Star Wars: Rise of Mandalore.
Prologue: History through the eyes of a maiar
In time imemmorial
In the timeless ages
Amongst the halls of the timeless void a spirit of multiple colors enters a throneroom bending in half as if to bow to an ancient spirit in the guise of a fatherly man upon a throne.
"Father the Valar, Aedra, Maiar, and Daedra have left for Ea,Nirn. What is thy bidding for mine fate?" the multi colored spirit asked the greater one.
"My son you are to go to the greater galaxy. Choose a people and guide them as your brothers shall guide Ea later in the ages." the fatherly creator told the spirit which did a nodding motion
"Of course Eru it shall be done." the spirit said faithfully as it took the form of a bearded man in colorful robes and with a simple staff stepped into a simple boat with white sails and sailed toward the planet near the center of the Greater galaxy.
The young warriors of the Taung called to eachother in their strange and harsh tongue as they see a small ship with white sails move towards their capital city slowly with a zhell aboard. Fearing that it was a trap the taung bravely rushed forward weapons ready while the newcomer began to laugh a merry laugh.
"Good Taung fear not brave ones I wish to join your people." the zhell said in the language of the taung shocking the warriors to a halt while the leader Taur'ros their ruler walked up to the boat.
"And why would a zhell leave their kind to join us?" the leader asked.
The man smiled at the chieftain and replied. "I am not of zhell but of the great spirit Eru." the man said amazing the warriors with his magic.
"We welcome you then. But please tell me your name Druid." Taur'ros asked
"Call me Carrandos." said the istari wizard.
For twenty millenia the taung and the battalions of Zhell fought for the planet of Notron. The taung were aided by Carrandos who with his magic won many battles along with taung champion Rexutu they forced the humans back to the city of Great Zhell. There they besieged the city for three months until the massive volcano that was the city's northern neighbor suddenly erupted spewing ash into the sky blackening the sky for months while the city was destroyed along with a majority of the Battalions of Zhell.
Carrandos Walked to Taur'ron descendant of the taung ruler who let him in and grasped his arm in a sign of brotherhood.
"Well Druid it seems as though Eru is with us!" the young ruler exclaimed as they watched the ash cloud
"Indeed he is Taur'ron but he does not take pride nor joy at slaughtering his children. But it is the way of things." the wizard said as Rexutu walked towards the two grinning at the victory
"the Zhell slime are in full rout and the Dha Werda Verda has seized the city. Soon we shall claim Notron for ourselves!" He exclaimed proudly to his friends to which Carrandros shook his head.
"No this is but a set back for Zhell. In time they will return and they will crush us if we do not leave." the wizard said shocking the two reptilian brutes
"To where exactly?! The humans are all over this damned planet and eventually they will find us even if we hide in caves like vermin." Rexutu growled.
"Then we must leave that way." the wizard said pointing his staff towards the evening sky.
"How wise one? We do not have wings like birds." Taur'ron asked
"Then we must build a ship that can travel the stars." the many colored istari answered firmly.
Carrandos watched as his newest apprentice returned to the Taung camp carrying with him the skull of a Mythosaur from an uninhabited world. Ten years earlier a ship form the so called galactic Republic had found the taung and tried to slaughter them yet were unmatched by the warrior people. Carrandos was in the village that was struck first and found a young child of his adopted people who was orphaned and alone. Taking in and raising the boy as his own. While he instilled into young Mandalore the virtues of honor in battle while the istari learned from his son and protege the meaning of familial pride and love. And now that he returned with his fellow explorers he called together the people that now worship him as a hero.
"Today my brothers and sisters my crew and I have returned from a great search for a planet that our people can call home. No longer will we be hunted down like helpless nerfs. No we are warriors! And to prove this we have brought the skull of the most powerful creature of the new planet: A mythosaur! I tell you this my people in hope that you will join me into claiming this new world as true warriors." He said with a powerful voice as the taung cheered and roared with enthusiasim and vigour chanting the word "Mandalore!" Mandalore!" over and over before the warrior prince quieted them down.
"Then today join me as we take our new home!" he commanded causing the crowds to go crazy and charge for any ship nearby.
"That's it my brother kill all of these weakling slavers!" Carrandos said as he blasted away a group of the aliens in yet another crusade against the darker races of the galaxy. As Carrandos wiped out more of the emotionless cyborgs he sees a young zeltron frightened by the battle as he tries to hide near some rubble. With a gentle smile he kneels infront of the boy and with his sword slashed the chains off of him.
"You are now free young one." he said kindly
"Thank you sir! I won't forget it!" the boy exclaimed happily as he runs toward the mandalorian camp with the other slaves before stopping and turning to the armored man.
"What is your name? I would like to know the name of the warrior who freed me?" he asked While the wizard smiled.
"I am Carrandos. What is your name?" he asked the child.
"Antos Wyrick." he said as a moment of shock then regret passed through the maiar's eyes as he sees his future as an infamous butcher of worlds.
