Character sheet for the The Dark Crystal. The individual names of the Mystics and Skeksis come from the novelisation.
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They were once a great elven-like race on the world of Thra. They had created large cities and had mastered many aspects of magic, including the ability of prophecy. They were also a peaceful race who opposed the Skeksis, who carried on a genocide against them.
A Gelfling orphan who was saved from the genocide and raised by the wisest of the Mystics.
A Gelfling orphan who was raised by the Podlings.
A race of creatures not native to Thra and born of the Crystal before it became dark. They were noble beings shining with an inner light, however in attempting to perfect themselves they instead tore themselves apart to become two distinct races, the Mystics and the Skeksis.
The ur Ru (a.k.a. Mystics)
The Mystics are peaceful crouching, bipedal creatures with 4 fully-functional arms and long necks covered with a mane of hair, ending in a triangular head with an extremely wrinkled face. They have long tails that drag on the ground, and only stand up to their full height at the Great Conjunction. According to the novelization urRu means "the old and wise ones". They are actually spawn of the UrSkeks species and lost control of Thra in a tumultuous conflict with the Skeksis who also spawned from UrSkeks during the burning light emitted from the Crystal during the last Great Conjunction.
UrSu the MasterThe wisest of the Mystics and their chief, who saved Jen and educated him. Before he died, he commissioned Jen for his quest, showing him what the shard of crystal looked like and where to find it - at Aughra's observatory.
UrIm the HealerUrlm is the Mystics' Healer, and counterpart to the Garthim Master. UrIm could still perceive the corona of the UrSkeks flowing in the Mystics, though the Great Division had unbalanced it. urIm sought to restore this balance by using amulets, baths and acupuncture. With his right hands he made patterns in the air to restore the fires of the soul, with his left hands he made patterns in water to reduce them. He neglected all music, save for that of the death trance.
UrSol the ChanterUrSol is the Chanter and the counterpart of SkekSil the Skeksis Chamberlain. He is the one with the topknot and green coat. Although he has the job of chanter, it is urZah who leads the Mystics in the chants in the movie.In the novelization, he taught Jen music, but Jen couldnīt sing like a Mystic.
UrZah the Ritual GuardianUrZah is the Mystic ritual guardian, and the Mystic counterpart of SkekZok the Skeksis ritual master. He would make the sand paintings of prophecy for the Mystics by pouring out the colored sands while the others chanted. urZah would comb and brush the sands of amethyst, opal, agate, onyx, and chalcedony to build the forms of spiral energy. He speaks more freely than the other urRu, but mostly in riddles. Deep meditation leaves spirals in all his body, not just in his face. He is the first Mystic seen in the movie. He also leads the chants throughout the movie and leads the Mystics out of the Valley of when it is time to return to the castle.
UrTih the AlchemistUrTih was the Mystic Alchemist, and counterpart to SkekTek the Skeksis Scientist. He wore a bandana, and his right front arm and leg were artificial limbs of wood. He was forever lost in his alchemical experiments, constantly seeking to change the forms of substances. He approached his work with humility, as he knew that he could never create anything that was nature's work. urTih ultimately never managed to merge with his Skeksis counterpart, having suffered an untimely death when SkekTek fell to his fiery death in the Chamber of Life.
UrNol the HerbalistHe is the Mystic Herbalist, and counterpart to SkekNa the Skeksis Slave Master. He was distinguished by his eye patch and splintered finger. He was a close friend of urAmaj the Cook, and the two of them would attend to the greater and lesser balances of the bodies and spirits of their companions. His medicinal herbs, which he grew in his own gardens, were taken in between meals. Birds' feathers and the mosses and lichens that grew on the Standing Stones were also used in his concoctions.
UrAmaj the CookUrAmaj was the Mystics' Cook, and counterpart to SkekAyuk the Skeksis Gourmand. He was a close friend of UrNol the Herbalist, and the two of them would attend to the greater and lesser balances of the bodies and spirits of their companions. He approached his work slowly, blending the flavours and textures of various food till the desired soothing properties were attained. UrAmaj's meals however was disliked by Jen, as he was unable to cook Gelfling food.
