This week's update is a planetary one by the name of Ilum. Those who are familiar with the EU should recognize the name as it has been featured in Star Wars: Clone Wars, Star Wars: Empire at War, and the Jedi Quest comic series to name a few. For more info on the background of Ilum, check out the Wookieepedia entry. Relevant information about the planet including an Aurebesh Holonet Translation, Screenshots, and Concept Art can be found after the jump:
With the final outcome of the war between the Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic still undecided, the icy planet Ilum sits squarely in the cross-hairs. The crystals that grow here in abundance are the source of incredible power and possibility. Jedi and Sith alike have long sought them for their Lightsabers, but the ramifications may go much deeper.
Recently the Empire launched a major assault against the Jedi on Ilum, destroyed the Orders sanctuaries, and initiated an ambitious operation of unknown intent. With its forces already spread thin, the Republic has been unable to strike back in such a remote region, but what price might they pay for losing this valuable resource?
Access the HoloNet to learn more about Ilum. Check out this video to see images of the icy terrain, as well as the crystals themselves. Also, dont forget to visit the media section for never-before-seen screenshots, concept art, and wallpapers showing the scene from every angle. Aurebesh Translation
Jedi have been making pilgrimages to Ilum for many years to acquire crystals for their Lightsabers.
In the aftermath of a recent battle, an underground Republic operations center is left in disarray.
Jedi use this remote encampment for staging missions into the crystal caves of Ilum.
Imperial operations on Ilum are fortified against both air assaults and ground-based attacks.
These temporary dwellings established by the Jedi require a high-powered generator to keep them warm enough for habitation.
An Imperial fort on Ilum is dwarfed by the frozen stalagmites that jut up from the planet's surface.
Environment conditions on Ilum are extremely harsh; prolonged exposure means certain death.
Ilum's thin atmosphere provides little cover for military activities; most operations are conducted at night.