Canderous Ordo is a fictional Mandalorian nationalist and Mandalore initially developed by BioWare for the role-playing game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and then further developed by Obsidian Entertainment for its sequel Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. Canderous fought as a Mandalorian warrior in the Mandalorian Wars. After Revan defeated the Mandalorians, Canderous became a mercenary and was eventually employed by Davik Kang of the Exchange criminal syndicate on the planet Taris. Canderous tends to have a realist prospective on war and events.
In the first Knights of the Old Republic game, the player teams up with Canderous to escape from Taris. Canderouse became disenchanted with the mercenary life and follows the player on their quest for the Star Forge. During his travels with the player, Canderous learns that he desires a new, transcendental purpose in life.
Between the events of the two Knights of the Old Republic games, Revan began to remember the threat that the True Sith posed to the galaxy and planned to defeat them. Revan helped Canderous recover the mask of the deceased Mandalore, and in accordance with Revan's grand strategy, Canderous became the new Mandalore and began reorganizing and reuniting the Mandalorian clans on Onderon's moon Dxun. Revan apparently intended to utilize Canderous and his army against the True Sith at same point in the future. In the meantime, however, Revan left his former companions and set out to find and undermine the True Sith on their own.
In the second Knights of the Old Republic game, Canderous provides the player with transportation from Dxun to Onderon and joins the player's quest. The player may aid Canderous in reuniting the Mandalorian clans during their quest.
Due to his efforts in reuniting the Mandalorian clans and gaining them a new purpose, transcendental Canderous would become known as Mandalore the Preserver.
Quotes from Canderous
Knights of the Old Republic
The Sith came to us with an offer: to fight a worthy enemy in a battle that would be remembered forever.
Win or lose, as long as the fight is worthy, then honor is gained. The glory at having triumphed over impossible odds is what drives us.
If there's nothing at stake – your possessions, your life, your world – then the battle's meaningless.
We Mandalore take everything we are and throw it into battle. It's the true test of yourself – the battle against death… against oblivion.— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
All life dies eventually. A true warrior is one who can beat it down whenever it raises its head. But…
The days of combat and glory and cheating death at every turn seem to be over now… I take what I can.
Times have changed now. The Mandalore clans have been scattered across the Outer Rim, the Republic is in decline and the Sith Empire rises to take its place.
The clans as they were aren't a threat, but the galaxy still fears us. Ha! People think we war out of spite, or bloodlust. They don't understand, and fear that.
We only wanted the challenge of the battle, and glory from it – win or lose. And we lost.
But now I have no real challenges. Crushing Davik's enemies and the pathetic gangs in the Lower City of Taris could not be considered the most glorious of tasks.
When I think of the battles I've fought… the thousands I've killed… the worlds I've burned… I weep for my past.— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
We started by conquering worlds just outside the Republic. We did it quietly so the Republic wouldn't really know what was going on until too late.
When we finally did hit the Republic worlds, they had no idea we were coming.
We came in through three invasion corridors in adjacent sectors. Anyone who put up a fight – or wouldn't fight – was crushed. We razed whole worlds trying to provoke the Republic into fighting us.
I don't particularly enjoy wiping out worlds for its own sake, but the cowardly tactics the Republic defenders used left us little choice.— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
They had the choice not to fight. We meet the enemy wherever they are hiding and we wipe them out. A few cities is a small price to pay for a world.
Hiding in the homes of civilians. Using families as shields. Thinking we would not use appropriate force on their bases inside major cities.
They underestimated our resolve and what measures are acceptable in war. Those who cannot defend themselves should not be around those who can in battle.
If annihilating a city is the kind of power it takes to overwhelm a Republic shield device, then that's what we did. Necessary force to destroy all opposition.— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
We fought against the Republic forces for some time, over the course of many battles.
At the start, they were not much of a threat to speak of, but once the Jedi Revan had taken charge, things began to turn against us.
The Republic fleets began to use more than just basic tactics. Feints, counterattacks, mass deceptions. Revan was a genius on the field.
Revan abandoned worlds of their defenders so that others would be too fortified to strike, and was willing to make sacrifices in order to advance goals.
And in the end, Revan proved too much for us.— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Yeah, we lost. But there is no shame in it. We lost to the greatest single warrior the Republic has ever known.
It was not your ships or your men or your vauntedfight for freedomthat won this, the final battle of the war.
