Like her sister planet, Gale, Othone is named after a fallen Jedi hero of the Ruusan campaign, in this case, the knight Johun Othone, who was killed by Darth Zannah in the Duel on Tython several years after the conclusion of the war. As with Gale, Othone is a cold, dry world, where the average temperature near the equator is only a few standard degrees above freezing. Also like Gale, life is made possible by the heat from numerous active geothermal sites, including volcanos, geyser fields, acid mudflats and hot springs. Old eruptions of lava have formed large areas of bare rock that have yet to be colonised by the planet's native plant life.
It is in its vegetation that Othone differs from her sister. While Gale's plant life is composed of benign, and in some cases, beneficial moss, Orhone's flora is of another stripe entirely. To solve the problem of missing nutrients, a stunning variety of carnivorous plants has evolved, preying on the numerous small rodents and other burrowing animals. A number of these plant species have even evolved to become a danger to larger creatures, including at least twenty that are a danger to sentients. Chief among these are the Violet Dreamer, the soporific fragrance of which causes an unwary creature to swiftly fall asleep among the plant roots, which swiftly pierce the sedated body and drain it of fluids; or the Bone Spitter, that can project sharp, venom-laced darts when its sensitive trigger hairs are stimulated.
The natives of Othone fight a constant battle with the flora, using flame, blade and poison. In recent times, they have managed to tame much of the carnivorous plant life in areas near the cities, replacing them with food crops and ornamental plants that are a significant part of the planet's economy. Large greenhouses and climate-controlled agriculture domes dot the landscape, a testimony to the strength and tenacity of Othone's people. Very few, however, will brave the depths of the forests without a sealed vehicle. The planet's aggressive vegetation is, however, a subject of numerous field studies and several useful biological compounds have been identified as having significant potential commercial value, at least if they can be synthesised in a laboratory. Extraction of these compounds from wild sources would be prohibitively expensive, considering the risks involved. Nevertheless, opportunities abound for skilled adventure-seekers willing to brave the wilderness and return with the next miracle compound.