• Mattie Stu

Chirrut Îmwe's Backstory – Star Wars: Rogue One Lore

Born on the desert moon of Jedha, around 52 years before the events of Rogue One, Chirrut Îmwe believed that all living things were connected through the Force and that the Force was always with him. Consequently, he joined the Guardians of the Whills, a near-extinct order that sided neither with the Jedi nor the Sith. As such, he loyally protected the Temple of the Kyber in Jedha City. However, due to the Galactic Empire's hunger for kyber crystals, the temple was ransacked, forcing the guardians out into the streets. Due to his blindness, the origins of which he never spoke of, Chirrut struggled the most to acclimate to a new life. Thankfully, fellow guardian Baze Malbus was never far from his best friend, acting as his protector. Despite this, and his incurable disability due to the simplicity of Jedha medicine, Îmwe was a highly skilled duellist. The warrior monk practiced zama-shiwo, a Jedha martial art also known as “the inward eye of the outward hand”. The main focus of which involved the perfection of physical awareness, so conscious accounting of a body's position, contact and internal functions. It was said that masters of these techniques could alter their heart rate and oxygen intake to produce seemingly supernatural feats. As a result, using crucial information from his remaining senses, Chirrut was able to move with pinpoint precision through his imagined surroundings. In fact, he often took advantage of his disability to overcome underestimating enemies.

Taking a closer look at his equipment and clothing, Chirrut equipped a reforged gold Jedha pendant of an ancient starbird symbol only recently modified by the Rebel Alliance, a traditional charcoal kasaya robe, and an echo-box transmitter to assist in situational awareness. He also wielded a flame-hardened uneti-wood walking staff. The top of which was capped with a metal lamp containing kyber silver. This not only helped Îmwe gauge the end of the staff, as he could hear both the battery and crystal harmonic, it also symbolised an inner illumination. Equally as iconic, Chirrut utilised a handcrafted lightbow, which was more powerful than a heavy rifle. These weapons were built by the Guardians of the Whills upon completion of the seventh duan – marking their progression to physical perfection. The lightbow was a complicated form of the Wookiee bowcaster. Consequently, operating in a similar manner, the limbs of the bow extended on articulated risers, and each was tipped with a polariser array that drew a charged particle round from the serving barrel. The weapon also consisted of a telescopic sight rest, a recycled E-11 blaster handle, a stabilising handle, a flashback suppressor rim, and a case-hardened emitter barrel.

Now it's time for this week's question: which badass blind warrior do you prefer, Chirrut Îmwe or Kanan Jarrus? Let me know in the comments below.