In this long history of expeditions, none has been met with as much skepticism as Alphaeus Blackburn’s current efforts to search for evidence of a lost civilization in the dense rainforests of Kashyyyk, and make first contact with whatever population survives there.
It is widely accepted that long, long ago, those trees were home to countless numbers of homind-like creatures 7-feet tall and covered in hair, known to posterity as “Wookiees.” Ancient chronicles record the heroic exploits of a few, and fleeting references survive that describe rich family lives and celebration of a holiday known as “Life Day” (though many scholars dispute the authenticity of the evidence).
May the Fourth
So it was with great pleasure (and no little surprise) that this morning, 4th of May, 2013, we received our first update from Blackburn, who, after just a few days of acclimating to the local conditions, has already confirmed the continued presence of Wookiees on Kaskyyyk, in no less dramatic form than having caught one of them and himself on film.
While the photo obviously came through nicely, there was no accompanying text, so little is known at this time of the outcome of the encounter. From our expert analysis of the image it is clear that Blackburn was at least initially taken off guard. Whether he a) was able to communicate with the Wookiee, b) will send any update soon, or c) retains his arms is yet to be determined.
May the Force be with him.