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Crystals are a new type of magic utilized through crafted crystals; they contain power that rivals that of the Magistrate, and their uses are near limitless. A crystal-powered revolution overtook the Realm following their initial discovery, with the Magistrate facility Deepwerks in particular, creating a number of devices, such as crystal-powered mining suits and even pairs of wings; the Realm's future looked brighter than ever.

But soon there were accidents and horrible misuses of power; tragedies the Magistrate feared would send them back to the chaos and destruction of times past, causing them to ban crystals from common use.

While some agreed with this choice, others feared or distrusted the Magistrate. A group rallied behind Valera, leader of the former Paladins. They stood opposed to this decision, believing crystals had the power to improve the lives of everyone. Together, they formed the Resistance, and after weaponizing crystals, went to war with the Magistrate, resulting in the appropriately named Crystal War.

  • This information was found in the "A Realm Divided" lore video, as well as the Trials of the Realm description for Brightmarsh.[1]


  • Some of the rarest and most potent crystals in the Realm were found under the glaciers in Ice Mines.[2]
  • Not every purple crystal is explicitly related to the Abyss, but many crystals that are related to the Abyss tend to be purple, as revealed here. It's unknown if Abyssal crystals are those that originated from the Abyss, or if they're normal crystals that somehow became infused with Abyssal energy.
  • While these types of crystals are stated to be a new discovery in the A Realm Divided lore cinematic, Karne can be seen wielding some form of crystal prior to this in the same video.
  • As mentioned here, crystals harness magic.


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Noteworthy Items / Forces
Crystals  •  Magic  •  Warder's Key  •  Warder's Relic

The Realm
Abyss  •  Aico Tundra  •  Crosswind Hold  •  The Eight Oceans  •  Enchanted Forest  •  Greenwood  •  Lunar Coast  •  Seris (Village)  •  Temple Isles  •  Trade Row  •  Warder's Watch

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Complete Timeline

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Notable Events
Dragon Scourge  •  Goblin Scourges  •  Golden Age  •  Crystal War  •  Koga's Revenge  •  Destruction of Seris  •  Battle of Ascension Peak  •  Warders Return  •  The Fight of the Shattered Desert  •  Shattered Goddess' Return  •  The Summoning of Raum  •  The Darkness Released  •  Shift of Power

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