Kessae was long forbidden to any imperial visitors. The planet was said to suffer from some sort of virus that killed it’s former population in the early 40th millennium. Two centuries ago this planet was opened to colonists once more, and an ark carrying 300,000 settlers was set to land and begin repopulation. For some reason the ark dropped out of warp too near the planet, lost control, and crashed into the surface.
The survivors found a world barely fit for human life. Vast sand dunes cover most of the planet. The only habitable regions are the two polar continents where some small amount of plant and animal life populates rocky desert. The days are hot and the nights are very cold. While the population has nothing to offer the galaxy by way of resources, there are several settlements based around small spaceports. The economy revolves around pirates on leave who spend their loot flippantly in bars and brothels.
A famous succulent native to the planet is pressed into large vats that are then fermented to create Kessaen Liquor. This drink, while quite bitter, is also very intoxicating. It’s said that the local barmaids have built up a tolerance to this drink, and keep their own while rendering their john’s unconscious. Often, a pirate can loose a hundred thrones a week in this hive of scum and villany.