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Clan Vizsla
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Earliest galactic appearance

c.3667 BBY

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Affiliation

Mandalorian

Clan Vizsla, also known as Clan Vizla, was an ancient Mandalorian clan under House Vizsla. Many of its members were known across the galaxy as bounty hunters, warlords and terrorists, and were most infamously affiliated with the renegade Death Watch organization that operated in the years leading up to and during the Clone Wars.

History

Old Republic era

The ancient Clan Vizsla first entered galactic relevance around 3653 BBY, during the Great Galactic War between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire, when it was known as Clan Vizla. One of its members, Shae Vizla, was a bounty hunter who harbored an intense hatred for Jedi after one of them killed her brother Beron. After participating in the Sacking of Coruscant, she went on to become leader of Clan Vizla as well as Mandalore of the Mandalorians, adopting the moniker Mandalore the Avenger.

Centuries later, the clan returned to prominence when, after millennia of bad blood between the Mandalorians and the Jedi, Tarre Vizsla became the first Mandalorian into the Jedi Order. For the first time in history, the two sworn enemies were united. During his time with the Jedi, Tarre constructed a custom lightsaber which he named the Darksaber and used it as a symbol of leadership after becoming Mandalore. After his passing, the Darksaber was kept in the Jedi Temple while the Jedi and Mandalorians continued to work together against the Sith during the New Sith Wars. However, this alliance would soon come to an end during the Republic Dark Age as the Mandalorians once more sided with the Sith and raided the Jedi Temple. Led by Karn Vizsla, the Mandalorians stole back the Darksaber and proceeded to use it as a weapon of power and conquest.

Death Watch

Following the Mandalorian Excision of 738 BBY, several Vizslas went on to join the pacifistic New Mandalorians. Others retained their warrior roots and worked to return the Mandalorians to their days as galactic crusaders. This eventually culminated in the creation of Death Watch, headed by the barbaric Tor Vizsla. His views were challenged by Jaster Mereel, who advocated that those Mandalorians who desired to return to their roots should become highly paid mercenaries rather than ruthless conquerors. This sparked a war between the two parties, which saw to Mereel's death and lasted for sixteen years before the Republic sent the Jedi to intervene. Two years later, Tor met his own end at the hands of Mereel's protege Jango Fett, which left Death Watch fragmented.

Two decades later, Death Watch saw a resurgence under the helm of Tor's kinsman Pre Vizsla, who sought to oust the ruling New Mandalorian government under Duchess Satine Kryze. Forming an alliance with the rogue Sith Lord Darth Maul, Death Watch succeeded in taking over Mandalore and Pre named himself Mandalore. However, his reign proved to be short-lived as Maul, whom Pre had imprisoned, broke free and struck down Vizsla, taking the Darksaber and declaring himself ruler of Mandalore. While most of Death Watch sided with Maul, others — such as Bo-Katan Kryze — refused to acknowledge the Sith as their ruler and broke off from his rule.

After the Clone Wars, Mandalore fell under the Galactic Empire's thumb and many from Clan Vizsla found work as supercommandos in the Imperial Army while others sided with the Rebel Alliance during the Galactic Civil War. One member of the clan, Mera Vizsla, became ashamed of her clan's past and did her best to conceal its history from her children Tral and Ziar. When Tral became of age, Mera decided to pass down to him the Darksaber, which had been returned to her shortly after the end of the Galactic Civil War. When she eventually told both her sons of the clan's ill reputation, Ziar was disgusted and struck out on his own, abandoning his family's name and taking on the alias Kadar.

Decades later, Death Watch was revived once more, this time under the leadership of Atinar Cabur, and Tral Vizsla followed in the footsteps of his predecessors by joining the organization. Tral worked with like-minded Mandalorians to remove reigning Mand'alor Boba Fett from power and make the Mandalorians into a galactic power once more. However, after Kadar revealed to him that Darth Taral, whom Cabur had been affiliated with, was using the Mandalorians like many Sith before him, Tral turned against Cabur and helped his brother in killing Cabur. In the aftermath of Taral's failed insurgency, Tral declared himself Mandalore and led his kinsmen in rebuilding their order after Taral's machinations had left them fractured.

Members

Name Birth-Death Information
Shae Vizla
Beron Vizla
Sister of Beron. Bounty hunter affiliated with the Sith Empire. Later became Mandalore the Avenger.
Brother of Shae. Killed by Jedi Master Aurei Eadon.
Tarre Vizsla First Mandalorian inducted into the Jedi Order. Created the Darksaber.
Karn Vizsla Stole back the Darksaber from the Jedi Order.
Tor Vizsla -42 BBY Founder of Death Watch. Killed by Jango Fett on Corellia.
Pre Vizsla -c.20 BBY Member of Death Watch. Briefly reigned as Mandalore. Overthrown and killed by Darth Maul.
Mera Vizsla Mother of Tral and Ziar.
Tral Vizsla
Ziar Vizsla
7 BBY-
5 BBY-
Son of Mera, brother of Ziar. Member of Death Watch. Became Mandalore after killing Atinar Cabur.
Son of Mera, brother of Tral. Abandoned his family name.
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