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Thanks for visiting our wedding page. We’re really excited for the big day and hope that you will join us as we tie the knot! Feel free to look around. We hope that you will find all the information here that you need. If not, feel free to reach out to Dustin or Michelle with any questions. We are looking forward to having this event in Michelle’s hometown and for everyone to see the beautiful country that "Up North" Minnesota has to offer. Bemidji is a great northern Minnesota town for summer/fall vacationers to visit and we hope you enjoy the scenery along the way. It’s also home to Minnesota’s most iconic Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox statues which you can find next to Lake Bemidji. Pray with us for good weather on September 6th as we will be having our nuptials in a very unique outdoor setting.

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Preacher’s Grove
Itasca State Park
Park Rapids, MN 56470

Ceremony at 3pm
Buses will be leaving from Hampton Inn for Preacher’s Grove at 2:15pm
Feel free to wear appropriate footwear for the park (complimentary bug spray available)

* In case of unsuitable weather, the ceremony will take place at The Hampton Inn at 3:30pm


Hampton Inn & Suites - Southshore Conference Center
1019 Paul Bunyan Drive South
Bemidji, MN 56601

Cocktail Hour 4:30pm
Dinner 6:30pm
Dance 8:00-12:00pm
S'mores over the fire after the sun goes down


Hampton Inn & Suites
1019 Paul Bunyan Dr SE
Bemidji, MN 56601
(218) 751-3600

115 Lakeshore Drive
Bemidji, MN 56601
(218) 441-4400

Holiday Inn Express
2422 Ridgeway Ave NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
(218) 751-2487

Wedding Party

Father Henry Doyle - Officiant

Father Henry is currently involved in Alumni Relations and Outreach at Shattuck St. Mary’s school in Faribault, MN. He was previously the head chaplain there for over 20 years. He also now works with the Presbyterian parish in Albert Lea, MN. Henry has known Dustin’s family for many years and had the pleasure of marrying Dustin’s Mother & Stepfather (Kathy & John McFarlane) and baptising the ring bearer Joe last spring.

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Marcie Erickstad - Maid of Honor - Sister of the Bride

Marcie is Michelle’s twin sister. She’s works in Human Resources. Marcie is Michelle’s first soul mate, best friend, confidant and advisor. The first time Marcie met Dustin she later told Michelle that she thought he was "a little dorky but really nice." Marcie and Michelle finally cut the umbilical cord and moved apart from each other last summer. Dustin missed the epic battles dividing up every belonging in the twins’ apartment because he was out of town that weekend. Lucky him.

Teri Erickson - Bridesmaid

Michelle met Teri during her freshman year of college at University of North Dakota. They were suitemates and have been best friends ever since. Teri has been a fun travel partner to places like Las Vegas, Miami and Chicago over the years. She lives in Grand Forks, ND and despite the distance they’ve made it a point to make trips back and forth (and in-between) Grand Forks and Minneapolis to see each other on a regular basis.

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Danielle Pellitteri - Bridesmaid - Sister of the Groom

Danielle is Michelle’s soon to be sister-in-law! They first met at Joe’s 3rd birthday party in Madison, WI in 2013. Danielle works in Human Resources and has a photography business. Danielle generously offered to take the couples engagement photos this spring. She has been very helpful with the wedding planning and providing insight into Dustin on occasion. Danielle lives in Madison WI with her husband Tim (Usher) and 4 year old Joe (Ring Bearer).

Danielle Trottier - Bridesmaid - Cousin of the Bride

Danielle is Michelle’s cousin. Michelle was blessed to be a part of her wedding last summer. Danielle’s wedding was the first test for Dustin as he met almost the entire Erickstad side of her family. Danielle gave her stamp of approval. Danielle is a nurse and lives in Grand Forks, ND with her husband Josh. They welcomed the adorable baby Jackson in April.

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Erica Knutson - Bridesmaid - Cousin of the Bride

Erica is Michelle’s cousin. She recently returned to the Midwest after working out in California for a number of years. While Erica was in California she also completed her Master’s degree in Social Work. Marcie and Michelle got to spend a week with Erica in Venice, CA last spring prior to her move back. It was great trip! Michelle feels very lucky to have Erica back in her day-to-day life in the Twin Cities and to be able to swap stories as they navigate the field of social work together.

Alison Zimmerman - Bridesmaid - Cousin of the Bride

Although Ali is 9 months older, she and Michelle spent many of their younger years pretending to be triplets and even dressing alike. Alison is in school to be a nurse and lives in St. Francis with her husband Avery and beautiful daughter Zoey. Zoey will turn 1-years old August.

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Tina Greenwaldt - Personal Attendant - Cousin of the Bride

Tina is Michelle’s cousin. She lives in Grand Forks, ND with her husband Derek. Michelle’s favorite memories of Tina include living down the hall from her in an apartment in East Grand Forks and their annual camping trip. Tina is one of the most thoughtful people Michelle’s known. One evening after a long day Michelle came home from class and there was warm food with a note outside the door. Tina first met Dustin during a visit to Grandma Knutson’s last spring and she must have approved because she invited him to their upcoming "cousin camping" trip in Cross Lake.

Benjamin Kadrlik - Best Man

Ben works in biomedical engineering and currently resides in Ohio on the University of Ohio campus. Local coeds refer to him as the Godfather. Despite the distance between them, he and Dustin still celebrate their birthdays together on June 9th. Ben was recently promoted to Head Varsity Volleyball coach in Athens, OH. He has been called the second coming of Franz Boelter.

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Martin Tartaglia - Groomsman

Marty was once described by Gordie Kosfeld (KDHL) as having the best hands in the Big 9 conference. He currently resides in Minneapolis where he works in sales for a shipping logistics company. He has been Dustin’s friend for many years and after a few beers he will not be afraid to tell you a story or two. Marty enjoys Karaoke and the dance floor. Watch out ladies.

Noah Jerrow - Groomsman

Noah and Dustin have been hanging out since Eminem was cool. Noah currently owns a water distribution business in Faribault, called Pure Elite. He and Dustin have spent countless hours competing against each other in just about anything you can imagine over the years. Despite Dustin beating him at every thing, they remain great friends. Noah is a self-proclaimed beanbag throwing champion.

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Andy Abramson - Groomsman

Andy is an engineer working in Chicago and is expecting a baby in just a few weeks after the wedding! Andy and Dustin lived together for 2 years in college where they spent a lot of time working on real life skills such as, designing products (, working on team building (playing intramural sports), constructing furniture (beer pong tables), problem solving (defeating video games), or bridging cultural gaps in the city of Madison (ordering chinese food on Sundays).

Chewbacca - Groomsman

Chewbacca was born on Kashyyyk in 200 BBY, the son of Attichitcuk. During his early years Chewbacca lived on Kashyyyk, but unlike many other Wookiees who rarely left the planet's lush forests, Chewbacca was consumed by an overpowering sense of adventure and exploration. Chewie's first travels were to the remote and dangerous lower levels of Kashyyyk's immense forests, the Shadowlands. It was not long before his travels took him far from the confines of his green homeworld. His heart, however, remained on Kashyyyk, and Chewie would always try to make it home for the holidays.

