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"A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..."

Star Wars is an epic science fiction/fantasy film saga created by George Lucas. The first three films in the series were released in 1977, 1980, and 1983. Three prequels to the first trilogy were released in 1999, 2002, and 2005.

J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof have expressed their admiration of the Star Wars films. [1] The day they met to begin collaboration for Lost, Damon Lindelof was wearing an original official Star Wars fan club T-shirt and the pair found an instant connection as a result.

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In Lost

Direct references

"The old Wookiee prisoner gag" ("Not in Portland")
  • After Jack had helped Shannon through an Asthma attack by simply talking to her calmly, Hurley said, "Wow, man. That was awesome. I mean, that was like a... Jedi moment", as a reference to the Jedi mind trick. ("Confidence Man")
  • While on the raft, Michael and Jin are arguing about the flare. They're arguing in two different languages (English and Korean), just like Han Solo and Chewbacca. Sawyer then said, “Hey, Han, you and Chewie want to slow down a second and talk to me here?" ("Exodus, Part 2")
    • "Chewie" was Chewbacca's nickname throughout the Star Wars series. Sawyer referred to Jin as "Chewie" twice more. ("Orientation")  ("Abandoned")
  • Sawyer once called Hurley "Jabba". ("Fire + Water")
  • Hurley’s imaginary friend Dave made a reference to movie special effects. After Hurley made a comment about the photo which Dr. Brooks showed him, Dave said, "What, do you think they really blew up the Death Star?" ("Dave")
  • While attempting to rescue Karl from Room 23, Sawyer played a trick on Aldo that he called the "old Wookiee prisoner gag". ("Not in Portland") In Star Wars, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker dress up as stormtroopers and Chewie impersonates a prisoner in order to infiltrate Detention Block AA 23 where Princess Leia was being held.
  • Sawyer once referred to Ben as "Yoda". ("Confirmed Dead")
  • Jack accidentally stepped on Aaron's toy Millennium Falcon. ("Something Nice Back Home")


  • In 1977, Star Wars had just opened in theaters, so Hurley decides to write the script to The Empire Strikes Back, "with a couple of improvements", and send it to George Lucas to make life easier, because "Ewoks suck, dude."("Some Like It Hoth")

Indirect references

  • Ben's character is remarkably similar to Darth Vader/Anakin.
    • Both are responsible for the genocide of their people.
    • Both use power to seduce others into joining them.
      • Darth Vader tells Luke he can teach him about the force if he joins the dark side.
      • Ben tells Locke he can teach him about the island if he joins the Others.
    • Both carry out orders from a higher authority.
      • Darth Vader from the Emperor.
      • Ben from Jacob.
    • Both first join the good side, then betrays it, joining their enemies.
      • Darth Vader first joins the Jedi, then joins the Sith.
      • Ben first joined DHARMA, then joins the Others
    • Both have "super powers" of some sort.
      • Darth Vader is very good in Force using and light saber battling.
      • Ben have connection wth the Island and is a very, very good lier and manipulator.
Note the similar expressions on their faces
  • Sawyer, in many ways, is a Han Solo-esque character throughout the series; they are both wisecracking, self-interested, ladies' man, antihero, reformed criminals.
  • Michael seemed to understand Jin, even though Jin spoke Korean, in much the same way that Han Solo understood Chewbacca, even though he spoke in his native Wookiee language of otherwise unintelligible, animal-like grunts and roars. ("Exodus, Part 1")  ("Exodus, Part 2")
  • Ben tried to convince John to kill his own father similar to how the Emperor tried to coerce Luke Skywalker to kill his own father, in Return of the Jedi. The aim was the same; to turn John/Luke over to the Others/Dark side. ("The Brig")
  • Sawyer kills Anthony Cooper by choking him from behind with a chain, the same way Princess Leia kills Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi. ("The Brig")
    • both scenes are very similiar in the art direction (lighting, set dressing/design, and camera placement)
  • Jack and Claire are siblings, but do not know this till later in the series, much like Luke and Lea.


