Pelgrin is a rocky, dry world of black volcanic rock. In the planet’s distant past, massive volcanic fields spewed global magma flows that blanketed most of the planet in fields of basalt and other volcanic rock. Few areas escaped this smothering, save for Pelgrin’s mountains. These mountain ranges served as arks of life, preserving a portion of the planet’s biodiversity. Once the planet’s tectonics settled and the burning fields of magma cooled, the mountain arks reseeded the planet with life. Pelgrin’s plant life consists mostly of lichens and mosses, as well as tough grass that can grow in the rocky ground. There are few taller trees, partly due to the difficulty plant roots face in penetrating the rocky and partly due to the arid nature of the planet’s environment – the exception being Dieuw trees, which could grow to a modest height of approximately twelve meters. The planet’s animal life also consists of smaller creatures, none so far discovered to be much larger than a slashrat. Even species that would normally be much bigger than humans have been found to be greatly reduced in size due to the paucity of nutrients on the planet’s surface.
Despite the environmental challenges, a sentient species did evolve, that shared a name with the planet. These Pelgrin were a technologically advanced species at least two million years BCGT, as shown by the archaeology left both on and below the planet’s surface. Not only were they technologically advanced for their time, but evidence suggests that the race was also particularly attuned to the Force, and able to achieve wonders by blending technology with the Force. While almost all of these marvels have disappeared over the millennia, along with their creators, one enduring wonder remains – the Oracle. This artifact, housed in a tower made of Dieuw wood and unknown metals, produces intense prophetic visions for Force-sensitives. Popular myth even has Xim the Despot visiting the Oracle over twenty-five thousand years BCGT.
Pelgrin’s location far out in the Outer Rim, combined with its borderline environment, has ensured that development has been minimal. Apart from the odd archaeological team base camp and the small town built around the tower housing the Oracle to cater to visitors and pilgrims, the planet is largely left in a natural state. The odd scavenger or treasure seeker can be found wandering the surface, looking for previously undiscovered or unlooted ruins and potential remains for some as yet undiscovered Pelgrin hoard to enrich the lives of its lucky finder.