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"As my personal guard, you are the only ones I can trust to investigate this matter."
―Duchess Satine[src]

The Mandalorian Protectors, also known as Mandalorian royal guards or simply Protectors, were an ancient group of elite Mandalorian warriors who served as royal guards for the ruler of Mandalore and maintained balance in the warrior culture. When the Galactic Empire claimed control of their homeworld, the Protectors established a base on the third moon of Concord Dawn in the Concord Dawn system. Under the leadership of Fenn Rau, the Protectors formed an alliance with the Empire. After Rau was captured by the rebels Kanan Jarrus and Sabine Wren, who fought with honor, the Protectors' sympathies were forced to change. In 2 BBY, the Protectors were wiped out by the Imperial Viceroy Gar Saxon and his commandos in an attempt to lure Rau out of hiding.

Description[edit | edit source]

Protectors firing at rebels.

The Mandalorian Protectors,[11] or simply the Protectors, were an ancient group of elite Mandalorian warriors.[3] Charged with the protection of the Mandalorian ruler, a being known by the title of the Mand'alor, they recruited the best warriors from Mandalore's clans.[12][8][13]

Some of the best pilots in the Mandalore sector, they flew Fang fighters, and wore multiple sets of gear, including ceremonial and traditional combat armor[12] as well as full piloting gear including blue jumpsuits, air packs, and helmets.[6]

History[edit | edit source]

Clone Wars[edit | edit source]

The Mandalorian Protectors with Duchess Satine Kryze

Though Mandalore had largely turned its back on its more war-like past[1] by the time of the Clone Wars,[5] the Mandalorian Protectors were one of the few traditions to continue,[1] charged with protecting New Mandalorian leader, Duchess Satine Kryze.[12] In the year 21 BBY,[14] the Protectors assisted Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in rounding up all the people who were present at or near the Death Watch bombing of the Memorial Shrine in Sundari's Peace Park. They later escorted the Duchess, Master Kenobi, and the bomber's body to Mandalore's moon of Concordia.[5] The Mandalorian Protectors continued protecting the Duchess and her entourage aboard the Coronet, where they defended her and several senators from assassin probes. When Senator Tal Merrik of Kalevala revealed himself as a traitor, the royal guards fought and destroyed boarding B2-series super battle droids alongside Grand Army of the Republic clone troopers.[7]

The Protectors were then brought in to train clones, with their leader, Fenn Rau, training clone pilots.[6] At the Third Battle of Mygeeto, the Protectors under Rau fought alongside the Grand Army of the Republic as Skull Squadron rescued Jedi General Depa Billaba and her Padawan, Caleb Dume.[4]

Protectors of Concord Dawn[edit | edit source]

A Protector in his gear with a WESTAR-35 blaster pistol

At some point after the Imperial occupation of the Protectors homeworld Mandalore, the Protectors left Mandalore and established a base on the third moon of the Concord Dawn system. Led by Fenn Rau, they forged an agreement with the Empire.[3]

In 3 BBY,[source?] the Spectres, Hera Syndulla and Sabine Wren, along with two Phoenix Cell pilots were sent to Concord Dawn to negotiate the usage of their hyperspace routes. The negotiators were attacked by the Protectors in orbit, led by Rau. Spectre leader Kanan Jarrus was sent to destroy their Fang fighters to stop further conflict. In truth, Kanan was attempting to finish Hera's mission, to negotiate terms. Sabine stowed away on board the Phantom, against Kanan's wishes, to eliminate Rau for severely injuring Hera in a dogfight. After capturing their leader and destroying their Fang fighters, Rau was forced to let the rebels use their hyperspace routes.[6]

Destruction[edit | edit source]

In 2 BBY,[source?] the Imperial Viceroy of Mandalore, Gar Saxon, discovered that the Protectors were allowing rebel ships to travel through the Concord Dawn system in order to avoid Imperial sector patrols. In an attempt to lure Fenn Rau back, Saxon and his Imperial super commandos attacked the Protectors' encampment on the third moon of Concord Dawn and wiped them out. When Rau traveled back to Concord Dawn with Sabine, Ezra Bridger, and Chopper, they discovered that the Protectors had been decimated. After escaping Saxon, Rau decided to join the rebellion.[8]

Legacy[edit | edit source]

Following the outbreak of the Mandalorian Civil War after the skirmish on Krownest, and the deaths of Viceroy Gar Saxon and his brother Governor Tiber Saxon during a mission to Mandalore, various Mandalorian clans declared for Bo-Katan Kryze to lead them, with Rau also declaring that the Protectors were with her.[9]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The Protectors' sigil is taken from concept art by Joe Johnston for Boba Fett.[15]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

Mandalorian Groups
Political/cultural factions
Children of the Watch · Death Watch · Martial traditionalists · New Mandalorians · Old Mandalorians
Government organizations
Concord Dawn Protectorate · Mandalore Customs · Mandalorian Guard (Mandalorian secret service · Sundari Police Authority) · New Mandalorian ministry council
Military groups
Fighting Corps · Mandalore resistance · Mandalorian crusaders · Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders · Mandalorian Protectors (Journeyman Protectors · Skull Squadron) · Mandalorian resistance · Nite Owls · Vlemoth Port battalion
Concordian Crescent Technologies · Kalevala Spaceworks · Mandal Hypernautics · MandalMotors · MandalTech
Other groups
The Tribe
Mandalorian warriors
Airborne Trooper · Death Watch Warrior · Flame Thrower trooper · Grappling Trooper · Heavy Infantry Mandalorian · Imperial Super Commando · Mandalorian Armorer · Mandalorian super commando · Rally master
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