Alingon (which means "deceptive") was so named by salarian scouts because as their probes landed on the planet their instruments started going awry. This turned out to be due to the high concentration of magnetically active periclase (magnesia) in the core and crust of the planet. This interferes with scans and broadcasts, which has given rise to countless spacer stories of pirates lying in wait in Alingon's magnetosphere or crashed ships with untold fortunes stranded on the surface. In reality, any pirates would have a hard time locating prey amid all the interference and would live lives cut off from the rest of the galaxy because the magnetosphere kills extraplanetary communication.
Alingon's other natural features are a thin atmosphere of carbon dioxide, spectacular dry ice formations, and xenon gas, which can be skimmed from the upper atmosphere and used in ion thrusters.
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Search and Rescue Edit
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- The planet's natural electromagnetic shroud made Alingon a perfect location for a command center for the Shadow Broker, only he has the technology that can reliably cut through the interference, but it forces his hirelings to come to the planet in person for orders and to make any calls on his behalf offworld; essentially working as additional security for his information network. Liara T'Soni and Feron followed Tazzik to Alingon in an effort to retrieve Commander Shepard's body.