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In the episode "Signs and Portents" Londo gains posession of "the Eye", a long lost jewel (I think it was a jewel) that once belonged to the Centauri royal family. His friend and fellow noble Lord Kiro is sent to return the Eye, eventually ends up trapped on a raider (space pirate) ship whose crew intend to hold him and the eye for ransom. The raider ship is destroyed by the Shadows but afterward their stooge Morden somehow returns the eye to Londo.

I'm puzzled how the Shadows could've destroyed the ship without taking out the Eye as well, and have wondered more than once if Morden gave Londo a counterfeit- did JMS ever confirm or deny this?

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The strong implication is that The Eye is indeed real. The last we hear of it, it's safely in the possession of the Centauri Republic and is on display, presumably in the Capital.

Q. What became of the Eye?

JMS. The eye is now safely back home and on display.

As to how it survived, we're left to assume that it simply survived the explosion. When the Shadows attacked, they appear to have sliced the habitat ring and engines with a cutting beam, resulting in an explosion that tore the ship into around ten sizeable parts.

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I would surmise that the Shadows probably aimed for the parts of the ship where there weren't any people and got lucky that the resulting explosion didn't damage the (now heavily scorched) box and its contents.

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    The Shadows may just have been that good at precise destruction. – Politank-Z Sep 21 '15 at 23:41
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    True, but it's more likely that the gem just survived. Diamonds are notorious for being, y'know, hard. – Valorum Sep 21 '15 at 23:44
  • The box had scorch marks when it got back to Londo. Didn't seem that strong, but must've been strong enough. – Radhil Sep 22 '15 at 1:07
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    Also, there appeared to be chunks of ship debris far larger than the box. – Thunderforge Sep 22 '15 at 20:11

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