Desolate and dry, Tholatin I does not bear a pleasant view for most sentient lifeforms in the galaxy. The atmosphere, toxic to humans and most other species, is extremely thin therefore retaining very little heat or moisture close to the planet. This causes the planet to form vast cool and dry deserts across a good portion of its surface. At night time, the desert temperature is very low, enough to give unwary adventurer unexpected frostbite on this dry land. Almost all the water found on this planet is locked away in the northern ice caps, depriving this life force from the rest of the planet, leaving this planet completely lifeless.
Stories around this part of the galaxy tell of a hidden treasure buried by a space pirate from long ago. This pirate’s given name has been long forgotten, people only refer to him with his nickname "Scar", given to him because of a long scar running across his chest from a sword duel that he barely won on the world of Ord Mantell. These stories tell that he raided a large transport, only to find out after the fact that the transport belonged to a noble house of Alderaan, and the content are countless pieces of rare diamonds and gems. Because of the rarity of these stones, he could not sell them on the black market without being caught, so the stories tell that he buried the treasure, in its entirety, under the desert sands somewhere on this planet, and the site very quickly became lost as the constant sandstorms of Tholatin I shifted all landmarks around. It has been perhaps millennia since Scar existed, and to date this treasure, if it exists, has not yet been unearthed.
The colonists on Tholatin IV dispatched prospecting missions to Tholatin I to evaluate the lands for any sign of valuable minerals. Red Kells, the supervisor to all of the prospecting missions, was confident in the eventual success in finding minerals from his discovery of traces of several deposits locked away in the glacial ice. Unfortunately, his biggest obstacle was the lack of funding as Tholatin IV was not a great economic power and the mining companies in the galactic core worlds were reluctant to send heavy machinery and talented, high-salary personnel to this desolate world. Some say that Red Kells was, in reality, looking for the hidden pirate treasure left by the pirate captain Scar. Kells strongly denied this, citing his extensive knowledge and experience in mining and mining operations; he claimed to have no interest in chasing fantasies of hidden riches from the past.
Several wide rivers of molten lava flow through the lifeless desert scene, adding a bold and beautiful color to this otherwise mundane landscape, but yet it presents an imminent danger to the mining operations on this planet. Because of the high temperature of the magma, even the air high above them is heated to a point where low flying vehicles are somewhat affected. Higher flying and faster speeders are strongly recommended by prominent mining experts of this planet when one requires crossing one of these wide lava rivers.