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The light of the Crystal. It is not just for me. It has been, and always will be, for all of us.

Kensho[2]

Kensho was a Gelfling acolyte and later leader of the Gelfling Nation who lived during the Age of Power. He lent his services to the court of Jen and Kira after being healed of his childhood illness, but became disillusioned by the greed and conservatism of his fellow acolytes. He joined the Fireling Thurma in her quest to stop the Great Dim from destroying the subterranean world of Mithra. Their efforts resulted in a brief return of the Mystics and the Skeksis, one of which killed him. He was subsequently resurrected by the urSkeks and proclaimed the Lightborn.

Traumatized by his ordeal, Kensho left the Castle to help the needy, but was forced to confront his demons after being imprisoned and tortured by the crime lord Trunk. He subsequently gained the power to absorb the Darkening and used it to heal Gelflings contaminated by Skeksis relics. Encouraged by his own good deeds, Kensho accepted his role as leader of his people and began the process of reforming Gelfling society.

BiographyEdit

Service to the CastleEdit

Kensho treated

Kensho treated for shadow fingers

Kensho was born in the early Age of Power to Kolba, in a village established by Chal centuries earlier.[3] As a child, his village had been hit by the blight, infecting him and his family with shadow fingers. Although he was saved, he was left with scars and went to the Castle of the Crystal in order that the rest of his family receive the the Crystal's healing light. As the Crystalline Eminence deemed their offerings wanting, Kensho offered to lend his services as an acolyte.[4]

Meeting ThurmaEdit

Kensho & Thurma dreamfast

Kensho dreamfasting with Thurma

During a reception of pilgrims to the Castle, Kensho took pity on a family of Podlings lacking an offering to the Crystal, and gave them his birth stone.[5] When the Fireling Thurma arrived to ask for a sliver of the Crystal in order to save her home of Mithra, Kensho inadvertently dreamfasted with her and burned his hand in the process. After Jen and Kira awoke from the commotion, Kensho revealed to them that the number of pilgrims had increased, and that the blight was likely to blame. He and Thurma were overheard by Aughra, who took them to her observatory and had Kensho's hand healed, despite his lack of offerings. Whilst Aughra consulted the stars for answers to Thurma's plight, Kensho took her to skekTek's former laboratory, where he showed her the relics of Skeksis rule. The tour was interrupted by the Crystalline Eminence and the Lord Commander, who reassigned him to cleaning the catacombs for expressing doubt as to the necessity of giving offerings to the Crystal.[4]

Escape from the CastleEdit

Kensho encountered Thurma again in the catacombs, where he discovered her hiding a shard of the Crystal inside a Tumbeloth. The pair were chased by skekSil and escaped from the Castle after Thurma burned through its walls.[6] During their journey to the land of the Firelings, Thurma revealed the existence of the Pool of Tears, whose waters would protect Kensho from the Mithra's heat. When they discovered scouts on their trail, the pair separated, with Kensho secretly stealing the shard in order to return it to the Castle and gain clemency.[7] He was eventually cornered by Jen and a train of Garthim and guards. He rebuffed Jen's pleas to hand over the shard, declaring his disgust over how greedy his race had become and how he doubted his word over wanting to help Thurma save her people. Before he could be detained, he was rescued by Bohrtog,[8] and the two flew to save Thurma from skekSil.[3]

Quest through MithraEdit

The pair were flown to Kensho's village, where he confessed to having stolen the shard from Thurma to his mother.[3] Upon arriving at Mount Thranir the next day, they noticed a wall carving commemorating Chal, which implied a common origin for Firelings and Gelflings.[9] On entering Mithra, they were confronted by Jen, who agreed to let them keep the shard. They were subsequently attacked by skekSil, who took control of Jen's Garthim and pursued them. Thurma then revealed to Kensho that the Pool of Tears had been a lie to get him to lead her to Mithra safely and the two separated.[10] They reunited when Kensho was attacked by skekSil[11] and escaped into a pool, where they accidentally dreamfasted and had a vision revealing that Firelings were the descendants of Gelflings. They landed in a pool which Kensho noticed made him stop feeling Mithra's heat, thus confirming the existence of the Pool of Tears.[12]

Becoming the LightbornEdit

SkekSil stabs Kensho

Kensho stabbed by skekSil

Kensho and Thurma crossed the Great Divide and arrived at the Fireling capital, now devastated by the Great Dim.[12] Kensho witnessed Thurma receive the last of her dying mother's strength and accompanied her to the Wishing Well, where Thurma inserted the shard in a geyser, hoping that it would be shot into Mithra's Mother Sun and put a stop to the Dim. They were found by skekSil and, in the ensuing battle, Kensho extracted the shard from the geyser, having come to the realization that Thurma's instructions had been misinterpreted.[13] He fought skekSil with the shard, but it was knocked from his grasp and fell into a shaft. SkekSil subsequently stabbed him, and he confessed his love to Thurma before dying. After Thurma retrieved the shard and healed the Crystal, the urSkeks resurrected Kensho.[2]

