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Wookies Will Rip Your Arms Off

Wookies will rip your arms off

If you’ve ever wanted to meet a Wookie, then you should be prepared: wookies will rip your arms off just for looking at them wrong! Wookies are fierce warriors and one of the most powerful species in the Star Wars universe. They originate from the planet Kashyyyk and, while not as well-known as some of their intergalactic peers, they have always had an enormous presence in galactic affairs.

From their military contributions to the Republic during the Clone Wars to Chewbacca’s loyalty to Han Solo, there is no doubt that these powerful critters have become iconic characters within the realm of science fiction film. In this blog post, we’ll explore why everyone should be wary when encountering a Wookie – after all, it might mean losing an arm!

Kashyyyk – The Wookie Homeworld

Located in the Mytaranor sector of the Mid Rim, Kashyyyk is the densely forested home world of the Wookies, one of the few species of sentient beings that have a natural affinity for tree houses and building structures with it. Unsurprisingly, most Wookie settlements are built on top of large wroshyr trees which make them much more difficult to spot from orbit.

The atmosphere is thick with moisture-rich air, as well as fungal woodlands and mangrove swamps. Pockets of ground vegetation exist too, mostly consisting of bright yellow grasses. Kashyyyk is a place like no other; Wookies here generally treasure their connection to their planet and everything in it — animals, plants and the Force — bound together by ancient traditions.

Wookie History

Fancy yourself a Star Wars fan? In that case, you’ve certainly heard of Wookies—those furry giants with loveable personalities. But where did they come from? What is their history in the Star Wars universe? If these questions pique your interest, read on! We’ll take an in-depth look at what’s known about Wookie culture and its place within the vast galaxy far, far away. So if you’re keen to discover all there is to know about Wookies, buckle up and let’s take a journey into their past…

Wookies and Trandoshans

Bossk
The Trandoshan bounty hunter, Bossk

Wookies and Trandoshans are two of the most popular alien species depicted in Star Wars. Though they differ in many ways, Wookies and Trandoshans have many similarities too. For example, Wookies hail from the forest planet of Kashyyyk while Trandoshans come from the humid world of Trando. Trandoshans were made popular after the first appearance of Bossk, a reptilian bounty hunter wearing a yellow flight suit, in Empire Strikes Back.

Additionally, both Wookies and Trandoshans are proud warriors who value honor and courage in equal measure. However, Wookie culture is typically peaceful while Trandoshan culture is typically militaristic. In overall scope, Wookies and Trandoshans make for unique characters, each with their own insights into the mysterious universe of Star Wars!

Thousands of years before the Battle of Yavin, Trandoshan scouts discovered Kashyyyk while looking for new worlds to colonize. Relations between the Trandoshans and Wookies was far from civil and the Wookies would eventually drive the Trandoshans off their world, leaving one ship behind. The Wookies were able to reverse engineer the ship and jump start their own technological advancements.

Who Hunts Wookies?

Trandoshans are vicious hunters, and Wookies are among their most famous prey. Wookies are known for their strength and bravery, but at times, it is no match for a Trandoshan’s determination. As Wookies can withstand harsh climates and traverse difficult terrain, they have become an enticing target to Trandoshan predators looking to test their own strength.

Similar to another popular sci-fi franchise, Trandoshan hunters will purchase or capture “prey” and transport them to their home planet of Trando, where they will be released and hunted for sport. This hunt has become a special tradition among the species, and although some attempts at Wookie hunting have been made illegal by association with slavery, Trandoshans continue to pursue Wookies as a challenge that draws out their best skills.

Wookies during the Clone Wars

Wookies were allied with the Republic during the latter days of the Clone Wars, trying to remain neutral in the beginning of the conflict. The Trade Federation saw great value in Kashyyyk and eventually led a full scale invasion with the Separatist droid army.

