"Mandalorians don't make threats. We make promises."
So, you've reached CL 90 and mastered your profession. "What do I do now?", you ask. If you are someone who does their best to avoid battle and prefers a peaceful life, then you do just that. But if you crave the thrill of battle, the spoils of war, and the honor which can only be achieved when your enemy lies lifeless at your feet, then perhaps you have what it takes to become a Mandalorian.
<<<The Four Tasks>>>
To become a Mandalorian, there are <Four Tasks> which must be completed:
Each of these Tasks will now be discussed in detail...
Asside from battle, the most important thing to a Mandalorian is their heritage. Therefore, the <First Task> that must be completed to become a Mandalorian is learning about their history and culture...
The Mandalorians were a group of clan-based people consisting of members from multiple species. Their culture revolved around that of the idea of battle and war being a source of honor and pride in their community. The leader of the Mandalorians typically took on the title of "Mandalore." Mandalorians were frequently allied with the Sith, most notably Exar Kun and much later as a prototype for the Clone trooper under the power of Darth Sidious and the Galactic Republic.
Originally, the Mandalorian clans were Taung from Coruscant, led by the warlord "Mandalore the First". Eventually they conquered a planet in the Outer Rim, which they named Mandalore after their leader. The Taung then took the name Mandalorians and were seen by many as the most skilled fighters in the Galaxy, thriving in battle. They were known for their use of cutting-edge weaponry and held to a strict code of honor. These Mandalorians wore crusader armor that differed from one soldier to the next. Later, members of other species joined their ranks, until humans made up the majority. Mandalorians spoke their own language, Mando'a, but many spoke Galactic Basic as well.
For thousands of years after Mandalore's conquest, its new inhabitants would not venture far from the system they inhabited. It was not until the Great Sith War of 4,000 BBY that the Mandalorians would seek to expand their conquests and, in the process, become both famous (and infamous) to the galaxy at large. For nearly the next 4,000 years, the Mandalorians would play a large part in galactic warfare.
In 60 BBY a schism occurred in their ranks. A violent splinter group, known as the Mandalorian Death Watch, revolted against the leadership of Jaster Mereel, who led the True Mandalorian loyalist faction, due to Mereel's proposed Supercommando Codex reforms. The two groups became mortal enemies, and would go on to clash numerous times.
Mandalorian culture consisted of a very straight-forward nomadic society, influenced by many other cultures around the galaxy. As a whole, Mandalorians were not prejudiced of any species, but tolerated all Mandalorians, as long as they followed Mandalorian principles. Many war-orphaned children (such as Jango Fett) would be adopted into Mandalorian society, and brought up as Mandalorian children.
Mandalorian women were expected to have the same combat skills as men, in order to defend their homes when the men were away. If they didn't have children to raise, they fought alongside men on the battlefield. The ideal Mandalorian woman was physically strong and resilient.
Not all Mandalorians constantly fought on the front line. There were farmers, regular factory workers, engineers, and doctors too. However, all Mandalorians were warriors at heart, and all knew how to fight.
There were six acts one needed to follow to be a Mandalorian, known as the Six Actions (Resol'Nare). They consisted of: wearing armor, speaking Mando'a, defending themselves and families, raising children as Mandalorians, helping the clan succeed and sustain itself, and when called to arms by the Mandalore, rally to his cause.
The Mandalorian religion reflected the sensibilities and values of the Mandalorians. Like the culture itself, it changed over the years, but still maintained its fundamental tenets. In ancient times, Mandalorians were intensely religious, worshipping war and taking their myths literally. However disillusionment with devastating wars of conquest led to a re-interpretation of the stories as parables, to confer philosophical meaning rather than fact.
In Mandalorian myth, the sloth-god Arasuum eternally fought the destroyer god Kad Ha'rangir. This represented the constant struggle between stagnation, and the opportunity for change that stemmed from destruction. Every Mandalorian warrior who died was supposedly joined an army in the afterlife; there they defended their wives and children, who live on an enduring, peaceful homestead. This was viewed as the only place where Mandalorians could finally settle down permanently.
Later generations moved away from a belief in a literal heaven to emphasize the idea of the manda. The manda was described as "a combination of the collective state of being, the essence of being Mandalorian, and an oversoul." To be part of it, a Mandalorian must understand their culture and truly live out its ideals. Otherwise, they would be a dar'manda–someone who was ignorant of their heritage, and would have no soul and no afterlife. This was regarded as a fate worse than death. This emphasis on culture helped to preserve the identity of the Mandalorians even when scattered across the galaxy.
For even more detailed information on the Mandalorians, see this website:
Besides simply having the necessary knowledge of Mandalorian history and culture, one seeking to join the ranks of the Mandalorians must prove themselves a warrior of the highest caliber. Therefore, the <Second Task> that must be completed are the Feats of Strength...
Feat I - Defeat an Ancient Krayt Dragon on the planet of Tatooine
Feat II - Defeat the Acklay on the planet of Yavin IV
Feat III - Defeat a Gorax giant on the planet of Endor
The <Third Task> that must be completed to become a true Mandalorian is earning and wearing a suit of Mandalorian armor...
There are 3 types of Mandalorian armor:
It does not matter which type of armor is chosen, but earning and wearing SOME type of Mandalorian armor is a requirement to becomming a true Mandalorian.
<<<The Mandalorian Legacy>>>
No matter how great your knowledge of Mandalorian heritage, or how deadly your fighting skills may be, they are all worthless without a protege to pass them on to. The <Fourth Task> that must be completed to become a Mandalorian is training an apprentice.
Taking an Apprentice: A CL 90 Warrior should select a worthy warrior of a lesser CL to be their Mandalorian apprentice. Even though the apprentice may be a low CL, they should still have proven themselves an able warrior, and deserving of Mandalorian training. The master may assign their student tests to determine whether or not they are worthy of training.
