Orto Plutonia had long been a protectorate of the Pantoran moon, after Pantoran scouts searched the world and found no denizens amid its frozen features. They had missed the Talz population, which lived hidden in the ice canyons in villages carved out of the ice walls, filled with huts made from animal skins pulled over bone-frames. The Talz lived a simple existence, somehow subsisting off the harsh environment, and using the native narglatch cats as mounts and protection. The Talz attacked the newcomers to their world, wiping out both Republic and Separatist outposts during the Clone Wars.
Young and idealistic Riyo Chuchi represented Pantora in the Galactic Senate. She began her term in the Senate timidly, often submitting to her hawkish local chairman, Chi Cho. When Cho eventually crossed a line that brought war to the world of Orto Plutonia, Chuchi bravely stood up to him and ended the conflict. As time passed Chuchi grew into a far stronger leader and was able to force the Trade Federation into lifting a blockade over her home planet.