"The Crusades never had honor. How can we be righteous if we strike the innocent? What glory is there from destroying peace an?" Mandalore the Preserver 21,107 AGC
"Ordo called himself the Preserver, yet all he had done is bastardize our way of life. He idolized the demon that sought to drive us to extinction. He lived as a dog for a nation that denied the will of the Indomitable and Ultimate. He consorted with sorcerers whose existence stands against the Code. Ordo was no Mandalore, rather he was the Anti-Mandalore!" Mandalore the Orthodox 21,127 AGC
"As Mandalore it is my decree that the Preserver, the Disciple, and the Orthodox are all recognized as legitimate Mandalores. The Preserver was the Mandalore who while misguided in his friendship with Revan and the Republic, preserved our culture and kept it from going to extinction. The Disciple sought best to follow in the Preserver's direction and while he did lead poorly in foreign affairs, did right by continuing the restoration of our people. The Orthodox was a righteous leader who wished to continue the spirit of the Crusades and purify the Mando'ade from subservience and assimilation. The Preserver was always the rightful successor of the Ultimate, the Disciple is the Preserver's rightful successor, and the reign of Orthodox truly began with the death of the Disciple, a transition of power won through honorable means." - Mandalore the Builder 21,440 AGC

Within the known galaxy there are more than 15 million known sentient species. Throughout galactic history each of these species had some chance to leave their impact upon the greater galaxy and change it into their image. Of course not all have an equal chance to be such grand players, with humans being the dominant species for their leadership and legacy upon the galaxy as most great civilizations since the fall of the Infinite Empire were filled with and or lead by humans. That does not mean that other species do not have a chance to leave their own mark, especially in this most recent period of a fluid astropolitical landscape that threatens the established Republic-Empire duopoly. Since the Infinite Empire, many species, cultures, and nations have arisen to alter the galaxy with their actions, the two greatest forces being the Jedi and Sith; below them exists a third group that while nowhere near their equal in power and cultural impact, are rising at a rapid rate to possibly become a future equal, this is the Mandalorians.

Millennia ago the Mandalorians were the Taung species, a group of nomadic warriors who were infamous among the Outer Rim for their vicious crusades, but had little impact beyond the scars of war as the Mandalorians were too small and nomadic to guide the course of history as the Hutts. Everything changed when Mandalore the Indomitable agreed to serve Ulec-Qel Droma. While the Mandalore's choosing of Droma as his liege is considered by many to be a mistake that led the Mandalorian's to fight a devastating war that they lost with the Indomitable meeting a pathetic end on Onderon, perhaps it could be said that this decision was the most important in Mandalorian history, one that set the Mandalorians down the path of greatness and legend, albeit one that came at a great cost.

The Mandalorian Union State is regarded as the third most powerful nation within the galaxy, below the Galactic Republic and Sith Empire as the first among equals of a rising collection of great powers since the downfall of the Hutts. With territories spread throughout the galaxy outside of the Mandalorian Homeland, their influence and presence can be seen throughout the galaxy. While the Mandalorians are still known first and foremost as honorable and powerful warriors, they have expanded to become so much more. Now a Mandalorian can be known as an industrialist, scientist, scholar, merchant, doctor, explorer, and many more occupations as the culture comes to involve more Mandos of walks of life, all the while keeping true to the warrior spirit passed down by the Taung. From the foundations laid down by Mandalore the Builder with his creation of the Union State, the Mandalorians in their crusades of war and peace are truly leaving a great impact on the galaxy, while the fortunes of the Republic and Empire, Sith and Jedi fluctuate, the Mandalorians appear to be always on the rise.

However, this was not always the case. Over 1300 years ago, the Mandalorians appeared to be on the verge of extinction, another race forgotten by the sands of time. After two failed crusades against the galaxy, the Mandalorians became a reviled people to hundreds of trillions of sentients, warmongers who brought nothing but death and destruction where they went. In the span of a decade though, what was the End Times for such a mighty people looked to be a new era of rebirth, a second coming with a brighter future. To many students of Mandalorian history, the three Mandalorians who are attributed with causing the creation of the modern Mandalorian civilization are the Lesser, the Vindicated, and the Builder. While the Builder is most directly responsible for the modern Mandalorians through his vision, a path possible through the actions of the Lesser and Vindicated, I would instead argue that the true three Mandalores responsible for their modern race are the Preserver, the Disciple, and the Orthodox.

When analyzing Mandalorian history it is most often divided into five eras. The Founding, the Crusades, the Mortal Twilight, the Static Renaissance, and the Union State. For this chapter, in order to explain the participation of the Mandalorians in the Great Galactic War and how their participation in the war led to the creation of the Union-State under the Builder, we must first take a look back centuries before the war to the first third of the Static Renaissance. It is the tale of three Mandalores, the Preserver, the Disciple, and the Orthodox.

