Hyperbarides were known to be as stable as more common elements, but they had certain special chemical and physical properties. They could withstand high temperatures, levels of radiation and flux densities, which made them useful for many high-energy technologies.
Hyperbarides were cytotoxic minerals that were lethal to nearly any form of life based on carbon-oxygen physiology, similar to other heavy metals, but also served as a mutagen. The only known species resistant to hyperbarides were the Gorothites, due to their evolution on a heavy metal- and hyperbaride-rich world.
Hyperbarides could be synthesized from normal elements, but the process was very expensive, requiring high pressure, temperature and a lot of energy.
The Galactic Empire had several synthesis plants, but their locations were high-guarded military secrets. One of them was on the planet of Marca, and another one was on Goroth Prime, but corporately controlled.
Hyperbarides were extremely rare and could only be found on a few planets and even there, an occurrence of one part per quadrillion was considered "abnormally high." Also, if existing naturally, hyperbarides came in compounds, such as ilinium trioxide or vintrium hydride, which were less valuable than pure materials.
The world Goroth Prime had an unnaturally high concentration of hyperbarides in its crust, among other heavy metals. A fact that was not discovered until its devastation and re-discovery a few thousand years later.
- Planet of the Mists (First appearance)
- "Forbidden Fruit"—Adventures Unlimited 2 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
- Legacy of the Force: Inferno
- Legacy of the Force: Invincible
Behind the scenesEdit
The idea of hyperbarides stems from the real-life theory of the "island of stability". This theory claims that some superheavy element isotopes with specific nuclear buildups, like a certain isotope of flerovium, can be unusually stable. There is evidence to support this theory, but it is not absolutely proved, since synthesizing the correct isotopes is very difficult and the exact recipe is still unknown. Some scientists theoretized that superheavy elements may occur naturally in fresh supernova remnants.