Kiffu is a hot, dry planet orbiting the Azurbani sun. While her sister planet, Kiffex, is rich in surface water, Kiffu is quite the opposite. What little water there is on Kiffu is concentrated in underground aquifers, and rainfall on the planet averages only five centimeters per year. Most of the planet is covered in sandy and rocky deserts, where few creatures can scrape a living. Even the hardiest of plants and animals struggle to eke out a living among the shifting dunes and baking rock fields. The planet is also home to extensive mountain ranges, which stretch from pole to pole in places, as well as hellish lava fields. With daily temperatures easily thirty degrees above human body temperature, the few people who call the planet home are forced to take protective measures the moment they step outside their homes.
While many planets have extensive deserts, Kiffu’s are quite different due to the mineral composition of much of the planet’s surface, which produces stone and sand of a glaring white and other pale tones close to it. Tinted eye protection is a must when traveling on the planet’s surface for, without it, sand blindness is inevitable. The exceptions to this overall whiteness are Kiffu’s mountains, where the planet’s volcanic past has pushed up dark rock from the planet’s mantle. The sable cliffs make a stark contrast to the pale deserts that surround them. Traveling these mountain ranges exposes one to an additional hazard – lightning strikes from Kiffu’s frequent and violent electrical storms.
There are some patches of greenery on the planet. In the lowest-lying areas, where aquifers provide a water table that is only about five meters below the surface, tough stemmed, spiny plants form meadows and thickets. This is where the majority of the planet’s wildlife is concentrated, and also where the planet’s inhabitants have placed their colonial settlements. The capital city sits, in fact, on the shores of the sole standing body of water on the planet, a large, artificial reservoir made ages ago by unknown hands. This reservoir supplies almost all the drinking water for the planet’s sentient inhabitants.
Historically, the planet was annexed by the Sith Empire sometime in the mid-fourth millennium BCGT and was one of the planets the Republic was forced to hand over as part of the Treaty of Coruscant. The planet is not located near any historically important hyperspace trade routes, and so the planet has largely been left undeveloped and sparsely populated, making it a magnet for those who want to be left alone, or who wish to escape notice. There is a small, but vital vehicle modification and repair industry on the planet, catering to those who wish to make a living in the planet’s wild interior, where a working vehicle is as important as a supply of drinkable water.