STAR WARS: Chewbacca Had a Life, Long Before Han Solo

When Han Met Chewie

In the old Star Wars Expanded Universe, Chewbacca is an Imperial slave when he first meets Han Solo.  As a young orphan, Han lived on a ship with a travelling gang of thieves.  The captain heavily mistreated him and rest of the crew.  Dewlannamapia, a female Wookiee crewmember, treated him kindly and became his surrogate mother.  When she died, Han finally broke out on his own and tried to live a normal life.  He entered the Imperial Academy and excelled.  Witnessing the cruel treatment of Chewbacca, Cadet Solo intervened and the two fled the Empire.  Owing a life-debt to Han, Chewie vowed to always stand beside him.

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