Ha'rar was a village located in the Northern Mountains at the mouth of the Black River,[1] close to Raunip's Pass.[2] During the Age of Division, it acted as the Gelfling capital and was home to the All-Maudra, the matriarch of the Vapra Clan and leader of all Gelfling.[3] Among its dozens of important buildings[4] were the Citadel and the Vapran library.

Because of its location, Ha'rar saw a constant flow of merchants and goods, thus contributing to the populace's wealth and comparatively luxurious lifestyle.[5] It was one of the few places outside the Castle of the Crystal where Gelfling from all seven clans would congregate together.[6] This, along with its strategic location, gave the local Vapra the most diverse cuisine among all Gelfling Clans, as they imported foodstuffs from all corners of Skarith.[7]

The village included carved vents which acted as artificial geysers, whose steam jets assisted Vapra in honing their flying skills.[8]

History[edit | edit source]

According to the story The Forty Sisters, Ha'rar was founded by forty Gelfling sisters who sailed the Silver Sea for 16 trine after leaving their original homeland, eventually being lead to the site of the future capitol by the light produced by the Waystar Grove.[9]

Early in the Age of Division, Ha'rar was the sole site of the tithing cermonies, with all Gelfling Clans being obligated to go there to offer their goods to the Skeksis.[10] This practice was discontinued in later centuries, with the Skeksis sending their collectors to all seven regions of Skarith to collect tithes separately.[11][12]

During the Age of Power, the Gelfling capital was transferred to the Castle of the Crystal.[13]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Gavin Bocquet designed Ha'rar as a grand city with "sculpted, elegant architecture".[14] According to art director Phil Harvey, the city was loosely based on Machu Picchu.[15] The houses were designed on a computer and 3D printed in miniature to be used as references for the art team, who sculpted them from polystyrene at puppet scale.[14]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, p. 62, ISBN 0593095596
  2. Age of resistance logo.jpg – Erman, Matthew., Age of Resistance – The Journey into the Mondo Levidian, #9, Archaia, USA, July 2020
  3. Dc Encylo logo.png Coast of the Silver Sea in The Dark Crystal - Encyclopedia
  4. Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, p. 87, ISBN 0593095596
  5. Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, p. 64, ISBN 0593095596
  6. Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, pp. 75-76, ISBN 0593095596
  7. Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, p. 79, ISBN 0593095596
  8. Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, p. 73, ISBN 0593095596
  9. Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, pp. 85-86, ISBN 0593095596
  10. Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, p. 68, ISBN 0593095596
  11. Age of resistance logo.jpg Age of Resistance – "End. Begin. All the Same.". Netflix. August 30, 2019
  12. Age of resistance logo.jpg – Cesare, Adam., Age of Resistance – The Ballad of Hup and Barfinnious, #5, Archaia, USA, January 2020
  13. Spurrier, S., The Power of the Dark Crystal, #1, Archaia, USA, February 2017
  14. 14.0 14.1 Age of resistance logo.jpg Age of ResistanceWallace, D.., Inside the Epic Return to Thra, Titan Books, November 5, 2019, p.145, ISBN 978-1-78909-387-2..
  15. "The Crystal Calls: Making the Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance". Netflix. August 30, 2019
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