Ever since the Keldonians had set out to explore the far reaches of space many centuries ago, the Crystals have been a vivid part of that landscape. Geologists can only guess as to their origins, for it is widely speculated that their existence predates even the birth of many of the universe's sectors, and the races of explorers that would come to inhabit them thousands of millennia afterwards. Debate continues throughout the scientific community as to the consciousness of these luminescent stellar bodies, some arguing that the Crystals are in fact sentient beings, and that they should be classified as such, while others contend that the actions these objects display are reactionary reflexes, a mere mimicry of life that offer no proof towards a true intelligence. Coalescent gas pockets merging in the deep vacuums of space have offered geologists the most in depth understanding of how these Crystals may have formed. Fields of immense gravitational pressure, compressing these gas pockets, have come to nearly solidify into crystalline forms, while at the same time allowing them to retain many of their native gaseous properties. Their star-like luminescence is the result of the massive amounts of often radioactive energy stored within their relatively small frames, a strong and viable source of power if a deeper sense of understanding can ever be attained about these unique forms of existence. Though it is still not understood what causes the life-like animations of these Crystals to take place, they pose yet another danger to space travel that each and every pilot should be aware of. These luminescent bodies, untraceable from great distances, have been known to incinerate spacecraft making warp jumps across the sectors, a fraction of a second, as these crafts pass through their spatial proximity, all these Crystals need to lash out with their incredible energy. Thought by some to be a mere ionic reaction, the positive and negatively charged ions of a ship's hull creating a magnetic field that draws the powerful energies of the Crystals to them, the gaseous beams of energy these Crystals are capable of loosing have been known to burn through a ship's armor in a single blast. Some scientists argue these powerful emissions are a naturally primitive defensive mechanism, like the thorns of a rose, indifferent towards the objects that venture too near, while others believe, despite heavy scrutiny, in the chance of a deeper awareness residing within these ancient wonders of the universe.