership and honor, they degenerated. A few Mandalorian survivors returned to the Mandalore system, but many humbled their pride and became mercenaries for hire. Other groups became outright bandits in a futile effort to relive their glory days.
In 3,959 BBY, one year after their disappearance, the lost heroes Revan and Malak suddenly returned to the Galactic Republic at the head of a massive invasion fleet which consisted of commandeered Republic vessels as well as numerous vessels of unknown design. The armada was crewed by a host of experienced veterans and commanded by defectors such as Admiral Saul Karath, General Derred, and Mon Halan—some of the finest officers that the Republic had produced during the Mandalorian Wars. Calling themselves Darth Revan and Darth Malak, they declared war on the Republic.