First of all, let’s be clear, there are some minor spoilers for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ in this article, so if you somehow STILL have not seen the new epic movie from JJ Abrams, do not read ahead. Instead, get off your computer and go watch the movie so you can talk about it with the rest of the world.
So this is somewhat speculative, as it is based off an article recently posted at the official Star Wars website, specifically about a recent addition made to their entry about the Star Destroyer “Finalizer,” which is the one Kylo Ren and General Hux do most of their dirty work from in the beginning of ‘The Force Awakens’ (aka the ship that blocks out our view of the planet Jakku immediately following the opening crawl). According to the new entry, the massive ship (nearly twice the size of the Star Destroyers seen in the original trilogy) has some unique weapon systems, in that the turbolasers are powered by kyber crystals.
For those unaware, kyber crystals in the ‘Star Wars’ universe are extremely unique, and very valuable, as they are the crystals that are used to create lightsabers, and canonically have so far only been found on planets like Ilum and Lothal. Because of the crystal’s unique connection to the Force, they make every lightsaber very unique to the Jedi who wields it, and have a certain power of their own, hence why Rey touching Luke/ Anakin’s old lightsaber activated her vision in ‘The Force Awakens.’ If the ‘Finalizer’s’ turbolasers are indeed powered by kyber crystals, than does that mean Snoak or Kyle Ren has a personal Force maintained connected to each of the weapons, and maybe the entire ship? Or is the use of these crystals in such destructive weapons an affront of the Force and its connection to the strange gems? For now, we will have to wait for either Episode 8 or one of the myriad new expanded universe sources to explain the situation, but regardless, it is intriguing.
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