The Vok'Chi clan is one of the oldest clans within the Mandalorian Mercs Costume club, centered around the UK, the clan is growing in members and events per year.
The Vok'Chi clan has a long and ancient history spanning long into the galaxy's past.
Early Vok'chi (Vok'ce) [7000 BBY]
The Vok'Chi is one of the oldest clans on and around Mandalore, its name strikes pride into most Mandalore's hearts as one of the most reliable and loyal clans to the Mandalorian cause.
Ancient legends tell of the clan that was born of the shadows.
It is believed the legend refers to the ancient history of the Vok'Chi clan, where it describes a Shadow and Valcar accepting the responsibility of Taung clan leaders.
It has also been widely recognised that, during the early inception of what would become the Vok'Chi clan, every leader was called Prudii, a sign of strength.
The truth is pretty close to the legend, Shadow (Prudii) and his compatriot in war were honoured by the Mandalore and entitled "Vorer buy'ce", a word that had two meanings in Mando'a, one was to accept responsibility (hence why many Mandalorians feel that this was the honour of a clan entitlement) and the other meant to accept a pint (or drink). This is further complicated by several scriptures that suggested Prudii to be Vor Vod'ika Buy'ce (the sharer of drinks with his friends).
Every Prudii Vorer buy'ce would pass on the leadership to their next child, also named Prudii, such was the honour of the name within the clan. However, at some point an ageing Prudii passed on leadership to the next Prudii and to avoid confusion, the second was named Vok Buy'ce.
Further issues shortened the name to Prudii Vok'ce but it wasn't until the clan accepted other races to join their clans that the name became Vok'Chi.
Legend of the Artisan
From the Vorer buy'ce clan came the armour smith rite known as Cyare Buy'ce (shortened to Cya'ce or Shach), which eventually became a name within the clan for select individuals.
These artisans claimed to steal the souls of dragons and use the soul to help create top quality armour.
In nearly every generation there was a member of the Vok'Chi who would be called the Shach (later to be named Saz)
Like there being many Prudii Vok'Chi's, there would be more than one incarnation of Saz Vok'Chi
Jadd, the Warmaster
Vok'Chi annals describe a Warmaster named Jadd who honoured his Mandalore with successful raiding campaigns, this name became an honoured family title within the Vok'Chi clan.
While not directly linked to the Vok'Chi clan, Jadd and his small successive family were always seen as keen allies to the clan.
Indomitable era [4024 BBY - 3996 BBY]
The Vok'Chi clan suffered heavy Taung losses during this period, and with the clan name in turmoil with the Taung being Vok'ce and the non-Taung being only allowed to be called Vok'Chi (as in reality other races were still considered "slave races", the Vok'ce were one of the pioneering clans allowing those who proved themselves as Mandalorians to sit at the clan table, much to Indomitable's annoyance) the clan name shifted a lot, already the rite of shach had contraversially converted to being a human rite and when losing his son in battle, the Taung Prudii Vok'ce renamed his adopted son Prudii Vok'Chi.
As Taung religion gave way to Mandalore the Indomitable's new warrior reforms, Clan Vok'ce naturally began to divide over the change.
Eager to prove himself, a young Taung named Arpat Vok'ce gathered a group of like minded individuals and raided worlds for the glory of the Mandalore, the squad spat in the face of the old ways and threatened to drag every believer down to final destruction and fire. These young visionaries called themselves Har'tracyn, the Hellfire.
Eventually, as time progressed, more members of the Vok'ce would join the ideals of Har'tracyn, leaving Prudii Vok'Chi little choice but to follow suit. With the clan unified, the Har'tracyn would become a legend within the clan history as a group that fought for what it believed in and became a rallying cry later on in the clan's history.
The last Taung Vok'ce
Once Indomitable had bowed to the Sith, the Vok'Chi as a clan was decimated. Many members suffered under the regime, including the Saz Vok'Chi of the time who was rumoured to have been placed on the front lines for daring to criticise the designs of the Mandalorian War armour.
The saddest day was the death of the last Taung within the Vok'Chi ranks, Jag'ram (Man warrior) Vok'ce was cut down by the Jedi in a move that some would call foolhardy, but the Mandalorians would call glorious. In a last ditch attempt to save his clan mates and his leader, Jag'ram ran into the midst of the Jedi and set off a chain of explosives strapped to his armour, Jag'ram suffered a slow death with his beskar absorbing most of the damage, but the Jedi were gone.
Prudii Vok'chi decreed that Jag'ram would be a named honoured in the clan, a name that eventually became the family Jasra within the clan.
Ultimate era [3995 BBY - 3960 BBY]
The Sith War had proven to decimate the Taung members of the Vok'ce and the non-Taung members were stepping up to take the place of their fallen masters. Fortunately, Mandalore the Ultimate sought to swell the ranks of Mandalorians and personally blessed the admittance of proven warriors into the Vok'Chi.
