Our combined strength will be rewarded. Mandalore will be yours, and Kenobi, this Sith pretender Dooku and all our enemies...will fall.
~ Darth Maul to Pre Vizsla.

The Shadow Collective are a major antagonistic faction in both the fifth and seventh seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It was an alliance of underworld organizations assembled by the Zabrak Sith brothers Darth Maul & Savage Opress.

Following his return and first failure to enact revenge on his nemesis Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Maul and his brother Savage would be found by the Ohnaka Gang and usurp control of half of them from their leader Hondo Ohnaka, but with help from Obi-Wan, would find themselves betrayed and left for dead out in space aboard their damaged ship.

Maul and Savage would be found and rescued by Death Watch, by order of Pre Vizsla. Seeing an opportunity to become strong again, Maul proposed an alliance with Vizla and persuaded him to unite with criminal syndicates to expand their organization to better conquer Mandalore. Maul and Savage would secure this by winning over the Pyke Syndicate and subjugating the Black Sun and the Hutt Clan by force of arms, and together they formed the Shadow Collective.

The Collective would take over Mandalore, but with possession over the throne, Vizla betrayed Maul and Savage and had them imprisoned. Thanks to the help of diposed corrupted High Minister Almec, Maul would challenge Vizla to a duel of right to ruel and emerge victorious, killing him. Vizla's lieutenant Bo-Katan Kryze refused to bend the knee to Maul, and splintered off with others still loyal to Vizla's vision, while another half conceded to Maul's rule and joined the Collective. Maul would hold leadership over Mandalore with the Collective enforcing his rule.

The Shadow Collective's heyday would prove short-lived, as it fragmented after Maul’s defeat and Savage's death at the hands of Maul's former Sith Master Darth Sidious. During the age of the Galactic Empire, an aging Maul would briefly establish a new criminal organization to succeed the Shadow Collective in Crimson Dawn, which would later also fall apart and leave Maul alone once more.

Biography

The Shadow Collective was a criminal organization that was created by Darth Maul for his plot of revenge and domination. He formed the group first by enlisting the splinter group, Death Watch with a faction of the Black Sun and spice traders of the Pyke Family soon following. In addition to these, a group of Hutt enforcers, provided by Jabba the Hutt, were also rallied into the cause.

Absorbed the largest such community, like the Death Watch , Black Sun , Syndicate rations and part Cartel Hutt , shadow The team was created to make a political revolution on the planet Mandalore , at that time was under the control of the pacifist faction " New Mandalorians ." After the successful capture of Mandalore, the organization began to gradually disintegrate, which was caused by an inconsistency between two leaders: Darth Maul after planet capturing going to send troops Collective other neutral worlds, sparking an outcry from the leader of the Death Watch Pre Vizsla , who from the beginning wanted to be limited only Mandalore.

Differences of opinion have led to the death of Vizsla the hands of Mola and the fragmentation of the community, which has split into two camps: those who wish to overthrow the Mola, who became the new ruler of the planet, and supporters datomirtsa who became elite Mandalorian supercommandos . Leaders of other criminal groups that were part of the community, were arrested. Soon Darth Sidious arrived on Mandalore, killed Savage crimp and captured Maul.

History

Formation

Around the year 20 BBY, rogue Sith Lords Darth Maul and Savage Opress were found nearly dead in their escape pod after their disastrous escape from Florrum where they were found Pre Vizsla and Bo-Katan Kryze, members of the Mandalorian terrorist organization Death Watch, and were brought back to the Death Watch camp on Zanbar for treatment. There, the two Nightbrothers would discuss how both the Death Watch and the Nightbrothers both hate Jedi Knight Obi Wan Kenobi for that he's done to them in the past and thus, they agree to team up and embark on a mission to grow their new alliance creating the Shadow Collective.

Mission to Mustafar

Maul, Savage, and Vizsla arrive on Mustafar.