Wookie Charge
Wookies defending the beaches of Kashyyyk from Separatist droids

A combined force of Wookie warriors and clone troopers, led by Jedi Commanders, managed to repel the Separatist forces. It was a short-lived victory however as Order 66 was given, and the loyal clone troopers turned on the Jedi, declared marshal law on Kashyyyk – a bold move considering Wookies will rip your arms off when they lose.

Who are the Wookies with Yoda?

Jedi Master Yoda had good relations with the Wookies, so when Kashyyyk was threatened by Separatist forces during the Clone Wars Yoda immediately volunteered to go there himself to take the lead in its defense.

In Revenge of the Sith, Yoda can be seen with two Wookies who help him escape after the clones turned on him. One is other than the famous Chewbacca, and the other is Tarfful, a powerful Wookie general.

During the Clone Wars, Chewbacca found himself enslaved by Trandoshans and stranding on one of their hunting grounds (he met Ahsoka Tano there). Tarfful lead a band of warriors to liberate Chewie and his fellow captives. After the Clone Wars Tarfful was powerful freedom fighter against the tyranny of the Empire.

Wookies Enslaved by the Empire

Wookies, from the planet of Kashyyk, suffered greatly at the hands of the Galactic Empire. Immediately following the end of the Clone Wars they were enslaved, ripped from their beloved home world, and forced to do hard labor, building weapons and ships for their oppressors.

Due to their natural strength and ability to withstand harsh environments, Wookies were worked relentlessly in horrid conditions in places like the spice mines of Kessel, Death Star construction sites, and even refineries on their own world.

Despite their enslaved status, Wookies were renowned for their strength and ferocity, with notable Wookies such as Chewbacca standing up against the Empire. Since Wookies will rip your arms off if you cross them, it’s no surprise that those who escaped slavery would join rebel forces fighting their tyrannical overlords.

After the Fall of the Empire

After the Fall of the Empire many Wookies, including Chewbacca, were able to return to their home world of Kashyyyk and begin rebuilding. However, many other Wookies did not enjoy this same fate.

The Empire was not the only thing enslaving Wookies, and the Empire’s fall only freed those Wookies it was holding. Throughout many years the Empire sold Wookies to other factions of hunters, traders, research organizations, and black market dealers.

Although a New Republic was now in place, unfortunately, the fates of these Wookies were little changed.

Which Wookie is in Boba Fett?

Black Krrsantan on the streets of Mos Espa, Tatooine

The large, mean Wookie who made his debut in season 1 of the Book of Boba Fett is Black Krrsantan. Krrsantan was forced to leave Kashyyyk during Imperial reign, and learned to fight as a gladiator in the Xonti Brothers fighting pits.

Sometime after this, Krrsantan took up bounty hunting and built quite a reputation for himself taking jobs from notable characters such the crime lord Jabba the Hutt, and dark lord himself, Darth Vader.

Jabba’s surviving kin had hired Krrsantan to take out Boba Fett after the former bounty hunter took up Jabba’s now empty throne. The plan backfired, and not only did Boba escape death at the hands of Krrsantan, but now has the fierce Wookie working for him.

Are Wookies Force-Sensitive?

Gungi
Gungi igniting his newly constructed lightsaber

Wookies are a species of tall, furry creatures native to the planet Kashyyyk and famous for their extensive use of heavy machinery as well as their faithfulness and loyalty. While wookies have been long known to be close allies of the Jedi Order and its eternal struggle against evil forces, there has been much debate over whether wookies are themselves sensitive to the Force.

Some argue that wookies have little connection to the Force due to their relative isolation from it, while others point out that wookies have been known to be powerful warriors who exhibit behaviors and abilities similar to those of Jedi.

In, now non-canon, storylines we do see force-sensitive Wookies. A notable example would be Lowbacca, Chewbacca’s nephew. However, Wookie’s force-sensitivity has recently been canonized in the form of Gungi, a Wookie youngling and Jedi initiate first introduced in The Clones Wars series.

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