An ice planet, with a twist...
I've recently had to use a plot device that was still in development. I'ven't seen the likes of it anywhere else and wanted to see if someone could take a stab at some illustrations of it.
I decided to go the old Jedi ruins route for the sake of a Jedi Knight and a non-Force user who wanted to take levels of Jedi for the non-Force related Saga Talents.
At any rate, they learned from an ancient holocron that there was a Jedi trial on a moon of the planet Bendu (which I named on the fly in honor of Lucas's old screenplay; look it up). The moon was called Banuu (I thought it should have a similar name), and it was an ice planet, but not your typical ice planet. I'm going to describe it as an ice planet because 'ice moon' doesn't roll off the tongue as well.
Banuu could be more accurately described as a water planet rather than an ice planet. Only the outer shell is ice, and geological pressure and sci-fi makes the interior liquid. This results in a very unusual situation. Nothing lives on the surface, but the side of the planet facing the sun has a small (maybe an eighth of its surface area) melted spot right in the center through which one can travel to the interior, where the natives live. This melted spot moves with the bright side of the moon, staying at the center, with the leading and trailing edges constantly melting and freezing, respectively. Given its irregular orbit, this hole meanders in a very non-linear pattern, and freezes over completely when in the shadow of the planet. The rest of the surface topography is constantly shifting, as seams grind against one another like time-lapsed tectonic plates while explosive air pockets form between layers of ice. Overland travel, let alone just finding a safe spot to land a ship, is nearly impossible due to these hazards. Once one reaches the melted spot though, one can dive into the freezing water and attempt to make contact with the natives; a species of bioluminescent jellyfish people like these, with rich Force traditions and no interest in space travel.
At any rate, I'm primarily interested in what the planet and moon would look like from orbit, and/or a nice landscape with super-dangerous glacial cliffs and spires jutting out all over the place. I've seen some fancy planet and landscape work here, but nothing that really embodies what I'd like to show my players (who are still stuck there as of this post).
Thanks for your time :)