The ruby is sentient-- sensitive to human brainwaves on a seemingly cosmic scale. It is of course immobile and therefore needs a host to speak it's thoughts and act as it's protector. In 1933 it was found in the Ruins of Dashetal and upon contact-- host and gem became one, the Red Rajah. However, in it's eagerness to inhabit a human form, it took one with no mystical prowess, so it's body was originally powerless. Omar Karindu shot and killed the host. From then on the Cult of the Unliving Four kept the Star in check, until it went out of control. Karindu sought out his old friend Doctor Strange to help the Cult get the Star back under control, but unfortunately Strange was mesmerized by it and was transformed into the Red Rajah. As the Rajah, he sought to unify humanity by submerging everyone's individual personalities, creating a collective consciousness that he himself controlled. He was opposed by his teammates in the Defenders, but managed to take control of Nighthawk, Power Man and the Hulk. The female members of the Defenders, however, were able to free the other members of the group and destroyed the Star, freeing Doctor Strange.
Despite accounts surviving from time of ancient Lemuria, the actual existence of this ruby is still in doubt by some mystics.
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