Second planet from the Fendry sun. Type III gas giant. One of the largest planets in the Fendry system.
This average-sized gas giant, being roughly 130,000 km round the equator, sports an elaborate ring system made of asteroids, rocks and fine dust particles about it, giving it a wholly unique appearance that is in stark contrast to the other gas giants of the system. The ring system is made up of around two thousand individual rings that are mostly brown and red in color. From a distance, these look as though they are wafer-thin rings encircling the gas giant, but upon closer inspection they are quite thick and many of the rocks and particles within them are fairly large.
The atmosphere of the planet is mostly made up of hydrogen and methane and resembles a thick, murky soup. Huge electrical storms sweep through the outer atmosphere constantly, sometimes reaching over five hundred miles across, rendering sensors inoperable and affecting electronics even in near orbit, such is the intensity of the electrical discharges. The lower atmosphere is slightly calmer, but the intense atmospheric pressure is enormous, and few ships are able to travel this far in without being crushed under the weight of the gas giant’s gravitational field. To date, no life has ever been recorded anywhere on Fendry II, and it is unlikely any will ever be found, either.
Twice a year, fighter jockeys rally in space near the outer edges of Fendry II’s ring system to participate in “Back to Black”. This is a fast, high-octane racecourse through the gas giant’s ring system, dodging through the various stellar debris and small asteroids. The race was originally named after the famous fighter ace, Dack Blackbeam, who first raced through the rings after a dare from several of his squadron wingmates. He was later killed when his craft spun out of control after clipping a rogue meteor while racing the rings, and despite the best efforts of his friends and rescue teams, plunged into Fendry II’s atmosphere and was crushed by the enormous atmospheric pressure of the gas giant. Though officially illegal due to its dangerous nature, most local authorities turn a blind eye to the racer's bi-annual activities and the races frequently attract a large crowd of pilots and spectators from across the galaxy.