When Chewie was in his younger days, before he had reached 100 years of age, he was well known for his skill at navigating the tall wroshyr trees and his skill with a hydrospanner. Chewbacca spent some time repairing vehicles with his friends, including the Wookiee Dryanta. When Chewbacca first met his future wife Mallatobuck, he was unaware of the young Wookiee's feelings toward him. Malla was shy and hid all hints of her true feelings, even going so far as to not show appreciation when Chewbacca once saved her from Trandoshan slavers. However, Chewbacca's cousin Jowdrrl was friends with Malla and helped to slowly create a relationship between the two. Unfortunately, their blossoming relationship hit a snag when the Wookiee Tojjevvuk began to fight for Malla's affection. Chewbacca was eventually forced into an honor duel with Tojjevvuk for Malla's hand, but Tojjevvuk brought dishonor on the duel by using his claws, forbidden for a Wookiee. However, Chewie's expertise in navigating the wroshyr trees proved to be Tojjevvuk's downfall, and a timed tackle by Chewbacca sent Tojjevvuk into a plummet into the Shadowlands where he was killed by the dangerous creatures of Kashyyyk.

He lived with his family in Rwookrrorro. Chewie and his father were responsible for the creation of many villages on Kashyyyk in the decades before the Battle of Naboo and both of them participated in the colonization of Alaris Prime, where they faced the Trade Federation for control of the moon. Notably, during this time Chewbacca had his first recorded encounter with Jedi—as Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi had been assigned by the Galactic Republic to end the conflict on Alaris Prime. Under Jinn's tutelage, Chewbacca was able to successfully lead the colony to military and economic success.

However, for all of Chewie's success, rivalries between different Wookiee families continued to plague Kashyyyk. Tvrrdko, the father of Tojjevvuk continued to seek revenge for the death of his son, but waited for the ideal moment. Tvrrdko's wrath had caused Chewbacca to stay away from his homeworld, but the Confederate threat to Kashyyyk forced him to return. The clones and their Jedi Generals recruited many of the Wookiees, and Chewbacca became a leading member of the Wookiee resistance to the Confederacy of Independent Systems.

Chewbacca was captured by Trandoshan trophy hunters sometime during the second year of the Clone Wars, only days after Ahsoka Tano was captured by the same Trandoshans. The purpose of this capture was to serve as prey in a trophy hunt. Chewbacca was taken to the Trandoshan moon of Wasskah, where he was to be hunted by the Trandoshans. After Ahsoka and her fellow Jedi younglings destroyed the prisoner transport vessel, he escaped and joined them. Using his technical expertise and parts from the crashed transport, he constructed a transmitter to contact his fellow Wookiees, which eventually allowed all those trapped on the Trandoshan hunting island to escape after they defeated the hunters in their fortress.

Chewbacca was a major player in the Battle of Kashyyyk, overseeing the confrontation between the Grand Army of the Republic's 41st Elite Corps and the invading droid forces alongside Tarfful and Jedi General Yoda. It was Chewbacca, along with Tarfful, who accompanied Jedi General Quinlan Vos in the charge against the enemy.

Following the implementation of Order 66, Chewbacca helped Yoda elude the clone troopers and escape from the planet.

With the battle concluded, Chewbacca was attacked by Hronk, a relative of Tojjevvuk seeking vengeance. The arrival of stormtroopers broke the fight up, leaving the conflict to be resolved at a later time.

Two months after the Battle of Kashyyyk, Chewbacca was called upon by a former trader and Wookiee representative, Cudgel, to aid a small band of renegade Jedi led by Olee Starstone in their search for any other survivors after Order 66. The rescue operation proved unsuccessful, however, as the Empire tracked the fleeing Jedi to Kashyyyk and began their assault to capture them. The Wookiees, still haunted by the aftermath from their battle with the Confederacy of Independent Systems only a month before, resumed fighting to defend their homes from the Imperial onslaught. The tide had been turned over to the Empire with the unexpected arrival of Anakin Skywalker now known as Darth Vader, who wasted no time in slaughtering whatever stood in his path between himself and the missing Jedi.

Vader ordered one of the orbiting Star Destroyers to bombard Kashyyyk with repetitive turbolaser fire, laying waste to the surrounding cities while he searched for the remaining fugitives. In an attempt to help his comrades escape, Roan Shryne, one of the remaining Jedi who had earlier encountered Vader during the execution of Order 66, faced off with Vader alone while the others attempted to flee. Chewbacca assisted in the escape of Olee, a small group of smugglers, and several of those wounded in battle. After the fall and enslavement of Kashyyyk to the Galactic Empire, Chewie resolved to become a crew member aboard the Drunk Dancer along with Olee, and aided his new-found friends in sabotaging the Empire's efforts at any given opportunity, claiming he would be "more helpful to Kashyyyk as a fugitive, not a captive."

Now wanted, Chewbacca wandered the galaxy, managing to evade the slave traders. One day, Chewbacca came across a wounded elf named Mala Mala and carried her off to the sick bay of a ship in which she received life-saving medical attention from a medical droid. After seeing that she was alright, the two parted ways, only to see each other years later. During his travels, Chewie gained many friends and even owned a ship of his own.

However, even the mighty Chewbacca was not immune to failures, and he soon became another captive of Trandoshan slavers. Tvrrdko, still bitter over his son's death, betrayed Chewbacca and sold him to the Trandoshan slaver Ssoh. Ssoh had devised a method of transporting Wookiees safely without fear of them escaping. The Trandoshan made sure to mix different Wookiee clans in the holding cells so that their vendettas would keep each other from escaping. When Chewbacca was thrown in Ssoh's holding cell, several Wookiee families including the Puurrgerr, Grrobahrr, and Chevappa clans immediately began to question his allegiances. Chewbacca had become disgusted with the Wookiee rivalries and how they had kept the Wookiees trapped in slavery. In an impassioned speech, Chewbacca convinced the other Wookiees that it was better to die a free Wookiee than be concerned about honor as a slave. With help from the now allied Wookiees, Chewie fashioned a fusioncutter, cut open their prison, and took over the ship. Ssoh became the only Trandoshan to live after a hand-to-hand battle with Chewbacca after the enraged Wookiee ripped his arms and his legs out of their sockets.

Following this turn of events, Chewbacca often attempted freeing Wookiees slaves who had been captured by either the Empire or Trandoshan slavers. On one such endeavor, he became involved in a botched slave transfer between a Trandoshan crew and an Imperial commander, Pter Nyklas. Chewbacca orchestrated the escape of close to all of the slaves which consisted mostly of Wookiee children, but in the process had his ship come under fire by Imperial TIE Fighters led by Lieutenant Han Solo. Nyklas was infuriated at the loss of the Wookiee slaves and ordered Solo to kill the Wookiee (who had been rendered unconscious by the firefight). Solo refused, inciting Nyklas's fury, but the commander eventually calmed enough to realize Chewie's value as a slave. The Wookiee children happened to be members of Tvrrdko's clan, and the Wookiee leader ended up canceling the feud between their two families. Nyklas worked Chewie unmercifully, taking great pleasure in whipping the demoralized Wookiee. However, Nyklas did not count on any more interventions by Solo, and the young lieutenant saved Chewbacca from being whipped to death. The two escaped from Imperial influence with a small bounty on their heads, and Solo was drummed out of Imperial service. "Chewie", as Solo affectionately called him, became the Corellian's close companion as a smuggler, standing beside him until his death, partly out of friendship, and partly as a result of his life debt to Solo.

