The first episode of The Mandalorian doesn’t waste a lot time establishing the drama, and between The Client, blurrgs, and mysterious bounty targets, it’s straightforward to overlook the best way the present brushes towards Star Wars historical past. One of the most effective particulars comes when the Mandalorian shares a fast trade along with his fell Mandalore resident The Armorer about tradition and armor.
While the present itself doesn’t present a lot in the best way of rationalization, previous bits of Star Wars Expanded universe, together with Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels, make clear the cryptic significance of Beskar steel and the occasion generally known as the Great Purge.
[Ed notice: this submit incorporates some gentle spoilers for the primary episode of The Mandalorian]
Mandalorian armor is known within the Star Wars universe. The armor plates themselves can stand up to blaster pictures, as we see in The Mandalorian, and may even shield the wearer from the glancing blow of a lightsaber — which could be seen within the Legacy of Mandalore episode of Star Wars: Rebels when Gar Saxon is disarmed. Despite this spectacular safety, the armor additionally stays surprisingly gentle, permitting the wearer to stay agile and maneuverable. In some circumstances, the power of the steel may result in units of Mandalorian armor that lasted a whole lot of years. In Star Wars: Rebels, Sabine Wren’s armor is 500 years outdated.
The distinctive properties of the armor are due largely to the Beskar steel that it’s made with. Beskar, also referred to as Mandalorian iron, is without doubt one of the hardest and rarest metals within the galaxy. In The Mandalorian’s first episode, we get a quick glimpse of Beskar within the type of the steel bar that the Mandalorian fingers the Armorer. The Armorer takes the bar and turns it into a brand new pauldron for the Mandalorian. With Beskar extra uncommon, and many Mandalorians unfold out throughout the galaxy, it appears that not even the Mandalorian’s armor is kind of full.
Beskar is extraordinarily uncommon. While we don’t have the small print within the official canon anymore, the pre-Disney “Legends” tales explained that it may solely be mined on Mandalore, the house planet of the Mandalorians, or its moon, Concordia. According to the Armorer, the steel was seemingly taken in the course of the Great Purge — also referred to as Order 66, Chancellor Palpatine’s directive to the clone military to kill all Jedi.
While the Armorer doesn’t point out who precisely did the stealing it isn’t onerous to guess. Shortly after the Purge befell the Palpatine’s Empire took over management of Mandalore, seemingly taking the planet’s treasured steel for itself.
Along with the passing reference to Beskar, the Armorer additionally asks the Mandalorian if his signet has been revealed. He says not but, so she makes him a plain, pauldron. We don’t know precisely what this may imply; it appears potential that this refers to a customized marking that Mandalorians could obtain sooner or later over time, maybe after a sure variety of missions, or at a sure level of their life.
We know that personalised armor is essential to Mandalorians, so a valued signet could be make sense. In Legends, the Mandalorians would colour their armor with both particular missions that have been vital to them — for example sand-gold armor represented a quest for vengeance — or just colours they appreciated. While this isn’t explicitly canon anymore, Sabine does precisely this in Star Wars: Rebels when she decorates her Mandalorian armor herself.
Speaking of personalization, the Armorer herself seems to have added a number of accents to her armor. Most apparently, her helmet seems to have Zabrak horns. These are seemingly a reference to Darth Maul, a Zabrak himself, who briefly grew to become the ruler of Mandalore, and headed the Shadow Collective prison alliance and the Mandalorian group, Death Watch, in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
In only one scene, The Mandalorian dove deep into the lore of one among Star Wars’ most well-known and feared races. Expect the collection to sprinkle in particulars on a number of of this stuff, and extra in regards to the Mandalorians as an entire, because it delves deeper into the extra overt mysteries.