The Darkening, also known as the Blight, was a noxious energy which emanated from the Crystal whenever it was abused. It manifested itself in the form of a purple light or black vapour, and caused plant life to wither and animals consuming it to become aggressive, eventually killing them. It also caused irregular weather patterns, creating storms and evaporating seas. In the Gelfling, the Darkening did not cause insanity, but caused the manifestation of Shadow fingers, which were usually fatal.
It grows day by day. Its veins creep across the land, blighting all it touches. [...] It is power, pure, raw.skekSo
The Darkening first manifested itself after the Shard of the Division was chipped from The Crystal, though it was held at bay by the Great Trees. However, after a thousand trine of the Skeksis leeching energy from the Crystal, the Darkening grew in strength and gradually overcame the Trees until only Vliste-Staba remained. The process only accelerated after the Skeksis began draining Gelflings of their essence, thus preventing them from returning their balancing life force to Thra once they died. Emperor skekSo, who had secretly been experimenting with the Darknening, decreed that it didn't exist, ignoring the reports of his Gelfling subjects of crop failures and animal attacks. The Skeksis' denial of the Darkening's existence was one of the factors leading to the collapse of the Alliance of the Crystal and the formation of the Gelfling resistance. After the death of Vliste-Staba, the Sanctuary Tree's power was transferred to the Grottan Deet, who gained the ability to absorb and redirect the Darkening.
Although the Darkening was largely purged after Jen healed the Crystal, trace elements of it remained on Skeksis artifacts, some of which were used as torture devices by the crime lord Trunk. During Jen and Kira's slumber, the accumulation of material tributes to the Crystal prevented it from emanating its light to the world of Mithra creating an imbalance that affected both the surface and below. It caused a Darkening outbreak which resulted in the sickening of Kensho and his family, as well as the infection of an entire forest.
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- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Age of Resistance – "End. Begin. All the Same.". Netflix. August 30, 2019
- ↑ Smith, A., Beneath the Dark Crystal, #6, Archaia, USA, January 2019
- ↑ Age of Resistance – "She Knows All the Secrets". Netflix. August 30, 2019
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- ↑ Age of Resistance – "Prophets Don't Know Everything". Netflix. August 30, 2019
- ↑ Age of Resistance – "What Was Sundered and Undone". Netflix. August 30, 2019
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Age of Resistance – "A Single Piece Was Lost". Netflix. August 30, 2019
- ↑ Age of Resistance – "The First Thing I Remember Is Fire". Netflix. August 30, 2019
- ↑ Smith, A., Beneath the Dark Crystal, #5, Archaia, USA, December 2018
- ↑ Spurrier, S., The Power of the Dark Crystal, #2, Archaia, USA, April 2017
- ↑ Spurrier, S. & Kennedy Johnson, P., The Power of the Dark Crystal, #5, Archaia, USA, July 2017