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"This is the Way."
―The Armorer, to the Tribe[3]

"The Armorer" was a female Mandalorian Armorer from Mandalore who led the Tribe, a part of the Children of the Watch, during the New Republic Era. Following the Galactic Empire's Great Purge of Mandalore, she resided with the Tribe in a covert on the planet Nevarro, where she forged armor and weapons for her fellow Mandalorians. Around 9 ABY, she forged a new set of armor for the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin using the beskar he provided. During this time, she stopped an altercation between Djarin and another member of the Tribe, Paz Vizsla, when she reminded them of the way of life they were supposed to follow.

In the aftermath of an attack on the covert by the Empire, the Armorer made it her mission to salvage what beskar she could from the deceased Mandalorians. When she met Djarin and his allies, she helped him restock his supplies and declared the formation of his clan after creating his signet, and quested him with returning Grogu to his own kind, but stayed behind in order to continue collecting the beskar and cover Djarin and his allies' escape, before evacuating herself to a new covert on Glavis Ringworld, which she founded with Vizsla.

The Armorer and Vizsla were later joined by Djarin, who helped them to rebuild their new covert. After she confirmed that Djarin had completed his quest, she reforged his beskar spear into an armor for Grogu, and recounted the story of the Darksaber and the Night of a Thousand Tears, which their sect had survived because they were cloistered on the moon of Concordia. She trained Djarin with the Darksaber until they were stopped by Vizsla, who challenged Djarin to a duel, which Djarin eventually won. The Armorer stopped Djarin from killing Vizsla and asked them if they removed their helmets. Djarin confessed that he did, and the Armorer claimed that he was no longer a Mandalorian, unless he was redeemed in the living waters beneath the mines of Mandalore.

Biography[]

Forging armor[]

"This was gathered in the Great Purge. It is good it is back with the Tribe."
―The Armorer, to Din Djarin, regarding beskar[2]

The armorer forged armor from the beskar the Mandalorian provided.

Hailing from the planet Mandalore,[1] the Armorer was part of the Children of the Watch, a Mandalorian group which followed the Way of the Mandalore, and were considered religious zealots that broke away from Mandalorian society by Bo-Katan Kryze.[4] During the Imperial Era, the Galactic Empire carried out the Great Purge of Mandalore, heavily bombing the surface of the planet and massacring millions of Mandalorians in what became known as the Night of a Thousand Tears. The Armorer and other followers of the ancient way had been on Mandalore's moon of Concordia, and so survived the onslaught of the Night.[5] The remaining Mandalorians were scattered throughout the galaxy thereafter and hid in Mandalorian coverts to preserve their numbers.[3]

During the New Republic Era, she served as a Mandalorian Armorer and the leader of the Tribe and resided within a covert on the planet Nevarro.[1] By forging beskar armor in the ancient tradition of the Mandalorian people, she played a vital role in keeping her people's culture alive[6] after so many Mandalorians had been killed in the purge.[7] She gave guidance to many Mandalorians, including identifying their signets and refilled their ammunitions.[1] Around 9 ABY,[8] she was visited by Din Djarin, a Mandalorian bounty hunter, who provided an ingot of beskar he had acquired from a bounty. The Armorer then identified the steel as a product of the Great Purge and asked if his signet was identified, to which Djarin stated it wasn't, but she assured him it would be revealed soon. She then forged a pauldron out of the beskar, reserving the excess for foundlings at Djarin's request.[2]

After Djarin completed his bounty and acquired a camtono of beskar as his reward, the Armorer was revisited by Djarin. She suggested that a full cuirass could be forged from the metal, to which he accepted. As she inspected the beskar, members of the Tribe slowly entered the armorer's quarters. She warned Djarin that the beskar would draw much attention. Paz Vizsla, a fellow member of the Tribe, commented that the beskar was Imperial property and that the Great Purge was the reason the Tribe was forced to hide. The Armorer replied by stating that surviving in such conditions was the source of their strength. Vizsla then ridiculed Djarin for conducting business with the Empire and attempted to shame him by removing his helmet, resulting in a brawl between them.[3]

The armorer reminded the Tribe of the way of life they followed.