Mandalore the Preserver

When discussing the life of Canderous Ordo, more commonly known as Mandalore the Preserver, heavy focus is given to his years during the Mandalorian Wars and time as the companion of Revan and Meetra Surik. Historical narratives and dramatizations of this time are in the countless millions if not billions. Far less attention is paid however to his time spent ruling as Mandalore, with the latter portion of his life most often waved away as "The Preserver saved the Mandalorian culture and helped them rebuild". The complexities of this time outside of Mandalorian culture and how they impacted the future is forgotten in favor of a jump to the more exciting tales of the Lesser's conquests, the Vindicated's hunts, and the Builder's incredible rise from bounty hunting to nation-building. Since the topic has been overly depicted, I shall not cover the Preserver's time before ruling as Mandalore. Instead I shall cover his return to Mandalore and the actions he took to save his people, a topic that while it won't be explained in the greatest of detail, will hopefully serve as a strong gateway into the subject for readers to delve further into the era of continuous rise and fall that was the Static Renaissance.

When the Preserver and his followers fought at the side of Meetra Surik at the Battles of Onderon and Telos IV, with the Preserver being a major contributor in the downfall of the Sith Triumvirate, it was the start of a redemption for the Mandalorians. Just a generation ago their crusades had brought great devastation through the galaxy, yet in the Triumvirate War the Mandalorians had allied with their former enemies to bring an end to the terror of Sion, Nihilius, and Traya. While it was not the beginning of an overwhelming reversal of galactic opinion, it ended the most extreme calls of total genocide for the Mandalorians with many beings in the galaxy willing to welcome them into the Galactic scene, it was a rise in opinion that the Preserver was going to exploit greatly.

Reclamation of Mandalore

Approximately one year after the departure of Meetra Surik into the Unknown Regions, the Preserver after continuing training and rearmament on Onderon, bringing into his army tens of thousands of recruits and seeing a huge surge in contracts that saw an influx of 8 billion Republic credits, the Preserver set out to reclaim the homeworld of Mandalore. On 4.22.21,056, a grand fleet of 170 ships with 185,000 Mandalorians, half of the Preserver's Army, jumped into system and landed upon the world of Mandalore. In the decade since Malachor V, the Mandalore system had been beset with near total anarchy as clans were left to fend for themselves from each other and from attacks by foreign raiders, pirates, and most devastatingly Sith who frequently conducted attacks on the system in retribution for the Mandalorian War. With the largest army of Mando warriors since Malachor V, composed of both veterans of the Crusades as well as new blood who had proven themselves through mercenary work or the fight against the Sith, the Preserver quickly decimated the reigning warlords within the system composed of both pirates and clans who had lost all honor in the devastation of the war's loss. After destroying the largest threats, the Preserver's forces would spread themselves throughout the system to provide a maximum amount of protection from further threats, slowly restoring law and order while encouraging new settlement, development of modern infrastructure, and reclamation of old Mando heritage that was lost or damaged during the war.

For the next five years the "Mandalore Reclamation" would be launched by the Preserver's Crusaders, a slow and systematic campaign to purge the system of all foreign invaders and begin to restore the worlds of Mandalore to its pre-war state. The first year was the most difficult for the Mandalorians as in their quest to restore law and order and civilization, they were relentlessly hounded by raids from remnants of the Sith Empire, pirates, and other neighboring sovereign states who did not wish for the Crusaders to be reborn. This was done both out of fear that the Preserver was the second coming of the Ultimate, and out of greed so that they could exploit the system economically, most especially the rare Beskar ore located on Mandalore. While the Preserver and his forces were able to repulse most of these attacks through their ferocity, it did not come without high cost with over 10,000 Mandalorians dying and 58 ships becoming destroyed. An even greater issue was that the Reclamation was swiftly drying up the funds of the Preserver and since the majority of his Crusaders were taking part in the Reclamation, that meant fewer warriors to undertake mercenary contracts and bring in more credits. Fortunately for the Mandalorians, salvation came in an ironic direction from the Republic, as the Preserver was able to convince his old comrade Carth Onasi to use the Republic Navy to destroy the invaders of Mandalore. While politics prevented Admiral Onasi from deploying ships in-system, he was more than free to destroy fleets that jumped out of Mandalorian space, tracking them down with Republic Intellegence, and then either reducing the invading forces to stardust or capturing them, justifying the helping of a former foe as reducing the debt of Telos IV while restoring order on the Outer Rim. While the Republic intervention was unable to completely reduce attacks on Mandalore, it did convince nearby sovereign systems hoping to conquer the Mandalorians to back off as they were unofficially under Republic attention, while forces who took heavy losses against the Mandalorians choose to gradually abandon the endeavor.

