Ilum's natural crystal formations are capable of harnessing power that the Empire has become interested in.
Mountainous Ice World with Subterranean Crystals
The Sith Empire has sent a covert team to Ilum to harvest crystals for a dangerous new project.
For centuries, a treasure trove of resources lay untapped in the most unexpected of places—a small, frigid world at the edge of the galaxy—Ilum.
The first to discover Ilum's potential were the Jedi. The planet’s wealth of subterranean Adegan crystals proved to be perfectly attuned for use in Lightsabers, and Jedi began undertaking pilgrimages to Ilum to forge their legendary weapons. Dangerous and far from civilization, many Jedi lost their lives to Ilum's bizarre beasts and brutal climate.
Over the years, the Order established small enclaves and discreet Temples to provide shelter for Jedi who made the long journey. Ilum became a rite of passage for powerful Jedi constructing new Lightsabers and a safe harbor for respected Jedi Masters seeking a quiet place for intense meditation.
Recently, however, the peace on Ilum was shattered. Inexplicably, the Sith Empire learned of the planet’s location and attacked with a mighty force of shock troops and Sith, slaughtering the small group of Jedi on the planet and leaving their sanctuaries in ruins. Though the Order was devastated to lose control of this sacred space, Republic resources have been spread too thin to mount a counter-attack.
Recent intelligence, however, has suggested that the Sith's interest in Ilum extends far beyond simply harvesting Lightsaber crystals. Watching the Empire devote so many resources to operations on this remote world, Republic leaders and members of the Jedi Council have begun to question whether they might have surrendered a resource of far greater value than anyone ever imagined…