Durden is a mysterious planet hidden in the midst of Wild Space. The only contact it has had with the galaxy at large was through a hyperspace accident that brought Tav Garvin and those aboard the Tasty Snack crashing down on its surface. When Tav was eventually able to repair the ship and leave, he deliberately kept the coordinates to himself so no one else would be able to find the planet.
Tav’s decision was borne out of a desire to protect the galaxy from the Venix, a monstrous and extremely aggressive race that had managed to subjugate the planet and its other inhabitants by the time Tav escaped.
Mount Durden - Mount Durden was the home and stronghold of the Sages for millennia. It housed the essence crystals that gave them life. It was eventually destroyed, along with most of the Sages, when the Venix began their final assault against it in their bid to eradicate the Sages and take over the planet.