Wookiees are intelligent anthropoids that typically grow to a height
of over two meters. They have apelike faces with piercing blue eyes;
thick fur covers their bodies They are powerful, perhaps the single
strongest intelligent .species in the known galaxy, and violent,
even lethal, tempers dictate their actions. They are recognized
as ferocious opponents.
They are, however, capable of gentle compassion and deep, hiding
friendship. In fact, Wookiees will form clans called "honor
families" with other beings, not necessarily of their own species.
These friend- ships are .sometimes stronger than even their family
ties, a they will readily lay down their lives to protect honor-family
The sheer strength and raw power of the Wookiee people makes them
exceedingly proficient at hand- to-hand combat. once a Wookiee has
locked its massive hands onto an opponent the contest is virtually
over. Not realizing their own strength, Wookiees have been known
to rip arms and legs off droids, smash insolent machinery, and crush
currently-occupied stormtrooper armor -all accidentally, of course
Wookiees are, however, masters in the use of high- tech weapons
such as blasters, disruptor rifles, and blaster cannons. But Wookiees
tend to have a fondness for more archaic weapons: one par- particular
favorite is the bowcaster. This hand-crafted crossbow-like weapon
is a Wookiee invention that requires a Wookiee's great strength
to cock and load. Sometimes called a laser crossbow, a bowcaster
hurls energy quarrels targeted by the weapon's telescopic site.
The explosive projectiles cause massive damage to whatever they
Wookiees communicate with a series of grunts and growls. Fast learners,
Wookiees readily gain understanding of new languages as they encounter
them. But the construction of their vocal apparatus makes it impossible
for Wookiees to speak languages that involve a high degree of vocal
The Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk is an arboreal real jungle planet
of unmatched beauty and danger. The planet's ecosystem is divided
into several horizontal levels, one above the other. Wookiees share
the uppermost level with a variety of flying creatures. Within the
highest branches of Kashyyyk's giant trees, Wookiees live in family
clusters that are parts of a tree community which is in turn part
of a larger tree-city.
While not as primitive as Ewok tree villages, Wookiee tree-cities
make use of raw natural components and handcrafted non-technological
items. But Wookiees aren't opposed to high-tech machines. Many time-saving
devices are incorporated into their multilevel homes, and Wookiees
seem born to high tech repair, starship piloting, and droid programming.
Visitors to Kashyyyk are requested to stick to the Wookiee towns
and not venture lower toward the planet's surface. The natural environment
is increasingly more hostile as one travels down through the ecosystem
levels. Some of the creatures that prowl the jungle floors make
even the largest Wookiee pause; and Wookiees pause for very few
Since the coming of the Empire, the life of a Wookiee is not an
easy thing. Because of their great strength, these beings make excellent
laborers in the Empire's work camps. Kashyyyk itself is under martial
law. its inhabitants enslaved by ever-present Imperial forces. Few
Wookiees roam the spaceways as free beings, and those that do are
watched carefully by agents of the Empire. The most famous (or infamous)
free Wookiee is Chewbacca, copilot of the Millennium Falcon hero
to his people and valued member of the Rebellion.
Average Wookiee. Dexterity 2D, Knowledge ID, Mechanical 2D, Perception
ID, .Strength 4D+ 1 Technical 1D+2. Move: 11.
Attribute Dice: 12D
TECHNICAL I 1D/3D+1
Berserker Rage: If a Wookiee becomes enraged (the character must
believe himself or those to Whom he has pledge a life debt to be
in immediate deadly danger) the character gets a +21) bonus to Strength
for purposes of causing damage while brawling (the character 's
brawling skill is not increased). The character also suffers a -2D
penalty to all non-Strength attribute and skill checks.
When trying to calm clown from a berserker rage while enemies are
still present the Wookiee must make a Moderate Perception total.
The Wookiee suffers a -ID penalty to their Perception and rolls
a minimum of 1D for the check (therefore while most Wookiees are
enraged they will normally have to roll a 6 with their Wild Die
to be able to calm clown). Please note that this penalty applies
After all enemies have been eliminated the character must only make
an Easy Perception total (with no penalty ) to calm down.
Wookiee player characters must be careful when using Force Points
while in a berserker rage.Since the rage is clearly based on anger
and aggression using Force Points will almost always lead to the
character getting a Dark Side Point . The use of the Force Point
must be wholly justified not to incur a Dark Side Point.
Climbing Claws: Wookiees have retractable climbing claws which are
used for climbing only. They add +2D to their climbing skill while
use the claws. Any Wookiee who intentionally uses his claws in hand-to-hand
combat is automatically considered dishonorable by other members
of his species possibly to he hunted down regardless of the circumstances.
| Wookiees have an interesting custom concerning friendships
and debts of honor. Their most sacred practice is the "life
debt." This Wookiee oath of allegiance is pledged to a
person or persons that have saved a Wookiee's life. Under a
life debt, a Wookiee is morally bound to his savior and will
travel from one end of the galaxy to the other at his side.
A life debt isn't slavery, but is instead a personal act of
Wookiee honor to repay that which is without measure . A Wookiee
will never break a life debt, for to do so would be to break
a sacred honor. Honor is one of the most important concepts
in Wookiee culture. and to lose one's honor is the equivalent
of death. Another Wookiee custom is the "honor family ."
This is a special bond of friendship be- between a Wookiee and
another being or beings. An honor family comprises a Wookiee's
true friends, those boon companions who he would readily lay
down his life to protect. Perhaps the greatest example of these
customs toms in action involves the Wookiee Chewbacca and his
friends Han Solo, Luke Skywalker. and Princess Leia Organa.
Chewbacca is bound in life debt to Solo since the smuggler saved
him from slavery many years ago. They have traveled the known
galaxy at each others side in the Millennium Falcon, exhibiting
a fondness and genuine love that goes beyond the lofty con-
concept of the life debt. When their paths crossed with young
Skywalker and the Princess, the young Rebels became part of
Chewbacca's honor family. Now these companions are pledged to
each other and the cause they find themselves defending, that
of the Rebel Alliance . No Wookiee has had a stronger honor
family than this.
Reputation: Wookies are widely regarded as fierce savages with short
tempers. Most people will go out of their way not to enrage a Wookiee.
Enslaved: Prior to the defeat of the Empire, almost all Wookiees
were enslaved by the Empire, and there was a substantial bounty
for the capture of 'free" Wookiees
Language: Wookiees cannot speak Basic, but they all understand it.
Nearly always, they have a close friend who they travel with who
can interpret for the though a Wookiee's intent is seldom misunderstood
Honor: Wookiees are honor-bound They are fierce warriors with a
great deal of pride and they can be rage- driven, cruel, and unfair
but they have a code of honor. They do not betray their species
individually or as a whole. They do not betray their friends or
desert them They may break the "law," hut never their
code. The Wookiee code of honor is as stringent as it is ancient.
Atonement for a crime against their honor code is nearly impossible
it is usually only achieved posthumously But Wookiees falsely accused
can be freed of their dishonor, and there are legends of dishonored
Wookiees "coming back." But those are legends ...
Size: 2-2.3 meters tall
-From "The Star Wars Sourcebook" by West End Games