Tama-9 is a watery world, and one of the most ancient planets in the galaxy. It is inhabited by a race of tall beings called the Tamani, who keep to themselves and are known for their technology. The only above-surface settlement on Tama-9 is the floating Zutuz City.
Thousands of years ago, dramatic climate shifts began to melt the extensive glaciers of Tama-9. As a result of resourceful adaptation and technology, the Tamani survived the great flood of their planet's continents.
In later years, the Tamani continued developing their technology and Tama-9 became a major producer of robots. Their technology was so valuable that they were able to use their monopoly to enforce a policy of neutrality and autonomy.
The Tamani lost their monopoly when the newly-founded Hero Factory began to take its position as the biggest producer of innovative technology. The economy on Tama-9 fell, and the Tamani chose to produce illegal and experimental technology. Taking the Hero Factory as an example of business, they developed assasin robots and put them at the service of the best dealers.
Over time, the planet became a hot spot of illicit activity and depravity, as its growing market of assasin robots made it a popular spot for criminals. Given this, most of the Tamani moved to their underwater cities and left Zutuz City under control of the offworlders.
Climatic change has long ago submerged Tama 9's continents, drowning the planet under a global ocean that covers almost all of the surface. Zutuz City served as the capital of the planet, and is the only surface city and spaceport. Since it is the only settlement accessible to offworlders, the only method of transit to the true surface of the planet is through a submersible from Zutuz City.
Deep undersea caverns serve as homes to the native aquatic species, and the sentient Tamani built their cities, deep-sea pods, far beneath the surface.
Unknown to the Hero Factory, Tama 9 is one of the last natural sources of Quaza in the galaxy.
Being somewhat secluded from the rest of the galaxy, little is known about the origin of the Tamani. They are know to be, however, one of the oldest species in the galaxy. The Tamani have strong psionic abilities.