Throughout the series, it becomes clear the characters that the amplimet is no ordinary crystal. It begins to communicate with The Well of Echoes at Tirthrax and with the nodes at Boreah Ngurle and Snizort. While in contact with Tiaan in the patterner, it begins to manipulate the torgnadr being developed to channel power into itself. It's reasons for doing this are made clear by the Aachim in Tetrarch. The amplimet is a sentient crystal whose purpose in the first and second stages of awakening is to draw power from the field into itself to advance it's awakening. Upon reaching the third stage, the amplimet becomes fully awake. This happened on Aachim long ago and though the consequences are not explained, they were certainly nothing good.