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Jen was a male Gelfling who was raised by the urRu after his clan was destroyed during the Garthim War. One of the last of his kind, he was tasked by urSu to retrieve the Shard of the Division from Aughra, thus putting an end to the tyranny of the Skeksis. During his quest, he met another survivor, Kira, who ultimately accompanied him to the Castle of the Crystal, where he used the Shard to heal the Crystal and restore the world of Thra to its former glory. He later married Kira, and the two became the new guardians of the Crystal, ruling for 100 trine and regenerating the Gelfling race.

As he and Kira aged however, the running of the new Gelfling Nation was entrusted to the Crystalline Eminence, whose misrule corrupted the Crystal and nearly caused the extinction of the Fireling race. After defeating the Skeksis one more time, the two co-rulers of Thra came to terms with the consequences of their inaction and ascended to the stars with the urSkeks, leaving the Crystal under the stewardship of Kensho.

Biography Edit

Early lifeEdit

UrSu adopts Jen

Jen being rescued by urSu

Born in the late Age of Division, Jen's clan was destroyed during the Garthim War, but was saved by urSu, who raised him in the Valley of the urRu. There, Jen was taught how to read, write and play the firca, but spent his childhood believing he was the last of his kind.[1]

Retrieving the ShardEdit

Some trine later, urSu was near death, and cryptically told Jen of a prophecy stating that he had to take the Shard of the Division from Aughra before the next Great Conjunction in order to overthrow the Skeksis. Jen left the Valley and arrived at Aughra's observatory, where he asked the sage what he was to do with the Shard, but received no definite answers. Upon identifying the true Shard among other crystalline fragments by playing his firca, the observatory was attacked and destroyed by the Garthim. Jen escaped into a swamp, where he encountered Kira, another Gelfling. After dreamfasting, the two headed for Kira's village.[1]

Discovering the prophecyEdit

Once at the Podling village, Jen explained his mission to Kira, but expressed confusion as to what to do with the Shard. The two were interrupted by a Garthim attack which resulted in the village's destruction. They were almost captured, but were saved by the intervention of skekSil. Blaming himself for the loss of Kira's home, Jen threw the Shard away. The next day, they found the Shard lying among Gelfling ruins containing an engraving which Jen could read. He came to the realization that the Shard was a piece of the Dark Crystal that needed to be reinserted. SkekSil appeared and tried to convince Jen to make peace with the Skeksis, but was rebuffed. Animated by a new sense of purpose, Jen journeyed with Kira to the Castle on a pair of Landstriders.[1]

Healing the CrystalEdit

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Jen healing the Dark Crystal

Upon arriving at the Castle, Jen and Kira set their Landstriders on a troop of Garthim in order to free the Podlings previously taken from Kira's village. After the battle, they entered the Castle's catacombs and encountered skekSil again. Jen retaliated against skekSil's attempts to detain them by stabbing him in the hand with the Shard, provoking the Skeksis to bury him under a rockslide. Guarded by Kira's pet Fizzgig, Jen eventually sensed Kira's fear and freed himself from the rubble. While searching for an entrance to the Castle's upper levels, Jen found himself confronted by the Garthim. He escaped through a hole leading to the shaft of the Castle. Jen ascended the shaft and reached skekTek's laboratory, where he met Aughra. Upon receiving confirmation that Kira was alive, he went to the Crystal chamber, where he found both Kira and the Skeksis, the latter awaiting the Great Conjunction. The two Gelflings were noticed, and Jen launched himself onto the Crystal, dropping the Shard in the process. Kira retrieved it and threw it to him, only to be killed by skekZok. Consumed with grief, Jen healed the Crystal and cradled Kira's body as the urRu marched into the Castle and merged with the Skeksis. The resulting urSkeks thanked Jen for his bravery and resurrected Kira before leaving the Crystal in their care.[1]