With the system no longer in danger of immediate conquest after the first year, the Preserver was now relatively free to begin his trek of reunification. Proclaiming both Mandalore and Concordia to be liberated on 12.21.21,057, the Preserver then journeyed to the world of Mandallia with 30,000 of his crusaders. There he re-established through diplomacy the ancient ties of brotherhood between the Mandalorians and Mandallians, afterwords banding together to eliminate the Mandallian rebels who refused to recognize the Preserver's legitimacy due to him being human and not Taung. After a campaign that lasted far shorter with only seven months spent due to the relative unity of Mandallia, the Preserver then traveled to Kalevala where the Crusaders brought death unto the countless roving bands of mechanized raiders referred to as the "Sand Crusaders" which had terrorized the planet in the previous decade. With superior technology, arms, and space supremacy, the Preserver was able to wipe them out after a year and reintroduce Kevala into the fold, the next two years after would then be focusing on rebuilding the system to a state close to the level of development before Malachor V.

During this era of Reconstruction, the Preserver reformed Mandalorian society greatly to such an extent that only the First before him could claim to make such extensive changes to Mandalorian society. Under his leadership the Ordo Code was developed which essentially redefined the Mandalorian Way of life as instead of being eternal conquerors who would spread war throughout the galaxy in search of the greatest conflicts from which they would achieve perfection as warriors, the Mandalorians would instead act as honorable warriors who would only fight for just causes on behalf of those who could not fight, with crusades and other offensive wars only being done as righteous actions against great evils that would seek to dominate the galaxy, with several subtle references to the Sith. The Mandalorian economy was reworked where instead of being a purely mercenary one (though it would remain heavy portion of the economy due to the warrior culture of the Mandalorians), the Mandalore system would see the construction of true interstellar industrialism for the first time in their history. Instead of their production being solely delegated towards armor and weapons, industry would also be directed toward the production of common tools, agricultural equipment, starships, computers, manufactured goods, medical technology, droids, and many other civilian commodities that would be standard for a robust industrial Capitalist world that until then had only been introduced to the Mandalorians through plunder. In the words of the Preserver, the greatest value of property came not from theft but from one's own labour with the purchase and trade of property being most honorably conducted through fair monetary exchange instead of bloodshed.

Not only had Capitalism been introduced to Mandalorian culture, but liberal arts had as well. Before the reign of the Preserver, Mandalorian culture focused primarily on three aspects; the art of war, the thrill of the hunt, and the warmth of family. While pre-Preserver culture had other aspects beyond these three, they took up the majority of Mandalorian culture with rituals, customs, lore, philosophy, and many more dedicated to the preservation and expansion of these traditions. At the end of the Mandalorian Wars however, much of this culture was either physically destroyed, or lost through the death of those with knowledge as a heavy feature of Mandalorian culture was the passing of traditions and customs from parent to child with many aspects being kept inside of a clan and communicated orally. In the absence of much of their physical and oral culture, many fallen Crusaders in the decade after Malachor V devolved to a more base image of Mandalorianism devoted solely to fighting and little else. As Mandalore, the Preserver encouraged not only the retention and re-discovery of ancient culture, but a reformation of Mandalorian culture into a far greater scope with a focus on what it meant to be Mandalorian and how to conduct oneself among the galaxy. As a patron of the arts, the Preserver poured millions upon millions of credits into up and coming philosophers, artists, authors, journalists, and historians to not only preserve the old history but to create a new one that would serve as an example to future generations. The work of thousands of Mandalorian voices would eventually find their way into the Ordo Code through their thoughts on the path of their people and for the first time Mando culture began to be shown to the outside galaxy besides warfare through the spread of holos and books that either detailed nonfictional coverage of the Mando way or fictional works by Mandalorians which dealt with prominent themes of the culture, this included old themes such as family and war while new ones created by the Crusades such as loss and identity. In order to ensure that future generations of Mandalorians would follow the new way, the Preserver created the first planetary public school system on Mandalore to provide young children of all species an access to education of STEM subjects and Liberal arts, to produce intellectuals in both industry and culture. A hallmark of the Mandalore's work was the creation of the University of Mandalore on 21,120, an institution which to this day remains one of the centers of Mandalorian higher education and research.

While it would be centuries before the Mandalorians would reach a state of power that came close to the one that was experienced at the height of the Mandalorian Wars, what the Mandalorians needed in the aftermath of their near-extinction was not a return of glory, but survival. While modern Mandalorian society is not an exact copy of the Preserver's vision, it is one that contains many of the aspects that he fought for in the Ordo Code and it would not have existed period if it weren't for the Preserver's crusade to restore Mandalorian culture and prevent the demographic and cultural death of the Mandalorians at a time when they were scattered, impoverished, and hated by the galaxy. What could have been a repeat of the Ancient Tionnese under Xim the Despot was averted and a foundation was instead laid for growth and rebirth. Unfortunately, it was a path that came with the creation of many enemies.

