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The Crystalline Entity was a Brancher, a type of dangerous cosmozoan life-form. Like others of its species it fed on organic matter, converting it into energy, leaving entire planets devoid of life. It was responsible for thousands of deaths over the years. (TTN novel: Orion's Hounds)
In 2364, after Lore was reactivated by the crew of the USS Enterprise-D, he again summoned the Entity so that it could feed on the ship's crew. The Entity departed after Lore was beamed out into space. (TNG episode: "Datalore")
In 2380, the USS Titan encountered several other Branchers, and repeated attempts at communication using the technique first tried with the Crystalline Entity. The crew had significantly more success and learned to train the Branchers, enabling the formation of a symbiotic relationship between the Branchers, Star-jellies, and Pa'haquel. (TTN novel: Orion's Hounds)
In 2409, nine hours before stardate 86270.81, another Crystalline Entity attacked and destroyed a Federation colony in the Teneebia sector. Three starships, the USS Byzantium, USS Pollux and USS Sri Lanka responded, but were ambushed by a Tholian fleet intent on protecting the Entity. ( STO mission: "Crystalline Catastrophe", Star Trek Online official website: Season 7 Dev Blog #43)