Due to Chewie's heroic efforts to save his clan, the Wookiees honored Chewbacca with a tree carved in his image on his homeworld of Kashyyyk.

Bonded to Solo, Chewbacca accompanied him on several misadventures. On one such, the Wookiee was captured and taken to Stars' End, a hidden Corporate Sector prison, where he was quickly rescued. The years went on as Chewbacca accompanied Solo on treasure hunts and spice runs. After Solo won the Millennium Falcon, the first trip was back to Kashyyyk, where Chewbacca ultimately married Mallatobuck and fathered a son named Lumpawarrump. Another run was notable because, in the Millennium Falcon, the two made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. The next attempt was less successful, resulting in the dumping of a spice shipment due to pursuing Imperials. On this same mission Chewie became reunited with Hronk, who had become an Imperial slave on Formos. In spite of the fact that Tojjevvuk's father had called off the feud years ago, Hronk still held a grudge against Chewbacca. Chewie's attitude towards honor duels had changed, however, and he ended up saving the Wookiee from captivity, earning forgiveness from the last holdout of a once hostile clan. Unfortunately, this was the only thing that went right, as the undelivered shipment landed Han with a heavy bounty on his head placed by the notorious Jabba the Hutt, the crime lord who owned the shipment.

After a string of unsuccessful smuggling ventures in the Corporate Sector Authority, Chewbacca and Han left the sector as they soon realized they weren't cut out for legitimate work. Nearly broke, the two accepted a job carrying valuable cargo for ten thousand credits. Unfortunately, the cargo turned out to be slaves, in which the Corporate Sector was suspected of being involved. Receiving help from Bollux and Blue Max, Chewie and Han managed to track down the recipients of the cargo. Shortly afterwards, Chewie and Han again found themselves on the brink of being broke. Chewie along with Bollux and Blue Max accompanied Han to the university world of Rudrig to locate the lost treasure of Xim the Despot. On Rudig, Chewie and Han struck a deal with master gunman Gallandro. Though they found the treasure, Solo realized that there would be boobytraps and warned Gallandro, who believed that Solo and Chewie wanted to cut him out of his share. Solo dueled the deluded Gallandro to prevent him from continuing on, but was wounded and could only watch helplessly as Gallandro was killed by hidden security blasters. Little did they know Chewie and Han would encounter his daughter, Anja Gallandro, nearly two decades later.

Following their near death experience on Rudrig, Chewie returned home where he led several Wookiees to a Wookiee safe house where they were going to be safe from traders. However, the bounty hunter Bossk showed up and attempted to enslave Chewbacca and the others. Just before Bossk could capture the entire group, Han Solo returned and destroyed Bossk's ship by landing on it in the Millennium Falcon, leaving the bounty hunter stranded. The act would earn Bossk's enmity of the both of them.

At some point during this time, Chewbacca was also involved with a run-in with several scout troopers on the planet. He was eventually shot off of his Raddaugh Gnasp fluttercraft by a trooper on a speeder bike, slamming onto a StarSpeeder 1000 that had been behind them (the vessel having earlier escaped from an Imperial raid that occurred at the Star Tours space station). He attempted to climb up but ultimately fell off.

That very same year, Chewbacca and Han were contacted by Jabba, who wanted the two to locate the priceless Yavin Vassilika. The two then entered in the race where they found themselves once again face to face with bounty hunters, Boba Fett and Bossk, and the smuggler, Lando Calrissian. Chewie and Solo started their search in the Mon Calamarian city of Mon Ubris. Pursued by Bossk and his team, their trail led them to the mysterious Bank of Knowledge. However, their search on Mon Calamari lead them to a dead end. The gem was later retrieved by the Rebel Alliance and Han's old flame, Bria Tharen.

It was Chewbacca that Obi-Wan Kenobi spoke to in Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina, where Chewie and Han happened to be, when in search of transportation to Alderaan. It is not known whether the Wookiee recognized Kenobi from their time on Alaris Prime or if Chewbacca's friendship with Yoda during the Clone Wars influenced the decision to help the Jedi. Regardless, Chewbacca introduced the aged Jedi Master and his young companion, Luke Skywalker, to Han Solo and soon the pair bought passage on the Falcon. During the flight over to Alderaan, Chewbacca also played some Dejarik with the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO, although he ended up losing, to his frustration. After learning from Han that Wookiees like Chewbacca are known to rip people's arms out of their sockets, 3PO suggested to R2 to "let the Wookiee win."

Once they reached Alderaan, they discovered that the planet had been blown to bits by the Empire. While trying to stop a TIE fighter from revealing their presence in the system, Chewie and the others were hauled into the Death Star by its tractor beams. The group managed to evade the Imperial officers by hiding in a secret compartment in the Falcon. After the discovery of Princess Leia's presence on the station, Luke convinced Solo and Chewbacca to help him rescue the princess. Luke formulated a plan, which involved Han and Luke impersonating as stormtroopers while Chewbacca pretended to be their prisoner. However, Chewbacca, believing that Luke was actually trying to sell him out, snarled at him when Luke attempted to cuff him, forcing Luke to let Han cuff him, with the latter reassuring Chewbacca that he suspects he knows what Luke was actually planning. While Obi-Wan set off to disable the tractor beams, Chewbacca, Han, and Luke managed to rescue Leia, defeating several Imperial officers in the process. Princess Leia initially disliked Chewbacca as much as she disdained Han and called him a "walking carpet," but the friendship between the two grew over time. Though their mission was successful, Obi-Wan wasn't so lucky, as he was killed by Darth Vader in a lightsaber duel. Chewbacca, Han, Luke and Leia managed to escape the space station.

Chewbacca accompanied the others to the Rebel base of Yavin 4 where they were preparing for their strike at the Death Star. Eager to get their pay, Solo and the Wookiee chose not to get involve with their "revolution" and left. However, Chewbacca managed to convince Han to return and help the Rebels. Han finally gave in, helping Luke Skywalker destroy the Death Star. Shortly after the Battle of Yavin 4, Chewbacca, Han, and Luke received medals for their heroism during the battle.

Having retrieved the reward money for Han's bounty, Chewbacca and Han set off to pay Jabba. However, the money was stolen by the pirate, Crimson Jack. With the help of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, Chewie and Han managed to defeat the pirate. Following the debacle, Solo gave the recovered money back to the Alliance. Broke and fearing Jabba's retribution, Solo and Chewbacca discovered an ancient cache of treasure hidden in one of Yavin IV's temples. He and Han stole the treasure, against Chewie's wishes.

