The symbol was a carved wooden circle with a twisted crystal triangle in the center. When the Holy Warrior earned the “Blessing of Light” in battle, the crystal triangle in the symbol changed from clear to the same color of the crystal blades of the Qatassendor, the weapon of the Holy Warrior.
A: For the most part, society will see a skull and have visions of death and for good reason. However, in Harmonic Wars, the Crystal Skulls are a gift from the Light to be used as a weapon against the Dark. Throughout the book, I hid meaningful numbers and multiples of numbers. One of those is the number 13. The legend of the 13 Crystal Skulls has been written about several times, and it fit my requirement for a meaningful number. In the Bible, there were 12 Apostles, but if you add Jesus, there were 13 in the group. Even after Jesus was crucified and after Judas hung himself the remaining Apostles elected Mathias to replace Judas. But I believe that God likes to keep numbers consistent, so He added Paul, making the number once again 13. There are 12 Zodiac signs, but did you know there were originally 13? You may find the numbers 3, 7, 12 and 13 and multiples of those numbers throughout the series.
I made a theme about crystals in general throughout the series. Shihan’s weapon, the Qatassendor (Kah TAH sen DOR) had crystal blades the same color as the triangle in the center of the Holy Warrior symbol. This is also a throwback to some of the research I did on ancient sites. All of the mysterious structures around the world are built using large stones with a high quartz content. Quartz has many properties associated with modern electronics because it gives off a consistent frequency. It can also save massive amounts of data if we can ever learn how to use it. Lastly, it will chime like a bell if struck. I wonder what structure is harmonically tuned and reacting when those obelisks in Egypt are resonating? It's a reference to harmonic resonance.
So, the number of skulls and the use of crystal fit the general theme that I wanted to use for this series.