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this was the name of the creature created by the Yuuzhan Vong to served as a form of computer memory bank. Qahsa could come in a variety of sizes, from personal devices to the memory banks of a worldship. Most often, the data contained in the qahsa was accessed via a congition hood. This data was maintained in increasingly dense cortexes, and each successive cortex could only be accessed by a more experienced individual. Shapers maintained a qahsa which had seven specific cortexes surrounding the ultimate, eighth cortex. Only Master Shapers could access information beyond the fifth cortex. All information contained within the qahsa was believed to have been bestowed upon the Yuuzhan Vong by their gods. Any Yuuzhan Vong who searched for new information, beyond that which was contained in the qahsa, was considered heretical.