Following the creation of the alliance between the Nightbrothers and the Death Watch, both set out on a mission to the planet of Mustafar where they seek to convince the Black Sun crime syndicate to join them. Upon arrival, Darth Maul went with Pre Vizsla and Savage Opress to meet with the leaders of the Black Sun and were escorted there by the Captain of the Guard, Ziton Moj. There, the three of them talked to the Black Sun leader, Xomit Grunseit, but he refused and ordered them out but the three of them quickly prevented that and Savage threw his lightsaber across the room and beheaed Grunseit and the other Black Sun leaders. With only Moj left, he joined them and thus the Shadow Collective had grown.

Alliance with the Pykes

Lom Pyke and the Pyke Syndicate.

After news got out that Death Watch and the Black Sun had joined forces, the Pyke Syndicate had traveled to Zanbar where the Shadow Collective was originally based on and their leader, Lom Pyke, approached Maul and said that he and his syndicate were interested in joining and so they were allowed into the Shadow Collective and they soon joined forces following the mission into Hutt space to grow the organization.

Mission to Nal Hutta

Following the growth of the new alliance, Darth Maul lead the Shadow Collective and its forces to the planet of Nal Hutta where they had planned on meeting with the members of the Hutt Ruling Council to convince them to join their alliance and have access to Hutt space which made up large portions of the galaxy. The council had rejected them and thus sent out their bounty hunters and guards to fight them off but all of the guards were easily slaughtered by the Death Watch soldiers there and the council members retreated with only one of them, Oruba, being captured. He then gave the location of Jabba the Hutt on Tatooine in his palace.

Mission to Tatooine

The Hutts meet the Shadow Collective.

After finding the location of Jabba's palace on Tatooine, the Shadow Collective had sent their forces to the planet where they landed outside of his palace and began taking control after they wiped out the security forces that were present on the platform and Maul proceeded to enter with both Savage and Vizsla. The three of them eventually broke in and confronted Jabba where they threatened to kill him and thus forced him into joining them and having the Shadow Collective to gain access to Hutt controlled space.

Takeover of Mandalore

After successfully gaining enough resources and support and growing the new criminal empire to its right size, Darth Maul would then plot to have members of the Shadow Collective, primarily the Black Sun and Pyke Syndicate, ravage Sundari and make Satine look like a weak leader and the Death Watch as heroes and saviors. The takeover had began when members of the Pyke Syndicate had attacked outside ports and overran them quickly while Black Sun members attacked civilians in the public square and Savage robbed a bank as a means of preventing the New Mandalorians from sending out reinforcements to prevent the takeover. Following this, Satine's forces were overran and thus, Death Watch stepped in and had all of the criminals captured to make Death Watch look like heroes and thus, gained the support of the people.

Vizlsa deployed squads to stop the criminals and had Ziton Moj, Lom Pyke and Savage Opress arrested. Maul was soon betrayed by Vizsla who had him imprisoned, but the two soon broke out of prison with former Prime Minister Almec and they confronted Vizsla. In a duel, Maul killed Vizsla and proclaimed himself Mandalore and the leader of the Death Watch. Bo-Katan and her Night Owls refused to join and fled. Maul would then have his soldiers repaint their armor red.

Intervention of Sidious

Later Darth Sidious had sensed his one time apprentice Darth Maul and tracked his whereabouts to Mandalore, intent to confront the rogue Sith. Setting down at the docks, Sidious was confronted by two super commandos whom he immediately caught in a telekinetic choke-hold before taking a speeder to the Palace. In the throne room, Darth Maul sensed a familiar presence and was realized that it was Sidious. At that moment, the commandos flanking the door were suddenly lifted into the air and strangled as Sidious strode in. Maul knelt before him, proclaiming to have conquered the New Mandalorians in an effort to prove himself worthy to rejoin his former Sith Master.However, with an apprentice of his own in his brother Savage Opress, and a budding criminal empire in the form of the Shadow Collective, Maul was now a rival, so Sidious pushed Maul and Opress into the vaulted windows with the Force initiating a two-against-one lightsaber duel.

