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Scepter of office by Brian Froud

The scepter, held by skekUng

The Scepter of Office was a scepter of Garthic design traditionally held by the Emperor of the Skeksis. The top of the scepter incorporated a sculpture of the abiranariba serpent swallowing the world. Its body had nine segments, the symbolic number of instability.[1]

Use of the Scepter dated back to the very beginning of skekSo's rule, and was used by him to beat skekShod for questioning his rule.[2] During the time of the Gelfling resistance, skekSo incorporated a small crystal onto the scepter which allowed him to gather the Darkening[3] and use it to lethal effect during the Second Battle of Stone-in-the-Wood.[4]

On skekSo's deathbed, skekSil attempted to take the Scepter only for skekSo, with his last ounce of strength, to hold onto it. After the Emperor's death, the Scepter was taken to the throne. In spite of the rules, skekSil attempted to take the Scepter only for skekUng to challenge the Chamberlain. In the subsequent Trial by Stone, skekUng emerged victorious, claiming the Scepter as his own. When Jen accidentally dropped the Shard of the Division in the Crystal Chamber while attempting to heal the Crystal of Truth, skekUng tossed the Scepter aside to take the Shard.[5]

During the Age of Power, the Scepter was housed alongside other Skeksis relics in skekTek's former laboratory.[6] Jen used the Scepter to arrest the newly returned Skeksis and imprison them,[7] but had it taken from him by skekSil.[8] It was eventually lost in the Great Divide during skekSil's pursuit of Thurma and Kensho.[9]

Behind the scenes[]

According to Brian Froud, the scepter was based on a broken ouroboros, symbolizing the Skeksis' fractured view of the world.[10][11]

References[]

  1. Froud, B. & Llewellyn, J. J., (2003) The World of the Dark Crystal. Pavilion Books. ISBN 1-86205-624-2
  2. B. Froud, M. Dow Smith, A. Sheikman & L. John (2015). The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths, Vol. III. Archaia. ISBN 978-1-60886-435-5.
  3. "Time to Make...My Move" The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Netflix. August 30, 2019
  4. "A Single Piece Was Lost" The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Netflix. August 30, 2019
  5. 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.
  6. Spurrier, S., The Power of the Dark Crystal, #2, Archaia, USA, April 2017
  7. Spurrier, S., The Power of the Dark Crystal, #3, Archaia, USA, May 2017
  8. Spurrier, S. & Kennedy Johnson, P., The Power of the Dark Crystal, #8, Archaia, USA, October 2017
  9. Spurrier, S. & Kennedy Johnson, P., The Power of the Dark Crystal, #10, Archaia, USA, January 2018
  10. Audio commentary: The Dark Crystal. Narrator: Brian Froud. Directors: Jim Henson and Frank Oz. 1982. Blu-ray. Universal, 2007.
  11. C. Gaines, The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History, Titan Books, 2017, p. 123, ISBN 1-78565-592-2.
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