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Name SkekZok
Race Skeksis
Occupation Ritual Master
urRu counterpart urZah
Era(s) Great Division
Garthim War
Jen's quest
Residence Castle of the Crystal

SkekZok was the Skeksis' Ritual Master, and counterpart to urZah the Ritual Guardian. SkekZok fancied himself as Emperor skekSo's closest advisor, and sought to control the other Skeksis through false prophecies and apparitions, only to discover that they distrusted his divinations and practised their own.[2] He was in charge of leading all ceremonial occasions, and was third in line to the Skeksis' throne after the death of skekSo.[3]

SkekZok was part of a political faction consisting of skekShod the Treasurer and skekOk the Scroll Keeper. After the death of skekSo, skekZok abstained from participating in the subsequent Trial by Stone which lead to the ascension of the Garthim Master skekUng and the banishment of Chamberlain skekSil. This was however a political calculation, as the Ritual Master knew he could not match the Garthim Master's brute strength or the Chamberlain's constitutional claim. Although he feigned loyalty to skekUng, he took every opportunity to passively undermine the new Emperor's authority. When skekUng's Garthim failed to capture the Gelfling Jen, skekZok took charge of the situation and summoned his Crystal Bats to seek him out. When the banished skekSil returned to the Castle of the Crystal with Kira, skekZok insisted on her immediate execution, while skekUng ordered her to be drained of essence first. SkekZok later began to plot with skekShod to overthrow skekUng, but the plan was never realised. As the third Great Conjunction, which would have granted the Skeksis eternal life, approached, the escaped Gelflings were discovered in the Crystal Chamber, wielding the shard. In the ensuing struggle, skekZok fatally wounded Kira with his ritual dagger, effectively sealing the Skeksis' fate, as the grief stricken Jen used the shard to heal the Crystal and reverse the Great Division.[3]


  1. 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.
  2. Froud, B. & Llewellyn, J. J., The World of the Dark Crystal. Pavilion Books. ISBN 1-86205-624-2
  3. 3.0 3.1 Smith, A. C. H., & Odell, D. (1982). The Dark Crystal. Holt, Rinehart and Winston . ISBN 0030624363