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For the imperial bodyguard of the Mongol emperors, see Keshik.

Kashyyyk (pronounced /ˈkæʃiːk/ or /ˈkæʃɪk/), also known as Wookiee Planet C, is a planet in the Star Wars universe. It is the tropical, forested home world of the Wookiees. According to interviews given by Star Wars creator George Lucas, the original home planet of the Wookies was to have been the moon of Endor which plays a key role in the plot of the sixth film of the series, Return of the Jedi [1] However, Lucas decided that since the Wookie Chewbacca was clearly proficient with advanced technology (i.e. he was pilot and mechanic of the spaceship the Millennium Falcon and also repaired the damaged android C3PO), it would be confusing to show the Wookiees with a primitive, "stone age" culture on Endor. The Ewoks were created instead to populate the moon and to help fight the Imperial garrison stationed there.[2]

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Although Kashyyyk is the home world of the character Chewbacca, it is not named or mentioned during the events of original Star Wars trilogy. It was first seen in The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978), as the program's frame story takes place there.[3] The original scripts for Return of the Jedi called for the Second Death Star to be built in orbit around Kashyyyk by Wookiee slave labor[citation needed]. It wasn't until later drafts that the setting and characters were changed to Endor and Ewoks.[1] The planet was more elaborately seen in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, in which Jedi Master Yoda goes to Kashyyyk to oversee the battle between the Wookiees and the Droid Army.[4]

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