Entering Dagger RootEdit

Now known as the Lightborn due to his resurrection, Kensho was appointed leader of the Gelfling Nation by Aughra. However, fearing a return of the materialism and indifference which characterized Jen and Kira's rule, Kensho decreed that offerings to the Crystal were to be suspended. He later left the Castle, accompanied by Toolah and Bohrtog, carrying the food offerings and an orange stone in order to return them to their previous owners.[14] The two lost their bearings in a forest and encountered the twin robbers Danevay and Aiyana. Identifying himself as the herbalist Kay, Kensho agreed to give the stolen offerings to their impoverished city of Dagger Root.[15] Once there, he was confronted by the crime lord Trunk, who took his stone as an entrance fee. Kensho heard Thurma's voice emanating from it and determined to take it back with Toolah's help.[16] Together, they released Trunk's prisoners and Kensho allowed himself to be captured in order to retrieve the stone.[17]

ImprisonmentEdit

Kensho, urSol & Kensho in the Prism

Kensho meeting the spirits of urSol and skekSil in the Prism

Trunk, who had learned of Kensho's true identity by listening to Thurma's voice emanating from the stone, detained him and tortured him with Skeksis-forged chains which polluted his mind with negative thoughts. Believing that the light that had resurrected Kensho was still inside him, Trunk attempted to physically extract it from him.[18] After being stabbed, the light emanated from Kensho and drove Trunk insane. Kensho fell unconscious and found himself in the Prism, where he met the spirit of urSol the Chanter. He was saved by Toolah, Danevay, Aiyana and the song teller Dihnmor, who noticed a black substance emanating from the unconscious Kensho's body. Meanwhile, Kensho's mind remained in the Prism, where he was confronted by the spirit of skekSil.[19] The Skeksis Chamberlain taunted Kensho for his melancholy, declaring that he had never truly recovered from his death, while urSol encouraged him, reminding him of Thurma's love for him and instructing him to journey to the Valley of the urRu in order to find the hope he had lost.[20]

At the Valley of the urRuEdit

Upon regaining consciousness and animated with a new sense of purpose, Kensho journeyed to the Valley with his companions, feeding people along the way and decreeing that their destination become a safe haven for the poor. Once there, Kensho encountered Aughra,[20] who revealed his true identity to his companions. Now distrusting him, his companions left him and Aughra urged him to let go of his self doubt and use his new life to help others. Later, Kensho lit a fire and encountered Thurma in a vision.[21] The two encountered the spirit of Cindrah, who informed him that running from his responsibility as the lightborn was placing Thra in danger. Before departing, Thurma gifted Kensho with a part of her flame to protect him. In return, he gave her the stone he had taken from Trunk, so that they could remain in contact.[22]

Returning to the CastleEdit

Kensho confronting Darkened Gelfling

Kensho confronting darkened Gelflings in the Crystal chamber

Kensho left the Valley and caught up with his companions, whom he apologized to for deceiving them. Their reconciliation was interrupted by the arrival of a former prisoner of Trunk, emanating the dark substance and wrapped in Skeksis-forged chains. The darkened Gelfling attacked Kensho, wanting to possess his light, but was healed when Kensho absorbed the darkening within him. Realizing that there were other inhabitants of Dagger Root suffering from the same condition heading to the Castle,[23] he intercepted the horde and attempted to heal them, but was overwhelmed by their numbers. After failing to convince the new Crystalline Eminence to not send the guards to attack the darkened Gelflings,[24] Kensho took Danevay's artificial wings and lead them to the Crystal chamber, where the Crystal absorbed their darkness and healed them. After unanimously being accepted as leader of the Gelfling Nation, Kensho had all Skeksis artifacts disposed of. He then projected himself into Mithra, where he assured Thurma that they would meet again once both their kingdoms were rebuilt.[25]

Behind the scenesEdit

The character was conceived by David Odell and Annette Duffy for their screenplay of The Power of the Dark Crystal, where he was referred to as a "Gelfling outcast".[26]

Beneath the Dark Crystal's writer, Adam Smith, stated in a 2019 interview that Kensho's melancholy and self doubt was largely based on his own experience of recovering from a disfiguring motorcycle accident.[27]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

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