Solo and Chewbacca were later tasked with finding a power gem as their means to destroy the Executor by Princess Leia. Their first stop was to Junkfort Station. Chewie discovered from a local barfly (an agent of Mystra) a potential lead of where a power gem might be found; in Raskar's possession on Antipose. However, because of his attempting to learn directions from the barfly, he was distracted from saving Solo from would-be assassins that were hired by Jabba the Hutt, eventually realizing and saving Solo at the last second by picking the two up and throwing them out of the catana. He then supplied the lead to an irate Solo. Eventually, they discovered that the lead was genuine, and Solo arranged for Chewbacca to fight in Solo's place, to Chewbacca's initial anger. However, Solo planned to have Chewbacca fight the primary candidate for the gem outside of the arena in an all-out brawl as a means to distract Mystra and Raskar while he got into the power gem area, analyze the extent of its power, and then steal or otherwise negotiate getting it. Eventually, he got tired out, although unfortunately for the reigning champion, that only made Chewbacca more ferocious. Eventually, they managed to gain the power gem in exchange for keeping quiet to the Antipose contestants about the weakened state of the power gem, although Solo later admitted to Chewbacca that he plans to return later to loot Raskar of his ill-gotten gains as Raskar's punishment for his scam operation.

Several months after the Battle of Yavin, the two assisted Renegade Squadron, an elite Rebel fighting force created by Han prior to Yavin, during the First Battle of the Graveyard. In the Millennium Falcon, Chewbacca and Han scanned for a holocron with a vital list of possible bases for the Alliance. (The holocron, created by Bail Organa, was encased in phrik and survived the destruction of Alderaan). The holocron was found; however, the Millennium Falcon was damaged by TIE Interceptors during the battle. Renegade Squadron was forced to retrieve the holocron. In order to repair the Millennium Falcon, Chewbacca, Han, and the squadron rendezvoused on Ord Mantell. However, they were discovered by IG-88, the droid bounty hunter, and a skirmish with Imperials ensued. Chewbacca searched for parts for the Millennium Falcon in the huge junkyards near the hangar while protected by Renegade Squadron, and, after finding them, assisted the squadron in protecting Han while the smuggler made the repairs to his ship. After completing them (all the while fighting off stormtroopers and even IG-88), Han, Chewbacca, and Renegade Squadron lifted off, barely escaping the clutches of a Star Destroyer squadron. Only several days later, he and Han helped prepare the evacuation craft that allowed Ackbar and Renegade Squadron to escape Boz Pity.

A year after the Battle of Yavin, Chewbacca and Han returned to Tatooine where they caught up with Luke in the Mos Eisley cantina. After fleeing from Imperial stormtroopers, Chewbacca, Han, Luke and the droids were stranded in the Dune Sea of Tatooine. In order to escape, they arranged a deal with some Jawas to travel with them in their sandcrawler. Shortly afterwards they learned of the House of Tagge, which was working in concert with the Empire to create a long range freezing mechanism. The Rebels eluded their Imperial pursuers and headed back to Mos Eisley.

Shortly before Life Day, Chewbacca returned to duty in the Rebel Alliance. While on Yavin 4, Solo and Chewbacca discovered an unauthorized transmission emanating from the jungle around the Massassi base. They eventually found an Imperial spy amongst the Rebels and successfully stopped him. A short while after, Chewbacca and Han left for the celebration of Life Day on Kashyyyk. It served as a short break between the periodical fighting. But peace didn't last long for the pair. Not long after they departed Tatooine for Kashyyyk, they found themselves once again being chased by the Empire. Fleeing to lightspeed, they went on their way. However, the Empire had apparently traced their route to Kashyyyk, which they rightfully suspected to be a harbor for Rebels. Upon learning of this, Darth Vader ordered a blockade and search of the planet. A group of Imperial officers entered Chewbacca's home, terrorizing his family and wrecking the house. They looked for any sign of Rebel activity. However, after a while, Chewie's son, who then went by the name Lumpawarrump, devised a plan. He used his mini-transmitter, which he had received as a Life Day present from Saun Dann, to send out a voice message through the Imperial airwaves—which changed the sound of Lumpy's voice. He gave the command of "return to base," which the officers in the home picked up on their receivers. They complied, with the exception of the stormtrooper known as B4711, who was ordered by a superior to stay behind in order to temporarily watch the house for Rebel activity. However, the trooper soon learned of Lumpy's trick, and pursued him through the house, out onto the balcony, where Han and Chewie had just arrived. Chewie roared as Han managed to kill the trooper. That night, the group, along with the other Wookiees on Kashyyyk, celebrated an uninterrupted Life Day.

Now out on their own, Chewie and Han went on several missions in the early years of the war. Chewbacca and Han were later hired by Ramiz, a moisture farmer on Aduba-3, to protect his village from a band of local thugs known as the Cloud-Riders led by Serji-X Arrogantus. To aid them in their task, Chewie and Han hired six misfit spacers which consisted of Don-Wan Kihotay, an old man who believed himself to be a Jedi Knight, Jaxxon a rabbit-like creature, Hedji, Amaiza Foxtrain, young boy named Jimm Doshun and his droid FE-9Q. Arriving to at Ramiz's village Onacra, Chewie and the gang encountered flying High-hounds. They managed to drive away the beasts, saving the life of a young girl named Merri to the great relief of her father Oncho, the village spokesman. But their relief was short-lived once Serji-X Arrogantus and his gang attacked. Chewbacca and the Star-Hoppers did their best to defend the village but it was to no avail as FE-9Q was killed and Merri's grandfather the Old One, dismissed the hired spacers' help. Instead of relying on Chewie and his team, the shaman summoned a large, mythical reptilian monster called the Behemoth from the World Below to handle the invading Cloud-Riders. Many members of the Star-Hoppers died trying to destroy the creature. Due to their teamwork, Chewie and the team were able to defeat the beast.

Having liberated a spacer from the clutches of the Empire, Chewbacca and Han Solo briefly stayed at Tansarii Point Station while the Millennium Falcon was undergoing repairs.

Approximately six months after the destruction of the Death Star, the Rebel base received a distress call from Aguarl 3. Chewbacca, Han, Princess Leia, and Deena Shan were dispatched to the planet. After an untimely detour on the dangerous planet, Chewie and Han were confronted by several creatures native to the planet. In addition to that they were able to uncover secrets relating to the Clone Wars. Fortunately, Chewbacca and Solo were rescued by Deena and Leia.

Once the Rebels were spread out across the galaxy, Admiral Ackbar sent Chewbacca and Han to Void Station where they encountered bounty hunter, Sheel Odala. Unfortunately, Chewie and Han became separated from each other when Jib Kopatha's thugs followed Sheel, capturing Solo. Chewie managed to stop Odala from reaching her ship and the two were forced together in order to free him. Together, Chewie and Sheel managed to free Solo.

Sometime before the Battle of Hoth on Thila, the Rebels fell under attack by the Empire. While fixing Wedge Antilles's snowspeeder, he got himself attached to the speeder. Wedge flew off into battle with Chewbacca hanging on the bottom. Using his brute strength, the bold Wookiee managed to capture a TIE fighter then crash landed into an Imperial outpost ending the battle. As Wedge would recall years later, he felt somewhat embarrassed but acknowledged his heroic efforts.