Sidious broke the saber lock by first attacking Maul, then Savage. The younger brother jumped back while Savage slipped trying to defend himself. After a brief pause, Maul initiated an offensive on Sidious, but the more experienced Dark Lord of the Sith merely blocked his powerful strikes and attempted a sweeping slash, but Maul jumped back to his brother. Sidious strode through the throne room quietly; as Maul and Savage attempted to attack him, Sidious telekinetically threw the brothers back to the opposite wall, then unleashed a fierce barrage of Force lightning at them. Both Maul and Savage were able to hold back the lightning blast, but Maul broke the stalemate and retaliated telekinetically, forcing Sidious to drop his weapons.

With Sidious pinned down against the wall, Maul slowly advancing, Sidious cackled and used the Force to drop the chandelier Maul was walking underneath. He barely rolled out of the way in time before it collapsed on him. Savage recovered, jumped and attempted the killing blow on Sidious, but Maul dropping his telekinesis allowed Sidious to drop in time. While Savage slid along the wall with his lightsaber, Sidious recovered his weapons and retreated, with Maul in close pursuit.

The duel progressed out onto the Palace balcony, where, as Sidious and Maul crossed blades, Opress charged into the former, sending him flying. However, as Sidious fell, he Force pulled the brothers from the balcony, and together they fell to the plaza below. As they landed, Opress ignited one end of his double-bladed weapon, stabbing it into the ground in a failed strike at Sidious. Sidious re-ignited his own blades, and counter-struck, but Opress ignited his lightsaber's second blade, blocking the blow. Both brothers tried to outmaneuver Sidious by attacking from his front and flank, but Sidious merely kicked Opress away when the brothers attacked. With Savage momentarily down, Maul attempted to finish the duel with an overhead power blow, but Sidious used the Force to push Maul into a stone wall, which he struck with enough force to cause him to temporarily lose consciousness.

Sidious was now free to focus on defeating the hulking Opress. Opress charged with his lightsaber, but Sidious, with lightsabers disengaged, merely toyed with the Zabrak as he dodged a few clumsy strikes. As Sidious activated his blades and locked with Savage, he struck at full velocity. As Maul awoke, Sidious paralyzed the Zabrak's arms with well-placed kicks before impaling him with both lightsabers, while sneering and cackling at a horrified Maul.

After mortally wounding Opress, Sidious threw him off the courtyard into the street below using the Force. He then allowed Maul to run past him to the fallen Opress. As the wounded Zabrak died, the enhancements provided by the Nightsister matriarch Mother Talzin dissipated in a green mist that swirled around the brothers. With his last breath, he communicated his regret that he was never worthy to be an apprentice to Maul, due to their differing personalities. As Maul knelt over the body of his fallen brother, Sidious spoke, reminding him of Darth Bane's millennium-old Rule of Two: there could only ever be two Sith Lords at a time. He revealed that Maul had been replaced after his defeat, before he jumped down to continue the duel.

Enraged, Maul ignited the darksaber and engaged Sidious once again. For a while, his use of Jar'Kai allowed him to hold his own against the elder Sith until the two entered a blade-lock. Sidious overpowered Maul and forced his blades down towards the hilts of Maul's sabers, before forcing them apart and away. He finished the duel by telekinetically flinging Maul against a stone mural before depositing the broken Maul at his feet. Despite Maul's pleas for mercy, he stated that among the Sith there was no mercy, then started to torture Maul with Force lightning. As Maul screamed in pain, Sidious told him that he would not be killed, as the Sith Lord had other plans for his former apprentice.

Rescuing Darth Maul

After Darth Maul was defeated on Mandalore, he was captured by Sidious and taken to Stygeon Prime, a Separatist-controlled planet, and he was imprisoned in the Spire. There, he was interrogated by Count Dooku where he demanded that Maul give the names and locations of all his associates and allies in the Shadow Collective and Sidious kept him alive due to the fact that he still had plans for his former apprentice. Dooku had tortured Maul via electrocution numerous times before returning to the command center on the Spire. Meanwhile, Mandalorian super commandos Rook Kast and Gar Saxon had managed to sneak in and break into the prison. There, they battled the droid security forces and rescued Maul and delivered him back to their base on Zanbar away from Separatist custody.