Exodus of Defiance

Despite the rather positive image that has been written on the activities of Mandalore the Preserver, he was not able to completely unify the Mandalorian peoples with more than half opposing his reign throughout his remaining lifetime. Had Canderous Ordo been any other person who had taken the title of Mandalore and acted in the same manner, then perhaps the Mandalorians would have been more firmly united and there would have been no Civil War, no rise of the Orthodox, and no actions being taken that would lead the Mandalorians to become Sith allies. Unfortunately for Ordo, his quest was rigged against him from the start as he was the man who had befriended and fought alongside Revan, the man who was seen as the personification of evil to most Mandalorians. In addition the Preserver had made his big entrance as Mandalore by fighting alongside Meetra Surik and the Republic against the Triumvirate, a noble action due to the threat of the Triumvirate, but one that had allowed the Jedi Order to be saved and the Republic to build. Even with these ties the Preserver still could have created an out for himself, arguing that he had only allied with Revan to stop the greater evil of Malak and Surik with the Triumvirate. For better or worse, the way that the Preserver choose to act in regard to his legendary companions turned away potential followers and hardened the resolve of his enemies.

One of the most notable traits about the Preserver was a sense of loyalty and duty to those closest to him, a trait common among Mandalorian culture but one that the Preserver inhabited more than most. This sense of loyalty was one that the Preserver had in intensity towards Revan, and one that he was not afraid to share with others. In his memoir "Fighting with the Enemy" that discusses the Preserver's POV of his travels with Revan, he holds him in high praise as an honorable and legendary warrior, with signs showing a higher devotion after Revan's true identity was revealed due to the Preserver's own account as well as those of his other companions. Unlike many of theMando'ade, the Preserver never held Revan in contempt for their defeat in the Mandalorian Wars, instead praising his leadership during the war as that of the perfect general and as such he fought with glory and honor and righteously deserved victory. Well into his reign as Mandalore, the Preserver would continue to speak well of Revan despite how unpopular it was among many sections of Mandalorian society, always setting Revan as a standard for how future Crusaders should be trained, and at the same time awaiting his return so that the Mandalorians may partake in a final war in service to Revan.

As it should have been expected, the constant praise and worship of a man who had nearly wiped out the existence of the Mandalorians and then later wreaked havoc across the galaxy as a Sith Lord, only to flee in the immediate aftermath of the Battle of Rakata Prime, was not an action that most Mandalorians took fondly. While there were a number of Mandalorians who shared the Preserver's point of view, this was a minority that was mostly composed of the zealous of the Crusaders who joined the Preserver before Onderon and afterword to reclaim glory. For the rest of the Mandalorians, they were either begrudgingly accepting of their Mandalore's opinion, or in most cases heavily enraged at the idolization of the man who might as well have been a living demon. Accounts of the Reclamation tell of how many of the battles that occurred against defiant Mandalorians were not due to the resistance being greedy or wishing to be independent, rather they refused to follow a Mandalore who consorted with "demonic sorcerers" that nearly brought the end of their race. The main reason the Reclamation occurred so quickly was due to the death of an overwhelming majority of crusaders in the Mandalorian Wars in the final year of the campaign leading up to Malachor V or immediately after. This left children and the elderly as the main inhabitants of the Mandalore system, while the trained adults left lived in poverty with little resources or food, exhausted from harassment by outside forces, or had their weapons taken away in the Great Purge following Malachor V. Most veterans fled the Mandalore system to serve as mercenaries across the galaxy, and those that did mostly refused the Preserver's call.

It was bad enough that the Preserver openly spoke fondly of Revan, but the actions that he took only damned him further in the eyes of many Mandalorians. In the aftermath of the Reclamation, the Preserver was able to form many exclusive contracts with the Republic to reclaim the Outer Rim from Sith remnants and regional warlords. Not only was this service seen as humiliating for serving the nation that defeated them, but many of the worlds the Crusaders were deployed to were those conquered by the Neo-Crusaders, in other words the Crusaders were acting as defense forces to help the Republic integrate worlds that in their point of view should have been theirs. The Preserver had close relations with the rebuilding Jedi Order, allowing Knights of the Order free access to Mandalorian space in pursuit of criminals or threats to the Republic peace, as well as allowing recruitment of force sensitives, though this almost never occurred due to staunch defiance from clans at letting one of their own into the Jedi. The now mercenary state of the Crusaders with legions serving for credits or conquest, made many Mandalorians now see their people as being a state of dishonor, money grubbers who lived for vices and credits instead of the glory of war and honor of the conquest. The worst of all was the Preserver's conquest condemnation of the Indomitable and Ultimate, the two were lambasted by the Preserver as Sith puppets and failures of their people, with the Preserver even going so far as to call the Ultimate a fraud who stole the mask and right to succeed from the Indomitable's true heir. The story is one that has never been able to be confirmed historically, and hearing such slander against two Mandalores who were still highly respected by the Mando'ade brought hatred to many upon the Preserver. While the Preserver seemed to realize that a full reversal of their legacies was impossible, as after his first decade he slowed down with his reforms and allowed a number of Neo-Crusader traditions to be retained, the fact that he still fought on the path of progression while condemning the past made many Mandalorians see him as a false Mandalore who hated his people and history and sought to selfishly mold them into his own image.

