Elatha I is the oldest planet in the Elatha system. It is also the harshest. Its climate is extremely hot and fiery. Its crust is all rock, molten lava, volcanoes, and craters. Few people at all inhabit the planet, but a small number of colonies are spread about its surface for the sole purpose of mining its rich minerals. It is known for its minerals such as doonium, phobium, and durasteel. The process of mining is very dangerous, for the earthquakes, eruptions, and lava-cavern collapses are unpredictable and deadly. Most mining colonies are based around central mining units such as the ones on Sullust, which dig into the ground without sending people under the crust. The workers then carry away and process the materials. However, a few miners do use mining vehicles that burrow beneath the crust and extract minerals manually.
The colonists live solely on imports brought in by cargo ships. Their homes are small repulsor-supported ships that orbit the central mining units and dock periodically to obtain the minerals and trade workers from their shifts. The colonies are unable to fly, they were constructed on the planet so they cannot leave.
The planet has no plant or animal life except for the rare Lavdrent snake. It is an unusual snake-like animal that swims through the rivers of lava. Its skin is fire resistant, rocklike, and it has no eyes or external organs of any sort. It moves about by a system similar to echolocation. It somehow generates an ultrasonic pulse which radiates back to it and it detects walls and rocks by how quickly the waves return. It then, like an octopus, sucks in lava through a hole in its center and repels itself pushing away with the jet stream.
A common leisure activity of the colonists is to go out and hunt down the Lavdrent snakes and pull them straight from the lava. This is very dangerous because the hunting parties are sometimes pulled down into the lava themselves, or the Lavdrent snake attacks with sharp spikes that it can shoot off. It also can push its tail up and blast lava at threats.