Maul eventually found out that Almec had ordered the rescue operation as a token to pay back Maul for having Almec released from custody back on Mandalore. Maul's reunion with the Mandalorians however was cut short when Dooku had tracked him down and sent in General Grievous and a large detacthment of battle droids to the Shadow Collective base on Zanbar which resulted in the outbreak of a major battle. During the battle, both sides had engaged in heavy fighting and both had suffered heavy losses and Maul dueled Grievous. During the fight, Grievous had managed to overpower Maul and forced the renegade Sith lord into retreating with the remnants of his forces and they all escaped from Zanbar after one last bombing run.

Defense of Ord Mantell

After the lose on Zanbar, Maul and his forces decided to retreat and fled back to the Shadow Collective base on Orde Mantell. There, Maul met up with his allies in the Black Sun and the Pyke Syndicate. There, Maul knew that Grievous and the Separatists would find them and thus, they planned for their defense for the upcoming battle. Knowing that her son was about to be attacked, Mother Talzin had sent in Nightbrother warriors to aid Maul and the Shadow Collective in their defense and soon, the Separatist fleet had arrived and began an orbital bombardment of the Shadow Collective base on Ord Mantell and droid landing crafts arrived and droid forces were quickly deployed.

During the ensuing battle, the Shadow Collective forces held their ground as the Separatist troops fired upon them and layed waste to their defenses. Their defense was more of a slaughter than anything and the Shadow Collective troops had to hold the line despite suffering heavy losses. During the battle, Dooku hand landed on the planet's surface to face Maul one and one and kill him himself. Meanwhile, Grievous had gornw suspicious while observing the battle and noticed the lack of Mandalorian ships that Maul had used to escape. He was then taken by surprise when he and the fleet were ambushed by Mandalorian starfighters. Maul then had his ship, the Nightbrother, land on the Providence-class destroyer than Grievous was on and had boarded the ship himself to face off against the general while Dooku fought on the planet's surface and dueled the Nightbrother warriors only to have Dooku kill many of them. On the ship, Maul had Force pushed away all of the droid crew members and had Grievous pinned and forced him to de-activate the droid army on the planet which had overrun and beaten the Shadow Collective troops and were going to execute them had they not been shut down. After the shut down, Grievous and Dooku were latered captured and were brought to Vizsla Keep 09 to be imprisoned.

Battle of Vizsla Keep 09

After the Battle of Ord Mantell, Dooku and Grievous were captured and were sent to Vizsla Keep 09, a Mandalorian military outpost built within and asteroid by the Death Watch sometime during the Clone Wars. There, the two were brought to Maul's bridge where he had contacted Darth Sidious and taunted his former master by pointing out how his current apprentice, Dooku, had failed him. After the message had ended, Maul had Grievous sent to a prison cell while he covnersed with Dooku and attempted to convince him to join forces with him and the Shadow Collective to overthrow Darth Sidious who was weaker than Dooku thought.

Mother Talzin had contacted Dooku with her magic and told him how Sidious has been deceiving Dooku like he did with Maul and talked about how Maul was forcibly taken away as a child to be turned into a Sith Lord. Dooku was hesitant but Talzin had said that they should still join forces against Sidious regardless of their previous confrontations before. This was then cut short when a Jedi-led Republic strike force had arrived and began attacking Vizsla Keep 09. In response, Dooku made a temporary alliance with Maul and assisted him and the Shadow Collective in their fight against the Republic and Jedi forces. During the battle, the two Sith came out and engaged the four Jedi, Obi-Wan, Tiplee, Ayla Secura, and Mace Windu, and managed to hold their ground and Dooku ended up killing Tiplee. Despite their stand, Dooku, Maul and the Shadow Collective for were forced to retreat and abandoned their outpost to the Republic.