Planet Empress Teta
Carrandos sighed sadly and placed his hand over his face as he saw the mandalorian people swear their allegiance to the sith lord Ulic Qel-droma and watches from afar as the people that he once guided through the ways of honor slowly become bloodthirsty raiders and hounds of the sith despite his warnings causing him to be exiled from his people. He joined the Republic: Descendants of the Zhell and thousands of other races who were led to war by the jedi knights, An ancient monastic order who with the blessing of the Iluvatar were able to use powers much like the weaker Maiar and elves of Ea can. He fought his once beloved people and the sith. And on the jungle moon Yavin 4 he sneaked through the ranks of the Sith and slew Exar Kun stabbing him with his own Lightsaber at the climax of a ritual to summon Morgoth the fallen servant of Eru for immortality and causing it to go haywire. Deciding thus to now sleep until his people chose to beg for his aid and with his ship the Spirit's journey he lands on a large forested world left it under a spell of repair and protection before entering a cave and falling into a deep sleep.
A small ship soon lands on the large forest moon and out of it steps a mandalorian in grey armor with a large blaster rifle in his hands he looks around and finds the cave. He enters and sees a old man asleep his beard and fingernails as long as he was tall still dressed in old robes and mandalorian armor with a staff and a strange lightsaber nearby. The armoured man soon kneels next to the sleeping one "Carrandos, Wizard of Mandalore your people have need of you once more." he said in a loud yet humbled voice as the eyes of the old spirit opened revealing the multicolored eyes of the wizard once more.
Carrandos paced from left to right near the statue of his previous student Canderous Ordo while his newest protege: Mandalore the Vindicated leaned against the statue of Carth Onasi waiting for their package.
"He should of been here now." growled the wizard while his dark skinned friend chuckled
"For someone who's been alive for over two hundred millennia I'm shocked that you're not the one to tell me to be patient." Mandalore said when a beat up old freighter soon lands nearby.
"Finally!" said Carrandos as he picked up his staff and stomped over to the ship where a human and wookie soon came out of it were.
"Voidhound you're late." growled the wizard while the smuggler gave a lazy smile and scratched the back of his neck "Sorry about that. I had to deal with a bantha crap ton of sith troopers and a sith lord in order to get this." the blond haired, gray eyed scoundrel said before he got hit on the back of the head by the wookie
/I told you we shouldn't of went to Nar Shadaa to meet up with that crazy shape shifter friend of yours at that sleazy cantina. But no we just had to go there and she teased me that I've never seen one of your kind... Never mind./ Said the wookie embarrassed about something.
"Why are you so mean to me Bow Bow?" The smuggler asked while Mandalore looked on confused while Carrandos sighed angrily.
"Silence you fools! Now do you have the relic or not Kisuke?" growled the maia to which the smuggler blinked dumbly before giving the wizard a lazy smile. "Sure sure here's the skull ya wanted. Now about that payment Do ya think you can get me one of those Mythosaur bone cane swords that I've heard the priests of Mandalore used? Consider it as extra for the damages on my ship." The smuggler Kisuke asked causing the old spirit to sigh exasperatedly.
"Yes you will get one. Now leave my presence or I'll send you to the afterlife Voidhound!" yelled the istar.
The city of Keldabe was filled with millions of mandalorians for a rare event: the crowning of a new Mandalore. In front of the Oyu,baat Cantina the oldest cantina on the planet and the sacred meeting place of the clans, Carrandos brought up into the air the ancient bone helmet that was the symbol of Madalore showing it to the crowds before placing it over the head of a young red headed woman and looked up proudly.
"Now come the days of Manda'lor the Avenger. May she paint the cities of those who spite us with the red of their blood and may she build up their bones as an altar to the god of War!" The wizard proclaimed harshly before the battle cries and and cheers overwhelmed any other sound in the city.
in a remote corner of the stormy oceanic world stood a small lab not owned or used by the amphibious Kaminoans stood alone in the torrentious seas. On the outside it looked much like any normal structure that dot the watery world but in the inside it looked like a scene straight out of a horror/war holoflick with the bodies of mandalorians many of them horribly butcherd while a large brutish creature in armor held a human also in armor and cried.
"Hold on Mentor the doctor will get here soon and you will be healed." The creature said while his mentor chuckled before coughing out some blood
"It's too late for me Durge...Just promise me that you will mount that honorless aruetiise's Ung kusp's head on a spike ya hear me my old student." the dying warrior said before gasping and falling unconscious while Durge who assumed that his mentor died stands up and swears to himself to kill the false Mandalore before leaving to his ship and taking off.
Sometime later Durge's master opens his eyes once more to see that his protege left and sees the scientist who hired them chuckling to himself.
"Finally. After many years of manipulations I have now caused the mandalorians to declare war on the sith!" He exclaimed not knowing that someone ntered the hole in his labe and stabbed him through the heart with a lightsaber.
"And you will never see the end of it you Demagol piece of Filth." Growled Carrandos before he yanks out his weapon and decapitates the mad scientist and leaves to bury the mandalorian soldier that he called friend.