The Master: The master's role is to help their apprentice advance. This advancement comes in 3 main ways:
- Teaching them about Mandalorian history, culture, and religion
- Helping them hone their combat skills(by increasing their CL)
- Helping them earn Mandalorian armor of their own(DWB or Restuss)
The Apprentice: The aprentice's role is two-fold:
- Always be respectful of their master
- Meet any advancement goals their master sets
Purpose: The purpose of Mandalorian Apprenticeship System is for the mutual enjoyment and benefit of both the master and the apprentice. The apprentice benefits from the system by having a more experienced player helping them as they need it. The master benefits from the system in that only by fully training an apprentice can they become a true Mandalorian themselves.
Completion: A apprentice is only fully trained when they have:
- Reached CL 90
- Been trained in Mandalorian Lore
- Earned a full suit of Mandalorian armor
Once the apprentice is fully trained, the master has completed the last of the <Four Tasks> and has proven himself a true Mandalorian. For the apprentice to become a true Mandalorian himself, they will have to train an apprentice of their own...
<<<Mandalorian Ranking System>>>
Even after a warrior has completed the <Four Tasks> and proven themselves a true Mandalorian, it does not mean their crusade has ended. Below is the Mandalorian Ranking System for those soldiers ambitious enough to advance in the Mandalorian ranks...
The Supercommando Tests are an advanced version of the Feats of Strength, and must be completed to become a Mandalorian Supercommando:
Test I - Defeat the Death Watch Overlord on the planet of Endor
Test II - Defeat a Dark Jedi Sentinal on the planet of Yavin IV
Test III - Defeat HK-47 on the planet of Mustafar
Though Supercommando is the highest rank that can be achieved in the Mandalorian Ranking System, it does not mean you have nothing left to do. The more soldiers that are trained, the stronger the Mandalorians will be. And for those who are interested, you could even form your own guild following the Mandalorian RP System, as the next section shows.
Below is a description of how to incorporate the Mandalorian RP System into guild form for any that are interested:
- Mandalorian Recruit
- Mandalorian Cadet
- Mandalorian Soldier
- Mandalorian Crusader
- Mandalorian Guardsman
- Mandalorian Battlemaster
- Mandalorian Supercommando
- Mandalorian Elder
<How the Guild works>
To join the guild you will need to submit an application to one of the Mandalorian Elders. If the application is approved, then you will be invited to join the guild, and upon joining you will be granted the rank of Mandalorian Recruit.
After 1 week of membership in the guild, you will be eligable to become a Mandalorian Cadet. To do so, you must approach the governing body and announce your desire to become a Cadet. The governing body will then assign you several trials you must complete. After doing so, you are granted the rank of Mandalorian Cadet. You will then be assigned to a Master, who will mentor you until you have reached CL 90. If you are already CL 90, you will still accompany the Master until you are eligable to become a Mandalorian Soldier.
1 week after becomming a Cadet, you will be eligable to become a Mandalorian Soldier if you are CL 90(If not you must first reach CL 90). To do so, you must again approach the governing body and announce your desire to become a Soldier. The governing body will then assign you several trials you must complete. After doing so, you are granted the rank of Mandalorian Soldier. The next 3 ranks are gained by training apprentices of your own:
1 week after becomming a Battlemaster, you will be eligable to become a Mandalorian Supercommando. To do so, you must approach the governing body and announce your desire to become a Supercommando. The governing body will then assign you several trials you must complete. After doing so, you are granted the rank of Mandalorian Supercommando.
After becomming a Supercommando, you will be eligable to become a Mandalorian Elder(member of the governing body). To do so, you must approach them and announce your desire to become an Elder. However, whether or not you become a member of the governing body will be determined by your combat skills.
<How the Governing Body will work>
- The Governing Body will be made up of 12 members(known as Elders)
- 6 members will be permanant, and 6 members will be determined every month by competitive dueling.
- To be eligable to become an Elder, you must be a Mandalorian Supercommando.
- Supercommandos that want to become Elders will have to duel amongst themselves for the 6 slots.
- The 6 permanant Elders will determine the rules of how the dueling will work, and enforce them.
- The top 6 Supercommandos in the tournament will win the 6 temporary seats on the Governing Body.
- Terms on the body will last 1 month, and then a new tournament will be held for the 6 temporary slots.
<Regarding the Permanant Members>
On the Governing Body there will be 6 permanant Elders. They do not have set terms, and their spots do not become availible again every month like the 6 temporary spots do. The reason for the permanant members is to impartialy govern the process of selecting the 6 temporary members, by overseeing and judging the competition.
However, these permanant members can be voted out of their postion by a majority vote from the other permanant body members, and replaced by one of the 6 temporary members(which one will also be determined by a majority vote from the 5 remaining permanant body members).
<<<Finding a Master or Apprentice>>>
To find a Mandalorian Master or Apprentice of your own, try the following methods:
1) Your Server Forums: One good way to find another player interested in the Mandalorian RP System is by posting a thread on your server's forums. Make sure your thread includes a link to this thread(so people will know what your talking about), and specifies whether your looking for a Master or an Apprentice.
2) Your Guild: Another good way to find a Master or Apprentice is by asking members of your guild. If you are a lower CL seeking a Master, ask a CL 90 if they would be interested. If you are a CL 90 looking for an apprentice, ask a lower CL if they would be interested. Make sure to direct them to this post so they know what is involved.
3) Onisxi was nice enough to create a message board for people seeking a Master or Apprentice of their own. Here is the link:
Good luck to any who decide to give the Mandalorian RP System a try
Message Edited by Everitt_Cage on 01-26-2007 05:58 PM