|Region||Outer Rim Territories|
|Distance from Core||19,325 parsecs|
|Rotation Period||456 days|
|Orbital Period||456 days|
|Atmosphere||Type I (breathable)|
|Primary Terrain||Rocky, Buttes, Mesa, Plateaus, Mountains, Canyons, Dry Oceans and Seas|
|Points of Interest||Stone Dragon Ocean, Shadowrock Crag, The Obsidian Sea, The Fall|
|Native Fauna||Greater Mauk, Lesser Mauk, Stone Worm, Baxxid, Threg|
|Major Cities||Nux, Bruzza, Zevvek, Gruenwold|
|Major Exports||Tryptonite and its byproducts.|
|Affiliation||The First Order, Redshift Consortium, Dark Star Syndicate|
Baxxu is a rock world and second planet orbiting Bax'x, a medium violet star located on the fringe of the western spiral arm of the galaxy past the Ssi-Ruuvi Star Cluster. It is not part of any known sector, and only marginally in the Outer Rim territories. It is inhabited by an indiginous species known as the Baxxuans who live in a feudal tribes known as Gruenkild. Each Gruenkild - roughly Baxxuan for "lord's family" - is led by a Gruen (lord) and is divided into various castes.
The planet is not located near any known hyperspace lanes, though the Sanctuary Pipeline can put one close enough for a safe jump to Baxxu space. The world itself would be unremarkable in the grand galactic scheme, but for the accidental discovery of a mineral only found under its crust, a radioactive material called Tryptonite used to power a new breed of hyperdrive.
The orbital and rotational period are near identical, which causes the same hemisphere to face the world's single sun at all times. The dark side of the planet is frigid and covered with craters left from meteor strikes, as well as a single massive crater known as The Fall.
Baxxu is an ancient planet which has gone through a number of geological eras. While the entire world is barren of any kind of plant life, archeological evidence - fossils of millenniums-old flora - has researchers believing it was once a teeming jungle world. Unlike most worlds, its core is not molten. Spectrograph analysis suggests it is made of a thick viscous fluid of unknown origin, though some have theorized whatever makes up Baxxu's center is the very thing imbuing the Tryptonite with its unique radioactivity. The crust of the world, however, rests on a layer of magma, which accounts for the volcanic activity across Baxxu.
It has no surface oceans, though there are underground streams, rivers, and lakes in some areas. At times, these underground water sources interact with the magma layer, causing steam geysers to break the surface of the planet, jetting scalding water vapor several hundred meters into the air.
Notable geological features include
Stone Dragon Ocean
Stone Dragon Sea is a vast depression occupying nearly a third of Baxxu's sunward hemisphere. Geologists believe it is the basin of a once-large sea full of varied oceanic life. Fossilized skeletons of tremendous reptiles have been found in the region, giving the ocean its name.
The hightest peak on Baxxu, Shadowrock Crag is ten kilometers of volcanic rock overlooking The Obsidian Sea. Crowned by the necropolis Gruenwold, the Baxxuan city of the dead. The mountain appears to have formed around the same time as the geological event that hardened the planet's crust.
The Obsidian Sea
About ten thousand years into Baxxu's history, the south face of Shadowrock Crag fragmented, causing an avalanche that spilled down and outward nearly three kilometers. Over the course of the following millennia, pressure from obsidian boulders still balanced precariously on the Crag's face and irregular seismic activity caused the spill to extend outward until the Obsidian Sea was over a hundred square kilometers of shards of broken volcanic glass.
On the dark side of the planet, the side always facing away from Bax'x, there is a depression five hundred kilometers across and ten kilometers deep. At the center of this depression, known by the indigenous species as The Fall, sits a pit, the bottom of which has yet to be reached. Baxxuan legends claim The Fall is the thumbprint of their god. Archaeologists believe the entire depression is a massive sinkhole caused by geological anomaly, but have yet to deliver a reasonable theory concerning the central pit. Some believe it is the result of a small singularity that opened in Baxxu's core thousands of years ago, but so far no evidence corroborates this theory.
The Blind Forest
The Blind Forest is located very near the geographical center of the sunward hemisphere of Baxxu. It is comprised of thousands of stone columns, petrified trees that have managed to remain upright despite being millennia old. The native Baxxuans consider the Blind Forest to be of extreme religious significance. At the center of the Forest is a large open-air temple built over a thousand years before the arrival of other sentient beings. While the temple has fallen into disuse, certain religious sects of the Baxxuans still host pilgrimages to see and experience it.
Baxxu orbits a single sun, Bax'x, and is covered in a crust or rocky plains, mountains, outcroppings, and depressions. Due to the near-identical nature of the planet's rotational and orbital cycles, one side of the planet always faces Bax'x, and one side always faces away. The side facing the sun is hot and arid, with stifling temperatures under a cloudless sky, while the dark side of the world maintains subzero temperatures. Because of this, only a thin region bordering both hemispheres is habitable for most sentient beings. The Baxxuans, however, have evolved in ways that allow them to thrive in all the world's climate regions. Less than one percent of the planet's surface is covered with water, and the average humidity is 3.2%.
|Due to harsh conditions, all physical actions performed in the temperate band of Baxxu suffer . Actions performed farther into either hemisphere suffer due to extreme heat on the sunward side, and extreme cold on the dark side.|
While Baxxu has been inhabited by its own native species for tens of thousands of years, it wasn't discovered by anyone in the galactic community until 29 BBY. Its discovery was an accident, as a mistake in astrogation sent Besalisk explorer/author Nestern Starryway off-course and into the fringes of the outer rim's western spiral arm. As he came out of hyperspace, his ship was struck by a passing micro-astroid, which pierced the hull and damaged the hyperdrive. He landed in the sunward hemisphere to effect repairs on the ship, but was soon overcome by the heat.
Starryway was rescued by a group of Baxxuans returning from a pilgrimage to the Blind Forest, and taken to their Gruenkild for care. The primitive Baxxuans saw the advent of Starryway's appearance as a message from their deities, and made him honorary Gruen of their tribe. Starryway left five years later, after having learned about the Baxxuan language and culture, having repaired his ship in his spare time. He returned after another year with representatives of the Republic Archeological Foundation.
With the advent of the Clone Wars, Baxxu was largely forgotten until an old geological survey of the world caught the eye of a mid-level Imperial functionary in 3 BBY. The survey included a report on a type of rock labeled Tryptonite, which appeared to contain radioactive traits. Once again outsiders returned to Baxxu, this time with the oppressive power of the Galactic Empire, who enslaved many Baxxuans and put them to use mining the strange mineral. After the fall of the Empire, splinter groups took over the mining and refinement process.