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The scepter absorbing the Darkening

The Scepter of Office was 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]

During the time of the Gelfling resistance, skekSo incorporated a small crystal onto the scepter which allowed him to gather the Darkening[2] and use it to lethal effect during the Second Battle of Stone-in-the-Wood.[3]

During the Age of Power, the Scepter was housed alongside other Skeksis relics in skekTek's former laboratory.[4] Jen used the Scepter to arrest the newly returned Skeksis and imprison them,[5] but had it taken from him by skekSil.[6] It was eventually lost in the Great Divide during skekSil's pursuit of Thurma and Kensho.[7]

Behind the scenesEdit

According to Brian Froud, the scepter was based on a broken ouroboros, symbolizing the Skeksis' fractured view of the world.[8][9]

ReferencesEdit

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