Altora, a planet in the Altora system of the Outer Rim Territories' Dalonbian sector, was a terrestrial world of plains and warm savannas in its southern regions. The tall grasses of these warm climes hid altagaks, apex predators which hunted a variety of herd animals.
The natives of Altora, including warm-blooded Humanoids, maintained ranches which were attacked by altagaks. Their continued depredations threatened the planet's fragile economy, and led to bounties being placed on altagak hides. The natives came to regard the altagaks as "high speed death on four legs", and remained a fearsome threat on Altora.