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UrSu the Master chose death that the balance of urRu and Skeksis might be broken. Wise was he always and subtle in meditation beyond understanding.

UrSu was the urRu's Master and counterpart to skekSo the Emperor.

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UrSu saving Jen during the Garthim War

Known as the wisest of the Mystics, shortly after the Great Division he assumed leadership of the urRu and led them to the Valley of the Standing Stones, where he decreed that the urRu would adopt a strictly non-interventionist position in Thra's affairs, unless explicitly called upon by the Crystal, since the urSkeks, and therefore themselves, were not of Thra. While some of his companions complied, his decision was questioned by others such as urMa, urVa and urGoh, the latter of whom's insistence on taking an active role in toppling the Skeksis Empire led to his banishment.

During the Makrak crisis, he refused Raunip's pleas to stop the Skeksis from going to war with the Makraks, declaring that it was not the urRu's place to interfere. He eventually relented and took part in the peace negotiations which culminated in Raunip guiding the Makraks to the Field of Fire.[2]

The wise and melancholic leader of the Mystics changed his policy of not interfering in the political and cultural clashes of Thra after witnessing the Skeksis subjugate and exterminate several of its native species. It is because of this that during the Garthim War, he adopted Jen after his clan had been destroyed, and raised him for the sole purpose of ending Skeksis rule.[3] Among the lessons he imparted Jen was that of the "shapes of kindness", teaching him that his good deeds, no matter how small, contributed piece by piece to the healing of Thra.[4]

UrSu Death

UrSu dying in peace

When he deemed Jen ready for his task, he allowed his health to deteriorate on its own. As his counterpart skekSo had absorbed too much Darkening into his body, it was affecting urSu as well. Knowing that skekSo would die along with him and their death would send the Skeksis into disarray, he ceased all attempts to revert the affects of the Darkening on his own body, ready to die in peace.[1] Before expiring, he charged Jen with going to Aughra's observatory and retrieving the Shard of the Division.[3]



  1. 1.0 1.1 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. 3.0 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.
  4. Godbey, C. (2017), Jim Henson's Dark Crystal Tales, Archaia Studios Press, ISBN 978-1608868452

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