Shataran is a plain planet. It is tidally locked to its star. As such, one half is reflecting light, whilst the other is absorbing it, resulting in the planet being divided into two hemispheres. On the white hemisphere, the native Shataranjans have white skin, while the black hemisphere hosts black Shataranjans. Haathee and Ghoda species also inhabit the planet.
Place of eternal conflicts, Shataran is a planet-sized battle field, where the white and black races of Shataranjans battle. Due to both sides wanting absolute dominance, some Shataranjans started to tame Ghodas, horse-like species, and befriend Haathee, a less smart, but still sapient species. Also, Shataranjans created Meenaars, as battle machines.
Shataran comes from Shataranj, which is Hindi for "chess". This, like everything else about the planet, shows the similarity of it to the aforementioned boardgame.
- The planet being split into two different sides resembles the planet featured in Simple, as well as Peptos XI in Tummy Trouble.