She halted the fight by reminding them that the Empire no longer existed and that the beskar was returned to its rightful owners. She addressed the Tribe by describing the Way of the Mandalore and how the bounty hunter chose his way of life. The Armorer then asked Djarin if his helmet was ever removed at some point, to which he denied. Thus, she reminded everyone that their way of life was obeyed. After settling the tension, the Armorer began questioning Djarin on the condition of his armor. He stated that it was damaged by a mudhorn, but refused the signet as it wasn't killed nobly. Instead of forging the signet, the armorer forged whistling birds, explosive projectiles equipped on Mandalorian vambraces. She forged the armor and reserved some of the metal for the foundlings, again at his request.[3]

The survivor[]

"Come with us."
"No. I will not abandon this place until I have salvaged what remains."
―Din Djarin and the Armorer[9]

Sometime later, Djarin and his companions Carasynthia Dune, Greef Karga, IG-11, and Grogu descended into the sewers in an attempt to escape Gideon's forces, who were looking to acquire Grogu. Din Djarin despaired when they found a pile of Mandalorian helmets, lashing out at Karga in rage, believing the Bounty Hunters' Guild had taken revenge on the enclave for helping Djarin escape. Much to his surprise, the Armorer was still residing in the tunnels, collecting pieces of armor that had been abandoned by their owners or stripped from the dead, while also defending Karga, in which the former explained that the Imperials discovered the enclave shortly after Djarin's escape.[9]

The armorer fended off a platoon of stormtroopers.

The Armorer assured Djarin that she hopes some of the enclave's members had escaped, but refused his offer to accompany the group off-world, saying that she intended to remain until she had reclaimed all of the available beskar. She also revealed that she knew of other beings with Grogu's abilities, classifying them as enemies of the Mandalorians, but that this individual was instead a foundling to be cared for. After discerning Djarin's affection for Grogu, she bestowed a signet on him that designated him and Grogu as "a clan of two" and charged him with returning the infant to its own people. She also gave him a jetpack before they parted. Shortly thereafter, a detachment of stormtroopers entered her chamber only to find the Armorer kneeling before the forge, holding her hammer and tongs. She then proceeded to attack and kill all of them with only her tools.[9]

At some point after the skirmish on Nevarro, the Armorer had left the forge, and what remained of her workshop was taken over by Aqualish thieves.[10]

Resettlement[]

"I have met Jedi."
"Then you have completed your quest."
"I have."
"Then you may join our covert as we rebuild."
―Djarin welcomed by the Armorer to the covert after he completed his quest[11]

The Armorer was able to find Paz Vizsla and the two of them relocated to Glavis Ringworld. There, they began to rebuild the covert for their Tribe. They left signs leading to their new covert along Glavis Ringworld's Kolzoc Alley that were visible to vision settings in his macrobinocular viewplate. They were found and joined by Djarin. The Armorer had Vizsla tend to his wounds, which were accidentally caused by his weapon, the Darksaber. Vizsla revealed that only the three of them remained from the Tribe after the remnant's attack.[5]

The Armorer inquired what weapon caused Djarin's wound, and he revealed it was the Darksaber. The Armorer had Vizsla bring it to her. She examined the Darksaber, and told Djarin the history of it, and it's creator, the Jedi and Mand'alor Tarre Vizsla of House Vizsla. Djarin told her that he completed his quest, as Grogu had been returned to the Jedi. Seeing his quest complete, she welcomed him to the covert. While Djarin and Vizsla were setting up her forge, Vizsla asked Djarin how he had acquired the Darksaber, and the fellow Mandalorian confirmed he done so by defeating moff Gideon, who had been involved in the Great Purge. When Djarin told him that he did not kill the moff, and that instead he had been sent to the New Republic to be questioned and to face justice, Vizsla declared that death would have been justice for Gideon, and the Armorer agreed as millions of Mandalorians had died because of the moff. She doubted that the New Republic Tribunal would execute him.[5]

