The planet is implied to have a liberal culture regarding romantic relationships, as polygamy seems to be practiced; Alphonse Luzano was confirmed to have more than one wife.
At some point, a severe storm ravaged Starhaven. Afterwards, Alphonse Luzano's wife fell ill. Desperate to get the money for her treatment, Luzano turned to drug smuggling, but was caught during his first run and sentenced to 18 years in Fort Rozz.
Lyra Strayd and her family originated from Starhaven. At some point in Lyra's youth, a blight wiped through the planet, turning its cinnamon-scented air into that of "death". This catastrophe triggered a decade-long war, killing many inhabitants. Lyra's parents were among the victims, having starved to death. She and her brother, Bastian, then fled Starhaven and made their way to Earth.