Minegglers, commonly referred to as quartzites, are bizarre, large humanoids whose body is made up of crystals. The quartz form of life that developed in spite of all the known laws governing the universe is considered the oldest intelligent race in this part of the Universe. Word “Mine’ggle’r” in their ancient language means “The One That Was the First,” though sometimes the linguists translate this phrase as “The One Who Arrives First,” which would suggest that the Minegglers had arrived from outside of this galaxy. Representatives of the crystal race are characterized by wisdom and have unimaginable knowledge of the cosmos transmitted from generation to generation. They are long-lived on such a scale that they are considered immortal for most organic species. Perhaps for this reason they treat other forms of life as imperfect, temporary phenomena not worth of keeping in mind. However, when Terrons and other Central Sector residents reached for Hexis, the Mingglers could not sit idle in the face of such sacrilege. Hexis is sacred to them, and they have bound with it. Hexis in their veins allows them to do many strange thing including bending of time and space. Quartzites from different clans lead endless debates how to protect crystals of power, but it is certain that they will not allow them to be exploit even if it means they will have to use deadly force to stop the mining works. Meanwhile, the younger generation sees in alien cultures and technologies chance to improve a somewhat fossilized Minggler race. Younger Minegglers are more eager to interact in with new races trying to share knowledge and teach, counting on peacefully solution to the crisis. This is not accepted among clan leaders, and such actions often ends up in exile. Quartzites are a honorable race for which the given word has highest value, and the broken promise is considered the worst offense. Any harm done to them will be forever remembered. If somebody would be foolish enough to deceive quartzit, he must be assured that sooner or later he would get a well-earned punishment, because unlimited resource of the Minegglers is time.
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