Non-Mandalorian readers may show surprise at such statements as a contradiction to the image created of the Preserver's reign as solely benign with high unity, but the empirical data shows a different picture. In a census conducted of the Mandalore system in 21,113 AGC, the Mandalore system contained 2.6 billion Mandalorians, this was a decrease from an estimated 9 billion Mandalorians at 20,093 AGC. While a good portion of this loss was due to deaths and leaving prior to the Preserver's return, between 21,103 and 21,113 there was an estimated 3.5 billion Mandalorians who emigrated from the system despite the Preserver's reign. While there is a margin of error, with it only being of 100-200 million, it means that most Mandalorians choose to go into voluntary exile than live under the Preserver's rule, a far greater percentage when considering the tens of millions of Mandalorians who choose to join the Preserver's call. With those who despise the Preserver either dying in battle against the Crusaders or leaving, all that was left was the zealous and the uncomfortable moderates who remained to prioritize survival over ideology.

An unintended consequence of the Preserver's policies was the driving away of most non-human Mandalorians and transforming the Mandalorians into a virtual human race similar to Corellians or Alderaanians despite the Taung being the original Mandalorians. The Preserver was never a xenophobe and like nearly all Mandalorians welcomed beings of all species into the fold. However, in his condemnation of the Indomitable and Ultimate, he drove away the majority of the Mandalorian people who had joined during the time of the two Mandalore's crusades. Before the reign of the Indomitable the Taung had been the majority of the species followed by the humans who formed a large minority and joined the Mando'ade out of a sense of protection from neighboring hostile species such as the Hutts. The Taung's constant thirst for battle and low reproductivity lead to their species becoming extinct, with humans taking up more of a leadership role during the Mandalorian Wars as seen with Cassus Fett. It was during the recent Mandalorian Wars that the multispecies nature of the Mandalorian people was truly born as the Neo-Crusaders recruited heavily on every world they encountered and as a result recruited beings of hundreds of species who before barely had if any contact with Mandalorian culture. Since the majority of non-human Mandalorians joined willingly during the era of the Ultimate, they fell in love with the Ultimate's version of the Mandalorians, and as such were disgusted with the reign of the Preserver. In the 21,113 census the Mandalorians under the Preserver were 81% human. While the modern Mandalorians of the Mandalorian Union State are at one of its most diverse in history, humans are still seen as having a leadership bias due to most clan heads, Crusader Army and Navy officers, corporate heads, intellectuals, and leaders in Mandalorian society in general being humans. In the most recent census humans were by far the plurality of the Mandalorians with 35%, one of the greatest physical legacies of the Preserver.

During the reign of Mandalore the Preserver there were a total of 127,524 battles against Mandalorians who resisted the rule of the Preserver, with countless more skirmishes and duels against small groups of Mandalorians who defied or wish to take down the Preserver's rule. An estimated 200 million Mandalorians fought against the Preserver in through battle, and the Preserver himself fended off 1,234 assassination attempts from his fellow Mandalorians. What prevented the reactionary Mandalorians from succeeding until the rise of the Orthodox was their disunity, scattered presence across the galaxy, lack of resources or allies, and exhaustion from years of conflict. In contrast the Preserver had legions at his command, was a firm ally of the Republic with the expected monetary and technological backing, some of the best trained warriors in the galaxy, and a firm chain of command. Had a charismatic Mandalorian with the strategic mindset of the Orthodox been able to gather up the opposition and make a firm crusade against the Preserver, then his reign would have ended far earlier.

The Mercenary Crusades

As noble as the Preserver's desire to restore the Mandalorians were, his ambitions were not one without great monetary cost. Revan and the Republic fleet after Malachor V in enforcing peace upon the Mandalorian clans had heavily bombarded all urban environments within the Mandalorian system, reducing the entire system to a near pre-interstellar age with most modern infrastructure gone while a large number of the inhabitants were impoverished with clan forges and weapons confiscated to prevent the Mandalorians from being able to wage war. The Preserver had to provide for the basic needs of billions while seeking to preserve his culture and advance the system to a modern state near in quality to the rest of the Great Worlds in the Outer Rim. To do all of this he needed credits, a solution that was not easy to come by.

