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"The Empire is no longer and the Beskar has returned. When one chooses to walk the Way of the Mandalore, you are both hunter and prey. How can one be a coward if one chooses this way of life?"
The Armorer[src]

The Tribe was a Mandalorian organization active during the years following the fall of the Galactic Empire. The bounty hunter Din Djarin, known often as "the Mandalorian" or simply "Mando," was a member of the organization, as was a female Mandalorian Armorer and Paz Vizsla. The rest of the Tribe consisted of a number of adults and children. Tribe members were restricted to allowing only one member to be outside of the covert at a time as a means to minimize the risk of being discovered. Secretly, the Tribe followed the ways of the Children of the Watch cult, forcing all of its adult members to never remove their helmet in the presence of another living creature.

History[edit | edit source]

Into hiding[edit | edit source]

"Our strength was once in our numbers. Now we live in the shadows and only come above ground one at a time."
―Paz Vizsla — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

The tribe was forced into hiding after the Great Purge

Following the Galactic Empire's Great Purge, the Tribe hid themselves in a covert on Nevarro, allowing only one member to be outside of the enclave at a time in fear of exposing the group's secrecy.[5] Around 9 ABY,[3] the bounty hunter Din Djarin visited the Tribe's Mandalorian Armorer, who was known as "the Armorer," within the enclave, providing an ingot of beskar he acquired from preliminary bounty payment, which was enough to forge a pauldron. The excess metal was reserved for foundlings.[1]

Upon delivering the Child to his mysterious client, Djarin later returned to the Tribe with a camtono of beskar, enough to forge an entirely new cuirass of armor. Members of the Tribe slowly entered the armorer's quarters after noticing the large amount of Beskar possessed by whom they deemed a traitor, due to Djarin's acquiescence to Imperial demands. Paz Vizsla, one such member, mocked him for conducting business with the Empire's remnants and attempted to remove his helmet to shame him. As a brawl ensued between the two warriors, the armorer halted the fight, reminding the Tribe that survival at all costs was the manner of life that they must adhere to, to which the Tribe replied in unison, "This is the Way".[5]

Revealing themselves[edit | edit source]

"Get out of here! We'll hold them off!"
"You're going to have to relocate the covert."
"This is the Way."
"This is the Way."
―Paz Vizsla and Din Djarin[src]

The Tribe arrives to assist Djarin.

When Djarin was attacked by members of the Bounty Hunters' Guild as a result of refusing to relinquish the Child, the Tribe negated their rule of covertness and emerged en masse to defend their brother-in-arms, providing him with an opportunity to escape with the Child. During the ensuing battle, Djarin commented that the Tribe would have to seek out a new enclave in order to maintain anonymity following the clan's attack, quickly escaping in his starship, the Razor Crest. Vizla saluted the bounty hunter as he fled the scene, endorsing him as a member of the Tribe and a true Mandalorian.[5]

Following the battle, the Bounty Hunters' Guild lost control of Nevarro, and the Imperial remnant cracked down on the Mandalorian enclave for their part in the incident. Many Mandalorians were killed when the covert was attacked by forces of the remnant. The Tribe's armorer managed to survive the attack and hoped that a small number of Mandalorians had managed to escape the planet. She remained to salvage what she could in the enclave. When Djarin returned to Nevarro, he was eventually forced to flee to the enclave and found the armor and helmets of his fallen brothers and sisters. The Armorer explained what had happened and sent him on a new mission to reunite the Child with his own kind. After Djarin and his allies left, stormtroopers entered the enclave in search of him. The Armorer fought them, killing many.[2]

Ideology[edit | edit source]

"This is the Way."
―Members of the Tribe[src]

The Tribe believed in the ways of the Children of the Watch,[4] which others in Mandalorian society called a cult of religious zealots. The cult's members were instructed,[6] once they had reached the age of adulthood,[7] to not remove their helmets in the presence of another, deeming this the Way of the Mandalore.[5]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The Tribe first appeared in Chapter 1 of Jon Favreau's 2019 Disney+ television series The Mandalorian, directed by Dave Filoni,[1] which aired on November 12, 2019.[8]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 1: The Mandalorian"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 8: Redemption"
  3. 3.0 3.1 StarWars.com SWCC 2019: 9 Things We Learned from The Mandalorian Panel on StarWars.com (backup link) establishes that The Mandalorian is set about five years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 4 ABY. Therefore, the events of The Mandalorian must have taken place around 9 ABY.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Chapter 11: The Heiress" establishes that Mandalorians who refuse to take off their helmets in the presence of another individual are part of the Children of the Watch. As "Chapter 3: The Sin" establishes that the Tribe adhered to this code, they must have been part of the cult.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 3: The Sin"
  6. The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 11: The Heiress"
  7. The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 4: Sanctuary"
  8. The Mandalorian Media Kit. Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International. The Walt Disney Company. Archived from the original on February 3, 2020. Retrieved on February 3, 2020.
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