Vok'Chi in the Mandalorian wars
Once Ultimate had given his blessing to non-Taung being warriors, the Vok'Chi clan sprang to life, the reformation of Har'tracyn under Arper Vok'Chi (a mispelling of Arpat) and the squad of Neo Crusaders performed many daring raids around the edge of Republic space.
The Vok'Chi was tasked by Mandalore to consolidate resources and the clan were responsible for many colony devastations, bringing in warriors, slaves, resources, machinery and weapons into the fold.
It is said here that one Vok'Chi clan member named Kot was solely responsible for the capture of a republic vessel, managing to force the captain to steer the ship into Mandalorian space. As was time honoured tradition in the Vok'Chi clan, the lineage took on the name of the warrior as their family name.
A Martyr to the cause
Vok'Chi Annals refer to the Merciless Heart in several battle scriptures, general Mandalorian tenets reveal that the Merciless heart was a force to be reckoned with during the Mandalorian war with the Republic.
The actual name of the Vok'Chi clan member has been lost through the millenia, but the name Adenn Kar'ta became one of legend as a commander of Neo Crusaders who put little value in the lives of his opponents, he tore through the ranks of Republic soldiers and laughed with glee at the spoils of war he obtained for the Mandalore.
Adenn Kar'ta came unstuck when he was captured (and believed tortured) by the Jedi known as Revan, Kar'ta refused to reveal any tactical knowledge and was executed by the Republic.
Kar'ta's refusal to betray his Mandalorian brothers honoured his family as a Vok'Chi clan member and the Kar'ta family line began.
Ani'la Akaan, the fracture of the Vok'Chi [3960 BBY]
Once Revan had fired off the gravity bomb in a last ditch desperation move, he decimated much of the family lines in the Vok'Chi clan.
The Jadd Family line was left one son, who was too young to understand battle and would never be able to avenge the death of his family members, also orphaned, the Prudii Vok'Chi of the time adopted him, forever tying the Jadd family line as part of the Vok'Chi clan.
Over the years, many of the great families of the clan were officially adopted as family members as the Vok'Chi clan desperately sought to keep it in one hub, but persecution and poverty forced members of the family away and members drifted apart across the Galaxy.
KOTOR era [3959 BBY - 1100 BBY]
Once Canderous Ordo was empowered as Mandalore, he sought to bring the clans together under one roof. Initially Canderous caught the interest of the Saz Vok'Chi of the time and Saz spent some time looking for members of the Vok'Chi family to consolidate on Mandalore, however, once Saz realised that Ordo intended to have one sole clan, under the Ordo name, the Vok'Chi artisan walked away from the deal, but not before ensuring that the members he did find kept contact.
Uniter era [1051 BBY - 1000 BBY]
In 1051 came the rise of Mandalore the Uniter, renamed Novall Talon, who returned to Mandalore and reunited a devastated Mandalorian people, suffering from the Candorian plague.
Novall turned the people around and built Mandalore into a centre of hope and protection, his call to the clans was not ignored by clan Vok'Chi.
Indeed it was a period of prosperity for Clan Vok'Chi.
Return of the Hellfire
In many of the regions of space and, with the impotence of the Republic seeing people victim to pirates and slavers, Mandalorian warriors became a valuable, if not expensive commodity.
Brisk Arper Vok'Chi petitioned to Shadow Vok'Chi to reform Har'tracyn, as his ancestor previously did during the ill fated wars. The goal of the group was to bring in money and prestige for clan Vok'Chi as a representative of Mandalorian culture and Prudii agreed.
The group became reknowned throughout the Galaxy as Hellfire squad and just the mere mention of their name sent pirates and theives scurrying back into the shadows.
But with infamy came danger, a pirate group, known as the Voss were being hit hard by Har'tracyn's actions and the leader, Gilmar Skoon put a price on each member's head so large that sooner or later someone was going to strike.
Brisk's brother Jared was the one to fall, a poisoned dart to the neck from a bounty hunter named Silu Boonta slowly and painfully killed the young warrior. Enraged and out for vengeance the Hellfire Squad tore through the Voss without mercy, the vengeance of Brisk Arper Vok'Chi was so swift and so bloody that the Republic reports on the incidents were censored so as not to upset the reader.
Brisk's final vengeance lay upon Boonta, who one day returned home to find his family dead, each one had been force fed molten metal. Brisk's actions were one of the reasons why Mandalorians became feared throughout the Galaxy as individuals you didn't want to mess with. The day was known as Kyr Skira Har'tracyn (The final revenge of Hellfire).
The Arper Vok'Chi family have a piece of Jared's armour as a family heirloom, many members have worn it to honour the memory of Jared and to remind them that the only people you can trust is family.
Prudii Vok'Chi to the Council
As one of the major components of the rise to power for the Mandalorians and in acknowledgement for the honour Har'tracyn brought upon the clans. To this Prudii Vok'Chi was brought up to a member of the Mandalore's Council. This would be a tradition followed by further Mandalores but sought to bring Prudii away from clan matters to matters of state.
