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"Those born of Mandalore strayed away from the path. Eventually the Imperial interlopers destroyed all that we knew and loved in the Night of a Thousand Tears."
―The Armorer, to Din Djarin[4]

The Night of a Thousand Tears was the night on which the Galactic Empire massacred the Mandalorian people on the planet Mandalore during the Great Purge of Mandalore. The attack came after Lady Bo-Katan Kryze, leader of a Mandalorian resistance against the Empire, laid claim to Mandalore through her ownership of the ancient black lightsaber known as the Darksaber.

In the Empire's counterattack, a large contingent of TIE/sa bombers destroyed cities on the surface, while KX-series security droids, accompanied by Viper probe droids scoured through the wreckages and terminated any survivors. Additionally, gunships eliminated fields of Mandalorian recruits, immortalizing the event in songs as a night of tears.

After the Great Purge, the surviving Mandalorians became scattered across the galaxy. Members of the Children of the Watch, followers of the ancient Way of the Mandalore, believed that Kryze's apparently illegitimate claim to Mandalore had brought the disaster onto the planet. When trying to draw out the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin, Moff Gideon brought up the massacre of Mandalorian recruits during the Night of a Thousand Tears.

Prelude[]

"Bo-Katan is a cautionary tale. She once laid claim to rule Mandalore based purely on her blood and the sword you now possess. But it was gifted to her and not won by Creed. Bo-Katan Kryze was born of a mighty house, but they lost sight of the way."
―The Armorer, to Din Djarin[4]

Bo-Katan Kryze was regent of Mandalore before her betrayal by Clan Saxon

In 19 BBY,[5] the planet[1] was invaded by joint forces of the Galactic Republic and the Mandalore resistance.[6] After Mandalore's leader, the former Sith Lord Maul, was captured and his forces defeated,[7] the Jedi Council appointed the Mandalorian Bo-Katan Kryze,[8] leader of the Mandalore resistance,[6] as regent of the planet.[8] Shortly after, though,[9] the Republic transitioned into the Galactic Empire and the Jedi were nearly completely wiped out.[10] When Kryze refused to obey the Galactic Emperor, she was betrayed by the Mandalorians of Clan Saxon,[8] who chose to side with the new Empire. The Emperor subsequently placed Gar Saxon,[11] the leader of Clan Saxon[12] who had formerly served under Maul,[6] as governor of Mandalore.[11]

In 2 BBY,[13] the Mandalorian and Rebel Alliance fighter Sabine Wren reached out to her family in the Mandalorian Clan Wren to make them defy the Empire. She used the Darksaber,[11] an ancient black lightsaber whose wielder could stake claim to rule Mandalore if they won it in combat,[4] as an attempt to unite her fellow Mandalorians with her. However, Saxon, having been informed of the meeting, arrived and used the rebels' presence as an excuse to betray Clan Wren. In the resulting skirmish he was killed by Clan Wren leader Ursa Wren after he lost in a duel against Sabine,[11] resulting in a civil war between the two Mandalorian clans.[14]

Bo-Katan Kryze unites Mandalorian clans with the Darksaber

Tiber Saxon, brother of the late Gar Saxon, became the new governor of Mandalore and went on to lock his planet down as the civil war progressed.[8] Around 1 BBY,[15] Clan Wren joined forces with the Mandalorian resistance led by Bo-Katan Kryze. Together, the combined forces attacked and killed Tiber Saxon, After Saxon's fall, Kryze was gifted the Darksaber by Sabine and went on to unite multiple Mandalorian clans under her against the Empire.[8] Although she and claimed rulership Mandalore with the Darksaber, she had not won it in combat, and so followers[4] of the ancient Way of the Mandalore known as the Children of the Watch[16] believed that it was a curse on the planet, as prophesized by their Mandalorian Creed.[4] Broken off from the rest of Mandalorian society, the Children of the Watch[16] were cloistered on the moon of Concordia.[4]

The night[]

"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 — (audio) Listen (file info)[3]

KX security droids and Viper probe droids scour surface of Mandalore killing survivors.

With Kryze and her followers rebelling against the Empire,[8] the latter faction launched a counterattack, resulting in the Great Purge of Mandalore.[4] During a night of the siege, gunships, equipped with heavy repeating blasters, attacked fields occupied by Mandalorian recruits, decimating the troops.[3] Additionally, flights of TIE/sa bombers bombed the domed cities on Mandalore, while KX-series security droids and probe droids scoured the urban wrecks to kill any survivors.[4]

Aftermath[]

"Only those that walked the way escaped the curse prophesized by the Creed. Though our numbers were scattered to the winds, our adherence to the way has preserved our legacy for generations."
―The Armorer, to Din Djarin[4]

Dubbed the "Night of a Thousand Tears,"[17] the battle was recounted in Mandalorian songs in the following years.[3] The Great Purge forced any Mandalorian survivors to flee from the Mandalore sector[2] and scatter into the galaxy.[4] The ex-Imperial Migs Mayfeld considered the world non-existent like[18] the planet[1] Alderaan.[18] Kryze came to lose possession of the Darksaber during or after the Great Purge,[16] and the ancient blade went into the hands of Gideon, who served as an officer in the Imperial Security Bureau during the Purge.[3] Following the fall of the Empire[19] in 5 ABY,[20] Gideon went on to lead his own remnant of the fallen faction as a moff.[3]

Moff Gideon mockingly referenced the Night of a Thousand Tears to the Mandalorian Din Djarin while the latter was entrenched.

