|“||I..I..I..I.. am.. still emperor...||„|
|~ SkekSo's last words before he died.|
SkekSo was the Emperor of the Skeksis and a minor antagonist in The Dark Crystal. His spiritual other half in the film is the Mystic master, UrSu. In the film, SkekSo is only seen shortly before his death.
He was performed by the late Jim Henson, with the late Jerry Nelson providing his voice.
In the early trine of his reign, SkekSo was originally an energetic ruler who enjoyed lavish festivity and sporting events, which he invariably won (as described in "The World of the Dark Crystal"). However, as he aged, he became cruel, paranoid, aggressive and spiteful, even toward his fellow Skeksis, elevating individuals to high positions only to depose them afterward.
SkekSo had ruled the Skeksis since the split of the Crystal, and the division of the UrSkeks. Initially, SkekSo's reign was initially a benevolent one, as he shoned with glory, leading feast processions and dances, and also beating all his rivals in tournaments. As the Skeksis aged and diminished, SkekSo kept authority through favoritism, suspicion, and sheer courage. After the Garthim Wars, his health began deteriorating, with SkekSo's sight soon weakened and his body rotting with ulcers. He then eventually died before he would be given a further 999 and one trine of life to live from the Ceremony of the Sun.
- Although no performer was given a puppeteering credit for the Emperor in the film's ending credits, it can be inferred (based on information given in "The Making of the Dark Crystal") that Jim Henson performed SkekSo.