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Swoops are repulsorlift vehicles that are more powerful (and dangerous) than speeder bikes. Swoop racing is a popular spectator sport on many planets, with fans loving the sport’s excitement as well as its outlaw image. During his search for his mother on Tatooine, Anakin Skywalker borrowed a swoop from Owen Lars. Later, Hondo Ohnaka’s pirates used swoops to patrol their territory on Florrum.
A traditional Wookiee weapon, bowcasters are hand-crafted on Kashyyyk according to ancient methods. Bowcasters are more powerful and accurate than blasters, firing a metal quarrel encased in plasma energy. Like many Wookiee creations, the bowcaster combines traditional craftsmanship with galactic technology. Noted bowcaster wielders include Chewbacca and the bounty hunter Embo.
Thermal detonators are grenade-like weapons that pack tremendous explosive power into a small sphere, and are used by bounty hunters and military forces such as the Empire’s stormtroopers. Cad Bane used thermal detonators during his assault on the Senate Building; a generation later, Princess Leia threatened Jabba the Hutt with a thermal detonator while disguised as the Ubese hunter Boushh.
General Grievous piloted this customized Belbullab-22 starfighter, notable for its two sets of triple laser cannons, speed and agility. In the final days of the Clone Wars, Grievous flew the Soulless One to Utapau, and tried to escape the planet aboard his fighter. But Obi-Wan Kenobi killed the Separatist general before he could get away. After Obi-Wan was betrayed by his clone troops, he flew Grievous’s fighter to a rendezvous with Bail Organa and Yoda.