UrAc the ScribeUrAc was the urRu's Scribe, and counterpart to SkekOk the Scroll Keeper. Aside from composing the urRu's prayers and carving their Prayer Sticks, urAc incorporated the thoughts of his comrades on unwound cloth spirals, a process the urRu called "writing in rays of sunlight". He wound particularly deep thoughts into spirals.
UrYod the NumerologistUrYod the Numerologist kept track of time with moving strings of stones. Before the Urskeksīs division, he aided Aughra with the Observatory. He is the Mystic countepart of SkekShod the Skeksis Treasurer.
UrUtt the WeaverUrUtt the Weaver created the blanket coats wore by the Mystics. Every coat was a record of the wearer's thougts and fate. He used a system of knotted threads to make them, not using scissors to cut the fabric. In the film, he is seen playing the harp at urSu's funeral. He is the Mystic counterpart to SkekEkt the Skeksis Ornamentalist.
The Skeksis are vulture-like humanoids who took control of Thra after a tumultuous conflict with the Mystics. Both species spawned from the UrSkeks during the burning light emitted from the Crystal during the last Great Conjunction. When prophecies revealed that the Skeksis tyranny would end when the missing shard of the Dark Crystal is one day found and restored by the Gelfling people, they took the Gelfling tribe by force. With the help of their Garthim warriors they managed to kill all but two survivors, Jen and Kira.
SkekSo the Emperor
The dying ruler of the Skeksis.
SkekUng the General / the new Emperor
The strongest and most brutal of the Skeksis, he is the master of the Garthims. He competes against the Chamberlain for the throne and wins the Trial by Stone, becoming the new Emperor.
SkekSil the Chamberlain
The chief Secretary and second in line to the throne. After the death of the Emperor, his greed for power led to a challenge by the General, when he decided to crown himself the new self-appointed emperor. Without hesitation, SkekUng confronted him and issued the challenge for supremacy. The Chamberlain responded by declaring the challenge be a Trial By Stone. After the duel, the Chamberlain was outcasted as punishment for losing to the new emperor.
SkekTek the Scientist
He is responsible for draining the Essence of the captured Gelflings and Podlings deep inside his laboratory known as The Chamber of Life.
SkekAyuk the Gourmand
The Skeksis court's Gourmand. He likes sweet liquors and hot spices,and he boasts to have a different menu for every feast. He's in charge of the Castle kitchens.
SkekEkt the Ornamentalist
The most feminine of the Skeksis by far, s/he is frequently seen to be screaming dramatically and being very flamboyant. S/he is in charge of the castle's decorations.
SkekNa the Slave Master
He is in charge of the Skeksis' slaves, and chooses promising specimens for the Choir, claiming to have an ear for music. SkekNa is recognizable by his eyepatch around his right eye and a hook which replaces his left hand.
SkekZok the Ritual Master
The court Ritual Master (also referred to as the High Priest) of the Skeksis. He leads the Skeksis in their various rituals and practice such as The Ceremony of the Sun, and he sees their laws as absolute and inflexible.
SkekOk the Scroll Keeper
He is the shortest of all the Skeksis, something that the other Skeksis laugh at. However he keeps rewriting his accounts in order to please his shifting allies, which causes the truth to be soon lost. He always arrives late to the meetings and usually falls asleep during them.
SkekShod the Treasurer
The Skeksis Treasurer, counts gifts. Nobody dared to approach him without some offering. Because his greed was so great and his speech so limited, the only way he got his way was extravagant bribery.
The loyal soldiers of the Skeksis. They appear to be Golem-like creatures that are animated through the power of the dark crystal. When the dark power of the crystal was healed the Garthim fell apart to reveal nothing but hollow shells. They were probably created by the Skeksis themselves after the shattering of the crystal to serve and protect them. They were used to carry out genocide against the Gelfling race.
She is the very essence of the world of Thra itself. An old hermit woman with a gorilla-like face who lives in a brain-shaped observatory atop a mountain, Aughra is wise and experienced enough to know the joy of the world before the takeover by the Skeksis.
Kira's furry pet.
A race of small, kindly and simple people with potato-shaped heads. They build their tools out of gourds and wood. They have the ability to communicate with animals and live in relative peace. The Podlings were kind enough to adopt Kira after her parents were killed in the Skeksis attack on their people. Their only fear is being captured by the Garthim and taken into slavery.