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Vassa was a Behemoth that SkekSa the Mariner had been using as a living vessel since at least the early Age of Division. It was briefly sighted by Thriya during her sojourn at Cera-Na, and she described it as resembling a "mound as tall and large as an island, broken with spikes like mountains".[1] The Sifans named the Behemoth constellation "Vassafina" in honor of the creature.[2]

By the late Age of Division, Vassa had disappeared, with skekSa having to sail the seas with a Skeksis-made Dreadnought. After sighting the Mondo Levidian, skekSa christened the creature "Vassa" as well, and swore to tame it as she had her earlier vessel.[3]

In other continuities[]

In the continuity established by the young adult novels, Vassa is still in use by the late Age of Division, and is described as resembling a gargantuan sea turtle that has been converted into a mobile base by the Skeksis. On its scaly side is a dock that is carved into the creature's thick barnacle-covered shell. Further from the dock is a scale that hides a doorway into the interior of Vassa's shell. The passages within contain glass lamps that bathe them in light. SkekSa controls the beast and the interior using a whistle that allows her to open and close the doors she has installed inside. It was said to possess a thorny obsidian shell as large as Omerya-Staba.[4]


  1. Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, p. 131, ISBN 0593095596
  2. Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, p. 146, ISBN 0593095596
  3. Age of resistance logo – Erman, Matthew., Age of Resistance – The Journey into the Mondo Levidian, #12, Archaia, USA, October 2020
  4. Lee, J.M (2018), Tides of the Dark Crystal, Penguin Workshop, ISBN 978-0399539848