Clones & Cloners

In the Star Wars Galaxy, Kaminoans are the most famous cloners but not the only ones.  The Clone Armies of the Republic too, are famous. But again, they are not the only clones.

Clones:

Jango Fett clones:

Republic Commando - Triple Zero Clones

Republic Commando – Triple Zero Clones

While the first clones were born on Kamino and trained by mostly Mandaloreans, later clones were born on Centax 2. The latter were grown using a different method with Spaarti cloning cylinders. They had less physical training and more flash imprinting to get them ready for the job. They were trained differently, without the respect for the Jedi as leaders and even led to believe that Centax 2 was Kamino. This led to the realization by some of the early Mandalorean trainers that the someone in the government was about to pull something, while the Jedi seemed not to notice.  Some of the original clones, resentful of being used as a slave army, realized the threat would affect them as well and deserted. They had the aid of their own trainers as well as a few Jedi who had decided on their own that the Jedi relying on ‘bred for war’ clones was a violation of their beliefs. On their own, these clones sought out a cure for the Kaminoan genetics that sped up their aging for a cure.

Eventually some of the Kaminoans, realizing the Empire were a threat to them, created some of these with loyalties to the Kaminoans. This led to the Imperial Fleet and the Vader’s Fist Imperial 501st to do battle with the Kaminoan clones. It also led to the clones being phased out and different clone ‘templates’ being used for the DNA. The Spaarti method proved to have downsides as well, as the forced speed of growing clones often led to mental instability.

Jango Sources:

Attack of the Clones
Hero of Cartao
– Timothy Zahn, Star Wars Insider 68 Short Story – 2003
Republic Commando – LucasArts Video Game – 2005
Republic Commando Series by Karen Traviss, Del Rey Books -2004
Battlefront 2 – Pandemic Studios & LucasArts Video Game

Morgukai Clones:

The Morgukai Nikto were born and bred to fight Jedi. Their numbers were few, so the Separatists grew clones of them on Saleucami into a Shadow Army. They were stopped by the Republic and Jedi from leaving the planet. They were trained by the Anzati.

Morgukai Sources:

Republic Trackdown – John Ostrander & Duursema, Dark Horse comics
Republic Seige at Saluecami – John Ostrander & Duursema, Dark Horse comics

Starkiller Clone:

Starkiller's Clone

Vader captured by Kota and Starkiller’s Clone in The Force Unleashed 2. This story arc was not given an ending.

Galen Marek was cloned by Vader and the Empire as his secret Apprentice. Until this time, cloning of Force Sensitives had repeatedly failed, always ending with a mentally unstable clone.

Starkiller Sources:

The Force Unleashed 1
Book by Sean Williams – 2008 – Del Rey Books
Graphic Novel by Haden Blackman, Brian Ching, Bong Dazo, Wayne Nichols – Dark Horse Comics -2008
Video Game by Lucasarts

The Force Unleashed 2
Book by Sean Williams – 2010 – Del Rey Books
Graphic Novel by Haden Blackman, Omar Francia,  Manuel Silva – Dark Horse Comics 2010
Video Game by Lucasarts – 2010

Thrawn clones:

Thrawn had himself cloned in case anything happened to him, with the goal of defending the Empire from threats in the Unknown Regions. The timer was set to not release the clone unless the timer ticked down 10 years.

Mount Tantiss Clones: Thrawn chose the best of his troops for the Mount Tantiss cloning project, in order to have a ready made fleet for his captured Katana fleet. This would have proven a huge threat the New Republic but for his error in relying on his ability to control the discovered clone of Jedi Joruus C’baoth, who subverted his efforts by easily breaking the mind’s of the clone templates. Ultimately the entire cloning chamber was destroyed by a New Republic strike team.

Thrawn’s Jedi Clones:  Thrawn’s purpose for these is as yet unknown. However Jaden Korr discovered Clones that apparently combined Palpatine’s Sith DNA with those of numerous Jedi of the new Order, including Kam Solusar, Mara Jade, Kyle Katarn and others. It’s unknown how he got all of this DNA, though some was certainly from former Imperials. Katarn, Mara and Solusar had once served the Empire. These clones proved to have a serious genetic illness. They also proved mentally unstable, killing the scientist who created them.

Thrawn Sources:

Dark Force Rising – Timothy Zahn – Bantam Books 1992
The Last Command
– Timothy Zahn – Bantam Books 1993
Vision of the Future
– Timothy Zahn – Bantam Books – 2013
Crosscurrent – Paul S. Kemp – Del Rey Books – 2010
Riptide – Paul S. Kemp – Del Rey Books – 2011

The Emperor’s Clones:

Emperor Palpatine discovered how to clone Force sensitives with Vader’s experiments using Starkiller, along with his own Master Darth Plagueis’ training. The ability for the Sith to transfer their spirit to another had originally been lost, but he reclaimed that knowledge from a Jedi called Ashka Boda and a Jedi holocron. Using the cloning, he planned to ‘jump’ to a new body when the old wore out or was damaged. This was foiled by treacherous doctor’s paid off to sabotage the clone DNA as well as Luke Skywalker destroying the inactive clones.

