Planetary Background and History
"Kessel has always been last on my list of places in the galaxy I'd like to see." ―C-3PO
Kessel, originally known as Xo's Eye while under Xim's empire, was a planet located in the Kessel sector, in the Outer Rim Territories, near Hutt Space and the dangerous celestial bodies of the Maw. It was a prison world, and was home to the galaxy's largest Glitterstim spice mining operation. Under Imperial rule, slave labor was in extensive use.
The misshapen, asteroid-shaped planet known as Kessel had a barren, rocky landscape. The atmosphere was very thin, with most of the air being provided by factories on the surface. Ancient tombs and ruins, possibly of Sith origin, dotted the landscape, haunted by skeletal avians. The prison had been established in these inhospitable settings. There was a single large settlement on the planet, Kessendra.