Guardianship of the Crystal Edit

During the Age of Power, Jen eventually married Kira and the two restored their nearly extinct race, thus forming the Gelfling Nation. When the two reached advanced age, they entrusted the Crystal to the Crystalline Eminence and went into a long sleep, during which the Eminence decreed that visitations to the Crystal for its healing powers were to be conditional on material offerings. One hundred trine after healing the Crystal, the two co-rulers were awoken by the weakened Crystal and were visited by the Fireling Thurma, who requested a piece of the Crystal in order to heal her world's dying sun.[2] During the ensuing argument, Jen and Kira learned from Kensho that Thra had grown sick in their absence, despite the offerings to the Crystal. Thurma eventually cracked the Crystal, causing the return of the urRu and Skeksis,[3] and Kira to weaken.[4] Jen incarcerated the Skeksis, thanks to his control over the Garthim with the Scepter of Office and went in pursuit of Thurma and Kensho, who had taken a Shard, with a troop of Garthim and royal guards.[5]

Hunt for the Shard Edit

While you slept, your soldiers piled up offerings and left others to starve! [...] Now you ride the Garthim that once wiped out the Gelfling, and you ask me to trust you?

Kensho[6]
Jen leading Garthim

Jen leading a troop of Garthim

Upon finding Kensho, he begged him to return the Shard in order to save the Crystal and Kira, but was refused, being accused of neglecting his people. Burdened by guilt, Jen did not intervene when Kensho was taken, along with the Shard, by Bohrtog.[6] As he and his troops continued their pursuit, he encountered a family of Podlings, who vouched for Kensho, declaring that the true monsters were the Garthim Jen himself was controlling. He was later visited by Kira in a telepathically projected dreamfast, where he expressed doubt over the justness of his cause.[7] He eventually caught up with Thurma and Kensho at the entrance to Mithra, and accepted to leave the Shard with them upon realizing that he would have acted as they did in his youth.[8]

Return to the Castle Edit

We kept the light for many years, but in the end we lost our way. It's time the Crystal had new guardians.

Jen[9]
Jen & Kira leaving Thra

Jen and Kira shortly before joining the urSkeks

After letting Thurma and Kensho go, Jen and his men were attacked by skekSil, who overpowered them and took the Scepter, thus gaining control of the Garthim.[8] He was found by Bohrtog, who took him back to the Castle, only to be attacked by Crystal Bats, causing him to fall into the moat.[10] Before the Skeksis could finish him, he was rescued by Kira and taken to his chambers.[11] The next day, the Skeksis breached the barricades Jen and Kira had erected, but were saved when the urRu summoned a premature Great Conjunction and shattered the Castle, separating the two rulers from their attackers.[12] After Thurma healed the Crystal, Jen and Kira were bathed in its light and rejuvenated. Understanding the error of their ways, they entrusted the Crystal to Kensho and left Thra alongside the urSkeks.[9]

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References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Henson, J. & Oz, F. (dir.); Henson, J., Kurtz, G. & Lazer, D. (prod.); Henson, J. & Odell, D. (writ.) (December 17, 1982). The Dark Crystal (Motion picture). New York City, NY: Jim Henson Productions.
  2. Spurrier, S., The Power of the Dark Crystal, #1, Archaia, USA, February 2017
  3. Spurrier, S., The Power of the Dark Crystal, #2, Archaia, USA, April 2017
  4. Spurrier, S., The Power of the Dark Crystal, #3, Archaia, USA, May 2017
  5. Spurrier, S., The Power of the Dark Crystal, #4, Archaia, USA, June 2017
  6. 6.0 6.1 Spurrier, S. & Kennedy Johnson, P., The Power of the Dark Crystal, #5, Archaia, USA, July 2017
  7. Spurrier, S. & Kennedy Johnson, P., The Power of the Dark Crystal, #7, Archaia, USA, September 2017
  8. 8.0 8.1 Spurrier, S. & Kennedy Johnson, P., The Power of the Dark Crystal, #8, Archaia, USA, October 2017
  9. 9.0 9.1 Spurrier, S. & Kennedy Johnson, P., The Power of the Dark Crystal, #12, Archaia, USA, March 2018
  10. Spurrier, S. & Kennedy Johnson, P., The Power of the Dark Crystal, #9, Archaia, USA, December 2017
  11. Spurrier, S. & Kennedy Johnson, P., The Power of the Dark Crystal, #10, Archaia, USA, January 2018
  12. Spurrier, S. & Kennedy Johnson, P., The Power of the Dark Crystal, #11, Archaia, USA, February 2018

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