CHEWBACCA THE HEART OF A WARRIORabril 19, 2018
CHEWBACCA – THE HEART OF A WARRIOR
With Han Solo gone, the fi rst mate of the Millennium Falcon is missing a captain—someone he can both depend on and take care of.
A wise and seasoned operator—despite initial appearances to the contrary —the Wookiee Chewbacca has fought and survived many battles. During the Clone Wars, in a time before the Empire asserted its dark dominion over the galaxy, Chewbacca served as a combat engineer on his home planet of Kashyyyk, fighting alongside Jedi Master Yoda and the Grand Army of the Republic against the unrelenting forces of the Separatists’ battle droids.
Later, together with inveterate rogue Han Solo, he became a smuggler and a pirate. As the first mate and the captain of the Millennium Falcon—a heavily modified Corellian freighter— Chewie and Han traversed the galaxy trading stolen cargo in the service of assorted interplanetary crime lords, among them the repulsive and dangerous Jabba the Hutt. It is during this time that Chewie, along with Han, encounterd a young farm boy named Luke Skywalker on the desert planet Tatooine. Along with the reclusive Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, the pair helped Luke rescue Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan from the clutches of the Imperials. Liberating her from deep within a monstrous, moon-sized weapon known as the Death Star, these unlikely compatriots subsequently assisted the Rebel Alliance in destroying the battle station. Han and Chewbacca later played a key role in taking down the Empire’s more powerful second Death Star.
Some years later, when the Millennium Falcon was stolen, Chewie and Han searched the galaxy for their missing ship, scouring every system in an effort to locate their vessel. When they finally tracked it down, they were both are surprised to find it piloted by Rey, a woman who recently had fled the remote desert world Jakku. Agreeing to take Rey, her ally Finn, and their droid BB-8 to find the Resistance and General Organa, Chewbacca and
Han wound up getting sucked into the conflict between the Resistance and the First Order.
During a mission to the Starkiller Base to destroy the enemy’s superweapon, Chewie lost his best friend when Han was killed at the hands of his estranged son, Kylo Ren. For the first time in his life, the Wookiee found himself alone inside the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. But his enforced solitude wasn’t to last. Though Han was gone, there was still someone Chewie could help and protect—someone with an incredible talent for piloting; an individual to whom Han himself once offered a job: Rey.
Once again a first mate and copilot—roles he prefers— Chewbacca agreed to let the young scavenger fly the legendary spacecraft. Following a map, they went to the distant planet Ahch-To, where they found the self-exiled Luke Skywalker. While Rey tries to persuade Luke to teach her the ways of the Force, Chewie sticks close to the Falcon, waiting to see what transpires.