The Metal Crystal Phase Shifter (MCPS) was a superweapon capable of altering the molecular structure of metallic substances.
The sole purpose of the project was to create a weapon that would be able to penetrate the shields of a starship and damage its hull; once encountering the area of the phase shifter's effect, the metal within the target's hull would be turned into powder and thus be weakened greatly during the attack. While the MCPS did not dramatically turn an entire ship's hull into powder, it did create many tiny cracks and weak spots throughout the hull, which was sufficient to make the vessel lose critical structural integrity and collapse on itself.
A prototype model was constructed by scientists within the Imperial Maw Installation at some point during the Galactic Civil War. The technology used in the construction of the device was thought lost forever as the sole working prototype was destroyed by the New Republic during their attack on the Maw Installation, although the Metal Crystal Phase Shifter successfully destroyed a New Republic CR90 corvette before being disabled.
Shortly before the destruction of the Maw Installation, during the Second Battle of the Maw Installation, Admiral Daala succeeded in downloading all the superweapon designs, presumably including the one for MCPS, to her Star Destroyer, the Gorgon. The Installation then exploded and the Gorgon disappeared, leaving the New Republic to believe that the designs were destroyed.
During the Second Battle of Fondor, most of the ships in Admiral Daala's Maw Irregular Fleet were outfitted with functional Metal Crystal Phase Shifters. It turned the tide of the battle and forced the withdrawal of Darth Caedus' forces.
Behind the scenesEdit
In the profile of the Omega Frost featured in the Star Wars Homing Beacon #209, the MCPS was said to be "a conceptual cousin" of the Omega Frost.
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