Ord Mantell is known as the Heart of the Bright Jewel since it orbits the blue star Bright Jewel, at the center of the Bright Jewel system. The planet is famous for its thick, outer cometary cloud, which glows with a pinkish cast when viewed from space, ensuring its place as the site of the Blockade Runners Derby for nearly 100 years.
Two large moons and thirteen other satellites orbit the planet and the cloud cover is tinged with pink when viewed from the planet’s surface. This collection of natural wonders make Ord Mantell something of a tourist attraction, despite its seedier side. It is also the homeworld of the Mantellian Savrips and Mantellian flutterplumes, whose sapience is largely unnoticed or ignored.
Mountains and islands are the distinct features of Ord Mantell’s terrain. Almost every land mass on the planet is dotted with mountain chains. Ord Mantell’s continent of Worlport boasts a sprawl of cities along its southern shore and it is this part of Ord Mantell that many spacers regard as a safeport, famous for casinos and for tourists, of which it attracts almost one billion annually. Other metropolitan areas lack address markings and are considered not intended for outsiders. The thinking behind this is that if you don’t know where you’re going, then you don’t belong here.
Outside of the urban sprawl, the narrow equatorial band of starports and the volcanic islands, Ord Mantell remains largely rural and low tech. Its extreme reliance on fossil fuels keeps the planet quite barren, huge robotic coal yards remain to fuel the planet’s cities and an immense junkyard litters a large portion of the planetscape.