|Title of leader|
Dorjander (after 3,662 BBY)
The Force (unofficially)
|Date of founding||
circa. 3,662 BBY
The Mandalorian Knights, also known as the Knight Initiative, was a secret project initiated by Mandalorian scientist Arkon exiled Jedi Knights Kes Okari and Rika Somed in order to produce Force-sensitive Mandalorian soldiers to fight for survival of the Mandalorian clans. Originally purposed with waging war against the resurgent Sith Empire to ensure Mandalorian survival, after witnessing a vivid vision of the future of worlds on fire and a face of evil, Arkon grew fanatical on preventing the catastrophe and unintentionally sabotaged the hyperdrives of the three Knight-owned ships, sending them into the future.
Initially formed with the idea of studying the capabilities of Jedi conscripts with Mandalorian ideals fighting against the brutality of the resurgent Sith Empire by Arkanian scientist Arkon who had been inspired by the mad Mandalorian scientist Demagol; the idea was quicky disregarded and overhauled as a new order of Force-sensitives after the attempted kidnapping of former Jedi Knight Kes Okari, bred far from the passive ways of the Jedi Order and the savagery of the Sith Empire without completely overlooking each faction's strengths and weaknesses, namely Mandalorian Knights, an order of Mandalorian trained Force-users.
Being borne of former members of the Jedi Order, majority of the Mandalorian Knights organization is derived from the Order with several deviations.
During its inception, the Mandalorian Knights had no formal leadership as each of its founders considered themselves more as teachers than leaders but usually held counsel with each other on serious issues, however when the first class had completed the training regimen Knight Aurek was chosen to be their formal leader as he had the natural capability to bond with and influence.
As each Knight became more experience in their training and power, they progressed through several ranks.
- Initiate (commonly called New Blood and Hopeful) was the first and lowest rank in the Mandalorian Knights. This rank was bestowed upon new members regardless of age when they began their communal training. Once initiates are recruited they are placed in groups similar to the Jedi Order's clan system based on creatures, usually, from Mandalorian worlds.
- Knight (commonly used colloquially with Master) was the second rank in the Mandalorian Knights. This rank was bestowed upon members regardless of age when they completed initial training in their communal clan.
- Battlemaster was an individual, who specialized in combat. They typically operated the battle circle during training. One such Battlemaster was Rika Somed.
While most members of the Knights ability in the Force ranged from marginal to strong, there were few who were washed out due to lacking the ability to harness their power or were too weak in the Force to be Knight, these few usually continued as Reservists, better known as Jiin's Rangers, named after the first Knight "wash-out", the Bith Ujiin Maryk.
Armor and equipmentEdit
All Force-sensitive Knights were gifted with durindfire crystals from a source on Tatooine for their lightsabers. Knights and Rangers were equipped with standard military equipment such as a wide variety of blasters and grenades, though only Rangers typically carried rifles.
Although a rare occurrence, the decision to utilize the armor and crystal was left to the individual, one notable instance was the Gray Jedi Serayah, who refused to wear the armor.
Behind the scenesEdit
In earlier drafts of Trials by Fire the Mandalorian Knights were supposed to be called the Mandalorian Preservers in honor of Mandalore the Preserver and were vastly different from their current counterpart.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Chronicles