The Gands are a species of sentient life that has developed in the gases of the planet Gand. Able to survive in the various gases, they require a special breathing apparatus in order to survive in oxygen-based atmospheres. The lungs of the Gand are quite efficient, able to utilize nearly 85 percent of the atmosphere they breathe in with each breath.
The Gand have developed a totalitarian monarchy, and various colonies of Gand live in pockets of mist in the gas giant's atmosphere. When renegade Gand are sought, findsmen are sent out to locate them. When the Empire overran the planet, the findsmen were presented with advanced technology with which to hunt their targets. The better findsmen became bounty hunters.
The Gand hold their names in great reverence. A Gand who has accomplished nothing in his life is simply known as 'Gand'. When a Gand completes a task, they are given their family's surname. A further accomplishment provides the Gand with a proper name. Pronouns are almost never used, and are reserved for those famous Gand who have accomplished so much that their deeds are known by all. If a Gand does something to be ashamed of, or causes offence to another Gand, their name is reduced. It was discovered, after the Galactic Civil War, that the Gand have certain regenerative properties.
Galactic coordinates: (415, 167)
System coordinates: (2, 8)
Planet type: hot/toxic atmosphere
Planet size: 15 x 15
Total population: 197,287,677 inhabitants
Hireable Population: 962 People
Civilisation level: 6.2100%
Tax level: 5.0000%
Planet income: 11,659,242 credits
Tax income: 582,962 credits
Gand, with its long, stretching deserts and toxic ammonia atmosphere, is far from a hospitable world to most of the sentients of the galaxy. For a time, this hot planet was assumed incapable of sustaining life and, when insectoid creatures were first uncovered deep within the mists, the Republic decided to keep the discovery from the rest of the galaxy. The sentient race, known as the Gand, that they found had thrived for centuries under the cover of brightly coloured mists. As no outsider has ever been allowed to fully study the race and its origin, the means of its development in the harsh environment remain a mystery.
Aside from the Gand people, very little resides in the toxic atmosphere. The Meelac, which is an insectoid pack animal suited to survive on the long caravan journeys in the desert's scorching heat, is one of the few other life forms to have evolved on Gand. Very little is known about the Gand origin and it is a mystery in itself how life was able to develop under these circumstances. No outsider has ever been allowed to fully study the Gand race and its origin.
The dense mist that covers the entire planet gives Gand a very peculiar light pattern. The moving gases reflect the light in a variety of ways to give places that are blinding with bright and coloured light as well as others that are nearly pitch black. The insectoid eyes of Gand lifeforms make it possible to overcome these drastic changes in light. But even though they are optically best equipped to navigate the mists, Gand still often rely on a strong intuition rather than senses in most aspects of life.
Gand life grew centered around pockets of mist. This characteristic caused the Gand culture to be shaped into a very segmented society comprised of different tribes that had limited interaction with each other. The same segmentation and secrecy that has surrounded Gand in the past, still lives on today, giving the planet an inhospitable social structure as well as atmosphere.
From a port inside the Gand ocean evolved the city of Bak'Tana, which is the only haven for the other sentients of the galaxy. Gand is not known for its trading and goods and all traffic goes through this coastal spaceport.