Originally Posted by: Cayce
Written by: Rhubardin
t's much easier to say what isn't mandalorian thant what is. Due to the adaptive and viral nature of their cultural memes almost anyone can be mando'ade if they try to live by the tenets of resol'nare. Also these NOTS are themselves not definitive but rather a good rule of tghumb when designing your persona or determining if someone is just a asshat who should stick to DOOM.
THEY ARE NOT ALL MURDEROUS SEAGAL CLONES IN ARMOR: A guy in armor who runs about shooting people for little purpose other than his own personal ego, actually fits into the dar'manda category as he brings nothing to his clan and no glory to the gawds of manda'yaim.
THEY ARE NOT HUMAN: the original mando'ade were exclusively Taung, a species exiled by other residents of ancient coruscant. Now, it's a culture that requires you to be loyal to family and live ready for conflict. Humans just happen to be more common due to budget costs on puppets.
THEY ARE NOT BOBBA FETT: Belive it or not, bobba is dar'manda or aruetii since he abandoned the tenets of the culture.
THEY ARE NOT CLONES: Mando'ade are individualists and adaptive. They do not enjoy being copies of someone else even when they adopt uniform standards. It's a sign of dire times and ideological divides when uniform dress is enforced amongst them. Especially after the whole slave army made of jango bits.
THEY ARE NOT ALWAYS IN THEIR ARMOR: Armor is for heavy combat and wearing it like a casual tuxedo everywhere is both inefficient and likely to get you into a lethal firefight with local authorities. Get some pants and a pistol for metropolises, unless you're going in hot from the word go.
THEY ARE NOT RICH: You don't go out and get shot for another person's cause because you already own your own castle. Many mandalorians are part time mercenaries not because it keeps them sharp, but because it helps pay the bills during the off season for planting and harvesting their crops. What money they do make goes into better equipment and nescecitties for their families. It's a rare verd who can afford the best of everything all at once.
A mandalorian in scarred, armor modified to suit his needs says far more of the warrior's skills than a prisine suit that still shines as if it came out of a store yesterday.