KotOR 2, Dxun
The player character, the Exile, is a veteran of the Mandalorian War and Onderon’s jungle moon Dxun is where the war really kicked off in earnest as the Mandalorians used it as a staging ground for their invasion. We didn’t mean to come here, we were going to Onderon, but a space battle broke out as we came in to land and we had to set down here to hide and repair.
The game engine can’t really do dense foliage so the “jungle” looks a little silly but there are lots of traces of the Mandalorian War still on the surface. Crashed ships, battle droids, old bunkers and military caches.
A lot of areas of the game serve as a kind of inward journey for the PC, revisiting pivotal events of their past. Dxun was the first major battle for the Exile and as a Jedi they commanded Republic troops here and had to make some difficult decisions to defeat the Mandalorians.
Eventually we find out that the Mandalorians have returned to Dxun and are occupying an old derelict military installation. A new Mandalore has emerged and he’s regrouping the clans that scattered across the galaxy after the war.
Watching The Mandalorian was my trigger for wanting to replay the KotOR games, so I’ve been looking forward to this.
The design of Mandalore’s armour is ace. They also managed to make the Mandalorians genuinely compelling badasses and give a glimpse of what an awesome threat they must have been to the Republic in their heyday.
I didn’t get a screenshot of it but just before you leave their base a bunch of Sith assassins attack the compound. We get to help out, but the Mandalorians don’t bat an eye and instantly start outsmarting and overpowering them, and would probably have been fine without us.
Just as we’re about to get on Mandalore’s shuttle and leave for Onderon, Kreia turns up for a chat with Mandalore where she utterly crushes him with words alone. She knows the innermost secrets of pretty much everyone and uses her knowledge to threaten them into loyalty to the Exile.
Mandalore is a badass, but he’s no match for Kreia in a verbal sparring contest.
“Perhaps your people fought their last battle at Malachor V, and you have been dying ever since, a quiet death that will last centuries.”
“And perhaps all that remains will be what I see before me: a man, wounded by a Jedi, encased in a Mandalorian shell, haunted by the thought of being the last of the Mandalorians.”