It was by the actions of one person, the Jedi Revan, that you prevailed.
Revan's strategies and tactics defeated the best of us. Even Mandalore himself was taken aback by the ferocity, the tenacity and the subtlety of Revan's plans.
Revan fought us to a standstill and then began pushing back. We didn't really have a chance.— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
It was what we had wanted all along, in a way. We wanted to fight the best in a battle that would be remembered for centuries. And we did.
And Revan won.
I don't hold a grudge against Revan, and neither do any of my people. It was the greatest moment of my life to be in that battle.
If Revan had been a Mandalorian, nothing in the galaxy would have stopped us.
But wishing for the past to be different is useless. Better to look into the future. As we should now.— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
The war we had with the Republic was supposed to be the most glorious battle of our history, but… it was a very costly one. I guess we didn't think of how much we could lose in it.— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
There weren't many of us left after that last battle. Mandalore himself was killed at the hands of the Jedi Revan. The best of us could not defeat him!
After that last battle, those of us that survived were stripped of our weapons, our armor, and our Basilisks.
Revan's forces destroyed them while we were forced to watch. Those who hadn't fled earlier were left with nothing to call their own: no weapons, no armor… only the honor of having fought in the battle we just lost.
For many this was not enough. While the rest of us were sent into exile on the Outer Rim, they tried to relive the old days – raiding worlds. They're nothing more than bandits now.— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
I'm not even sure what that [a Mandalorian] is anymore. The Mandalorian are gone, defeated by the Republic and swept away by time.
I look back and regret all the chances I had as a warrior, and then all the chances I've had since then. I shouldn't be getting like this, not when so many other things are happening… but…
It feels like… like something has changed inside and I don't know what it is.— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
I'm not happy with the way my life has turned. I'm not the Mandalore I once was. I don't even think I'm the merc I was when I joined you.
I think… I think I need something more than killing and fighting in my life. I need a purpose or something like that.— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Killing is never enough. Anybody can kill just by pushing a button. A warrior fights his battles himself – as you have done – and tries to defeat all comers.
The way the Mandalorians – we – fought… it holds no appeal for me. To rape and ravage worlds for the thrill of battle… It gets old. Very old.
Honor in battle. Cheating death. Comrades in arms. The code of the Mandalore.
I think I'm something different now. Maybe more, maybe less.— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
The time of the clans is past. I don't think the galaxy wants them anymore. Maybe in the future, but not now.
I don't think there is really any place left in the galaxy for the Mandalorian clans like they were.
I don't know if I can go on forever fighting as I have. Even warriors get insightful in their old age…
Once my time with you is done, once you have moved on to greater things, I'll find my own way once again.
Maybe the Mandalorian clans will be reborn again. Maybe even under the Republic… or the Sith.— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
See Kex there – he was serving on Nar Shaddaa as muscle for the Hutts. Kelborn was a scout for the Duros on frontier worlds. I brought them here, gave them a purpose. The galaxy will be ours again, I promise you. That is the future.— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
The Republic is a stagnant beast, that had been killing its people for years before the wars began.
Were it not for Revan's strength, the Republic would already be dead.— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
Like us, the people of Onderon are a warriors. Early in their history they built Iziz to protect them from the beasts that swarmed on their world.
No matter how far they've progressed, they're fundamentally still warriors standing watch on their battlements.
They don't like outsiders and their inability to take ideas from other cultures gives them a fundamental disadvantage in warfare.
They fell quickly during the Mandalorian Wars despite their martial skills. Their technology and doctrine are not in the same league as Mandalorians.— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
We should try to get General Vaklu on our side. He has a shrewd mind and is far more fit for command.
Queen Talia is young and too idealistic. A veteran leader is what this planet needs and would make a better ally.— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
Vaklu is no fool. Whatever our past disagreements, he'll recognize the value of an alliance between us.— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
Valku is a political animal, but he has never backed out of a deal. The Sith must have changed their arrangement substantially for him to consider betraying them.
We can trust his offer. He's far more capable than Queen Talia is, I think allying with him is the best course.— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
Commentaries about Canderous
Many battles does that one [Canderous Ordo] have left in him… as Revan intended. A general needs an army, as he needs those he trusts.
And Canderous is a loyal beast, no matter how much he is broken upon Revan's will.— Kreia, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
- Canderous Ordo's entry at Wookieepedia