While the Preserver was able to operate a successful base on Onderon for his followers, it was a base focused on the housing and support of only 300,000 Mandalorians, with most of his followers being among the most affluent of their people by default with the wealth to be able to provide their own weapons and armor while still providing a tithe to the Preserver. Funding a mercenary company at such a size and maintain a profit was easy, but ruling a nation and not going bankrupt was difficult. While the Preserver could have hypothetically expanded his operations with tens of millions of recruits, most of the recruits had little to no armor or weapons of their own to provide in contrast to previous ages where it was expected for every Mandalorian to acquire their own armor and arms either through familiar passage or gain through honorable battle. Thus the Preserver had to provide for these new recruits out of the Crusader's coffers in addition to the basic welfare of the Mandalorians along with his most ambitious projects. In order to fulfill any of his promises, the Preserver needed outside sources of funding without resorting to the old ways of conquest and pillage.

At first this was done by forging a close relationship with the Inter-Galactic Banking Clan of Muun Space. During the Crusades of the Mandalorians they had never once neared Muun Space and as such the Muuns held no bias against Mandalorians. Another advantage of the Muuns was their species pursuit of the accumulation of wealth as a cultural priority, as such they were willing to ignore the flaws of their clients so long as they conducted business respectably and performed no great crime to the Banking Clan or whole Muun species, thus they were one of the few groups in the galaxy who held no hatred agaisnt the Mandalorians for their crusades. The Preserver was able to negotiate many loans worth hundreds of billions of credits that he used to immediately invest in the Reclamation of Mandalore and with the rebirth of the Mandalorian war machine and forays into civilian industry, they could then start to pay back the Banking Clan. Interest rates were kept low by the Preserver offering the Crusaders as a premier security force for Muun Space and the many client corporations and holdings spread across the Outer Rim. While the contracts from the Banking Clan were done at a reduced rate as a result, it kept interest from going low and for the Preserver to make near unprecedented consecutive high loans for such a new great borrower, preventing him from going into heavy debt early on and allowing the Preserver to begin many of his reconstruction goals years early.

While this was a major success, the Preserver could not continue on this path forever as the Crusaders soon reached a wall in the number of available clients due to their infamy from the Mandalorian Wars and the lingering hatred from it, causing many potential clients to refuse to conduct any business out distrust and despise. As such there was a limit to how much the Mandalorians could procure through collective mercenary work, and in regard to the civilian industry that the Preserver had been focusing on, it was producing a low turnout in the tens of millions of credits due to most products either being sold locally or piling up in the rebuilding starports. If the Preserver was to continue his vision and not become a wage slave to the Banking Clan in the process, he needed more mercenary contracts and more markets for trade, leading him to turn to the largest market in the galaxy, the Galactic Republic.

While a majority of Republic citizens at the time still held a strong dislike for Mandalorians, with the Preserver's return to the Mandalore system sparking a wave of mass protests across the Republic and hundreds of Senators clamoring for war to prevent the return of the Crusaders, the Preserver did have some impact with his reforms. The Mandalorians went from a near universally reviled group to one with a minority of people who were willing to give them a second chance and coexist, or at the very least tolerate them. While most politicians and military leaders bore grudges and scars from the Mandalorian Wars, many remembered the Preserver's contribution at Onderon and Telos IV and how they helped to (at the time) wipe out the Sith for good. Most importantly, the Preserver had an extensive network of old friends to advocate on his behalf. These contacts included Grand Admiral Carth Onas who after the defeat of the Triumvirate rose to the top of the Republic Navy, rising shipping mogul Mission Vao, Grandmaster Mical, Masters Brianna, Bao-Dur, Visas Marr, and Atton Rand of the Jedi Council; and of course the Battle Meditation Master Bastila Shan.

The Preserver would spend much of the 21,110's lobbying for aid for the Republic, asking for the Mandalorians to be given a shot at redemption to atone for their war crimes and restore peace to the Outer Rim. It was a bitter political campaign filled with many ups and downs, and plenty of corruption to make for thrilling holos, which it has in the past. The Preserver's efforts woudl finally be rewarded when in 21,116 the recently-elected Supreme Chancellor Haron Ruman gave the Mandalorians a contract to liberate the Raxus system from a Sith remnant who sought to use Raxus Prime as a construction ground of materials for a grand fleet to reclaim the holdings of Revan's Empire, a contract worth 2.5 billion credits. While the move was at first met with heavy opposition from the Republic population with it being done on executive order instead of Senate approval and many seeing it as rewarding the butchers who just two decades ago sought to conquer them all, the fast subjugation of the Raxus system within four months overseen by 250,000 crusaders and the personel involvement of the Preserver, brought some small amounts of praise and changed the minds of many politicians and officers, though not for the most altruistic reasons.

