- "We live, we live, we live forever!"
- — The Skeksis during the Great Conjuction.
The Skeksis, also known as the "SkekSès" and "Skeksès" are an evil race of beings and they are the main antagonists in the 1982 dark-fantasy film The Dark Crstyal.
The Skeksis are part reptile, part predatory bird and part dragon.
When the Crystal (formerly 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 known the Mystics (known as the UrRus in the original story) , only eight remained.
Skeksis is both singular and plural, but the plural form is "Skeksès" (pronounced 'Skek-sees').