At the Oyu' baat cantina the leaders of the mandalorian clans scowled darkly as they saw clan Kryze along with others swear themselves to pacifism after the jedi and the Republic scorched several areas of on Mandalore and the planets within the system in a show of power. Many of the clan leaders who were present demanded to Carrandos that they should wipe out the hut'unn cowards and destroy New Sundari only for them to be silenced by the old istari.
"Enoughlet them bask in their pacifisim. Soon they will rturn to the true ways my children." He told the clan heads who grumbled and agreed.
Disgusted by Mandalore the Weak's decision to wipe out the peaceful Ithullans Carrandos led a group of jedi and Durge into the heart of Keldabe to kill him and end his reign. Just as they do Durge gets ambushed and captured while the jedi were slaughtered but through his magic the istari managed to save the gen'dai warrior before putting him in a deep sleep.
"In time you will be needed to serve the Darkness and then your own way son of Jaing." the old man said said sadly.
Finally after a string of weak or evil Mandalores Carrandos was soon able to find one who still followed the old ways: Jaster of clan Mereel. With the aid of the ancient hero and wizard Jaster Mereel created the Supercommando Codex a series of reformations that helped bring change to the mandalorians way of life returning them to the way of honor while still being able to take up merc work. Unfortunately many hated hated the idea and with the leadership of Tor Vizlsa they became known as Death Watch and thus began the Mandalorian civil war.
Planet Concord Dawn
The civil war between the Death Watch and the True Mandalorians was bloody with Jaster Mereel and his men forced onto the world of Concord Dawn where an exiled protector of the Mandalorians named of Jango Fett the Elder hid they were soon found and the parents were killed, their young son was taken in by the Mandalore and his followers. While their daughter was captured by Death Watch.
At one of their outposts the fallen mandalorians celebrated their victory while the young girl hung in a cage like a are exotic bird, used and abused like many of the female slaves she looked blankly toward the horizon as a old man hobbled into camp.
The guards at first pointed their weapons at him only to stop as they see he was a cripple and blind.
"Ah hello there Youngsters. Would you do this old soul a favor and give a drink of that tarisian ale?" He asked his voice weak and dry.
The guards complied to his suggestion and gave him some ale as they told him of their recent victory over the True Mandalorians and of their prize all the while not knowing that their guest was not as helpless as they perceived him. The old man suddenly stood up and removed the band from his eyes revealing them to be multicolored to the Death Watch now shocked that it was Carrandos in disguise. They sound the alarm and rush at him with their weapons yet they were utterly butchered as the Maia revealed his lightsaber and cut them down to the last man. Once the massacre was over the noble druid freed the slaves including Arla Fett, Carrandos gasped seeing that he was too late to protect her from the advances of the men he wept for her innocence lost as he put her into a deep sleep.
"Fair daughter of clan Fett sleep knowing that your brother lives and know that the pain of the nightmare you had went through shall be gone from your body." He said as he transferred the bruises and cuts and the humiliation from her before sending her to a safe house.
Planet Korda 6
The True Mandalorians were given yet another stinging defeat when a routine extraction contract turned into a deadly ambushed causing the full rout of the noble warriors by Death Watch and the locals who killed many Mandalorians before they managed to retreat. At their landing pad where their starship "Honour's Hammer" sat. Carrandos and Arla Fett along with several others helped their wounded brethren onto the ship while Arla looks around frantically for her brother and adopted father.
"Where's Jaster and Jango?!" She asked the powerfully built Montross as he got into the cruiser
"They're dead Arla. The damned Death Watch butchered them while hiding in their tanks. Before he died Jaster told me that we must retreat from this planet at all haste" He said nonchalantly causing Arla to scream and cry now having lost a second family while Carrandos to stroke his beard and glare at the brutish mandalorian before they hear someone enter.
"He's a liar and a Areutii!" Said a young voice causing them to turn revealing Jango Fett carrying the body of his mentor glaring at the larger mandalorian.
"He left Jaster Mereel to die after my father begged him to call in for a dropship." He said causing the other mandalorians to point their weapons at the traitor. carrandos glared at the traitor and with a spell he burned Montross's skin.
"For betraying your Manda'lor and trying to usurp his title I banish you from the Mandalorians. You are Aruetiise and hutt'unn now!" Carrandos said as the now ex mandalorian left for a shuttle all the while blaming Fett for the death of the troops. Carrandos soon named Jango as Manda'lor in a public ceremony as he had done since the founding of their people.
Carrandos sat in his hovel in the wastelands near the New Mandalorian capital weeping silently as he heard the news of Galdiraan: A majority of the True Mandalorians along with Jango Fett were killed by the jedi while they were battling the Death Watch. Saddned by this news the old spirit decided to sleep once more and wait for the next heir to Mandalor's mask to rise in the name of their people's freedom.
(Whew that was a difficult chapter. Now for a behind the scenes look of Carrandos: I had actually based him off of several characters such as his serious attitude from Merlin in the Morte Le Arthur book along with his cold blooded side from Pride/King Bradley of Full Metal Alchemist. He will be awaking around the time of Season 5 of the Clone Wars during the Shadow Collective's terrorist attacks on Mandalore.)