The Armorer told Djarin that songs of eons past foretold the Mythosaur rising up to herald a new age of Mandalore, but it only existed in legends. She asked him how he acquired his beskar spear, and said that the weapon's existence put Mandalorians at risk, because it could pierce beskar armor. She claimed that beskar was meant for armor and not for weapons. Djarin asked her to reforge it into an armor for Grogu. As she was melting the spear, Djarin asked her if she heard about Bo-Katan Kryze. The Armorer replied she was a cautionary tale, and told him how she tried to lead Mandalore through her bloodline and Darksaber, which was gifted to her and not won by Creed. The armorer believed that those born of Mandalore lost their way, and Kryze's rule ended in tragedy when the Great Purge happened. She claimed it was a curse prophesized in the Creed, and only those that walked the Way were able to escape it, as during the Purge, their sect were cloistered on the moon of Concordia. She claimed that their adherence to the Way preserved the Mandalorian legacy for generations until they may someday return to their homeworld.[5]

Banishment of Din Djarin[]

"Din Djarin, have you ever removed your helmet? Have you ever removed your helmet? By Creed, you must vow."
"I have."
"Then, you are a Mandalorian no more."
―The Armorer and Din Djarin[11]

After she forged an armor for Grogu, she trained Djarin with the Darksaber. Djarin said it got heavier with each move, and the Armorer replied that it did because he was fighting against the blade, and that the Darksaber could not be controlled with strength. She said that his body was strong, but his mind was distracted. Seeing Djarin's unsuccessful attempts, Vizsla, who was a descendant of Tarre Vizsla, challenged Djarin to duel for the Darksaber, as he wanted to restore the blade back to his clan. The armorer asked Djarin if he agrees to the duel, and Djarin accepted the challenge.[5]

Eventually Djarin was able to defeat Vizsla, and held his vibroblade around his challenger's throat, and the Armorer concluded the duel over, with Djarin being the winner. She asked them if they removed their helmets, the same way she did when she previously halted their brawl in the covert on Nevarro. Vizsla replied that he did not, but Djarin admitted that he did,[5] as he had to remove his helmet so he could rescue Grogu,[12] and he also took his helmet off before Grogu departed with the Jedi Luke Skywalker.[13]

The Armorer claimed that Djarin was no longer a Mandalorian. In reply, Djarin begged for her forgiveness and asked how he could atone. Vizsla called him an apostate, and wanted him to leave their covert, and the armorer replied that according to Creed, he could only be redeemed in the living waters beneath the mines of Mandalore, which Djarin believed was destroyed. Djarin thus left and took the Darksaber with him.[5]

Personality and traits[]

"Our secrecy is our survival. Our survival is our strength."
―The Armorer, to Paz Vizsla[3]

The Armorer was a dedicated follower of the Way of the Mandalore

A female Mandalorian standing at 1.7 meters,[1] the Armorer appeared wise, calm and collected.[2] She was also very diplomatic for a Mandalorian. Without hesitation, she diffused the tension between Din Djarin and Paz Vizsla by reminding them of the way of life the Tribe followed, due to the Mandalorians being so few in number by that time.[3]

She was extremely devoted to the Way of Mandalore, which forbade Mandalorians from removing their helmets. When Djarin admitted that he had removed his helmet, she told him that he was no longer a Mandalorian, banishing him from their covert when there were only three of them left,[5] although there were other Mandalorians that removed their helmets.[4] She believed in curses and prophecies, saying that if the Darksaber is not won by combat, it would have been a curse to the Mandalorians, and that Mandalore was destroyed because those who born on Mandalore lost their way and swayed away from the path, and only those who walked the Way escaped the prophesized curse.[5] She also believed that beskar belonged to Mandalorians, and was willing to fight for it, as she refused to abandon the large cache of armor pieces left behind by deceased or escaped members of the enclave until she had reclaimed what beskar she could.[9] She considered weapons that were made from beskar as taboo, such as a beskar spear, saying that its existence put Mandalorians at risk. She had no will to wield the Darksaber and rule the Mandalorians, as she bested Djarin in combat when she trained him to wield it, but did not challenge him to duel for the lightsaber.[5]

Skills and abilities[]

"This amount can be shaped many ways.… I can form a full cuirass."
―The Armorer contemplates the forging of a complete set of beskar armor[3]

The Armorer was as skilled at combat as she was at forging armor and weapons.

