Crests are an important concept on Shinka. Player characters are called "Crested" because they can bear a Crest or already do. Crests reflect a character's personality in some respect. Not all characters actively embody the meaning of the Crest—for many, it symbolizes something currently missing from their life and something that they need to acquire for personal satisfaction. Humans, solo Digimon, and partner Digimon all have Crests. However, only humans and solo Digimon have physical Crests, while partner Digimon have internal Crests that they themselves are unaware of.
The crests are:
Tags, which are necklaces used to contain crests, manifest in the Digital World when characters are drawn into their role on the site as a Crested. For some characters, the Tag already contains a dormant Crest, but for others, they need to seek them out. Crests normally manifest as large, colored stone slabs found in the Digital World, with a Crest in the center marking them. When discovered by Crested, they shrink into a smaller form that can be inserted into a Tag (pictured right). These Crests can be seen as points on the D-Terminal's radar to help guide characters to them. Crests are activated when their bearer exemplifies the trait that their Crest represents, resulting in a soft glow of light from the Crest -- or a glowing Crest manifesting on a Digimon's body in the case of partner Digimon. Actively going against a Crest's meaning can cause the Crest to deactivate. Note that at this time, Crests cannot be activated.
Crests are used to catalyze various forms of evolution. For Super Evolution to Perfect, a human or solo Digimon's Crest must be activated. For Chosen, Tamers, Savers, Generals, and Hunters, the partner Digimon's Crest must be activated. Failing either requirement will result in Dark Evolution if the Digimon is put in a situation where they would otherwise evolve normally to that stage.
The Crest of Courage denotes the ability to overcome obstacles. While people with the Crest of Courage aren't always fearless or reckless, they don't let adversity stand in their way for long and face it head on. Digimon that Armor Evolve with the Digimental of Courage often control fire or are reptilian or draconic in some manner.
People with the Crest of Friendship have an affinity or need for camaraderie. Their true strength comes not from within themselves, but from the faith others have in them. Digimon that Armor Evolve with the Digimental of Courage are often bestial and animalistic in nature or control elements like electricity.
Those with the Crest of Friendship are driven by love, whether it's familial love, romantic love, or platonic love. Digimon that evolve with the Digimental of Love often have wings or are prehistoric animals.
Those with the Crest of Knowledge need to know. Whether their desire comes from a scientific, artistic, or philosophical perspective, their curiosity must be satisfied. Digimon that Armor Evolve with the Digimental of Courage are usually insectoid or mechanical in nature.
People with the Crest of Purity are pure of heart and often naive. They devote themselves wholeheartedly to other people, concepts, or ideas, even to the point of self-sacrifice. Digimon that Armor Evolve with the Digimental of Purity are often humanoid or attuned to nature elements.
Those with the Crest of Faithfulness are sincere, honest, and reliable. They strive to keep their oaths and promises. Digimon that Armor Evolve with the Digimental of Faithfulness are usually aquatic or able to control water.
Those with the Crest of Hope are hopeful and driven. They seek to help those around them through trying times. Digimon that Armor Evolve with the Digimental of Hope are often hooved or mythical animals.
People with the Crest of Light have a certain "inner light" and a keen ability to guide people toward the light. They thrive in leadership roles as they're often charismatic. Digimon that Armor Evolve with the Digimental of Light are often holy in nature or based on mythical creatures.
Those with the Crest of Kindness are empathetic and compassionate. They're often pacifists, loath to commit harm. Digimon that Armor Evolve with the Digimental of Kindness are often mammals or tropical animals.