Shared dialogue

  • While talking about moving to the caves, Sawyer said, "Well, that's the real trick, isn't it?" In Star Wars, Han Solo says this exact same line to Obi-Wan Kenobi when discussing the need to avoid Imperial entanglements on the Millenium Falcon's trip to Alderaan. ("House of the Rising Sun")
  • When Charlie re-enters the cave to help Jack, he tells Jack, "I'm here to rescue you," just as Luke says to Leia in the Death Star in A New Hope. ("The Moth")
  • When Sayid told Sawyer he found his boar situation funny, Sawyer replied, "Laugh it up, Mohammed," which may be a reference to Han's line, "Laugh it up, Fuzzball", in Empire Strikes Back. ("Outlaws")
  • While they were working on the raft, Michael ran over to Jin, gesturing and shouting, "No, no! This one goes there, that one goes there!" In The Empire Strikes Back, Han says this exact same line to Chewie while they are repairing the Millennium Falcon on Hoth. ("Exodus, Part 1")
  • Both Jack and Kate say, "Here we go again", which may be a reference to C3PO saying the same thing when leaving the forest moon of Endor in Return of the Jedi. ("Greatest Hits")
  • On the way to the Temple, and just prior to a shooting ambush, Karl told Alex, "I've got a bad feeling about this". This is a well-known phrase throughout the Star Wars saga, heard eight times in the six films. ("Meet Kevin Johnson")


Shared themes

Parent issues

Main article: Parent issues
  • Luke and Leia are both separately raised to believe their father is a dead, then later in life they find out that their father is alive and evil. John was lead to believe his father was dead, until he found out his father was alive and criminal.
  • Luke and Leia are long-lost siblings who go through most of the story not knowing their connection. Jack and Claire are half-siblings who did not know they were related even though they were trapped on the island together.
  • Luke Skywalker is raised by his uncle and aunt; Aaron is being raised by his uncle and aunt-to-be (Jack and Kate).

Black and white

Main article: Black and white
  • The Dark side of the force vs. Light side of the force.
  • Darth Vader dresses in black, while Obi-Wan and Luke are dressed in white/light colors.

Fate versus free will

Main article: Fate versus free will
  • Anakin Skywalker is believed to be a prophesied hero of the Jedi.
  • Darth Vader attempts to sway Luke towards the Dark Side, urging him to "fulfill his destiny."

Shared actors


Producers' commentary

Cuse and Lindelof in front of a Star Wars poster
  • Audio commentary on the Season 1 DVD made several references to Star Wars, such as a comparison of the British and American pronunciation of the name of the planet Hoth.
  • During the audio commentary on the Season 2 DVD, Jack Bender joked that he was surprised that something as complex as Star Wars was made, seeing as how he had great difficulty just getting Hurley's bag to rip open. ("Dave")
  • The 11/03/06 podcast was all about how Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse had a "Lost cross" involving George Lucas and their mutual love of Star Wars.
  • There is a Star Wars poster in Damon Lindelof's office, visible in the DVD extra "Lost in a Day" on the Lost: The Complete Third Season (DVD), in the "6:42 pm Los Angeles" segment.
  • In Season 4, when Daniel Faraday lands on the Island he takes off his helmet and says "I'm Daniel Faraday, I'm here to rescue you", just like Luke Skywalker, in the detention block in A New Hope. ("The Beginning of the End")


Outside Lost

EXPANDED UNIVERSE
This article/section contains information officially created to be part of the Lost expanded universe,
but may not be considered canon. It may be endorsed by ABC, or feature cast members.

In The Lost Experience

In the alternate reality game The Lost Experience, DJ Dan said in his podcast on September 24, 2006:

Dan: All right, all right, you know what, there’s something I wanna say to you, and listen to me very closely. SHUTDOWN! Oh yeah, folks, you know what folks, when I was younger, I took a test, right. And then I went to an academy, and then little green men trained me, and then I could shoot lightning bolts from my hand, and I don’t mean the dark side power lighting bolts, no. I mean the light side pow, power side lightning bolts called electric judgment, okay. That’s what I’m talking about. JEDI DAN! THAT’S WHO I AM! Okay, folks…

Johnny: (Does Darth Vader breathing)

Dan: I’ve had enough of this role-playing. Let’s have one more call, then there’s something I gotta talk about.