While with the Rebel Alliance on the Ice Planet of Hoth, Chewbacca was busy repairing the Falcon. Meanwhile, Solo set out to recover the young Rebel, Luke Skywalker, who had gone missing during a scouting mission. Hours passed and the two didn't return. Fearing that Solo was gone, Chewie let out mournful growl, hoping that he'd return. Han eventually made it back safely with Luke in tow. Unfortunately, Chewbacca was unable to finish his work due to the Imperial invasion of Echo Base and so the Falcon was forced to take off with Han Solo, Princess Leia, and C-3PO while in disrepair and so while on the run from the Imperial Fleet, the Falcon set down in an asteroid cavern for repairs.

When the cavern was discovered to be a giant slug, the Falcon made its escape to Bespin. On Bespin, the group met with Lando Calrissian. When C-3PO was blasted apart and gone missing, Chewbacca sent himself off with the task of finding the missing protocol droid. Chewbacca eventually found him in a junk pile and after a scuffle with some Ugnaught workers, brought him back to Princess Leia and Han Solo.

However, Chewbacca did not have the time to repair C-3PO. They were all captured by Darth Vader. During their capture, Chewbacca was sealed in a room with high-pitch alarms going off, irritating the Wookiee's keen hearing. C-3PO's parts were brought in and Chewbacca began rebuilding the droid. When all but his legs were reattached with head on backwards, Chewie, Leia and Han were brought to the carbonite freezing chamber with C-3PO hanging from a pack on Chewbacca's back. Han Solo was to be frozen as test for Luke Skywalker. Before he was frozen, Chewbacca threw several stormtroopers off the platform but was quickly cuffed. Han entrusted Chewbacca with taking care of Leia. As Chewbacca gave a loud howl, Han Solo was frozen alive, but in hibernation.

While being escorted to Darth Vader's shuttle by Imperial stormtroopers, Chewbacca, Leia and Lando were freed from their captors by Bespin Security Guards led by Lobot. Released from his bindings, Chewbacca grabbed hold of Lando's throat in a vengeful rage and began to strangle him. Leia was able to get the location of Han Solo's frozen body to the East Platform. Chewbacca let go of Lando and left him gasping for breath on the floor with C-3PO apologizing for the Wookiee's behavior as Chewie and Leia rushed off.

However, Leia and Chewbacca arrived at the platform just as Boba Fett made off with Han Solo. With that, a pursuit ensued in the Cloud City corridors with stormtroopers. Joined by R2-D2, Leia, Lando, and Chewbacca eventually made their way back to the Millennium Falcon. When escaping the city, Leia received a telepathic call for help from Luke and commanded Chewbacca to turn the ship around. After rescuing Luke, the Falcon left the planet behind. While attempting to escape the Executor over Bespin, the supposed repaired hyperdrive failed and Chewbacca was once again forced to fix it. However, R2-D2 quickly activated it and the Falcon escaped to the Rebellion rendezvous point. Chewbacca and Lando would then start their search for Boba Fett and Han Solo.

After the disastrous mission to Cloud City and the loss of his most trusted friend, Chewie temporarily teamed up with Lando Calrissian, occasionally accepting missions from the Rebel Alliance. Lando's search for Solo was cut short as Leia Organa summoned them to a Rebel base on the volcanic planet of Golrath. Once there, they were informed that Luke Skywalker had been infected with a lethal disease "Crimson Forever", which caused the victim to become crimson-colored, eventually killing them. After boarding an Imperial vessel and finding its crew crimson-colored and dead, Luke recovered a red-glowing stone, suspecting it to be the source of whatever killed the Imperials. Luke rushed back to the Rebel headquarters, but he was already infected. In a short time, Luke was lying comatose, his eyes turned scarlet red. Leia remembered a story Han Solo had told her about the Red Nebula that featured a pair of stones similar to the one that infected Luke. Chewbacca regaled the tale, and the group came to the conclusion that the "Crimson Forever" stone was indeed one of those Chewie and Han had encountered—when the two stones were separated, they were extremely lethal. Following up on the lead, Chewbacca, Lando and Leia piloted the Millennium Falcon to the Red Nebula, only to find a seemingly abandoned House of Tagge spaceship. Lando and Leia boarded the vessel while Chewbacca waited in the Falcon. After a near death encounter with Domina Tagge the group escaped, destroying the Rebel Base on Golrath.

Shortly after the beginning their initial partnership, Chewbacca and Calrissian stumbled upon the "City of Dreams", a dimensional rift inhabited by Cody Sunn-Childe, a former Rebel Alliance operative and a hero of Lando's, who gained strange powers during his travels. Unbeknownst to them, the city had a strange effect on its inhabitants as they were hypnotically enthralled by the phantasmagoric surroundings. As the two explored the city Chewbacca became spellbound and seemed to forget the search for Han in favor of the city's distractions, and roughly punched Lando for speaking ill of the city. Later, the city was attacked by an Imperial fleet led by Captain Plikk, who had also fallen prey to the spell. The impact caused many, Chewbacca included, to snap out of their charmed state. Chewbacca and Lando piloted the Millennium Falcon in combat against the Imperials, but the battle was cut short when Sunn-Childe, who had at first allowed his demonic manifestations to attack the Star Destroyers, made no further attempt to stop the Imperial bombardment of the city, letting the fleet utterly destroy it and all its citizens, himself included. The Falcon then escaped through the rapidly closing dimensional gate, but the Imperials who, because of their excessive bombardment lacked the hyperdrive power to escape, were forever trapped in Sunn-Childe's dimension.

Informed by an operative that the Empire was constructing a new superweapon—the Tarkin— General Carlist Rieekan ordered Chewbacca and Lando to stop their search for a new planet on which the Alliance could establish a new headquarters, and return to the temporary base. Once there, they were briefed on their new mission—to destroy the Tarkin. A small commando team consisting of Chewbacca, Leia, Luke, C-3PO and R2-D2 infiltrated the superweapon dressed as workers, and proceeded to strike at its reactor with a proton grenade. Lando, whom both Leia and General Rieekan thought of as untrustworthy—to such a degree that he was "left out" of the mission—sneaked aboard the Millennium Falcon that the commando team piloted to Hockaleg, the planet which the Tarkin orbited. Lando hoped to make himself useful by staying with the Falcon, ready to rush to the superweapon to save his friends.

Unbeknownst to the commando team, Vader was also present at the space station, having sensed that Skywalker had infiltrated it. Believing the Rebels' plan was to destroy the Tarkin's reactor, Vader personally saw to the protection of that area, delegating the rest of the security personnel to potential escape routes. However, just as he was on his way to catch Luke, a group of high-ranking Imperial officers attempted to kill the Sith by opening an airlock, sending Vader into space. The plan was foiled by Vader himself—using the dark side of the Force he was able to pull himself back into the Tarkin from the vacuum of space. This distraction helped Luke barely escape the Dark Lord. In the meantime, Leia had wired the superweapon's ion cannon to fire upon itself—something that would utterly destroy the station. The group was able to escape the Imperials, returning to the Rebel Base.

