The Garthim War was a conflict between the Skeksis Empire and the Gelfling Clans during the Age of Division which began after the defeat of the Skeksis by the Gelfling resistance during the Second Battle of Stone-in-the-Wood.
Initially waged in order to reimpose Skeksis authority over the Gelfling through their newly created army of Garthim soldiers, it degenerated into a campaign of extermination against the Gelfling after the discovery of a prophecy foretelling an eventual Gelfling victory.
History[edit | edit source]
Sire, imagine an army of unstoppable soldiers, engineered to be loyal.
The Garthim were the brainchild of skekSil the Chamberlain and skekVar the General, who pitched to Emperor skekSo the idea of an army of impervious, mechanical creatures, engineered to destroy on behalf of the Skeksis, using the corpse of an Arathim as the basis of this new creation. The first Garthim skekTek created was from combining various Arathim Silk Spitter corpses on orders from the Emperor to create an army for the Skeksis to use against the rebellious Gelfling. SkekTek only managed to complete his mission after using the lifeless body of a Gruenak slave he had killed to complete the artificial creature.
The resulting Garthim soldiers proved to be a great success and were eventually used in tandem with the Crystal Bats, whose spy crystals identified Gelfling hiding places for the Garthim to converge on. Ultimately, the war resulted in the near-extermination of the Gelflings.
Other continuities[edit | edit source]
In the continuity established by Legends of the Dark Crystal, the war began much earlier than in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, approximately 800 trine after the Great Division. The war in Legends resulted in the complete collapse of Gelfling civilization, causing the survivors to become nomadic. The Garthim forces were lead primarily by skekLach, and the opposing Gelflings by the shepherd Larh, who discovered that the Garthim were vulnerable to stabbing weapons made from objects originally intended for peaceful use.
References[edit | edit source]
- Age of Resistance – "The Crystal Calls". Netflix. August 30, 2019
- Age of Resistance – "A Single Piece Was Lost". Netflix. August 30, 2019
- Froud, B. & Llewellyn, J. J., (2003) The World of the Dark Crystal. Pavilion Books. ISBN 1-86205-624-2
- Kessel, B. R. & Arnhold, H. (2007) Legends of the Dark Crystal Volume 1: The Garthim Wars. TokyoPop. ISBN 1598167014
- Kessel, B. R. & Arnhold, H. (2010) Legends of the Dark Crystal Volume 2: Trial by Fire. TokyoPop. ISBN 1598167022