- "The Kyber crystal, the data on which can only be read by holocrons."
"What's on the crystal?"
"A list of every known Force-sensitive child in the galaxy, the future younglings, the future of the Jedi Order."
- ―Mace Windu and Ahsoka Tano
The Kyber memory crystal, or simply the Kyber crystal, was a memory crystal that contained a list of all known Force-sensitive children in the galaxy. As it was considered to hold the future of the Jedi Order, it was highly valuable to both the Jedi and Sith. The information contained in the crystal could only be accessed when placed in a Holocron which, in turn, could only be opened with the Force.
The two components were kept separate; the holocron was stored within the Holocron Chamber of the well-protected Jedi Temple on Coruscant, while the crystal itself remained in the care of a Rodian Jedi Master named Bolla Ropal.
- "Now we'll combine this holocron with the memory crystal I acquired from your dead Jedi friend."
- ―Cad Bane
Darth Sidious hired the Duros bounty hunter Cad Bane to infiltrate the Jedi Temple on Coruscant and steal a holocron necessary to accessing the information stored on the Kyber crystal. While Ropal was on Devaron, Duros bounty hunter Cad Bane kidnapped him and stole the memory crystal.
Later, during a mission to recover the holocron Bane had stolen, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker was coerced into opening the holocron to save his Padawan's life. Bane then inserted the Kyber crystal into the holocron, making it possible for his client to access the information stored within. The crystal was believed destroyed, along with Bane, when the Munificent-class frigate they were on exploded. Bane survived, however, disguising himself as a clone trooper.
Under Sidious' instruction, Bane kidnapped several of the children listed in the memory crystal. However, he was captured; after Masters Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Jedi Skywalker coerced Bane with the Force he led the Jedi to the holocron with the crystal inside (which was on a booby-trapped space station) and escaped during the confusion. The kidnapped children were located on Mustafar based on his fighter logs, and rescued from surgical droids by Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano.
It was said that Bane never copied the list before it was recovered by the Order.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "This holocron carries information I've been paid to collect."
- ―Cad Bane's incorrect statement
It is possible that this was a term for a more general category of memory crystals. While the name suggests a connection to kyber crystals, no such connection has been established.
Several items have been referred to with variations of the name "Kyber" or "Kyber crystal", including the Kaiburr crystal in the 1978 novel Splinter of the Mind's Eye, and the kyber crystals used in the Death Star superlasers and Jedi lightsabers in canon.
The Kyber crystal was first mentioned in early drafts of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope as the "Kyber crystal." It was a Force artifact sought by both the Jedi and the Sith. The poison dart Jango Fett used to assassinate Zam Wesell was originally going to be identified as a Kamino kyber dart. This was again changed in the finished film to be a saber-dart.
During "Cargo of Doom," Cad Bane states that the holocron contains information he's been paid to collect. This is inaccurate, as it is later established that the Kyber crystal contains the actual information and the holocron is only the means of accessing the data. It is unclear if this was an oversight by the script writers or an intentional element.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Holocron Heist" (First mentioned)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cargo of Doom" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Children of the Force" (Mentioned only)
- Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 10: The Dying Light, Part IV
- Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 11: The Rule of Five, Part I (Indirectly mentioned only; in the opening crawl)