Following the confrontation with Vader, Princess Leia went missing while on a mission to investigate Imperial activity in the Shiva system. Once again derailed from their search for Solo, Chewie, Lando and Luke embarked on their quest to locate the princess. The trio arrived just in time, helping Leia to fight Imperial forces led by General Sk'ar while Calrissian participated in the aerial assault. The battle resulted in a win for the Rebels and the death of Sk'ar by Chewbacca.

Just after the Battle of Hoth, Chewbacca, Lando, and Luke Skywalker arrived on Bazarre to negotiate the sale of four disabled Imperial TIE Fighters from a weapons dealer named Orion Ferret. Ferret gave the Rebels the location of the TIE fighters, but double-crossed them when he attempted to sabotage their shuttlecraft. Lando, having never trusted Orion, left Chewbacca behind on Bazarre to keep a watch over Ferret. No sooner had the Rebels left for Patch-4, than Orion began conspiring their deaths. He believed that if he were to remotely activate the shuttle's ejection seats, then Luke and Lando would die in space and he would be able to keep the money, his fighters and the Millennium Falcon. However, he had to find a way to get Chewbacca out of the way. With the aid of his assistant P'Lor, he used a gelatinous spritzer solution to imprison the Wookiee. Unfortunately for Ferret, the solution was not strong enough to contain Chewbacca and he soon broke free. Chewbacca chased Orion Ferret all throughout the Bazarre marketplace. Ferret attempted to flee in his personal shuttlecraft, but a few well-aimed shots from Chewbacca's bowcaster rendered the ship unusable. Lando Calrissian returned to Bazarre in time to keep Chewie from ripping Orion's head off.

On one occasion Chewbacca accompanied Luke on his search to find information on Shira Brie, Luke's former flame. During a heated space battle with Imperial forces Luke's targeting computer malfunctioned causing the boy to rely on the force to pick his targets, shooting Brie down. In order to clear his name the two began their search on Shalyvane, where Shira had once told Luke that Em'liy marauders once slaughtered her people on this world. Luke and Chewie met the aging G'hinji inside of a cave near the capital city of Chinshassa. G'hinji told him that there had never been Human settlements on Shalyvane and that everything Shira Brie told him was a lie. The Em'liy were the only native species to the planet, and were once a thriving community until the Emperor sent a squad of Imperial TIE bombers to Chinshassa and laid waste to the capital city. G'hinji escorted Luke to a sacred site known as the Circle of Kavaan. There, Luke discovered a holographic recording of Darth Vader, revealing the true history of Shira Brie.

Traveling to Krake's Planet to find further information on Shira Brie, the two infiltrated the Krake Data Vault – a facility built from the mass of a giant Mind Spider. Once they recorded the information, Chewie used the Falcon's deflector screens to destroy the military outpost.

Chewbacca took Han's order to take care of Leia very seriously. When not helping Lando with the search for Han, he served as Leia's bodyguard. When she attempted to negotiate with the criminal super-organization Black Sun for their aid in determining who had placed a bounty on Luke Skywalker, he accompanied her to Coruscant. In order to get past Imperial security, he was disguised as the Wookiee bounty hunter Snoova, and Leia took on the identity of Boushh. From there the two became guests of Black Sun's leader, the Falleen Prince Xizor. Chewbacca, already suspicious of the crime lord, was outraged when Xizor attempted to seduce Leia. Fortunately, Chewbacca was able to remove Leia from the influence of Xizor's mind-affecting pheromones. Leia distracted Xizor long enough to allow Chewbacca to escape with the information that Xizor was in fact the one behind the bounty on Skywalker.

Chewbacca was able to meet up with Luke, and together they formed a rescue party, along with Lando and Dash Rendar. They were able to break into Xizor's palace through the sewers and freed Leia, escaping on the Millennium Falcon and destroying Xizor's palace in the process, crippling Black Sun.

After the death of Xizor, Chewie once again teamed up with Lando as he, Leia, Luke and the two droids needed help in tracking down the undercover Rebel agent Tay Vanis.

Having learned that Boba Fett had finally delivered Han to Jabba the Hutt, Luke hatched a plan that involved infiltrating various members of the party into Jabba's palace. Chewbacca was inserted when Leia, again posing as Boushh, took the Wookiee to Jabba as a prisoner. After thermal detonator-assisted price negotiations, Chewbacca was surrendered to Jabba and placed in a dungeon cell. When Leia failed to escape after freeing Han from the carbonite, Han was placed in the same cell. The two prisoners were soon taken out of their cells—for execution. Luke's killing of the rancor had so enraged Jabba that he ordered that Luke, Han, and Chewbacca be fed to the sarlacc in the Great Pit of Carkoon. However, Luke's planning allowed him to recover his lightsaber, and together with Lando, who was disguised as one of Jabba's thugs, they turned the execution into a battle. Chewbacca protected Han, who was still blind as an effect of the hibernation sickness he had acquired while in the carbonite. In addition, when Boba Fett attempted to gun down Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca attempted to warn Han, resulting in Han accidentially knocking Boba Fett into the Sarlacc. When Lando was knocked into the Great Pit, Chewbacca anchored Han as the smuggler leaned over the side of their skiff and rescued his old friend.

After the battle was over and Jabba killed, all the heroes, with the exception of Luke, reported to the Rebel fleet over Sullust. There the Rebels formed a battle plan to destroy the Second Death Star over Endor. Only during the briefing did Chewbacca become aware that Han, now a general, had volunteered to lead the ground assault on the shield generator protecting the Death Star. Chewbacca swiftly volunteered to join his group of commandos.

On the approach to the shield bunker, the Wookiee's lack of caution got the team into trouble. Seizing a hunk of meat tied to a stick, he unwittingly sprung a trap that got Han, Luke, the droids, and himself captured by Ewoks and taken back to their village. There, the team reunited with Leia, who had been taken to the village after becoming separated from the others. As a result of the Ewoks' belief that C-3PO was a god, they were able to negotiate not only their freedom but the Ewoks' aid in the upcoming battle with the Empire. Leia, Luke, Han, the droids, and Chewbacca were all made members of the Ewok tribe.

During the terrestrial portion of the Battle of Endor, Chewbacca swung the tide of the battle when he and two native Ewoks hijacked an AT-ST and turned it against the Empire, helping the Alliance secure their victory on the forest moon.

Shortly after the Battle of Endor, Chewie and Lando were taken prisoner by Imperial Moff. To get them out of this situation, Calrissian convinced the Moff to enter a bet involving Chewbacca and the Falcon. Shortly afterwards, Chewbacca found himself fighting in an Imperial arena with a huge battle droid made from spare droid parts. Using his brute strength, the Wookiee managed to defeat the droid, winning the bet and allowing them to escape.

