Champala, the homeworld of the Chagrian race, is a world blessed with an abundance of water. Three-quarters of the planet is covered in oceans and vast river systems, tropical and temperate swamps and mangrove forests that flood with the tides, making the planet an ideal world for the many aquatic species found there. Those areas which are not covered by water for at least part of the day house extensive, although environmentally friendly, networks of orchards and plantations meant to supplement and add variety to the Chagrians' aquatic-based food supply. This aquatic diet is remarkably rich, with Champala's seas and rivers being home to over two hundred thousand species of fish, mollusks, and crustaceans, a significant portion of which are not just edible but when prepared, range from simply tasty to delectable. Sustainable aquaculture is, in fact, one of the major industries on Champala, and supplies a good fifteen percent of the planet's Gross Domestic Product.
There is no bounty without danger though. Champala's waters are home to numerous predators, including some truly impressive species of sharks - many growing up to fifteen meters in length. There have been recorded sightings of sando aqua monsters, which fortunately have so far stayed away from the more populated zones. The planet's central plains are home to several flying predators that are also quite impressive, including a species of carnivorous bat with a wingspan of over ten meters that is capable of carrying away a small child. Indeed, much of Champala's terrestrial wildlife is capable of flight, in order to cross the vast areas of the planet covered by water.
Located on the Hydian Way, Champala was once well-represented in the Galactic Senate. The Republic brought advanced technology to Champala, but had little other impact. The native Chagrians have been able to maintain their traditional lifestyle relatively unaltered, including their unique building style. Chagrian towns are frequently located in the tidal zone and many of the taller buildings lack staircases, the natives simply waiting for the buildings to flood with the tide to enable them to swim up to the higher floors. Needless to say, any technology incorporated into these buildings would need to be completely waterproof. The Chagrians take pride in their traditional sailing vessels and many are accomplished sailors. The Senate Cup, one of the galaxy's premier yacht sailing races, is held every four standard years, drawing sailing enthusiasts from all across the galaxy.