|“||We live, we live, we live forever!||„|
|~ The Skeksis during the Great Conjunction.|
The Skeksis, also known as the "Skeksès", are an evil race of chimeric beings and the main antagonists in the 1982 dark-fantasy film The Dark Crystal. They are the opposite of the gentle UrRu (known as the Mystics in the movie).
The Skeksis are part reptile, part predatory bird and part dragon and wore elaborate but threadbare robes to make themselves appear more larger and intimidating.
When The Crystal (originally known as the Crystal of Truth) cracked long, one of the two races born from the essence of the semi-devine race of creatures known as the UrSkeks, resulting from the split were the evil Skeksis, embodiments of the evil inside the UrSkeks. Possessing all of the negative attributes of society, and none of the positive ones, they live out a superficial existence of intrigue and plots against each other while struggling to retain their grip on the biodiverse planet Thra. They keep essence-drained Podlings as slaves, have their own personal army in the Garthim, and absolutely despise Gelflings, a race they thought they have completely exterminated.
There were originally eighteen Skeksis, but by the time of the Great Conjunction when they rejoined with their benevolent opposites, the Mystics, only eight remained.
- SkekSo, the Emperor (voiced by the late Jerry Nelson)
- SkekZok, the Ritual-Master (voiced by the late Jerry Nelson)
- SkekUng, the Garthim-Master (voiced by Michael Kilgarriff
- SkekSil, the Chamberlain (voiced by the late Barry Dennen)
- SkekTek, the Scientist (voiced by Steve Whitmire)
- SkekAyuk, the Gourmand (voiced by Thick Wilson)
- SkekNa, the Slave-Master (voiced by the late David Buck)
- SkekShod, the Treasurer (voiced by Charles Collingwood)
- SkekOk, the Scroll-Keeper (voiced by John Baddeley)
- SkekEkt, the Ornamentalist (voiced by Brian Muehl)
- SkekVar, the General
- SkekLach, the Collector
- SkekGra, the Conquerer
- SkekLi, the Satirist
- SkekSa, the Mariner
- Although there are eighteen and then eight of them, the Skeksis were originally based on the Seven Deadly Sins.
- Initially, the Skeksis had a constructed language that is a mix of ancient Greek and Egyptian. This was eventually scrapped due to test screening audiences find it confusing alongside with the captions present.
- Skeksis is both singular and plural, but the plural form is "Skeksès" (pronounced 'Skek-sees').