Built for cold weather, the blue-furred, long-nosed Ortolans are deeply private individuals who‒thanks to their large ears and keen olfactory senses‒possess a deep appreciation for music and food. They can be found in small numbers throughout the galaxy, filling all walks of life, but they are best known as musicians and chefs.
Although not expansionist by nature, Ortolans have occasionally attempted to found full-fledged colonies away from their icy homeworld of Orto. One such group arrived on Hoth several years back. The Hoth Ortolans keep mostly to themselves, but the increasing presence of Republic, Empire and pirate forces on their adopted world has made them wary. Despite a kinship with the Republic, they value independence and‒more importantly‒peace. The current situation on Hoth threatens both.