Released on StarWars.com is an unfinished arc with critical ramifications for technological understanding of the technology of the Death Star.
To summarize, almost all of the strange Death Star effects get explained in one quick slash of a pen putting the last touch on the word "kyber crystal".
Material disappearance (4th ep) . . . the yield question and how you get it from a fusion reactor . . . the rings and other planar effects . . . the only thing I'm not sure I saw was secondary blast, but the way the ship blew up may very well qualify.
Might even be a touch of explanation of seismic charges, what with the planar effect itself having destructive properties in this instance.
It's not the dawn of a new age, by any means, since it only confirms what I've been saying for over a decade, but it at least puts a name to the more mysterious elements. And if the kyber crystal does its thing by yanking energy from hyperspace . . . which would still seem the most likely option . . . then I'm truly golden.
It's not the Age of Aquarius, but I'll take it. Maybe now my old friends from SDN will let the sunshine in?
Time will tell. They didn't seem to go for that idea even when the EU novel Death Star went my way, but one can always hope.
So the Superlaser is basically a giant lightsabre, then? How... very prequelverse...
In seriousness though, you just know that the SSN crowd will now try to claim that there are kyber crystals in everything, from power generators to standard turbolasers, and that this justifies the ridiculous firepower figures from the ICS...
I wouldn't say it is a big lightsaber or a big holocron/key (another use for kyber crystals). The surprise of Obi at the extra zappiness suggests the extra zappiness is not commonly encountered at lightsaber levels.
Come to think of it, an analog may be the vaporization fraction of phasers in the 16 levels of the TNG TM… lower levels were thermal only, whereas higher levels showed much-reduced thermal percentages in favor of more exotic effects.
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