Towering, fur-covered humanoids native to the planet Kashyyyk, Wookiees are one of the most recognizable species in the galaxy. They are strong and prone to fits of bestial rage, but are also intelligent, loyal, and trusting.
Among the Wookiees, bravery and honor are considered paramount. Though Wookiees are not warlike, they do make fierce warriors and deadly opponents when angered or threatened. The tales of so-called "Wookiee Berserkers" are legendary. But while Wookiees may appear primitive and even barbaric, they are actually quite comfortable with technology and can easily learn to pilot starships, repair machines, and wield advanced weaponry.
An average Wookiee grows to more than two meters tall and lives several times the lifetime of a human. Aside from their great strength and keen senses, they possess regenerative powers and can recover from serious wounds within days. In many ways, Wookiees are still mysterious to outsiders; for example, how Wookiees handle their dead remains a closely guarded secret.
Wookiees speak Shyriiwook, a language consisting of grunts, growls, roars, hoots, and screeches. They can understand other languages, including Basic, but have limited vocal capability and can only speak their own tongue.
The Wookiee species is psychologically stable and has a deep connection to nature. They love their homeworld and have a strong connection with animals, plants, and other components of the natural world. Wookiees place great value on morality, courage, compassion, and loyalty. Very few Wookiees willingly betray their friends or families. Typical of their beliefs is the Wookiee life debt, an oath of fealty extended to anyone who saves the life of a Wookiee. Finally, Wookiees feel that they are honored by their own deeds alone, and thus they do not care for medals or other material symbols of bravery or achievement.