Peter F Hamilton
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Skylords are sentient spaceborne creatures that live within the Void. Their sole purpose in life appears to be to guide the souls of "fulfilled" humans to The Heart. At the time of the events described in the Void Trilogy no Skylord had been seen in Querencia for millennia. The last one to be seen was that which guided Rah and The Lady to The Heart, after Makkathran was first settled by humans.

Skylords appear to be composed of many sheets of crystalline material, warped into a complex, generally ovoid shape resembling a Calabi-Yau manifold. These sheets are covered in moving patterns of light that flow inward along the sheets. A Skylord can also extend hazy projections known as "vacuum wings" to facilitate fast travel through space.

In Abyss Beyond Dreams, a Skylord reveals that the object known as The Forest, containing Distortion Trees, is one of many parturition regions which births the Skylords. These structures also produce Faller eggs, and it is revealed that the Skylords are in fact a peaceful offshoot of the race of living "starships" that originally produced the Fallers.

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