(Laughter)

In Lost: Via Domus

  • When Elliott asked what was in the cave, John answered, "Only what you take with you". This is the same answer Yoda gave to Luke Skywalker during a very similar situation in The Empire Strikes Back. ("Via Domus")
  • Mikhail told Beady Eyes, "You are stupid as you are clumsy". In The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader said about Admiral Ozzel, "He is clumsy as he is stupid". ("Whatever It Takes")

Enhanced captions

Main article: Enhanced episodes
  • The captions of the enhanced episodes explicitly note several Star Wars references; however, these captions were not written by the creative authorities of Lost, but by the production company Met/Hodder that was hired by ABC to produce these versions.
  • By the way, Charlie's mission / is an homage to Return of the Jedi / as many writers and producers on LOST / are big fans of the Star Wars saga. ("Through the Looking Glass-Enhanced")
  • Sweet ride, Hurley! / And another tip of the hat to Star Wars / inspired by Han Solo saving the day / with the Millennium Falcon. ("Through the Looking Glass-Enhanced")
  • This turn of events Hurley luring Kate and Sayid into being captured by Locke is an homage / to The Empire Strikes Back / when Han Solo was lured into a trap / by Lando Calrissian. ("The Economist-Enhanced")
  • Karl's line, "I have a bad feeling about this" / is a line spoken in all the Star Wars films. / All of the writers on LOST / are big fans of the Star Wars saga. ("Meet Kevin Johnson-Enhanced")
  • The toy is a miniature Millennium Falcon. / All of the writers of LOST are big fans / of the Star Wars saga. ("Something Nice Back Home-Enhanced")


External links

  • Star Wars official site
  • Wookiepedia, the Star Wars wiki

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Starwars

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Wookiee
Homeworld

Nominally Kashyyyk; may have originated on an unknown world

Language

Shyriiwook, Xaczik, Thykarann

Average height

2.1 meters

Hair color

Different shades of black, brown, and white in varying combinations

Distinctions

Tall, hair covered, retractable climbing claws, long life spans

Races

Rwooks, Albinos, others

Famous members
"It's not wise to upset a Wookiee."
Han Solo

The Wookiees, whose name for themselves translated to the People of the Trees, were a species of hairy bipedal humanoids that were inhabitants of the planet Kashyyyk. One of the most noteworthy members of the species was Chewbacca, Han Solo's best friend and co-pilot, who played a vital role in the Galactic Civil War and afterwards.

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Biology and appearance

"Would somebody get this big walking carpet out of my way?"
Princess Leia referring to Chewbacca(audio)Listen (file info)
A Wookiee.

The Wookiees' natural habitat was the dense forests of the planet Kashyyyk (though one source does contend that they were immigrants to this planet). Kashyyyk was covered with massive wroshyr trees, in which the Wookiees constructed their homes and cities. Reportedly, Wookiees were descended from tree-climbing mammals.

They had the ability to easily learn most languages. However, Wookiees lacked the vocal structure to speak anything other than their own languages.

Adult Wookiees were tall, in excess of two meters in height, and were covered with a uniform, mid-length coat of thick hair in various shades of brown. Although albino Wookiees were rare, they were not unheard of. However, such a birth was generally held to be a bad omen, as white hair did not blend in with the earth-tones of their forest surroundings.

Young Wookiees (pups) were large at birth (averaging slightly less than one meter). Wookiees possessed vicious-looking retractable claws for climbing. Female Wookiees had six breasts and gave birth to live-born young, with their gestation period nearly a year long. After birth, a Wookiee grew very fast, fully conscious and able to walk unassisted within one standard year. The average lifespan of Wookiees was around 600 years. In spite of their bestial appearance, Wookiees were highly intelligent and had mastered advanced technology, including hyperspace travel. Wookiees also possessed exceptional skill in mechanical repair. An old saying was "Give a Wookiee a knife and send him into a forest in the morning, and by evening he would have carved you a table to eat dinner on - and a house to put it in."[1]

Tojjevvuk, an albino Wookiee.

Wookiees were often short-tempered. When Chewbacca complained about a move in a game of dejarik that R2-D2 had made during their initial trip to Alderaan, Han Solo told C-3PO that it was not a good idea to upset a Wookiee—because an upset Wookiee would tear a person's arms out of their sockets. Despite their temper and great strength, Wookiees were usually gentle and affectionate with their friends and family.

Society and culture

"The Wookiees, although primitive compared to us, are surprisingly capable warriors. They're pretty strong, and pick up combat techniques pretty quickly."
Canderous Ordo

One of the most well-known Wookiee traditions was the life debt. When a Wookiee's life was saved by someone else, even a non-Wookiee, they would frequently devote themselves to a lifetime of service to their savior and their family. Chewbacca's life debt to Han Solo, later extended to his family and his close friends, is one of the most famous examples of a Wookiee life debt.

