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When I was young, my master told me of a creature called a Shrookil. They're simple beasts. They breed, they eat and they try not to get eaten. Just like any other animal. But there's one thing that sets them apart: they sing as they die. A lament, telling any creature near enough to hear: "I lived. I lived, but now my life is done. I remember wondering what such a song must sound like. Today all of Thra sings that song.

Shrookil - Iris Compiet

Shrookils were ground birds native to the Endless Forest, characterized by their six eyes, long beaks and stubby wings. They were capable of making short flights and fed primarily on the ground. Although unremarkable in appearance, they were renowned for their mournful song when approaching death.[2]

The species went extinct during the Age of Division due to hunting by the Skeksis, but its characteristic vocalization was immortalized by song tellers, who incorporated the sound into their tunes to symbolize the end of a life well lived.[2]

During the hunt for Thurma and Kensho to retrieve the shard, Jen recalled that in his youth, urSu told him of the Shrookils, recalling that he would wonder what such a song would sound like and stated that all of Thra was now singing that song. The Lord Commander admitted that he heard it too, but insisted that all was not yet lost.[1] As the Skeksis attacked the Castle of the Crystal, Jen commented that another age of Thra had come to a close and that this one may be its last. The chant grew louder every minute, like the song of the Shrookil that urSu once told him of. Kira told him that it was not a Shrookil or even the urRu who were now guiding the melody, but that all of Thra was singing its own dirge.[3]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Spurrier, S. & Kennedy Johnson, P., The Power of the Dark Crystal #7, Archaia, USA, September 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cesare, A. & Compiet, I. (2020), The Dark Crystal Bestiary: The Definitive Guide to the Creatures of Thra, Insight Editions, p. 163, ISBN 1683838211
  3. Spurrier, S. & Kennedy Johnson, P., The Power of the Dark Crystal #11, Archaia, USA, February 2018
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