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One cannot remain still in such a place, nor can one become complacent.

The Crystal Desert was a desert in Skarith, located beyond the northwestern perimeter of the Endless Forest. Its northern edge was lined by the Claw Mountains, which were among the only natural source of shade in the area.[1]

Its sands never stopped shifting, and walking over them was likened to traversing water.[2] It was frequently beset by sandstorms[3] and lightning storms. Days were hot and nights unbearably cold.[4] Any moisture landing on the ground would evaporate on contact with the ground during the day,[1] thus late evening was the ideal time to gather water.[4]

It was home to the Dousan Clan.

Ecology[]

Fauna[]

Daeydoim - Tania Kerins

The Daeydoim was a typical inhabitant of the Desert, and sigil animal of the Dousan Clan

Flora[]

The dunes were home to reedy plants which could easily be mistaken for rock formations during the day, but which bloomed at night, providing food to insects, birds and other desert fauna.[4] The pollen and other substances of some indigenous plants was used by the Dousan to make ink for their tattoos.[14] Urdrupes grew in the Circle of the Suns, and were used by Dousan shamans to commune with Thra.[3]

Oszah-Staba, the patron tree of the Dousan Clan, grew in the Wellspring, and provided the Dousan with lightning repellant fluid, as well as bark for incense.[15]

Behind the Scenes[]

In The Dark Crystal Author Quest press release[16] and J.M. Lee's young adult novel series, the desert is referred to as the "Crystal Sea".

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, pp. 154-155, ISBN 0593095596
  2. Age of resistance logo Age of Resistance – "By Gelfling Hand...". Netflix. August 30, 2019
  3. 3.0 3.1 Age of resistance logo Age of Resistance – "Time to Make...My Move". Netflix. August 30, 2019
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, p. 173, ISBN 0593095596
  5. Cesare, A. & Compiet, I. (2020), The Dark Crystal Bestiary: The Definitive Guide to the Creatures of Thra, Insight Editions, p. 157, ISBN 1683838211
  6. Cesare, A. & Compiet, I. (2020), The Dark Crystal Bestiary: The Definitive Guide to the Creatures of Thra, Insight Editions, p. 140, ISBN 1683838211
  7. Cesare, A. & Compiet, I. (2020), The Dark Crystal Bestiary: The Definitive Guide to the Creatures of Thra, Insight Editions, pp. 92-93, ISBN 1683838211
  8. Cesare, A. & Compiet, I. (2020), The Dark Crystal Bestiary: The Definitive Guide to the Creatures of Thra, Insight Editions, p. 158, ISBN 1683838211
  9. Cesare, A. & Compiet, I. (2020), The Dark Crystal Bestiary: The Definitive Guide to the Creatures of Thra, Insight Editions, p. 124, ISBN 1683838211
  10. Cesare, A. & Compiet, I. (2020), The Dark Crystal Bestiary: The Definitive Guide to the Creatures of Thra, Insight Editions, p. 104, ISBN 1683838211
  11. Cesare, A. & Compiet, I. (2020), The Dark Crystal Bestiary: The Definitive Guide to the Creatures of Thra, Insight Editions, p. 97, ISBN 1683838211
  12. Cesare, A. & Compiet, I. (2020), The Dark Crystal Bestiary: The Definitive Guide to the Creatures of Thra, Insight Editions, p. 114, ISBN 1683838211
  13. Cesare, A. & Compiet, I. (2020), The Dark Crystal Bestiary: The Definitive Guide to the Creatures of Thra, Insight Editions, p. 164, ISBN 1683838211
  14. Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, p. 171, ISBN 0593095596
  15. Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, pp. 179-181, ISBN 0593095596
  16. The Dark Crystal Author Quest: The Gelfling Gathering, The Jim Henson Company (2013)

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Locations & Points of Interests on Thra
Aughra's observatoryBah-Lem ValleyBreath of ThraCastle of the CrystalCaves of GrotChamber of LifeCircle of the SunsCircle of the SunsCrystal DesertDomrakDream SpaceEndless ForestGelfling ruinsGreat DivideGreengroveGrotHa'rarHall of ReflectionHall of ReflectionThe Hill of the LandstridersKira-StabaMithraMount ThranirMountains of GrotNamopo ValleyNenadi-StabaNoyOlyeka-StabaOmerya-StabaOszah-StabaThe Podling villagePool of TearsSami ThicketSanctuarySilver SeaSkarith RegionSmerth-StabaSogStone-in-the-WoodSwamp of SogSwamp of the Black RiverTeeth of SkreeshTomb of RelicsValley of the urRuVliste-StabaWall of DestinyWishing Well
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