A Wookiee warrior ritual dance.

The most common Wookiee language was Shyriiwook. While they were capable of understanding Basic, they were universally incapable of speaking it due to their unique vocal structure. Shyriiwook was a language which was hard to hear and understand for Humans, but one Wookiee, Ralrracheen, had a speech impediment that made it easier for non-Wookiees familiar with Shyriiwook to understand him.

Wookiees possessed a fierce style of fighting, typically eschewing standard blasters and grenades in favor of bladed weapons, such as ryyk blades, as with the Berserkers, and powerful bowcasters—weapons physically weaker species could not use effectively.

Their fierce fighting style served as the basis of the Deal-slang expression "wookinate" which referred to the rendering harmless an enemy using excessive force, obviously referring to the great physical strength that provided the essence of Wookiee combat.

Under the Wookiee code of honor, claws were never to be used in combat. A Wookiee who used his or her claws for combat would be labeled a "madclaw" and exiled. Around the age of twelve, young Wookiees underwent the coming-of-age Hrrtayyk ceremony.

History

Early history

"But sir, nobody worries about upsetting a droid."
"That's 'cause droids don't pull people's arms out of their sockets when they lose. Wookiees are known to do that."
―Han Solo to C-3PO

The Wookiees are believed to have originated on the planet Kashyyyk, part of the Kashyyyk system, though some of their lore seemed to claim otherwise. In the millennia before the rise of the Galactic Republic, Kashyyyk was a member world of the Infinite Empire. Its surface was terraformed by the Rakata for agricultural purposes, but the collapse of their empire left the machines unattended, resulting in the abnormally large foliage.

Later, Kashyyyk was discovered by Czerka Corporation, which enslaved the native Wookiees. They named the planet first "G5-623" and then, after a poll of stockholders, "Edean". Czerka control of "Edean" was disrupted when, in 3,956 BBY, the enslaved Wookiee populace overthrew the local corporate headquarters with the help of Revan and drove all outsiders off the planet. It was presumably some time after this before Kashyyyk decided to join the Galactic Republic.

Negotiations between the Wookiees and the Trandoshans break down.

The Wookiees were welcomed into the Republic through dealings with the Corellians and Alderaanians. At least one Wookiee, the Jedi Master Tyvokka, became part of the Jedi Order. Eventually, Kashyyyk was even represented in the Galactic Senate. During the last decades of the Republic, Senator Yarua represented both Kashyyyk and Trandosha, home of the reptilian Trandoshans.

However, the Trandoshans resented their Wookiee neighbors; after some of them allied with the Trade Federation in the colonization of Alaris Prime, they also attempted to assassinate Yarua in 32 BBY. In 23 BBY, a Wookiee vessel was attacked over a moon of Trandosha, resulting in a Wookiee blockade of Trandosha. Peace talks to resolve the issue were conducted 22 BBY, under the mediation of Jedi Master Oppo Rancisis, but failed when it was revealed that the Trandoshans were pushing for Senatorial representation with Trade Federation backing.

Clone Wars

"Go, I will. Good relations with the Wookiees, I have."
Jedi Master Yoda
Jaccoba and Tarkov watch as the Separatists invade the planet.

During the Clone Wars, the Wookiees attempted to remain neutral at first. It was only after the death of Prince Rikummee at the hands of Separatist droids that King Grakchawwaa led his people into the war on the side of the Republic.

Later during the Clone Wars, the Confederacy invaded Kashyyyk. Conquering the planet would prove an asset since it would enable the Separatists to control hyperspace route planning and use the Wookiee's secret routes to disrupt galactic trade and communication. In response, the Republic dispatched a task force led by the longtime Wookiee-friend Master Yoda to defend Kashyyyk. There, a combined force of Clone troopers and Wookiees repulsed the Separatist droid invaders and their Trandoshan allies at the Battle of Kashyyyk.

However, victory was short-lived. With the rise of the Galactic Empire, the Jedi were branded enemies of the Republic and hunted down by the New Order. The former Clone troopers, now known as stormtroopers, then took over Kashyyyk and placed it under martial law. In response, the Wookiees rebelled against their new oppressors.

Later history

"Where are you taking this… thing?"
Shann Childsen on Death Star I
A Wookiee warrior with bowcaster and vision enhancement.