Emperor’s Sources:

Dark Empire – Tom Veitch & Cam Kennedy, Dark Horse comics – 1991
Crimson Empire – Mike Richardson, Randy Stradley, Paul Gulacy – Dark Horse Comics, 1997
Crimson Empire 2 –  Mike Richardson,  Randy Stradley, Paul Gulacy -Dark Horse Comics, 1998

Khommites

Khommites froze their culture at the level they felt was ‘perfect’ by using cloning. Rather than procreate as other species, each individual was cloned and trained by their predecessor. They were differentiated by a number. Rarely did things change, even under the Empire.  However a massive change occurred when Dorsk 81 found that he was Force Sensitive and went off to become a Jedi. He successor also followed in his wake. Khomm civilization received a serious cultural blow when the Imperial Remnant led by Admiral Daala attacked their world, causing damage to the cloning facilities and stored clone DNA.

Khomm Sources:

Jedi Academy Trilogy – Kevin J. Anderson – Bantam books – 1994
Dark Saber – Kevin J. Anderson – Bantam books – 1995

 

Ultimately, cloning is a complicated business in any galaxy. Cloning a person has moral implications that in all probability, they will question if misused. Cloning for slave labors doesn’t mean they are not sentient with rights, intelligence and feelings. The Kaminoans also bred the shovel handed miner slaves of Subterrel, they had no ‘moral’ problems as they considered all species but their own inferior. Using cloning even to clone oneself has problems as well. For what if your ‘double’ does not wish to be a true duplicate? And basing an entire culture and society on cloning risks stagnation, which will be threatened when the unexpected (such as Imperial attack or unavoidable natural disaster) occur. The expedience of using a mysterious clone army nearly brought about the end of the Jedi Order in the prequels. The blind belief that paid for Kaminoan scientists would never question the danger to themselves caused the clone on clone battle for Kamino.

 

 

 

The Mandalorians

Mandalorians on Galidraan, from Jango Fett Open Seasons, Dark Horse ComicsThe explanation of the Mandalorian culture goes all the way back to a species known as the Taungs. While they died out, there culture lived on.

The Mandalorian Culture was based on fighting against worthy foes in battle to gain honor. They accepted members based on adoption. Anyone of any age could be adopted in either by choice or conquest. They were strong believers in family and took them with them even into combat.

Their homeworld, such as they accepted, was Mandalore, though they also had colonies. Among them was Concord Dawn. But Mandalorians were largely nomads.

From ancient times, they collided with The Old Republic and Jedi, sometimes siding with the Sith. In the more modern era, they were hired as mercenaries and known for their skill. Their ancient besalisk war droids were famous, as were their ship skills and armor skills.

Eventually, Jaster Mereel attempted to restore honor to the Mandalorian by reinstituting warrior codes long forgotten. This was resisted by a group called the Death Watch. He was eventually killed.

Jaster’s surviving group members where betrayed by a man who hired them. Jedi, tricked into believing them terrorists, killed all but one on Galidraan, who had been duped into believing them terrorists. More than half the Jedi were killed. One of the surviving Jedi was Dooku. The surviving Mandalorian was Jango Fett, who was sold into slavery by the man he was delivered too. This would have long term consequences for everyone. Dooku’s disillusionment with the Jedi began when he realized the mistake. Jango Fett swore revenge and eventually escaped.. By joining forces, Jango provided for the newly christened Lord Tyrannus the DNA for a clone army…which would be used to betray the Jedi. He also demanded in payment one unaltered clone: Boba Fett, who he raised as a son and would become a famous bounty hunter.

Due to The Clone Wars TV show Mandalorian history becomes confused. In the show they are depicted as blond humans on a world destroyed by war and enclosed by domes, led by a neutral non warring government. However, even in the show it’s revealed that this is not how they always were and many are dissatisfied.

The Clone troopers of the Republic in  many cases were trained by Mandalorians and adopted their culture, as Jango Fett was Mandalorian by adoption.

The true leader was known as the Mandalore.

During the Imperial  years, the Empire cracked down on the world and enslaved its people to mine its famous iron. Fenn Shysa became Mandalore and formed a resistance. After the war, Fenn Shysa’s dying wish was for Boba Fett to become Mandalore, which he did.

Fett led them into a two sided battle during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, pretending to work for the enemy but secretly aiding the New Republic. The retaliation devastated the world but the Mandalorians scattered throughout the galaxy heeded the call to return and rebuild it.

Central to their way of life was the Resol’nare’, 6 important codes of conduct and honor. These included:

  • speaking the Mandalorian language
  • wearing the armor
  • defending the family and self
  • raise your children to be Mandalorian
  • contribute to one’s clan
  • rally to the call of the Mandalore

Actions are far more important to being Mandalorian than one’s past history or birthplace. For someone to become Mandalorian, their past is considered wiped clean to begin anew.

