- "Or perhaps the decommissioned Mandalorian hunter, Din Djarin, has heard the songs of the Siege of Mandalore, when gunships outfitted with similar ordnance laid waste to fields of Mandalorian recruits in The Night of a Thousand Tears."
- ―Moff Gideon, to Din Djarin
The Night of a Thousand Tears was an engagement between Mandalorian recruits and gunships in 19 BBY, during the Siege of Mandalore, which was launched by the Galactic Republic and Mandalore resistance to depose the rogue Sith Lord Maul from his leadership over the Outer Rim planet Mandalore. Since the recruits were overwhelmed by the ships' heavy ordnance in the night, the engagement was remembered in songs as a night of tears.
In 19 BBY, as part of the Mandalorian civil war, the Siege of Mandalore was launched by the Galactic Republic's 332nd Division and Lady Bo-Katan Kryze's Mandalore resistance, aiming to liberate the Outer Rim planet Mandalore from the control of the renegade Sith Lord Maul. During a night of the siege, gunships, equipped with heavy repeating blasters, attacked fields occupied by Mandalorian recruits, decimating the troops. The event was remembered afterward as a night of sadness.
Dubbed the "Night of a Thousand Tears," the battle was recounted in Mandalorian songs in the following years. The siege ultimately resulted in a Republic and resistance victory, but the Galactic Empire subsequently occupied Mandalore.
In 9 ABY, during a skirmish on the Outer Rim world of Nevarro, stormtroopers who served Moff Gideon's Imperial remnant assembled an E-Web heavy repeating blaster cannon to draw the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin and his allies—former New Republic shock trooper Carasynthia Dune and former Magistrate Greef Karga—out of hiding. Calling out to Djarin's group, who were trapped in a cantina, Gideon presumed that the Mandalorian may have heard the songs of the night, comparing his E-Web to the gunships' heavy weapons. Gideon's knowledge of the night and other information about Djarin's group startled them. Nevertheless, the Mandalorian and his allies escaped and emerged victorious.
Behind the scenes
The Night of a Thousand Tears was first mentioned in "Chapter 8: Redemption," which served as the finale to the first season of The Mandalorian television series. The episode first aired on Disney+ on December 27, 2019, with the episode's subtitles giving the name of the event as "The Night of a Thousand Tears." However, "The" was not capitalized in Joe Schreiber's 2021 novelization of The Mandalorian Season One, Star Wars: The Mandalorian Junior Novel.
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 8: Redemption" (First mentioned)
- Star Wars: The Mandalorian Junior Novel (Mentioned only) (First identified as Night of a Thousand Tears)
- (Indirect mention only)
Notes and references
- "Old Friends Not Forgotten" establishes that the Siege of Mandalore was fought after the Battle of Yerbana, occurred concurrent to the rest of the Clone Wars, and was part of the Mandalorian civil war. Additionally, "Shattered" establishes that the siege ended prior to a hologram meeting also seen in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. As Revenge of the Sith establishes that the meeting occurred during the beginning of the Battle of Utapau, the siege must have ended before that battle. As "Chapter 8: Redemption" establishes that the Night of a Thousand Tears was part of the siege, the timeline placement of the latter event must also apply to the former event.
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 8: Redemption"
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas establishes that the Battle of Coruscant takes place in 19 BBY. Since the Siege of Mandalore takes place concurrently to the battle as established by the novel Ahsoka, the siege, which includes the Night of a Thousand Tears per "Chapter 8: Redemption," must also take place in 19 BBY.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Old Friends Not Forgotten"
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: The Mandalorian Junior Novel
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shattered"
- Star Wars Rebels: Heroes of Mandalore
- The skirmish on Nevarro took place in 9 ABY per the reasoning here.
- The Star Wars Book
- (Slide 2)
- "Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season One Companion"—Star Wars Insider 201