SkekSa was the focal Skeksis antagonist of J.M. Lee's young adult tie-in novels Tides of the Dark Crystal and Flames of the Dark Crystal. She and her urRu counterpart, urSan, mentored both Amri and Naia throughout.

Biography Edit

All I wanted was to be rid of this wretched landlocked place, travel the sea, and find my fortune - but you betrayed me! Just like everyone has betrayed me. urSan, the Sifa, the Gelfling! - skekZok. Now I'm truly alone.

skekSa to Naia
In the timeline established in the young adult novels, skekSa was depicted as a travelling Skeksis who rarely stepped foot on the mainland, and rarely attended events within the Skeksis' castle. She sailed the Silver Sea coast aboard her living behemoth ship, Vassa, an enslaved sea monster. SkekSa seemed to have no interest in the politics of the castle, and would have preferred to leave it all behind if it were possible. Unfortunately, she was unable to cross the sea without the help of the Sifa—or without her urRu counterpart, urSan the Swimmer. 

SkekSa was the patron Skeksis of the Sifa clan, and appeared to have a genuine fondness for them. However, when the Sifa joined the Gelfling resistance, skekSa saw this as a betrayal and turned against them, re-allying herself with Emperor skekSo. She believed that the only way to win back her favor among the Skeksis at the castle was to return Naia and Gurjin to them. When she and her old ally skekZok failed to do that, skekZok turned against her putting the blame for Naia and Gurjin's escape solely on her. Furious that everyone she had been allies with had betrayed her now skekSa resorted to revenge. Realising skekSo wanted her dead skekSa decided to outright kill Naia blaming her for turning the Sifa gelfling against her. Arriving at the Drenchen Clan's home in the Great Sog skekSa managed to kill Naia and Gurjin’s mother, Maudra Laesid, before she was ultimately stopped by the Drenchen and her Mystic counterpart urSan in the finale of Flames of the Dark Crystal.

During the events of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, when skekOk suggested calling the rest of the Skeksis back to the castle after skekMal returned on the brink of death, skekZok briefly mentioned skekSa, opining that she and skekNa would be "useful in a fight."

Behind the scenes Edit

The character first appeared in the second volume of Legends of the Dark Crystal but, according to Heidi Arnold, was meant to be named skekCru.[1] In J.M. Lee's Tides of the Dark Crystal, the character is the first Skeksis to be identified with female pronouns. Lee stated in an interview that his choice in identifying skekSa as female was in part inspired by the original film's novelization by A.C.H. Smith, which describes how the Skeksis lack sexes, but have a form of gender identity.[2]

References Edit

  1. Arnold, H. (February 17, 2011). Comment on main user profile. Los Angeles, CA: deviantART. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
  2. Trial By Stone - J.M. Lee - Author of Tides of The Dark Crystal Part 1, Dark Crystal Podcast, 2019
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