Biology and appearanceEdit
A tall and strong species, the Taungs were warriors by nature. Their build was similar to Humans, save for a gray skin-tone and their face, which was dramatically different from baseline Humans yet resembled the faceplate of a Mandalorian helmet.
The Taungs and the thirteen native Human nations, the Battalions of Zhell, eventually battled for control of Coruscant. Though the Zhell were nearly exterminated in a volcanic explosion, they managed to drive the Taungs from Coruscant. Due to the two years of darkness caused by the ash, the Taungs named themselves the Warriors of the Shadow (Dha Werda Verda).
The Taungs, under the leadership of the legendary Mandalore the First, eventually conquered another world which they renamed in honor of their leader, Mandalore. The species as a whole then also took the name, becoming the Mandalorians (or Mando'ade in their native Mando'a).
The Taungs eventually became extinct, which many attributed to the destructive Mandalorian War. But the Taung legacy remained, resulting in the epic poem Dha Werda Verda being included in traditional Mandalorian lore.
Much like the Sith species which gave rise to the Sith Order, the name "Mandalorian" became associated with a multi-species culture of warrior clans, who, regardless of species, adhered to the tenets of the Mandalorians. These Mandalorians, who were mostly baseline Humans, held the legacy of the Taungs in high regard.
Taung names were derived from their language. They often selected names reflecting positive personality traits, such as "Atin" for "stubborn" and "Kot" for "strength". Taung Heights, a district of Coruscant, was presumably named for the Taung.
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