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Chewbaacca was a clone of the Wookiee Chewbacca. He was created by the Chiss Grand Admiral Thrawn from a tissue sample taken from Chewbacca during the Wookiee's detainment by Ewoks on the Forest Moon of Endor in 4 ABY. At that time, an Ewok Imperial sympathizer named Kazak secretly yanked out a tuft of the Wookiee's fur as his tribe prepared to roast the Wookiee and friends over a fire. That act of subterfuge was done at the behest of Lieutenant Renz, an Imperial officer stationed at a bunker on the forest moon, who had promised Kazak that should he provide regular intelligence about the leaders of the Ewok's home settlement, Bright Tree Village, the Empire would eventually sponsor a coup to overthrow Chief Chirpa and install Kazak as the new tribal leader. Nevertheless, after Kazak smuggled the hair to Renz, the Imperial shot the Ewok dead to cover his tracks.
Although Renz was taken prisoner by Rebel Alliance forces during the Battle of Endor, he managed to stash the Chewbacca fur sample in a hidden compartment under the bunker before his capture. Renz sent off one last furtive message to the Imperial fleet about the fur before he finally went into Alliance custody. The Empire ignored the message, but it was saved in an Imperial databank. There it remained until 9 ABY, when Thrawn stumbled across it after taking the reins of a newly resurgent Empire. He traveled to Endor to recover the fur, and with the help of a Dulok scout, he found the tissue sample still safely buried in the dirt at the sight of the 4 ABY battle.
Thrawn brought the hair to Mount Tantiss, the Emperor's hidden storehouse on the planet Wayland. There, Thrawn used Spaarti cloning cylinders to create a clone of the mighty Wookiee Chewbacca. Despite Thrawn's best efforts, employing the mad cloned Jedi Master Joruus C'baoth to speed the Wookiee clone's growth, the Chiss Grand Admiral had no idea what he had done. On one fateful night, Chewbaacca escaped.
Years later, Chewbaacca, having obtained the rank of Mandalore, leader of the Mandalorians, sent an army of his minions to the planet Lur. There they kidnapped a team of Lurrians scientists and brought them to Lainto, the second moon of Aantooine. There, Chewbaacca forced the enslaved Lurrians to create an army of Chewbacca clones in his image. The plan was put in jeopardy, however, when the Corellian smuggler Han Solo, long-time partner of the original Chewbacca, traveled to Lainto after hearing a rumor in the Mos Eisley Cantina that his former partner, Chewbacca, was alive. Upon arrival, Solo discovered the horrible truth of the army of Wookiee clones. With the help of an escaped Lurrian technician named Yu Tras and Dreedo, son of the Rodian bounty hunter Greedo, Solo set out to destroy the Wookiee clones.
Chewbaacca, following an ancient Mandalorian tradition, only allowed his cloned warriors to attack one by one. Although Tras and Dreedo were felled by bowcaster strikes, Solo was able to pick off Chewbaacca's cloned troops, although such violence was incredibly difficult for him—they all bore the likeness of his long-departed friend. After the Human managed to vanquish the entire army of soldiers, Chewbaacca himself faced Solo. In a one-on-one deathmatch, the two warriors locked themselves in a deadly embrace. Chewbacca was unable to prevail; Solo surprised the Wookiee clone by shoving a thermal detonator into the Mandalore's helmet. With an explosion heard as far away as Yanto, Chewbaacca was no more.
Behind the scenesEdit
Chewbaaca appears in Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2: Woookiee, a book written by Timothy Zahn and published by Del Rey in 2012. Chewbaacca is scheduled to appear in a comic book prequel to Zahn's work, titled Star Wars: The Wookiee Who Would be Mandalore later in 2012. The four-issue comic will be written by Ryder Windham and illustrated by Douglas Wheatley. The comic series will detail the events of Chewbaacca's life from his escape from Thrawn to his appearance on Lainto in Woookiee, a time period in which he becomes Mandalore.
- Star Wars: The Wookiee Who Would Be Mandalore
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2: Woookiee (First appearance)
- Heir to the Empire: The 20th Anniversary Edition (First mentioned)