Durgoth however does have one unique feature, its extremely violent ion storms. Almost always covered with at least 40% storms, the planet has a strange beauty when viewed from afar. When the storms travel across the planet, they generate large amounts of ionic gases in the lower atmosphere. This ionic plasma is extremely explosive, and when lightning occurs, these pockets can explode, causing a blinding flash of blue and ultraviolet light, visible even from Akrit’tar. The planet sometimes can appear to pulsing with energy, appearing very beautiful to most species. However, to species that can view the ultraviolet spectrum, being near this planet for extended periods of time can cause blindness.
Despite the danger, many expeditions have tried to collect this volatile gas for study. Some scientists theorize that if properly contained, this ionic gas could possibly be used as an extremely efficient and renewable source of fuel. Of 20 known expeditions to attempt to gather this material, only 2 have been successful, and only 6 total have returned alive.
Research on the recovered samples show that ionic energy is very efficient, but extremely dangerous. One of the two surviving ships was nearly destroyed when a faulty data terminal sparked within 50 meters of the contained substance. The ship suffered a massive explosion, coring out the entire middle section of the ship. With so many dead, the research institutions on Akrit’tar hesitated to send another expedition, but after several years, another ship was indeed dispatched.
This expedition was successful, and the scientists learned that an extremely powerful force field, combined with a variant of tractor beam technology is required to contain the substance. At the present time scientists reluctantly concluded that this equipment is simply too expensive and rare to cost justify using this ionic plasma as a reliable fuel source.