Shardians are a higher class cousins from the Xharia.

Unlike the Xharia, Shardians have much more complex designs but lack the Photonic energy to have 2 subsystems on a single module, and don't need to consume stars for Ascending tiers instead they are able create modules by redirecting their core's energy to create hard-light projections, and if they need more energy they recycle light into their cores and create a much larger core for larger created modules

Shardians are in a never-ending war with the Xharia.