The Jedi Civil War had been a huge blow to the Republic military and left it in a weakened state that it had never been in before with even the Army and Navy of the Treaty of Coruscant being leagues above the post-JCW military in terms of power projection. To give an example of the serious blow dealt to the Republic, the Battle of Telos IV was seen as a major drain of resources that could potentially cripple the Navy, and it only saw the participation of 194 ships. While the Army and Navy had recovered greatly in the two decades after the war, it was still a shadow of it's former glory with only 13,000 ships and 10 billion Troopers, far lower than the size of the military at the start of the Great Galactic War from which the Republic was commonly derided for. In addition to a huge cut in funding from their wartime blank check due to high debt and the massive costs of reconstruction, recruitment for the military was at an all-time low due to the high casualties of the Inter-Sith Wars and a sense of high distrust from the Republic against its armed forces due to the defection of a third of their sailors and troopers to Revan to create the Sith Empire. The Republic could barely defend itself and only had a fleet of around 800 ships to patrol the entire Outer Rim.

Worst of all in addition to the rise of dozens of aggressive nations in the Sith's downfall, and the warlords and pirates from Revan's Empire and the Triumvirate, all signs showed the Hutts to be on the rise and rearming again. During the entirety of the Inter-Sith Wars the Hutts had remained neutral and played the role of merchants of death by selling to both the Republic and Sith while coming in and gaining fiscal control of devastated neutral worlds that were caught up in the wars. The Hutts had been fortunate where with the exception of a brief incursion by the Neo-Crusaders, had been untouched by the wars, mainly due to the Sith's hatred of the Republic and Jedi causing them to solely focus on their destruction instead of the Hutts who had done them no wrong and sported a culture that many contemporary Inter-Sith would approve of. While many Hutts wanted to remain in the pursuit of the Kajidic lifestyle, a growing number of Hutts observed the weakness of the Republic as a chance to return to the old ways and create a grand empire which would rule the Outer Rim. The leader of the warrior faction was Margoza the Hutt, a Hutt who controlled the Margoza corporation, one of the premier PMC's within Hutt Space and a Hutt who rose to the Grand Council during the Jedi Civil War. Once the Triumvirate had been defeated, Margoza began a campaign of conquest in the systems bordering Hutt space with his first being the Conquest of Sy Myrth in 21,105 AGC, an action that the Republic was powerless to stop.

With the Outer Rim in flames and the Hutts looking to return to their past as conquerors, the Republic military needed to return to its prime to reassert itself on the Rim, but it was a situation that would not occur for at least a generation. Thus in order to prevent the loss of the Outer Rim, Chancellor Ruman saw the Mandalorians as the best solution as who better to protect the Republic than one of the most fearsome warrior races in the galaxy lead by a reformer who wanted to side with the Republic and Jedi in contrast to his predecessors. In the point of view of more distrusting individuals, it was a perfect plan to make the Mandalorians bleed for the Republic and by the time the Army and Navy regained its glory, the Mandalorians would be too bloodied to dare repeat the Mandalorian Wars. It was in these conditions that the Mandalorian-Republic alliance was born, a brief affair in galactic history that was never repeated to such a deep extent again.

In the years to come the Mandalorians would become the front-line defenders of the Republic in their quest to restore order to the Outer Rim. After a couple of years of making sure that the Sith Remnants were wiped out for good, the Mandalorians would then broaden their work with the Republic by guarding former member worlds of the Republic that were lost in the Inter-Sith Wars and in the process of reintegration. By the mid 21,120's the Mandalorians had proven themselves as capable allies of the Republic that they were deployed as a primary defense against the advances of Margoza who had claimed a fifth of the Mid Rim and were making three grand campaigns towards the Perlemian Trade Route, the Tion Cluster, and Bothan Space. While the Mandalorian's were not the sole factor in Republic success in these three campaigns, they were major contributors to victory with some of the largest battles seeing a majority Mando force defending against or reclaiming world's against the Hutts. While the Mandalorians were never able to completely overturn the Hutts gains and make an advance into Hutt space due to the Hutt's far superior industry and the extended committments of the Republic, they were able to prevent hundreds of thousands of systems and hundreds of billions of beings from falling under Hutt rule or slavery. Such an act caused a slow but gradual rise in the Mandalorian's reputation.

With the Mandalorians now proven as honorable defenders of the peace, trade began to open at a rapid pace with the investment of billions of credits into the Mandalore system, which the Preserver using such credits to fuel the rise of industry, healthcare, and education based off of resources from Akaan, Tracyn, Bonagal, and Shukut. With the influx of credits, limited colonization began with 85 nearby star systems in the process of settlement by the time of the Preserver's death. A demographic explosion occured from such prosperity and for the first time since the Mandalorian Wars, a boom in adoption to the Mando'ade, with 350 million willing converts and the overall Mandalorian population who followed the Preserver reaching 3.7 billion in the 21,133. While many of the traditionalists and moderates became concerned at the increasing abandonment of the old ways and conversion of the warrior lifestyle from one of a true crusader to a materialistic life of a mercenary, the rise in living conditions earned the Preserver more converts by the day.

