My bibliophile friend, Kayla, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Daily Geekette, has challenged me to the 3 Days, 3 Quotes challenge. Thank you, Kayla!
The rules of the challenge are as follows:
1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Post a quote for three consecutive days (one quote per day).
3. Nominate three new bloggers each day!
First, I’m going for a long one:
“Mandalorians are surprisingly unconcerned with biological lineage. Their definition of offspring or parent is more by relationship than birth: adoption is extremely common, and it’s not unusual for soldiers to take war orphans as their sons or daughters if they impress them with their aggression and tenacity. They also seem tolerant of marital infidelity during long separations, as long as any child resulting from it is raised by them. Mandalorians define themselves by culture and behavior alone. It is an affinity with key expressions of this culture—loyalty, strong self-identity, emphasis on physical endurance and discipline—that causes some ethnic groups such as those of Concord Dawn in particular to gravitate toward Mandalorian communities, thereby reinforcing a common set of genes derived from a wide range of populations. The instinct to be a protective parent is especially dominant. They have accidentally bred a family-oriented warrior population, and continue to reinforce it by absorbing like-minded individuals and groups.”
Triple Zero, by Karen Traviss (Star Wars EU novel)
Karen Traviss is one of my Top 10 authors. She writes mostly military fiction, both Star Wars and Gears of War, and she is a former defense correspondent. I love how she writes about Mandalorians in her Star Wars novels. They’re often portrayed as overly aggressive, one-dimensional, mercenaries. Traviss brings them to life. She creates deep characters, trapped within an unfair situation (the clone commandos are soldiers without a choice). She brings to life the Mandos who were selected to train these boys into hardened soldiers, and how these men and women became parents to an army.
As someone who is adopted, I deeply feel that family is more than who you’re biologically related to. Family is who stands with you, who pushes you to be better, who understands who you are. Traviss’ quote shows a fictional society that embraces a warrior culture that is also full of honor, respect, and loyalty; or, as the Mandos put it: Haat, Ijaa, Haa’it (“Truth, Honor, Vision”).