Not long after the destruction of the Second Death Star, Chewbacca and Han Solo returned to Kashyyyk to liberate the Wookiee homeworld. Chewbacca was responsible for the reconstruction of Wookiee Government tree. Later, the noble Wookiee would deal with the treacherous Weebacca and free the slaves, including his father, imprisoned on the Avatar Orbital Platform. Chewbacca would also play a vital role in the Battle of Bakura, where he helped Solo and the others neutralize an imperial threat on the planet of Bakura. The incident would bring about the establishment of the Alliance of Free Planets.

Shortly after the Battle of Bakura, Chewbacca, Han and Lando Calrissian were sent on several missions to bring secure attendees for the First Conference of Free Peoples. After these recruitment missions, the group decided to take a break to visit Chewie's family on Kashyyyk. En route to his house, Chewbacca, Han and Lando encountered a mysterious alien named Knife and Chewie's brother-in-law, Vargi. As it turned out, Knife took Chewie's family as hostages and planned to sell him and the other Wookiees in a slave trade. Imprisoning Han and Lando in his home, Knife and the rogue Wookiees under his command took Chewbacca as prisoner and proceeded to the slave ship. Fortunately the Wookiee was saved by Han Solo.

While Lando and the loyal Wookiees fought off the Nagai forces and their counterparts, Chewie lashed out at Vargi. Realizing that Chewie's outburst was disrupting the loading of Wookiees onto the slave ships, Knife prepared to kill Chewie with a tehk'la blade, but the weapon was shot out of his hand by Lando. The Wookiees overthrew their rogue counterparts just as Chewie was able to overpower Vargi, throwing him to the ground. Knife's plans of creating a slave trade on Kashyyyk were thwarted, and the rogue Wookiees, along with the Nagai forces except Knife, were captured by the Alliance. Vargi, however, was disowned by Malla.

Chewbacca and the Alliance would later join forces with the Nagai in order to defeat their enemy and rivals, the Tofs and their leader Prince Sereno. During the Battle of Saijo, Chewbacca became part of the aerial assault, leading a fighter squadron along with Lando Calrissian, Wedge Antilles, and Nien Nunb. The battle would result in a win for the Alliance and the surrender of Sereno, ending the Nagai–Tof War.

After Han's marriage to Leia Organa in 8 ABY, Chewbacca and his son Lumpawarrump encountered trouble on Coruscant. While on Coruscant, Chewie pursued his son through the undercity of Coruscant after he caught burglars stealing a datapad from Han and Leia. Lumpawarrump became captured and in the process of saving him, Malla was also captured. Shortly afterwards, Chewbacca and Lumpawarrump discovered that the burglars were planning to assassinate the New Republic's leaders. Determined to stop them, Chewie and his son infiltrated the enemies' base to find an advanced IT-3 interrogation droid attempting to brainwash Malla into believing that the Solos are a danger to her child. Enraged, Chewbacca attacked the burglars and freed Mallatobuck.

Later that year, Chewie accompanied Han, Leia, and C-3PO to Tatooine on a mission to locate an Alderaanian moss painting—lost after the planet's destruction—that had resurfaced on the black market. It concealed a code used to communicate with New Republic agents undercover within the Empire. As they pursued the painting they learned much about the man who became Darth Vader from Kitster Banai and Wald, childhood friends of Anakin Skywalker. Fortunately, the painting was discovered and the code was destroyed.

Chewbacca remained with Han well after his marriage to Leia. In fact, when Leia was being hunted by the mysterious Noghri, Chewbacca brought the former Princess to his home planet of Kashyyyk. The plan didn't hold up long, as the Noghri launched an unsuccessful attempt to abduct the princess there, but Leia was able to make peace with one of her assailants.

Chewbacca's original life debt to Han now included Leia, her brother, and her children. In 9 ABY Chewie participated in the offensives against Admiral Thrawn and the deranged Dark Jedi clone, Joruus C'baoth. Along with Han, Chewbacca formed a coalition of smugglers for a last-ditch attack against the Empire, while Leia held the Alliance together and prepared for the birth of her Jedi twins. Fortunately Thrawn and his forces were defeated, and C'baoth was killed by Mara Jade, a former ally of the Empire.

A year later, Chewie and the others discovered that the Emperor was alive and that his good friend, Luke, turned to the dark side. Fleeing to Nar Shaddaa, Chewbacca, Han, and Leia, now pregnant, discovered the existence of another lethal enemy; Boba Fett. They had fled to the underworld of the Smuggler's Moon after their initial haven, the hidden repair center ran by Shug Ninx, was taken over by stormtroopers. Confronted by an array of bounty hunters, and the news that the Hutt clans had doubled the bounty on them, they had little choice but to leave the moon—where Boba Fett had patiently waited for the Millennium Falcon to take off. Their second attempt at penetrating the depths had greater luck; they had just found Vima-Da-Boda when Fett attacked. His assault was defeated when Chewbacca ignited his jet-pack, sending the bounty hunter flying into a wall. However, their immediate departure was sabotaged by Mako Spince, who from his perch in the Traffic Control spire forwarded their location to the waiting dark-siders aboard. Due to Han's risky maneuver, the group was able to destroy Spince and escape.

In 11 ABY, Solo and Chewbacca were taken prisoner on the planet Kessel and forced to work in the fathomless depths of a spice mine. On Kessel they befriend a boy named Kyp Durron. Chewie and Han broke away and flee desperately to a secret Imperial research laboratory surrounded by a cluster of black holes. In the laboratory they discover the dreadful Sun Crusher. After being captured by Admiral Daala's forces, Chewbacca along with Han, Kyp, and Qwi Xux stole the Sun Crusher and escaped the Maw Installation. Unfortunately, Kyp stole the Sun Crusher, destroying thousands of lives on the planet of Carida. Chewbacca and Han eventually caught up with and took the latter to the Coruscant where he was redeemed by Luke Skywalker.

As Luke began restoring Jedi Order and reversing the damages done by Darth Vader and the Emperor, Chewbacca and the Solos set out on their own mission to recover force-sensitive children. They began their search on the frozen world of Belsavis, as they heard rumors of Jedi living there. Having heard tales of a Jedi exodus from the dark crypts below the planet's surface, and also hearing that since the time of the exodus no one entering the crypts has returned alive, Chewbacca, Han, and Leia, journeyed there to start their search.

He was seen as an uncle-like figure by the Solo children and took care of them along with C-3PO and R2-D2 when Han and Leia were away. Chewbacca was known to protect the Solo children rather fiercely as though they were his own children. In 14 ABY he accompanied Leia on her mission to rescue her children from Lord Hethrir and the Empire Reborn movement. Posing as pirates, Chewie and Leia managed to find and rescue Jaina and Jacen along with the other children Hethrir held on his Worldcraft.

Also in that year, Chewbacca was seen in Mos Eisley in a mission for Leia Organa. Chewie was being chased by mercenaries, when he met Jedi apprentice Jaden Korr, while hiding himself from the shooters. The Wookiee was of great help to Jaden's mission, having neutralized many mercenaries and smugglers. By the end of it, Kyle Katarn met up with the two, and suspected that the Imperial Remnant was backing up the Disciples of Ragnos. Chewie complimented Jaden's skills, grabbed him and held his head, as a form of gratitude for the help.

