Rogue One Character Chirrut Imwe Possible Connection To Star Wars Galaxies? Spoiler Concerning Chirrut Imwe Included Read At Your Own Risk!
Is Rogue One's Chirrut Imwe's character possibly a nod to some Star Wars EU canon from Star Wars Galaxies?
For those of you who do not know Star Wars Galaxies was an amazing game that was destroyed by SONY Entertainment and laid to rest on December 16th, 2011. (But we will save that story for another article)
Star Wars Galaxies was excellent at utilizing EU canon and one of our favorite things the game pulled from EU was the character class of Teras Kas. In Eu canon, Teras Kas were monks who basically went around hunting down Jedi utilizing only hand to hand combat. While Teras Kas had no connection to the force, they believed in it and while not force sensitive the spiritualism aspect of their beliefs enabled them to stand toe to toe with Jedi's in a fight.
Right about now you must be saying "what does this have to do with Chirrut Imwe?" well we are glad you asked. It appears as if how Disney has worded the description about Chirrut Imue's character is Teras Kas in a nut shell with a few twists. First Chirrut is a monk and while he does not fight unarmed, his spiritual beliefs enable him to overcome being blind.
Here is what Wookiepedia says about Teras Kas
"The art of Teräs Käsi is about control and mastery of one's self."
Teräs Käsi, or "steel hands" in Basic, was an unarmed combat discipline. It was created sometime prior to 3678 BBY on the planet Bunduki by the Followers of Palawa, refugees of the planet Palawa, which was devastated earlier in a war somehow involving the Jedi Council. The Followers of Palawa created Teräs Käsi solely to fight with Jedi, and presumably, ensure that another world would never be destroyed by the actions of the Council. The Followers of Palawa studied the Force and Midi-chlorians, even though they themselves were not necessarily Force-sensitive.
Teräs Käsi enabled a user to develop extreme speed, and an aptitude for anticipating strikes, most notably shown by clone assassins. In addition to this, Teräs Käsi taught non force sensitives how to close their minds to Jedi and Sith, thus protecting themselves from mental based attacks.
Kind of sounds a bit like Teras Kas to us! What are your thoughts? Is Chirrut Imwe a melded version of EU canon of Teras Kas with some tune up's for new canon?