Yhifar was a Mid Rim gas giant located in the Juvex sector. It was the site of the Gas Vortex, the eye of an immense, millennia-old storm. The Gas Vortex provided living beings with tolerable atmospheric pressure and breathable air, allowing the construction of settlements in that area. Reckless gas miners dived into the high-pressure depths of Yhifar in armored submersibles tethered to mining platforms in the Gas Vortex.
Yhifar was a gas giant–type planet located in the Yhifar system of the Juvex sector, a part of the Senex-Juvex region in the Western Reaches portion of the Mid Rim. The Kassido Bypass hyperlane linked it to the Kardura and Kassido systems.
The planet's atmospheric pressure was crushing in greater depths, but the area known as the Gas Vortex provided a bubble of pressure that allowed for the construction of settlements, although it was still only comfortable for especially resilient Humans and aliens. In addition, the Gas Vortex also served as a pocket of breathable gases, such as nitrogen, hydrogen, and oxygen. In this regard, Yhifar and the Gas Vortex were considered to be a notable exception to the poisonous atmospheres of most gas giants.
Yhifar was a gas-mining colony and home to reckless miners. In order to dive into the greater depths of the planet's atmosphere to retrieve valuable gas, they used armored submersibles connected to mining platforms by nanothreads up to hundreds of kilometers long. Like the rest of the Senex-Juvex worlds, Yhifar fell under the control of the region's aristocratic Ancient Houses.
The Gas Vortex was the eye of a massive storm that had existed on Yhifar for millennia by 43 ABY. Due to the tolerable pressure and atmosphere provided by the Gas Vortex, settlements on Yhifar, which included gas-mining platforms, were confined to that area.
Behind the scenes
Yhifar was introduced in Galaxy Guide 8: Scouts, a 1993 sourcebook for West End Games' Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game authored by Bill Smith and Bill Olmesdahl. The 2009 reference book The Essential Atlas placed the planet in grid square L-17.
Notes and references
- The Essential Atlas
- Galaxy Guide 8: Scouts
- The main section of The Essential Atlas, which includes a description of Yhifar, ends with a mention of Luke and Ben Skywalker's journey across the galaxy, the beginning of which is depicted in Fate of the Jedi: Outcast. The Essential Reader's Companion dates the events of that novel to 43 ABY.