As the only temperate planet in the Barab system, it is a surprise that it completely uninhabited, but perhaps the variety of terrain on it lends a hand to that. The planet has two polar ice caps, and desert in between. Forests and jungles dot the landscape, as well as rock outcroppings. There is one ocean towards the south of the planet.
Few creatures inhabit the forests of Barab II, killing anything that approaches. It is no wonder that no intelligent form of life has settled on the planet, with uninhabitable deserts, deadly forests, and barren rock plateaus. Perhaps with expensive terraforming, it will become inhabitable in the future, but currently it is only used by scientists who are studying the strange topology of the planet, with glaciers sitting right alongside deserts, and jungles and forests all around.
Other frequent visitors include crazed hunters, hoping to snatch one of the creatures living in the jungle, but few if any have escaped the jungle alive. Those who have been lucky enough to land on the planet and survive tell tales of the creatures living in the forest, each more wicked than the last, but the scientists who are studying deny the stories, claiming that there are perhaps only a handful of these creatures living on the planet, and one must be very unlucky to stumble upon one.
Other than the creatures in the woods, Barab II is also home to desert birds, and some small, desert rodents, which the birds feed on primarily. The glaciers are relatively empty as far as the scientists can tell, but odd tracks have been found, with no owner discovered yet.
In addition to the deaths of crazed hunters, scientists have also died while studying this unique environment. Fewer than 15 scientists have been killed on the planet, and at least twice as many mercenaries and trained hunters have been killed searching for the missing scientists. The bodies of all of them were never recovered, which leads scientists to conclude that either the monsters in the forests eat the entire body, or bury it somewhere where it hasn’t been uncovered as of yet.