Basilisk War Droids
The Basilisk war droid was a powerful, semi-sentient combat droid. To the Mandalorians, the Basilisk droid was known as the Bes’uliik—the “iron beast” in the Mandalorian language of Mando’a—and came to be valued as animal-like companions. Basilisk war droids were armed with an array of weapons in and on their armored frame, including laser and pulse-wave cannons, shockwave generator rods, and shatter-missile launchers. The Mandalorians were known for riding Basilisk war droids down into the atmosphere of a world from space at tremendous speeds, using gravitational force and the element of surprise to overwhelm their foes. Over time, the warrior culture adapted the droids to suit different combat roles, and developed new iterations of the Basilisk that included enhanced features such as a closed cockpit.
Following the Mandalorians’ defeat at Malachor V in the final battle of the Mandalorian Wars, the warriors were commanded to destroy their Basilisk mounts as part of the terms of their surrender. However, not all complied with the demands, and numerous Basilisk droids continued to survive with Mandalorians who refused to give up their beast-like companions. Even still, the war droids’ numbers dwindled over time, and by the rise of the Galactic Republic, most Baslisk droids could only be found in the museums of the galaxy. The Basilisk droid remained a symbol of strength in the Mandalorian culture, and the design of later Basilisk droids could be found emulated in the StarViper-class starship manufactured by MandalMotors; the Mandalorian company also named it’s Bes’uliik-class starfighter after the ancient war droids.