“I am but an instrument to link you to your past.”
The Star Crystal is but a shard of the original tree. Its individual life started on that fateful night when the Stray presence was almost eradicated from the universe by The Company. However, that is another book for another time.
The crystal has a soul. Well, not a soul, more like, souls, in that it absorbs the most prominent feelings, emotions and even memories of those that it touches. The crystal can then, in the right hands be harnessed to provide the information that is required. Though, this in itself is very hit and miss for all but its owner and protector who has spent much time perfecting his use of it to tell of his peoples plight