Just before the Black Fleet Crisis, Chewbacca went home to Kashyyyk to participate in his son Lumpawarrump's coming of age ceremony. When Chewbacca learned that Han had been captured by the Yevetha, he disobeyed Leia's instructions and flew straight into the heart of enemy territory. Chewbacca staged a rescue from the Super Star Destroyer Pride of Yevetha with the help of his son and his cousins Jowdrrl, Shoran, and Dryanta. This served as a coming of age for Lumpawarrump, who was renamed Lumpawaroo as he became an adult.

In 18 ABY, Chewbacca accompanied the Solo family to Han's homeworld of Corellia where he and C-3PO looked after the twins and Anakin. When the first hostilities of the First Corellian Insurrection broke out, Chewie got the children and others to the Falcon for a hasty retreat. They managed to reach Drall after the Falcon's hyperdrive was damaged by a patrol ship. They went to Drall's planetary repulsor and was captured by their cousin Thrackan Sal-Solo. The children escaped and made some repairs to the Falcon with Chewbacca's help. They flew off in the Falcon and were able to evade Thrackan's ship. Later the family would be reunited.

After the discovery of a partial copy of the Caamas Document in 19 ABY, and because of the crisis that would likely follow, the Solo children were sent to Kashyyyk with Chewbacca and a group of Noghri for protection. After the crisis passed, Chewie and the children attended the signing of the Pellaeon–Gavrisom Treaty aboard the Star Destroyer Chimaera.

Shortly afterwards, Chewbacca's nephew Lowbacca was discovered to be Force-sensitive, a trait rare among the Wookiee species. Chewbacca took Lowbacca to Luke's Jedi Praxeum on Yavin 4 where he built Lowbacca the droid M-TD to translate for him. Lowbacca later befriended the Solo twins, Jaina and Jacen, who affectionately called him Lowie.

In 25 ABY, Chewbacca, Han Solo and his youngest son Anakin were sent by Lando Calrissian to pick up a shipment on Sernpidal. When they arrived, the Solos and Chewbacca met an old man, the former mayor of Sernpidal City, who informed them that Dobido was headed on a collision course with Sernpidal and that it was orbiting its host quickly, dropping closer to Sernpidal at regular intervals. While Chewbacca and Han began loading as many people as they could onto the Falcon, Anakin rushed off into Sernpidal City with the mayor in tow. Chewie and Solo managed to evacuate as many people as they could hold, managing to rescue thousands of Sernpidalians, using the Millennium Falcon and various other starships.

Anakin calculated Dobido would collide with Sernpidal in seven hours. This event, unbeknownst to them, was a result of the Yuuzhan Vong tactic, Yo'gand's Core. As the winds picked up, Anakin was knocked into the distance, causing Chewie to run after him. Chewie was able to bring Anakin to safety on the Falcon, but another blast of wind knocked him out of reach. Anakin piloted the Falcon, while his father stood on the entrance ramp hoping to lift Chewie up, but was forced to flee from Sernpidal when he realized it was too late to save Chewie. The Wookiee stood in the moon's trajectory, howling defiantly, and was crushed to death with those Sernpidalians who could not escape. His death drove Han to a resentment of his son Anakin. Han eventually recovered and forgave his son, but the death of his battle-brother and dearest companion would stick with him forever.

After his death, Chewbacca became a legend on Kashyyyk, and the droid C-3PO recited his tale on occasions. His death solidified not only Anakin's cause to fight in the war but the rest of his family as well. With the end of the Yuuzhan Vong War, Lumpawaroo and Lowbacca, Chewbacca's son and nephew, vowed to take up his life-debt to Han Solo. Chewbacca's family gave Han the first bowcaster that Chewie ever made as a gift to his long time friend and co-pilot. Han even swore that Chewbacca spoke to him through the Force after he died, saving his life from Elan, a Yuuzhan Vong assassin. To commemorate his heroic efforts, the villagers of Kashyyyk built a memorial in his honor, which was personally carved by Tvrrdko into a large wroshyr tree. The memorial was visited by many well after his death. Han again visited the tree memorial of Chewbacca and stabbed Anakin Solo's lightsaber deep into the tree, so that anyone who would need it in the future could use it. To honor Chewie's life, C-3PO and R2-D2 decided to create a holo featuring the interviews of the people that knew him the most. A funeral also took place. To many, Chewbacca embodied a sense of courage and loyalty that made him a hero to others.

The Trandoshan, Bossk, had other thoughts. He couldn't help but to rub Chewbacca's death in Han Solo's face. Both ended up in a fistfight, and Bossk ended up with a broken snout, courtesy of Solo. Wookiees would take pride in the fact that Chewbacca died honoring his life debt as well as the fact that it literally took an entire moon to kill him.

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Jacob Hajdu - Groomsman

Jake and Dustin met in college. Most of their interactions still revolve around college stuff like the badgers, Game of Thrones, WWE, sports and shenanigans. Jake currently works in politics and will someday be Dustin’s campaign manager. When he runs for president. Of Westeros.

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Daniel Pollitt - Groomsman

Dan is one of Dustin’s arch enemies. But you know the old adage, keep your friends close and your enemies closer. He was Dustin’s roommate for two years. So you know he’s serious about keeping his enemies close. Dan works in education, or so he says. He recently got his PhD and had a baby, so he can’t be all that bad. Dan now lives in Kansas, where Dustin has him under almost constant video surveillance.

Timothy Pellitteri - Usher - Brother-In-Law of the Groom

Tim married my sister 5 years ago, despite plenty of encouragement to carefully consider all of his options. Tim has been a stand-up guy ever since. He’s a great husband to Danielle, an awesome brother to Dustin, and amazing father to Joe. Tim won Dustin’s heart over last year when he bought him swords for his birthday. He currently runs a waste disposal and recycling business in Madison, WI.

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Connor McFarlane - Usher - Brother of the Groom

Connor and Dustin have an interesting relationship. Dustin takes him to movies, pays for the dinner, tickets and food. Then Connor chats during the important parts of the movie. Just kidding. They do other stuff too, like punch each other and make jokes at the other’s expense. Connor currently lives in Farmington, MN.

Joseph Timothy Pellitteri - Ring Bearer - Nephew of the Groom

Joe is Dustin’s godson and protege. Joe recently turned 4 and had a birthday party at a bowling alley where he ate cake and got to hang out with his daycare girlfriend Kennedy. He is currently really into Ninja Turtles, but his favorite toys will always be TRUCKS. We have high hopes that he can carry this ring without incident.

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Cowboy Jack Bauer Cub Simpson - Honorary Ring Bearer - Loyal Dog

Jack is Dustin’s trusty sidekick. He recently turned 6 years old, but you’d never know it by how much he still likes playing with toys and peeing on stuff. Jack has seen a few girlfriends come and go, and his opinion is paramount. He was hesitant at first but eventually came around to Michelle, and that’s when Dustin knew it was time to pop the question. Jack loves tennis balls and long walks on the beach. He will not be carrying a ring, but he will be there in our hearts.

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