Once a world of towering mountains, vast savannas, lush rainforests and jungles, and pristine lakes, Ifrane fell victim to centuries of over-mining and fracking as various criminal syndicates, the original Sith Empires, and later the Galactic Empire plundered the planet's material resources. As a result, magma from the planet's mantle seeped onto the surface and, over the past six millennia, has transformed Ifrane into a volcanic hellscape similar to the planet Mustafar in the Outer Rim.
Most of the planet's ecosystems were destroyed in the transformation. Active volcanoes now dominate the majority of the landscape and rivers of magma have replaced the once clear waters that cut across the planet's surface. The volcanoes constantly spew noxious and poisonous gas into the planet's atmosphere, necessitating special equipment (or Force breathing techniques) for those still intent on visiting the ruins of the once-illustrious world. Those areas of the planet that are not in close proximity to an active chain of volcanoes, such as the location of the ruins of the ancient Jedi Praxeum, are sprinkled with irontree forests and the ground is blanketed with ash.
H I S T O R Y
In the ancient past, Ifrane was inhabited by a sentient, humanoid, feline species that supposedly resembled Wookiees and might have been a related species. The fate of this species is unknown; its ancient structures and settlements have mostly vanished over the millennia as their former homeworld was destroyed by newcomers, and all signs of the species itself vanished thousands of years prior to the Hundred-Year Darkness.
Humans settled the planet many centuries later and established a thriving and technologically advanced kingdom. But their planet's resources soon attracted the attention of the Hutt Clan, who invaded Ifrane and enslaved its population around the end of the Hundred-Year Darkness. The Hutt slavers were particularly brutal and thousands were taken from their homes or killed. During the occupation, the Jedi Order staged an operation to save Force-sensitive children (who were often killed by slavers) and bring them into the Order. The future Jedi Grand Master, Wyck, met his Padawan learner, Imani Sage, during this operation. The two Jedi's fates would be intertwined with Ifrane's moving into the future.
It was shortly after the end of this operation that the planet's inhabitants rose up, led a successful revolt, and expelled the Hutt slavers. Afterwards, they restored the planet's monarchy and took a more staunchly isolationist stance. Many former slaves chose to leave Ifrane in the aftermath of the revolt, seeking refuge on worlds where the Hutt's slaving operations did not or could not reach. But their freedom was short-lived. Within five years, the fledgling Sith Empire conquered the entire galaxy and Ifrane was once again enslaved by the Zygerrian Slave Empire: a proxy-state of the Sith Empire. Over the next five centuries, the planet was stripped of its resources as its lush environments were polluted or mowed over for the benefit of the occupying Sith Empire. The Sith eventually (mostly) abandoned the planet, once its resources were spent, though a few patrols of Imperial troops were left behind to keep the locals from rebelling outright.
When the Jedi Order returned from hiding, a descendent of Imani Sage, Asha, and her Master, Jedi Master Leah Reach, returned to Ifrane and established a Jedi Praxeum to train the next generation of the Order. They found Wyck's holocron hidden in a cave nearby and used the teaching within to restore the Order to its former glory. Though the Jedi would later go on to build grander temples, such as those found on Ossus, Tython, and Coruscant, the ruins of the Jedi Praxeum on Ifrane would remain a pilgrimage location for Jedi Padawans for centuries after the structure fell out of use.
Thousands of years later, a few centuries before the outbreak of the Clone Wars, Ifrane suffered an event known as the Cataclysm, in which an inordinate number of the planet's dormant volcanoes erupted and magma began to seep to the surface as a result of over-mining at the hands of Black Sun, the Hutt Cartel, and even the Galactic Republic. Millions died in the Cataclysm, causing a tremendous disturbance in the Force. The Jedi Order did what they could to evacuate what few survivors there were, but the planet's culture and government perished in the Cataclysm along with most of its ecosystems and animal life. Afterwards, the planet was mostly abandoned due to the poisonous fumes that were blown into the atmosphere, and the only ones who chose to return were Jedi seeking to visit the surviving ruins of their former academy there.
I N T E N T
Ifrane has played a big role as a fanon planet for the Jedi Order over the last two timelines, so I wanted to bring it back for those intending to use it this timeline, with updated lore to account for the over six millennia that has passed since Ifrane was last seen.