At the advice of the Trandoshans, the Empire enslaved the Wookiees for their strength. Wookiee captives were used for countless Imperial projects including the Maw Installation and the Death Stars. However, because of their devotion to their homeworld, many Wookiees would evade the Imperial garrison to revisit their beloved forests for important Wookiee holidays, such as Life Day.

After the Battle of Endor, the Wookiees were liberated from slavery by the Alliance of Free Planets. The Nagai also attempted to enslave the species though they were repulsed by the New Republic. Sadly, the peace was short-lived. The Empire, having licked its wounds, quickly reestablished a presence on Kashyyyk and enslaved the Wookiees once more. Around 5 ABY Han Solo and Chewbacca assisted in inciting a revolution among the populace, helped in part by Lando Calrissian, Rogue Squadron, and Admiral Ackbar who took on Grand Admiral Peccati Syn in a pitched fleet-battle in the nearby Sumitra Sector.

The Wookiees were represented by Kerrithrarr in the New Republic Senate and Kashyyyk became key signatory and member world of the Inner Council. The planet also welcomed trade and its city of Thikkiiana became a major exporter of computer technology. However, this made it the target of the agents of the Second Imperium in 23 ABY. A task force under Zekk raided Thikkiiana's computer stores for use by the Second Imperium in its war against the New Republic.

During the Yuuzhan Vong War, the Wookiees would still continue to serve the New Republic and its successor government the Galactic Alliance. After the liberation of Coruscant, celebrations took place on the planet. At the time of the Second Galactic Civil War, the Wookiees remained loyal to the Galactic Alliance. This remained in effect until Jacen Solo's militant actions turned the Wookiees against him and led to them joining the Confederation as well as being allies of the Jedi Coalition. During the conflict, the Wookiees participated in the Battle of Kashyyyk where they fought against the Galactic Alliance.

Behind the scenes

The name "Wookiee" originated in George Lucas's film THX 1138. In a line ad-libbed by an actor, a character says, "I think I just ran over a wookiee on the expressway."

Wookiees were present in the Star Wars saga from George Lucas's earliest drafts. In many early versions of the story which eventually became A New Hope, a crucial battle takes place on a planet full of Wookiees. This idea resurfaced in early versions of Return of the Jedi, though Ewoks would be used instead. (Note that the name Ewok is Wookiee with the syllables reversed.) In Revenge of the Sith, the long-awaited Wookiee army finally appeared on screen.

A group of Wookiee warriors.

The word Wookiee has taken on a brand new meaning lately in informal discussions of the law, due to an episode of the animated television series South Park. In that episode, real-life attorney Johnnie Cochran successfully wins two trials by confusing the jury with ramblings about Chewbacca that distract them from the actual issues of the case. Fans later dubbed this strategy the Chewbacca Defense, and an otherwise unexplained reference to a Wookiee in a legal discussion is likely to mean something that is being used as a red herring, as Chewbacca was used in the episode.

George Lucas has decreed that there can be no more Wookiee Jedi in the Expanded Universe.[2][3] Notably, Obsidian Entertainment was forbidden to make Hanharr a Dark Jedi because of this restriction. Kirlocca, Lowbacca, and Tyvokka are the only existing Wookiee Jedi characters (though an unnamed Wookiee in Edge of Victory: Conquest appears to be an unknown Jedi student rather than Lowbacca), and they were developed before this policy was enacted.

Fans of jam bands are sometimes classified as "Wooks" or "Wookiees" due to their stereotype of having unshaven faces, long hair, and lack of personal hygiene.

Sometimes people with hypertrichosis are said to have Wookism or Wookieeism, though not a commonly accepted term.

Actors preparing to play Wookiees in Revenge of the Sith.

Wookiees bear a notable resemblance to the cryptozoological phenomena of the Sasquatch, with one issue of Star Wars Tales linking Chewbacca and Han Solo to the adventurous wanderings of Indiana Jones.

In the video game Knights of the Old Republic, a historical Wookiee figure known as Bacca is spoken of. Apparently, he was the first to discover the existence of life outside Kashyyyk, an occurrence which was caused by the crashing of a probe into the Shadowlands. He forged a blade from the wreckage, a weapon which still appears in Wookiee folklore and myth.

In early publications, the word Wookiee was often spelled as just "Wookie".

The online Star Wars wiki Wookieepedia is named after the species.