Unfortunately for the Preserver, while his people prospered, it seemed that he personally was on a decline. Due to expectations of Mandalores personally leading their troops into battle, the Preserver continued to lead from the front as he was heading well into his elderly years. While the Preserver was in far greater shape than most humans his age, he was only mortal and without the aid of the force and a refusal to adopt extensive cybernetic modifications, a lifetime of battle's damage was starting to take its toll. Medical reports of the Preserver showed bruises that were slow to heal, bones that were broken for longer periods of time, and trauma was taking more days to recover from. However, at the day of time Mandalore was a position expected to continue to death, and due to the Preserver's stubbornness he would not take a more administrative style of leadership. At the age of 81 he was confirmed to have Osteoarthritis, while in his late 80's he began to show early signs of, but was never confirmed with, Alzhetser's disease. Among his worsening physical condition, the Preserver by the personal accounts of those closest to him seemed to undergo great stress and anxiety. His opinion on Revan began to gradually worsen and while he never outright hated his companion, he felt frustrated and confused about why he refused to return or why there were no signs of the coming Sith threat (a worry then thought to be a successor to Malak and the Triumvirate, now known to be the Third Sith Empire) with Mandalorians fighting and dying in the Republic's defense for seemingly no end-goal or greater purpose than acquire credits and restore honor, but the Preserver did not know where he should stop or how he should continue. His lieutenants managed to relegate him to greater rest and more delegation to his inner circle over time, but the Preserver still demanded to fight honorably in the field, a choice that would lead to his downfall.

On 7.29.21,127, the Preserver was participating in the Battle of Randon against Hutt forces. Uncharacteristically of a long-time veteran, the Presever decided to go for a lengthy walk unescorted into one of Randon's war-torn cities, a possible effect of his Alzhetser's if the Mandalore was confirmed. According to eyewitnesses, the Mandalore seemed to walk with an air of peace and content, simply gazing out at the scarred building that he passed and looking at all of them in deep thought. While dangerous the Preserver still could have survived this action, had he worn his helmet, which he had chosen to take off. This allowed a Trandoshan sniper in employment to Margoza who was hiding in the rubble of the city, to spot the Mandalore and shoot him straight in the head with a slug thrower, a high velocity round piercing through the Preserver's reign and making a near clean exit through the skull. By the time the Mandalore was rushed to medical aid, he was declared dead, assassinated by a grunt of the Hutts at the age of 88, dying as he lived, on the battlefield.

While the Preserver's death was far from the ideal honorable and glorious end of a Mandalore, it was perhaps a fitting end that the man who spent a lifetime at war would go out leading his people into battle instead of dying at a quiet peace, with his medical condition ensuring that he would depart soon anyways. The Preserver's body was escorted back to the Ordo lands where he was buried in the Clan cemetery at a public funeral attended by tens of thousands of Crusaders with a more private session attended by his closest Lieutenants, lifelong companions, prominent Mandalorian leaders, and state dignitaries held the day before. For most Mandalorians, it was not the ideal death but a respectable one, for at the end of his life the Preserver had fought his battle and succeeded in preserving the survival of the Mandalorian people and overseeing their rise to power and prominence and galactic society. Mandalore the Preserver had died victorious, unfortunately the actions of his successors would ensure the death of the Mandalorian's alliance with the Republic and a downfall and disunity of their nation until the rise of Mandalore the Builder and his founding of the Union State.

A/N: Hello everyone, Kaiser Chris here with the first part of Tale of Three Mandalores, covering the life stories of the Preserver, Disciple, and Orthodox, the three Mandalores who ruled in between KOTOR II and SWTOR. It is a story of the survival and rise of the Mandalorians and their fall to the eventual state of disunity until the Lesser's leadership saw them rise once more. For this chapter I wanted to focus on Ordo, one of the best characters in the KOTOR series, and how he faired in the aftermath of Revan's departure. Initially I was unsure of how to depict Ordo as Mandalore as while the game lore did say he was successful, SWTOR contradicts this with the Mandalorians being disunited, only to later side with the Sith as allies, Ordo's worst nightmare come true. So instead of being totally successful or a total failure, I decided to go for a middle route. Yes Ordo was successful in preserving Mandalorian culture, reforming the Mando'ade, and being a strong ally of the Republic, in the process he alienated a majority of Mandalorians and as we'll see in the tale of the Disciple and Orthodox, set up the Mandalorian's downfall due to some of his actions. He was overall a good leader, but wasn't able to entirely overcome the stigma of being Revan's friend and had trouble setting up a strong foundation for a generational succession of Mandalores who continue his will. Hope you guys liked it, it was my favorite chapter to write so far, especially with the Mandalorian Season 2 coming out.

Next time we'll go into the Disciple and how he did his best to continue Ordo's legacy but unfortunately messed up and caused a reversal, and I'll either make his story a stand-alone one or combine it with the Orthodox cause if I combined all three into one chapter then it would be over 20,000 words long and that would be way too much, so we'll see depending upon the count. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more!