Caldera is a desert planet with several extreme mountain ranges. It suffers from frequent windstorms. Most non-native inhabitants live in compact settlements that are primarily subterranean. The natives, which look like massive pill bugs, have ancient burrows that honeycomb the mountains of the planet.
The planet is also very dense, which makes it rich in heavy metals and minerals, and has a gravity that is 20% higher that Earth.
The “Bugs” are extensive miners and have a strong mechanical aptitude. They have a slight inter-species empathy and live under a benevolent meritocracy. The best minds cooperatively run their planet. The “Bugs” are prone to fear paralysis when threatened by physical force and in close proximity to the threat, “shelling up”.
The technology supported on the planet is advanced spacefaring with the “Bugs”, and while not initially theirs, it has been adapted and more efficiently modified as their own.