Appearances

Non-canon appearances

Wookieepedia has a collection of images related to Wookiee.

Sources

Notes and references

  1. Death Star
  2. Star Wars Insider #79 online supplement: Wookiees: No Trivia Too Small
  3. http://www.darkhorse.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=7257&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

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Star Wars Fanon

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Variations of the Wookiees

The Wookiees, whose name for themselves translated to the People of the Trees, were a species of hairy bipedal humanoids that were inhabitants of the planet Kashyyyk.

The Wookiees' natural habitat was the dense forests of the planet Kashyyyk, though one source does contend that they were immigrants to this planet. Kashyyyk was covered with massive Wroshyr trees, in which the Wookiees constructed their homes and cities. Reportedly, Wookiees were descended from tree-climbing mammalians.

They had the ability to easily learn most languages. However, Wookiees lacked the vocal structure to speak anything other than their own languages. One of the better-known Wookiees was Rhhonyyr, who later became a Sith Lord named Darth Veksa'shun. Another famous Wookiee was Kelnhofer, he was a Jedi Master who wielded a double-bladed purple lightsaber and escaped during Order 66.

Wookiees usually carried bowcasters to defend their homeworld from slavers.


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SWG Information

A Male (left) and a Female (Right) Wookiee

This species is tall (2m on average) and covered head-to-foot in fur. They are noted for their strength, terrible odor, and short tempers. Under current Imperial Law, all Wookiees are classified as slave animals.

Native to Kashyyyk, a forest planet with exceedingly tall trees. Wookiees cannot verbalise any language but Shyriiwook, while they can be taught to comprehend all other verbal languages. Whilst appearing backwards and primitive Wookiees prove to be quite adept with new technology.

Due to their size Wookiees cannot wear humanoid armor, instead armor designed specifically for Wookiees must be made.

Wookiees are known to be fearsome warriors both in melee combat and ranged, particularly with their unique bowcasters.

Bonus Features

  • Trapping +10
  • Creature Taming Bonus +10
  • Rescue +10
  • Warcry +10
  • Wookiee Roar +1

Expanded Universe

From the OS Databank.

Movies

Shaggy giants from an arboreal world, the tall and commanding Wookiee species is an impressive sight to even the most jaded spacer. Despite their fearsome and savage countenance, Wookiees are intelligent, sophisticated, loyal and trusting. Loyalty and bravery are near-sacred tenets in Wookiee society. When peaceful, Wookiees are tender and gentle. Their tempers, however, are short; when angered, Wookiees can fly into a berserker rage and will not stop until the object of their distemper is sufficiently destroyed.

During the time of the Galactic Republic, the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk was represented in the Galactic Senate by a number of Wookiee potentates. This meant little to the unscrupulous Empire that arose to replace that august government. Despite their proven intelligence, Wookiees were enslaved by the Empire and exploited for their brute strength. Their homeworld was blockaded, and a free Wookiee was a rare sight in the galaxy.

Perhaps the best-known free Wookiee was Chewbacca, loyal co-pilot and friend of famed Corellian smuggler Han Solo. Chewbacca was instrumental in the defeat of the Empire, and the eventual liberation of his people.

Expanded Universe

Kashyyyk is a world enveloped in immense forests. The trees are so tall and dense that a layered ecoystem has evolved within its branches. The closer one approaches to the forest floor, the more dangerous and primeval the environment becomes. Wookiees inhabit the upper levels of the forest, having built their massive cities within the interwoven canopy.

Though Wookiees do have a primitive appearance, they are quite comfortable with advanced technology. They can repair and maintain modern starships. They have developed a unique projectile weapon called a bowcaster. The Wookiee city of Thikkiiana was one of the key manufacturers of sophisticated computer componentry in the New Republic.

An average adult Wookiee stands more than two meters tall, and has a lifespan of several centuries. Aside from great strength and keen senses, Wookiees also have impressive regenerative abilities that allow them to recover from injury at a remarkable rate. Wookiees also have wickedly curved retractable claws used for climbing. Wookiee honor dictates that these claws are never used in fighting.

Wookiees are deeply respectful of nature, and have a strong connection to the sanctity of their world's ecology. When the Empire began exploiting the Wookiee homeworld, it was as if the giant people felt the pain inflicted upon Kashyyyk. Wookiees have also shown their own particular affinity for the Force.

