Romera orbits a large gas giant planet, which in turn orbits a yellow dwarf star. Every 468 days, Romera's orbit causes it to spend twenty-eight days in the total eclipse of the gas giant, causing complete darkness.
Once, a race called the Telgar lived on Romera, and built many devices. They even had a completely automated system of transports which brought passengers from planet to planet. Unfortunately, a nanotechnology experiment went terribly wrong, causing the Telgar empire to come crashing down. Due to this, the Telgar became the Scourge, which soon decimated over 90% of Romera's native life.