The Bounty Hunters' Guild was an ancient institution that regulated the bounty-hunting trade. It was led by a guildmaster who held members to the Bounty Hunters' Creed, the unwritten rules of the bounty hunters. Its rules were the laws that kept bounty hunters together, but the guild was full of loose cannons, who would often break the rules for their own benefit. The guild was more a coalition of the professionals than a proper organization, and rivalries between its houses were a common occurrence. The bounty hunters who joined the guild had the benefit of notifications of bounty postings before they were broadcast through official channels, which gave guild members a head start. Many Imperial agents preferred to deal exclusively with guild bounty hunters.

The Mandalorians—known in Mando'a as the Mando'ade, or "Children of Mandalore"—were a nomadic group of clan-based people consisting of members from multiple species and multiple genders, all bound by a common culture.


In their early years, Mandalorian culture revolved around battle, with war being a source of honor and pride in their community. The leader of the Mandalorians was known as the Mand'alor, translating to "Sole Ruler" and was rendered as "Mandalore" in Basic. Throughout their history, the Mandalorians were frequently allied with the Sith, perhaps most notably the Sith Lord Exar Kun, and held a certain distrust and general dislike for the Jedi Order. However, they would not hesitate to cooperate with the Jedi if a partnership between the two groups was mutually beneficial. In later years, the Mandalorians moved away from their obsessively war-like and conqueror ways and instead, most became bounty hunters and mercenaries, selling their skills to various individuals and factions in the galaxy. However, the Mandalorian Protectors sided with the Alliance to Restore the Republic ever since about 3 ABY.

Mandalorians wear very distinctive battle armor, including helmets with T-shaped visors that covered the entirety of their faces, and would provide inspiration for the helmets of the Republic's clone troopers. These helmets would eventually become strongly associated with the Mandalorian people.

The Sith faction in SWO is not congruent with, or related to, the Sith faction in the Galactic Empire, led by Emperor Palpatine. They are a completely separate entity, hiding from Palpatine so that he remains unaware of their existence, lest he be compelled to bring them under his umbrella (or eliminate them, should they choose not to do so.)

They consist of Nereus Vorn (aka, Darth Vorn) and his offspring, Muriel Kestra Y'ar (aka, Darth Xun). While Darth Vorn possesses as much knowledge of the Force and the Known Galaxy, he does not limit himself to practising solely Sith magic. His daughter, Muriel, is a neutral practicioner of the darkside as well, although her strange devotion to the demon god Krath remains a mystery. Why a darkside adept from Onderon would suddenly turn to a religion from the Empress Teta System? At any rate, Muriel possesses significant knowledge of both the Sith and Jedi arts, specializing in projecting of massive and destructive Sith illusions, and wielding Sith sorcery. Both Sith have in their possession, numerous Sith talismans and other darkside artifacts.

For each of these Sith (and their respective followers), their agenda appears to be vastly different. They do appear to have one thing in common though - and that is, they do not want to conquer the known Galaxy or any other part of the Galaxy or beyond. What is their main goal and interest, then?

Vorn has spent millennia, transferring his essence from one body to another, in an attempt to gain as much knowledge as possible - and on every subject known to man. One thing that is known to a very select few, is that his mother died giving birth to him and he has grown up regretting it every day of his life. His daughter, on the other hand, resents Vorn for killing her mother at childbirth - so she is actively looking for ways to thwart whatever her father's plans are - every step of the way. Whether she has any other objectives on her plate - other than sticking it to 'daddy dearest' - remains to be seen...

The Sith faction of SWO adheres to the following version of the Sith code:

There is no peace, there is anger
There is no fear, there is power
There is no death, there is immortality
There is no weakness, there is the Dark Side.

I am the heart of darkness
I know no fear
But rather I instill it in my enemies
I am the destroyer of worlds
I know the power of the Dark Side
I am the fire of hate.
All the universe bows before me
I pledge myself to the darkness
For I have found true life

In the death of the light.
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