When the Empire legalized slavery, one of the first species to profit were the Trandoshans. These reptilians are from a world neighboring Kashyyyk, and have long had grievances with the Wookiees.

Though Wookiees can understand Basic, and other galactic languages, their limited vocal apparatus can only produce their native tongues. The most common Wookiee language is Shyriiwook, a dialect of barks, growls, howls and roars. Wookiee language is very complex and liquid. Violence is such an everyday concern that there are 15 separate words for it in the Wookiee vocabulary.

Wookiees have a primitive patriarchy with a complicated lineage structure, initiation rites, and a religion that rejects materialism. One of the most important Wookiee customs is Life Day, wherein extended Wookiee families gather and celebrate a day of joy and harmony, as promised by the Tree of Life. Even the Imperial blockade could not keep Wookiees from recognizing this most important day.

Wookiees greatly value morality, courage, compassion and loyalty. A sacred and ancient Wookiee tradition is that of the honor family. An honor family comprises a Wookiee's closest friends and companions. These family members pledge a commitment to lay down their lives for one another, as well as members of any honor families these individuals may have. Like the similarly sacred Wookiee life debt, Wookiees extend this tradition to members outside their species. Chewbacca considered Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, their children and Luke Skywalker part of his honor family.

After the Empire was overthrown, the Imperial slaving operation collapsed. The invading Nagai aliens attempted to resurrect the despicable practice, but were repulsed by agents from the Alliance of Free Planets.

Wookiee Names

The traditional name for a wookiee contains a prefix followed by a suffixe. For example, the prefix Arri placed with the suffix addik provides the name Arriaddik which would mean something like mighty sentinel. It is also acceptable to place yy between the prefix and suffix.

Format - Name: meanings

Prefixes:
Arri: mighty, strong
Atti: father/mother, first
Bus: home, life, tree
Ciiir: ancient, great, wise
Chal: hidden, secret, shadow
Chew: honored, noble, trusted
Dew: fierce, stern, stout
Dry: elder, old, wizened
Ere: ?
Fro: proud, powerful
Gaar: brave, bold, fearless
Geyy: fat, large, great
Gra: peaceful, steady, sure
Gray: ?
Groz: burning, furious, golden
Issh: black, dangerous, dark, deep
Ji: beloved, fortunate, lucky
Jow: space, star, sun, vast
Kalla: angry, mad, wild
Kal: moon, night, white
Kat: moon, white
Kerri: high, tall, tree
Kit: deft, nimble, swift
Liak: autumn, blood, red
Low: dutiful, honored, proud
Lof: clever, cunning, wily
Malla: beautiful, green, valued
Nag: heroic, legendary, mythic
Naw: ?
Raaba: ?
Ralr: lake, ocean, river, sea
Ror: dark, hidden, marsh, swamp
Sal: lighting, rain, storm, thunder
Shor: deadly, fierce, lethal, shadow
Sno: curious, fast, quick
Spet: famed, legends, legendary, mythic, revered
Tam: ?
Tar: cloud, fog, mist
Wrrl: quiet, soft, stealthy

Woor: ?

Suffixes:
addik: guardian, guard, sentinel
ahab: keeper, warden
an: crafter, craftsman, master
anta: judge, leader
arra: fur, hide, shield
bacca: ally, brother/sister, friend
becca: blade, defender
bev: child, son/daughter
bow: bearer, keeper, worker
bukk: ?
chiir: air, call, speech, voice
chit: champion, hero
cuk: companion, husband/wife
drrl: safety, sky, treetop
evge: beast, katarn, rage
hitchuk: ?
kabukk: ancestor, councilor, guide
kazza: ghost, spirit, tracker
kkata: child, rogue, scoundrel
kyysh: ?
lambac: ?
lanna: cry, growl, roar
lynn: ?
mapia: rain, season, storm
mum: claw, climber, tool
orrack: ?
nik: jester, joker, riddle, webweaver
orral: strider, treasure, worthy
ova: eye, gazer, seeker, seer
pirr: builder, forger, trader
porin: sage, scholar, teacher
raoao: cousin, kin, noble
ryyhn: danger, shimmersilk, syren plant
tatha: bite, biter, claw
tharr: flyer, swimmer
tobuck: music, singer, song
urra: captain, soldier, warrior
warr: forest, guide, hunter, scout
ykam: dancer, walker

will: ?

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