Copied from Poul Anderson Appreciation, 19 Dec 2014:
The terrestroid planet Valya, close to its dwarf sun, Elena, has:
a forty plus hour day;
a calm ocean;
land covered by russet shrubs and turf;
tiny flyers, not insects;
spindly, blue-furred, mountain-dwelling, dancing, bronze-age natives
with antennae on pointed heads and a strange grammar of personal
a rich deposit of gold.
Gold attracts Stellar Metals. Bronze age natives cannot resist them. Like Tametha, another atrocity committed by a League company.