"There once was a Mando hirsute, who nothing and no-one would suit. He sneered in disdain, bestowed judgment in vain, revealed himself thus as a brute." A lean, ageing man in helmetless beskar'gam sat with his back against a window, tooting notes on a bes'bev. "I feel like I'm butchering the flow for the sake of the rhythm scheme. And rhyming 'suit' and 'hirsute' feels cheap. Any help?"
It transpired that Bard Independent's stall attendant -- a Herglic in skimpy beskar'gam -- had good news and bad news. The bad news was that Bard Independent didn't typically make slugthrowers. The good news? They did make hextrine ammunition in a variety of calibers, including the sizes most compatible with Mandalorian sniper rifles.
Also, the attendant put out a couple of interesting new lots: the axe and helmet of Mandalore the Enduring.
"That's the challenge, yes. So far, our most effective approach is to bind micronized beskar to the quantum fiber in the laminanium, and integrate beskar into the surrounding medium. At the moment we're looking at microgranules -- limited structural integrity, but excellent energy absorption. We haven't tried microfibers yet, but we're always looking for new ways to use laminanium as a delivery mechanism. As for that underlay, I would buy that in bulk, and I'm sure I wouldn't be alone."
Connory came to a window that looked down on an active stress testing experiment. Beskar really was wonderful, wasn't it. "So this underlay - self-contained power-armor, space suit?"
"Yes, I'm told the fashion universe can be deeply cutthroat," Connory said blandly. "This bunker is ideal. I built it as a proof of concept, out of the galaxy's rarest metal. I flatter myself that I've made enemies among the Sith Lords. Here, no visions or clairvoyance can find me or see what I'm building or what I'm thinking."
One workbench held samples of beskar in various traditional forms: ciridium-alloy plate, light scales, intensely durable foam, and the micronized fabric version that made up crushgaunts.
"I'm considering a self-repair approach based on laminanium," he explained. "This is all Mandalorian iron, even the cloth."