In 2256, this star's location was labeled on the star chart "Alpha/Beta Quadrant overview" in the ready room aboard the USS Discovery. The star was located in the territory of the Klingon Empire. (ENT: "Affliction", "Divergence"; DIS: "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad", "The War Without, The War Within")
In the script of "The Augments", this planet was described as having a "blue-green" coloration.
The planet's coastline when visible from orbit is actually taken from Earth's eastern Aegean Sea, including the islands of Lesbos and Xios. The computer display of the planet shows a map similar to a large part of Earth, with clear parallels to the Indian subcontinent, the Arabian Peninsula, the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea and Northeast Africa.
According to Star Trek: Star Charts (p. 62) and Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library ("Stellar Cartography", pp. 27, 30; "Federation Historical Highlights, 2161-2385"), Qu'Vat's primary star was a K-class star. According to a map of the Klingon Empire – prepared by the Scribe K'Tark for the Klingon High Council in the Year of Kahless 893 (2266) – Qu'Vat was identified as a Klingon star.