In 9 ABY,[21] during a skirmish on[3] the Outer Rim world[1] of Nevarro, stormtroopers who served Gideon's Imperial remnant assembled an E-Web heavy repeating blaster cannon to draw the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin,[3] a member of the Children of the Watch,[16] 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 common house, 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[3] startled them.[22] Nevertheless, the Mandalorian and his allies escaped and emerged victorious.[3]

Djarin later encountered Kryze, who led a unit of Mandalorian resistance fighters against Gideon's forces, hoping to reclaim the Darksaber and rule Mandalore again.[16] The pair later teamed up to attack Gideon's light cruiser. Although Kryze had requested to take on the moff in order to reclaim the Darksaber by Creed, Djarin was the first to encounter Gideon, and defeated him in combat. Thereafter, the Mandalorian bounty hunter became the rightful owner of the ancient weapon, much to Kryze's dismay.[23] After, Djarin eventually reunited with two other members of the Children of the Watch, and one of them, a Mandalorian armorer, retold her point of view of the Night of a Thousand Tears, stating that Kryze's apparently illegitimate claim to Mandalore had brought a curse to the planet.[4]

Behind the scenes[]

The Night of a Thousand Tears was first mentioned in "Chapter 8: Redemption,"[3] which served as the finale to the first season of The Mandalorian television series. The episode first aired on Disney+ on December 27, 2019,[24] with the episode's subtitles giving the name of the event as "The Night of a Thousand Tears."[3] However, "The" was not capitalized in Joe Schreiber's 2021 novelization of The Mandalorian Season One, Star Wars: The Mandalorian Junior Novel.[17] The event first appeared in a flashback sequence in "Chapter 5: Return of the Mandalorian," the fifth episode of The Book of Boba Fett, which was released on January 26, 2022.[25] The sequence was inspired by the film Jarhead, which featured silhouettes of soldiers in the desert and oil fields with destruction around them.[26]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Star Wars Book
  2. 2.0 2.1 The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 1: The Mandalorian"
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 8: Redemption"
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 The Book of Boba Fett logo.png The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 5: Return of the Mandalorian"
  5. The Star Wars Book places the Siege of Mandalore to nineteen years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas states that A New Hope begins in 0 BBY, the Siege of Mandalore must have occurred in 19 BBY.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Old Friends Not Forgotten"
  7. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Phantom Apprentice"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Star Wars Rebels: Heroes of Mandalore
  9. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shattered"
  10. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "Legacy of Mandalore"
  12. StarWars-DatabankII.png Clan Saxon in the Databank (backup link)
  13. The events of "Legacy of Mandalore" takes place between episodes Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow "Secret Cargo." Dawn of Rebellion dates the events of Steps Into Shadow seventeen years after the end of the Clone Wars, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY; therefore, the events of Steps Into Shadow must take place in 2 BBY. According to Star Wars: On the Front Lines, Mon Mothma's denunciation of the Galactic Empire and the Declaration of the Rebel Alliance, as depicted by "Secret Cargo" take place 2 years before the Battle of Yavin or 2 BBY. Thus "Legacy of Mandalore" is set in 2 BBY.
  14. Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "Zero Hour"
  15. The trivia guide for Star Wars Rebels: Heroes of Mandalore states that Bo-Katan Kryze was redesigned to advance the character's age by "18 years or so". As she was last seen in "The Lawless", dated to 19 BBY by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas, it can be assumed that the events of Heroes of Mandalore take place in approximately 1 BBY.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 11: The Heiress"
  17. 17.0 17.1 Star Wars: The Mandalorian Junior Novel
  18. 18.0 18.1 The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 15: The Believer"
  19. The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 3: The Sin"
  20. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  21. SWInsider.png "A Certain Point of View" – Star Wars Insider 202 dates the skirmish on Nevarro and the second rescue of Grogu—which are depicted in the The Mandalorian episodes "Chapter 7: The Reckoning" and "Chapter 16: The Rescue," respectively—to "9 ASW4," or nine years after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which corresponds to 9 ABY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. The events of Chapters 7–16, including the skirmish on Nevarro, as depicted in "Chapter 8: Redemption", must therefore take place in 9 ABY.
  22. StarWars.com The Mandalorian: Chapter 8 Story Gallery on StarWars.com (backup link) (Slide 2)
  23. The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 16: The Rescue"
  24. SWInsider.png "Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season One Companion" – Star Wars Insider 201
  25. D23 logo.png Everything New You Can Stream on Disney+ in January 2022 on D23.com (backup link)
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