Famous Mandalorians Include (but aren’t limited to):

Mandalore the Indomitable  who was defeated by Uliq Qel Droma and joined the Sith in the war led by Exar Kun.

Canderous Ordo – fought both against and alongside Revan. Mercenary

Rohlan Dyre – aka Rohlan the Questioner

Demagol – war criminal

Jaster Mereel – created the supercommando codex, seeking to restore the honor of the commands though bringing back the warrior codes.

Tor Viszla – founder of the Death Watch, a warrior group who opposed Jaster Mereel’s reforms.

Jango Fett – adopted by Jaster Mereel after the death of his family, Mandalore, and template for the Clone army of the Republic.

Fenn Shysa – Mandalore during the Imperial years and after

Boba Fett – didn’t at first care to learn his heritage, but eventually returned to it and became Mandalore.

Kal Skirata – trainer of Clones, he went on to help set up a system for clone defectors trying to flee both the Old Republic and the Empire at the end of the Clone Wars.

Stories involving Mandalorean Culture (note: not including multiple Boba Fett strictly about Bounty hunting stories…saving that for the Boba Fett character page.) :

The Mando’a language is commonly used in the stories. Here is a Mando dictionary.

Dark Horse Comics

Knights of the Old Republic: Daze of Hate

Knights of the Old Republic: Knights of Suffering

Knights of the Old Republic: War

Star Wars: Jango Fett

Star Wars: Zam Wesell (note, this is sequel to Jango Fett and does include him.)

Jango Fett: Open Seasons

Blood Ties Jango and Boba Fett

Blood Ties Boba Fett is Dead

Bantam

The Bounty Hunter Wars Trilogy

A Barve like That (Tales from Jabba’s Palace)

Del Rey

Republic Commando: Hard Contact

Republic Commando: Triple Zero

Republic Commando: True Colors

Republic Commando: Order 66

Imperial Commando: 501st

Legacy of the Force Bloodlines

Legacy of the Force Sacrifice

Legacy of the Force Revelation

Scholastic

Boba Fett: The Fight to Survive

Boba Fett: Crossfire

Boba Fett: Maze of Deception

Boba Fett: Hunted

Boba Fett: A New Threat

Boba Fett: Pursuit

 

 

 

 

 

Qui-Gon Jinn Extended

Qui-Gon prepares for battle.

Qui-Gon prepares for battle.

Qui-Gon Jinn is a Jedi considered a bit of a maverick by the Jedi council because he doesn’t always follow the Code. He focused more on the Living Force than on the Unifying Force. He was secretly learning how to be able to allow himself in the living Force after death.
Qui Gon Jinn was trained by Dooku, who later left the Order and fell to the Dark Side. Qui-Gon had at least 2 padawans. His first, Xanatos, left him and the Order. This is detailed in a Dark Horse Graphic novel called Dark Side and several of the Jedi Apprentice books.

His second was Obi-Wan Kenobi. The two balanced each other.  They shared many missions, including missions to restore peace, expose corruption, and taking on pirate gangs. They shared battles during the Stark Hyperspace Conflict, the attack by the Yinchorri against the Jedi, a plot against Valorum on Ord Mantell and activities involving the Trade Federation and the piracy of Nebula Front.

Spoiler for Jedi Apprentice: The Ties that Bind
Qui-Gon Jinn and Tahl, Dark Horse's Dark Side Comic.

Qui-Gon Jinn and Tahl, Dark Horse’s Dark Side Comic. Artist: Stéphane Roux

Legacy of the Jedi, from Dooku to Anakin

Legacy of the Jedi a story spanning from Dooku & Qui-Gon to Obi-Wan & Anakin, by Jude Watson

On his last mission, it was Obi-Wan who sensed distant danger on going in to negotiate with the Trade Federation to end the blockade of Naboo.  But it was Qui Gon who immediately realized there was no logic to their actions, no apparent gain, when they invaded, given that gain is their usual motive.
Qui Gon Jinn was also the one who discovered young Anakin Skywalker on Tatooine, and urged the Jedi Council to train him.
On Qui-Gon’s death, his last act was to ask Obi-Wan to train him.

Afterward Qui-Gon tried to call out to Anakin when his mother died, alerting Yoda that he was somehow able to connect from the beyond. He appeared in a vision to Yoda, leading young Anakin (though he was grown at this time) into a tree on a mysterious planet to face his fears. He also appeared on Mortis to Obi-Wan and finally Yoda was able to hear his voice in deep meditation. Qui-Gon led him to those who were training him in how to manifest his spirit after death to guide the next generation.

Featured In:

Jedi Council (DH)
Last Stand on Ord Mantell (DH)
Murder on the Aurorient Express (DH)
Dark Side (DH) based on mentioned events in Jedi Apprentice
Stark Hyperspace wars

Jedi Apprentice Series
Cloak of Deception

Appeared Briefly in:
Clone Wars microseries
The Clone Wars Mortis story arc
Darth Maul Shadow Hunter