Originally from Talok III, the Talokites colonized the planet Talok VIII, the eighth planet in their native system. Much of their culture is centered around their religion, which is founded on a deep reverence for the shadows which gave them life. Every generation, a defender of the planet is born with formidable shadow powers that come from within Talok itself. One defender was Lyrissa Mallor, who was turned over to the Alien Alliance by the Talokite rulers to avoid involving Talok in the Dominators' war against the Earth. Mallor later became the acting commander of L.E.G.I.O.N.
The entity known as Starr recently arrived on Talok VIII, and began a systematic takeover of the planet's political and computer systems. In Mallor's absence, he convinced the ruling body to appoint him the new planetary champion. He also preyed upon their superstitions to take possession of Lydea Mallor, the infant daughter of Lyrissa, and heir to the position of planetary defender. Starr accelerated Lydea's growth, and instilled an overpowering hatred of her mother in her psyche. He then sent "Lydea Darkstar" to Cairn, where she managed to mortally wound Lyrissa before being taken into L.E.G.I.O.N. custody.
The technological level of the Talokites is roughly equal to humans, but is different in subtle ways due to climatological variations. Much of the native technology had been supplemented by its contact with other worlds, which has introduced them to space flight, among other innovations.