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Castle Guards

Castle Guards inspected by Captain Ordon

The Castle Guard was a corp of Gelfling warriors that oversaw the security of the Castle of the Crystal during the Age of Division. Its members were recruited from most Gelfling Clans as part of their obligations in upholding the Alliance of the Crystal, though most of its members were of the Stonewood Clan, due to Stone-in-the-Wood's proximity to the Castle.[2] The Dousan were however exempted from service, as their perceived worship of death went against Skeksis beliefs.[3]

Both males and females were eligible for service which, as well as protecting the Skeksis, included training beasts of burden like Armaligs and Landstriders, and repairing damage to the Castle.[4] The Guard could also serve as an army, as was the case during the first Arathim rebellion.[2]

The Guard was dissolved shortly after the start of the Gelfling resistance, when one of the Vapran paladins infiltrated the Castle and informed the Guard that the Skeksis were draining Gelflings of their essence. Although the Guards planned to seize the Castle, they were betrayed by Tolyn and killed by the Skeksis.[3]



  1. Age of resistance logo Age of Resistance – "End. Begin. All the Same.". Netflix. August 30, 2019
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cesare, A. & Compiet, I. (2020), The Dark Crystal Bestiary: The Definitive Guide to the Creatures of Thra, Insight Editions, p. 18, ISBN 1683838211
  3. 3.0 3.1 Age of resistance logo Age of Resistance – "By Gelfling Hand...". Netflix. August 30, 2019
  4. Lee, J. M. (2019) Heroes of the Resistance, Penguin Young Readers Licences, ISBN 978-0.593-09539-3

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