See also: Galactic Gazetteer
Kashyyyk, also known as Wookiee Planet C, Edean, G5-623, and Wookiee World, is a Mid Rim planet. It is the lush, Wroshyr tree-filled homeworld of the Wookiees. It was a member of the Galactic Republic, endures enslavement under the Galactic Empire, and later joins the New Republic.
Kashyyyk Statistics Edit
Region: The Mid Rim
Length of Day: 26 Standard Hours
Length of Year: 381 Local Days
Sapient Species: 100% Wookiee (Native)
Government: Representative Tribal
Major Exports: Technology, Natural Resources
Major Imports: Medicines
|10||Despite being covered in a thick forest of trees populated by ferocious predators, Kashyyyk gave rise to the Wookiee Species that now travels the space lanes. The Wookiees have warred with their interplanetary neighbors, the Trandoshans, frequently throughout history.|
|15||The Wookiee natives built huge cities within the trees, high above the most dangerous sections of the planet's forest, allowing them to live in relative safety.|
|20||Kashyyyk only joined the galactic community a few millennia before the Rise of the Empire, developing space travel as a result of disassembling Trandoshan technology.|
|10||Wookiee society revolves around the importance of family and honor.|
|15||Wookiees are extremely trustworthy, and a Wookiee's word is a bond so strong that only death can break it.|
|20||Wookiee society has little tolerance for anything seen as detrimental or oppressive, and Wookiees are quick to dispose of problems using violence.|
|25||The concept of the Life Dept (Becoming someone's loyal protector for saving a Wookiee's life) is one example of the strength of Wookiee honor.|
Planetary Updates Edit
Familiar planets undergo significant changes over the centuries. The updates in this section should provide Gamemasters with enough information to use these planets in their respective sourcebooks' eras.
The Old Republic Era Edit
During the period following The Great Sith War, Kashyyyk is an occupied world, oppressed and controlled by The Czerka Corporation. Because of Czerka's investment in the Republic's rebuilding efforts, the Senate grants Czerka domain over Kashyyyk, citing the corporation's discovery of the world as justification for the control of the planet. Believing the world to possess no sentient life (Though this attitude is likely one born more of prejudice than scientific research), The Czerka Corporation ignored the native Wookiees' designation for the world and renamed it Edean. Czerka took control of the world against the Wookiees' wishes and began allowing slavers to have free rein over the planet's native inhabitants.
Kashyyyk remains under Czerka control until after The Jedi Civil War, when Wookiee natives rise up against their corporate occupiers to liberate their home world. Prior to that, Kashyyyk largely escapes the conflicts of The Mandalorian Wars and The Jedi Civil War, as both sides of each conflict see that Kashyyyk offers little value but would be difficult to capture. With it's dangerous and unstable terrain, Kashyyyk is valued only by Czerka Corporation, which treats the Wookiees as less than sentient and exploits the planet's natural resources and native population for its own profit.
The Clone Wars Edit
Reference Book: Star Wars Saga Edition Clone Wars Campaign Guide
Kashyyyk remains unaligned at the start of the Clone Wars. Seeking a means to end their troubles with neighboring Trandosha, the leaders of Kashyyyk initially attempt to better their position by negotiating with both The Confederacy of Independent Systems and The Galactic Republic. At stake are a number of secret Hyperspace routes known only to the Wookiees as well as the potential for new Hyperspace routes that are as yet unknown.
Despite a small number of hostile actions by Separatist forces, Kashyyyk maintains its neutrality for nearly a year and a half. General Grievous orders a number of attacks in an attempt to persuade the Wookiees to make a choice, but the tactic backfires when King Grakchawwaa learns of his son's accidental death at the hands of Separatist Droids.
In a rage, Grakchawwaa sides with The Galactic Republic. This spurs a massive invasion by the Confederacy, which is eventually repulsed by a combined Republic/Wookiee force during the Battle of Kashyyyk. The tide of battle turns when Order 66 turns the Republic clone army against its Jedi Generals. The Wookiees shelter a number of Jedi survivors, an act of mercy for which they suffer greatly in the years to come.
The Legacy Era Edit
Reference Book: Star Wars Saga Edition Legacy Era Campaign Guide
Darth Krayt and his Empire did not forget Kashyyyk's contributions to overthrowing Palpatine's Galactic Empire. However, knowing that the Wookiees could not be bribed as easily as, say, the Bothans, the Empire has blockaded the world and destroyed all of the Wookiee shipyards and spaceports. No Wookiees are allowed to approach or leave Kashyyyk without an Imperial order, which must come from at least a regional governor. Supplies and traders can come and go, pending Imperial inspection, but the Wookiees themselves must remain isolated. HoloNet access to Kashyyyk has been completely cut off, and traders approaching Kashyyyk must be licensed by the Empire (A process that requires that the trader swear, under penalty of death, to provide no information on the state of the rest of the galaxy to the Wookiee inhabitants).
Aside from the blockade, however, the Empire has largely left Kashyyyk alone. The Sith Lord in charge of the Kashyyyk blockade knows all too well that it's not wise to upset the Wookiees, and has no intention of oppressing or enslaving the natives as the Empire did once before. Instead, the Empire keeps Kashyyyk isolated, while carefully monitoring all traffic coming to or leaving the world. Some Wookiees argue that the imposed isolation is giving Kashyyyk everything its inhabitants always wanted, and that they should let the Empire have its blockade. Others are not so eager to accept Imperial decrees about who can come and go, though far too few are willing to support open insurrection. Still, Wookiees who are offworld when the blockade is imposed don't like being separated from their families by the Imperial Navy, and some are willing to risk capture to rejoin them.