Crystalline entity

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The entity was capable of interstellar travel at speeds of [[warp drive|warp]] 8 or more<ref>TNG "Datalore"</ref>.  It attacked with rays of an unknown nature that reduced organic matter to lifeless ash<ref>TNG "Silicon Avatar"</ref>, somehow extracting the energy for the entity's use.  It was capable of stripping a planet of all organic material over the course of several hours.  Data speculated that mineral ores containing refractory metals might provide protection, and a few colonists found refuge in a cave lined with such minerals during one of the entity's attacks, but Dr. Kila Marr -- who studied the entity extensively -- suspected that it actually spared the colonists to avoid harming [[Data]], mistaking him for [[Lore]], who had collaborated with it in its attack on [[Omicron Theta]].  Lore also claimed that the entity craved the life energies of [[sapient]] beings for some reason, but his claims are dubious.
 
The entity was capable of interstellar travel at speeds of [[warp drive|warp]] 8 or more<ref>TNG "Datalore"</ref>.  It attacked with rays of an unknown nature that reduced organic matter to lifeless ash<ref>TNG "Silicon Avatar"</ref>, somehow extracting the energy for the entity's use.  It was capable of stripping a planet of all organic material over the course of several hours.  Data speculated that mineral ores containing refractory metals might provide protection, and a few colonists found refuge in a cave lined with such minerals during one of the entity's attacks, but Dr. Kila Marr -- who studied the entity extensively -- suspected that it actually spared the colonists to avoid harming [[Data]], mistaking him for [[Lore]], who had collaborated with it in its attack on [[Omicron Theta]].  Lore also claimed that the entity craved the life energies of [[sapient]] beings for some reason, but his claims are dubious.
  
The entity communicated normally with [[graviton]] pulses<ref>TNG "Silicon Avatar"</ref>, although it could  apparently understand [[subspace]] transmissions as well<ref>TNG "Datalore"</ref>.  The ''Enterprise'' attempted to communicate with it, but Dr. Marr interfered with the attempt by using a continuous graviton pulse to create a resonant vibration within the entity that shattered it.  Her killing of the creature is treated as a type of horrible action to the point of ending her career.
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The entity communicated normally with [[graviton]] pulses<ref>TNG "Silicon Avatar"</ref>, although it could  apparently understand [[subspace]] transmissions as well<ref>TNG "Datalore"</ref>.  The ''Enterprise'' attempted to communicate with it, but Dr. Marr interfered with the attempt by using a continuous graviton pulse to create a resonant vibration within the entity that shattered it.  Her killing of the creature is treated as a horrible action, tantamount to genocide, effectively killing her career.
  
 
==In the ''Star Trek'' Expanded Universe==
 
==In the ''Star Trek'' Expanded Universe==

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