Fragmentation

After the Shadow Collective had fled from Vizsla Keep 09, Dooku was taken prisoner again knowing that he never intended to become a genuine ally of Maul against Sidious. He was taken back to Dathomir|Dathomir and Dooku was brought to the chamber of Mother Talzin who then used her dark magic on Dooku to brainwash him. Meanwhile, Darth Sidious had regrouped with Grievous and the Separatist fleet arrived on Dathomir where the droid general and the Dark Lord confronted Talzin for the last time. There, Maul and Grievous dueled once more while Sidious had delt with a brainwashed Dooku in a lightsaber duel. During the battle however, the Separatists had deployed their forces to the surface of Dathomir and began slaughtering the Nightbrothers and destroying their village while Black Sun and Pyke Syndicate strongholds had been attacked and destroyed by the Separatist fleet.

Both the Pykes and the Black Sun had wanted to contact Maul but he wasn't available due to the duel on Dathomir and were instead met with Rook Kast who ordered them to stand their ground and stay in their positions. Back on Dathomir, Dooku was freed from Nightsister sorcery by Sidious via Force lightning and Maul and Talzin found themselves cornered. Knowing that there was no more profit to be made, the Pykes and the Black Sun adbandoned Maul and abandoned their posts leaving Maul and the Death Watch all alone. Grievous had came up and stabbed Talzin during the final battle and thus, killed the clan mother and wiped out the last of the Nightsisters all while Maul was taken back to his ship by Kast and Saxon and they fled Dathomir with the Shadow Collective having been fragmented and the planet fallen to the Separatists.

Reorganization

Some time after the Second Battle of Dathomir, both the Pykes, now led by Marg Krim following Lom's death at the hands of Dooku, and the Black Sun rejoined Maul, the latter of whom formed a new criminal organization known as the Crimson Dawn, thus reforming the Shadow Collective.

Known Members

  • Darth Maul - Founder / Leader / De-facto Ruler of Mandalore / Leader of the Death Watch / Founder and leader of the Mandalorian Super Commandos / Founder and shadow leader of the Crimson Dawn / Dark Lord of the Sith (deceased)
  • Almec - Co-leader / Second-in-command / Prime Minister of Mandalore / Second-in-command of the Mandalorian Super Commandos (deceased)
  • Savage Opress - Former second-in-command / Chief enforcer / Dark Lord of the Sith (deceased)
  • Pre Vizsla - Former co-leader / Former Prime Minister of Mandalore / Former leader of the Death Watch / Leader of House Vizsla and Clan Vizsla / Mand'alor of the Mandalorians (deceased)
  • Bo-Katan Kryze - Former second-in-command of the Death Watch / Leader of the Nite Owls (defected)
  • Gar Saxon - Field Commander of the Mandalorian Super Commandos (deceased)
  • Rook Kast - Field Commander of the Mandalorian Super Commandos
  • Ziton Moj - Leader of the Black Sun
  • Lom Pyke - Former leader of the Pyke Syndicate (deceased)
  • Marg Krim - Leader of the Pyke Syndicate
  • Fife - Marg Krim's Majordomo and second-in-command of the Pyke Syndicate
  • Dryden Vos - Public Leader of the Crimson Dawn (deceased)
  • Jabba Desilijic Tiure - Co-leader of the Hutt Clan / Head of the Grand Hutt Council (briefly; deceased)
  • Marlo - Co-leader of the Hutt Clan / Co-head of the Grand Hutt Council (briefly)
  • Arok - Co-leader of the Hutt Clan / Member of the Grand Hutt Council (briefly)
  • Gorga Desilijic Aarrpo - Co-leader of the Hutt Clan / Accountant of the Grand Hutt Council (briefly)
  • Mother Talzin - Benefactor of the Nightbrothers (deceased)
  • Brother Viscus - Leader of the Nightbrothers (formerly; deceased)

Relationships

Allies

  • Hutt Cartel
  • Nightbrothers
  • Nightsisters
  • Black Sun
  • Death Watch
  • Pyke Syndicate

Enemies

  • Galactic Republic
  • Clone Troopers
  • Jedi Order
  • Separatists
  • Count Dooku
  • Darth Sidious
  • General Grievos
  • Galactic Empire

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