The bowcaster is essentially a magnetic accelerator with twin polarizers that use alternating
polarity pulses to accelerate a highly tensile metal bowstring and propel an explosive quarrel
at extremely high speed. The fired quarrel has the appearance of an elongated blaster bolt
because it is wrapped in an energy envelope that channels the quarrel's explosive force into
the target. The result is a weapon that's considerably less advanced than a blaster pistol yet
delivers an equivalent amount of damage.
Bowcasters are designed for use in Kashyyyk's dense jungles, with good stopping power (for
taking out the most dangerous predators) but are short-range weapons with an optimum range
of thirty meters and a maximum range of only fifty meters. The weapon can be disassembled
and carried in an utility pouch; it can be put bock together in less than a minute. Wookiees
use bandoliers to carry power packs, canisters of blaster gas, and spare ammunition cartridges
that hold six quarrels each.
Hand-built by the master weapon crafters at Kashyyyk, bowcasters are bestowed to young
Wookiees as they are completing adulthood rites of passage. This tradition has endured for
thousands of years, and a warrior's bowcaster is considered a visible symbol of his or her
courage and honor. These highly prized possessions are often engraved with clan markings
and pictographs depicting a warrior's greatest accomplishments.