Prudii Vok'Chi became a leader in name to the clan, preferring to take on the name buir, he allowed members to petition and the young warrior family of Jangotat took the mantle as clan leader.
Jedi Bombardment [738 BBY]
The Vok'Chi clan were again destroyed and split during the cowardly attacks by the Jedi and the Republic, giving a sense of hatred towards both parties by the surviving members of the clan.
Prudii Vok'Chi however, with family experience of Council membership, joined in with the New Mandalorian movement, desperate to keep Vok'Chi interests at the heart of Mandalore. Other members were banished to Concordia, where they either joined the True Mandalorian movement or the Death Watch.
Others just left to become mercenaries or bounty hunters, ready to rally to a strong Mandalore's call
Decimation by the Death Watch [60 BBY - 44 BBY]
Several Vok'Chi members felt that Jaster Mareel was the way forward, other members, twisted with hatred for the callous and cowardly bombardment by the Republic and the Jedi fought tirelessly to regain control of Mandalore and to bring the warriors back to war and have their vengeance.
Unfortunately, the desire to wreak vengeance bore the fruit of frustration and it was from this that Vok'Chi members of the Death Watch found themselves involved in the wholesale slaughter of their clan mates who aligned with the True Mandalorian way.
Meanwhile, the Vok'Chi that took the New Mandalorian way politicked their way through the occupation by the Republic and secretly stocked and supported a clan enclave base on a distant moon in another galaxy.
The Clone Wars [24 BBY]
Those that took the path of the Death Watch slowly lost their identity as members of the Vok'Chi clan and soon aided the CIS in their goals during the Clone Wars.
With both the Republic and CIS keen to recruit the Mandalorians into their side of the battle, Prudii Vok'Chi helped keep the neutrality, whilst continuing to consolidate the clan on their secret moon base. Prudii Vok'Chi was clever in finding out key information from Republic and CIS informants and, unlike the Skirata Clan for example, kept their interests offworld as, sooner or later the victor of the battle would turn their attentions to Mandalore.
During this time, the Jangotat lineage worked from the secret moon base and elected to send Vok'Chi members out to peform the jobs that needed doing. Whilst most of the work done was for the criminal underworld that slithered its way around the war, the profits from such schemes were enough to set the clan up to cover what most Mandalorians could sense, the dark times coming.
Rise of the Empire [19 BBY]
It didn't come as much surprise to Prudii Vok'Chi that the Empire would be looking to exploit the beskar reserves, building their base in the bones of a Mythosaur (which the Imperials believed had religious significance to the Mandalorians), Prudii realised that perhaps it was time to bow out of the conflict to come and resigned his position on the Council.
Many Vok'Chi still aggrieved by the bombardment and humiliation of the Mandalorians by the Jedi jumped at the chance to join the Empire in purging the Jedi, many Vok'Chi were lost during this time as the beskar had dried up and the Saz Vok'Chi of the time refused to make beskar armour for those willing to seek the same glory that was sought against Mandalore all those years ago (perhaps more to do with the Death Watch killing his family over a similar dispute). Many families blamed Saz's refusal to help them as a reason for their deaths.
As the clan began to side over the Jedi issue, members split off, with members joining the Bounty Hunter's guild, or warrior advisors for small enclaves opposed to the Emperor.
The Rebellion [0 BBY]
With the Galactic Civil War breaking out, the Vok'Chi prospered, the arguments of the initial stages of the Empire totally forgotten. Prudii Vok'Chi was tempted back to Mandalore by Fenn Shysa, who had continued to manipulate the goings on and was even aiding members of the Rebellion in part.
The Vok'Chi gained more and more political power on Mandalore and, by the time of the destruction of the second Deathstar, most of the clan had returned to Mandalore to help expell the Imperial forces there.
The Vong [25 ABY]
Some say that the involvement of the Vok'Chi in the Yuuzhan Vong invasion were some of the bravest acts of heroism that the Galaxy had ever known.
Despite losing the now aged Saz Vok'Chi, Niabi Vok'Chi, several members of the Arper Vok'Chi, Kot, Jadd and Jasra lineages, the Vok'Chi were thought responsible for a lot of the unsung victories against the Yuuzhan Vong. The Vok'Chi still served under Boba Fett and worked in accordance with his plans and guidance.
Prudii Vok'Chi (Buir)
Nate Jangotat (Alor'ad)
Darman Skirata (Ver'alor)
Niabi Vok'Chi (Ruus'alor)
Remo Jadd (Ruus'alor)
Brisk Arper Vok'Chi
Collectormania Milton Keynes
London Film and Comic Con
The Film and Entertainment Media Show - London.
Behind the scenes
The Vok'Chi clan was formed in 2007 by Stuart Williams and Jason Morgan; it originally covered all of the UK. With humble beginnings the UK Mercs shared events with the MK Garrison and attended such events as Collectormania and London Film and Comic Con.
Under the guidance of Stu, several members of the Vok'Chi have been assigned positions of responsibility within the main organisation and the clan continues to command a benchmark of quality costumes.