The Armorer melted down beskar in various shapes to forge armor and whistling birds. In addition to forging, the Armorer was also a skilled melee combatant, able to take out an entire group of stormtroopers with only her gravity hammer and magnetic tongs.[9] When she trained Djarin to use the Darksaber, she bested him in combat with her hammer and tongs. She was knowledgeable about Mandalorian traditions, including songs of eons past and prophecies, and the tribe's Creed.[5] She gave guidance to the tribe, including identifying their signets and instructing them about the Way.[9]

Equipment[]

"I have one more gift for your journey."
―The Armorer, as she supplied Din Djarin with a jetpack[9]

The armorer utilized various tools for crafting armor and weapons.

The Armorer wore distinct Mandalorian armor featuring a gold beskar Mandalorian helmet that had five small horns. The visor was smaller to that of a normal female Mandalorian helmet with more rounded eyeholes instead of the typical angular design. She wore a fur coat with a bronzium finished cuirass alongside heatproof boots, protective gloves, a dark brown kilt, and dark green pants.[1] She used various tools, such as cryo-furnace, gravity hammer and magnetic tongs for forging beskar armor pieces[2] as well as for combat.[9] She used her forge to supply the Tribe with various items and weapons, such as whistling birds[3] and jetpacks.[9]

Behind the scenes[]

The Armorer first appeared in the first episode of the 2019 Disney+ television show The Mandalorian,[2] which aired on November 12, 2019.[14] She was portrayed by Emily Swallow,[2] while Lauren Mary Kim served as her stunt double in The Mandalorian[9] while Michelle Lee took the role in The Book of Boba Fett episode "Chapter 5: Return of the Mandalorian."[5] The character was first revealed in a trailer that was released the day before the series began airing.[15]

The Armorer's helmet and full costume was designed by concept artist Brian Matyas. The helmet features elements of traditional blacksmith design helmets balanced by the traditional Mandalorian armor look first seen in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, including the barn owl-shaped eyes.[16] An armor set based on the Armorer was added to the Cartel Market of the Star Wars Legends video game Star Wars: The Old Republic as part of Game Update 6.2, along with decorations based on the Armorer's forge.[17]

Emily Swallow in costume as the Armorer

When Swallow auditioned to play the character, she only knew that her character was a "leader" who was "strong and zen, but with authority." She drew inspiration from Deborah Chow, one of the series' directors, as she was the first woman to direct a live-action Star Wars story. The Armorer's scenes were filmed concurrently with her introduction in the series. Her costume was created to convey the character's authority over the other Mandalorians.[18]

Appearances[]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Star Wars: Character Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded Edition
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 1: The Mandalorian"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 3: The Sin"
  4. 4.0 4.1 The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 11: The Heiress"
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 The Book of Boba Fett logo.png The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 5: Return of the Mandalorian"
  6. StarWars-DatabankII.png the Armorer in the Databank (backup link)
  7. The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 6: The Prisoner"
  8. StarWars.com SWCC 2019: 9 Things We Learned from The Mandalorian Panel on StarWars.com (backup link) establishes that The Mandalorian is set around five years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, which corresponds to around 9 ABY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. The events of Chapters 1 to 6 of The Mandalorian must therefore take place around that year.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 9.9 The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 8: Redemption"
  10. The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 12: The Siege"
  11. 11.0 11.1 The Book of Boba Fett logo.png The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 5: Return of the Mandalorian"
  12. The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 15: The Believer"
  13. The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 16: The Rescue"
  14. The Mandalorian Media Kit. Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International. The Walt Disney Company. Archived from the original on February 3, 2020.
  15. SWYTlogo.png The Mandalorian |Special Look| Disney+ on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  16. StarWars.com Bounty Puck: Chapter 3 Trivia Gallery on StarWars.com (backup link) (Slide 1)
  17. SWTOR mini.png Cartel Market Additions: Game Update 6.2 on The Old Republic's official website (backup link)
  18. Anthony Breznican: The Armorer: Unmasking The Mandalorian's Mysterious Blacksmith (2019-11-22). vanityfair.com. Vanity Fair. "Actor Emily Swallow tells the Still Watching podcast about the perils of playing the enigmatic leader." Archived from the original on December 5, 2019.

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