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  • SkekUng
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  • SkekUng was the Skeksis' Garthim Master (later General and Emperor), and counterpart to urIm the Healer. He was physically the strongest of the Skeksis after Emperor skekSo, a fact likely due to his ability to assume positions of geometric harmony unusual in the Skeksis. His robes were decked in armour pieces, which rattled as he moved. Unlike the other Skeksis, he had maintained his position ever since the Great Division. Along with skekTek the Scientist, he was one of the creators of the Garthim, which he took a fierce pride in. SkekUng was part of a political faction consisting of himself, skekTek and skekNa the Slave Master. His hatred of Gelflings ran deep, as he lost many of his beloved Garthim to them during the Garthim War.
  • SkekUng is the general of the Skeksis and the true primary antagonist in The Dark Crystal. He commands the Garthim which fight and hunt for the decadent Skeksis, so he is better known as the Garthim-Master. He is a stern, massive, heartless, manipulative, and sneering presence, and a natural leader who values anger and brute strength. SkekUng's alter ego amongst the gentle and wise Mystics is urIm, the Healer.
  • SkekUng is the general of the Skeksis. He commands the Garthim which fight and hunt for the decadent Skeksis, so he's better known as the Garthim-Master. He is a stern, massive, sneering presence, and a natural leader who values anger and brute strength. SkekUng's alter ego amongst the gentle and wise Mystics is urIm, the Healer. Upon the death of the Skeksi Emperor skekSo, it is skekUng, the Garthim-Master, that feels confident that his violent strength will earn him the throne. He enjoys the support of skekTek and skekNa.
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type of villain
  • Military Villain
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Goals
  • Command the Garthim to find and capture the two gelflings
Origin
  • The Dark Crystal
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Alias
  • The General
Hobby
  • Commanding the Garthim
Note
  • voice
  • puppeteer
Performer
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Occupation
  • Garthim-Master, Emperor of the Skeksis
Debut
  • 1982
Fullname
  • SkekUng
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  • SkekUng is the general of the Skeksis and the true primary antagonist in The Dark Crystal. He commands the Garthim which fight and hunt for the decadent Skeksis, so he is better known as the Garthim-Master. He is a stern, massive, heartless, manipulative, and sneering presence, and a natural leader who values anger and brute strength. SkekUng's alter ego amongst the gentle and wise Mystics is urIm, the Healer. In the pre-production notes for the film, the Garthim-Master is "identified by the sound of his spurs striking on the castle floors and his complete lack of subtlety. The Garthim-Master enjoys tearing apart soft Gelflings for sport". The Garthim-Master is identifiable amongst the Skeksis for its rattling armor, yellow fangs, and bellowing voice. Upon the death of the Skeksi Emperor SkekSo, it is skekUng, the Garthim-Master, that feels confident that his violent strength will earn him the throne. He enjoys the support of SkekTek and SkekNa.
  • SkekUng was the Skeksis' Garthim Master (later General and Emperor), and counterpart to urIm the Healer. He was physically the strongest of the Skeksis after Emperor skekSo, a fact likely due to his ability to assume positions of geometric harmony unusual in the Skeksis. His robes were decked in armour pieces, which rattled as he moved. Unlike the other Skeksis, he had maintained his position ever since the Great Division. Along with skekTek the Scientist, he was one of the creators of the Garthim, which he took a fierce pride in. SkekUng was part of a political faction consisting of himself, skekTek and skekNa the Slave Master. His hatred of Gelflings ran deep, as he lost many of his beloved Garthim to them during the Garthim War. When skekSo died, skekUng sought to claim the Skeksis' throne by challenging his greatest rival, skekSil the Chamberlain, to Trial by Stone. His brute strength won him the day, and he had the Chamberlain banished. However, his coronation ceremony was interrupted when the Crystal summoned the Skeksis to the Crystal Chamber, revealing that at least one Gelfling had survived the Garthim Wars, and was heading for Aughra's observatory. SkekUng sent the Garthim after Jen, but they failed in their mission and brought back Aughra instead. His authority weakened, skekUng became suspicious over the loyalty of skekZok the Ritual Master, whose constitutional claim to the throne matched his. His anger was further deepened when he was unable to rejuvinate himself with Podling essence. When skekSil returned to the Castle with Kira, skekUng was forced to reinstate his former rival, but reasserted his authority by ordering skekTek to drain her essence, in defiance to skekZok's demand for her immediate execution. Unaware of skekTek's death during Kira's subsequent escape, skekUng became increasingly paranoid, planning to execute skekTek and send the Garthim to destroy all life on Thra in order to avoid the Gelfling race suddenly regenerating itself. His plans were foiled, however, when Jen healed the Dark Crystal and reversed the Great Division.
  • SkekUng is the general of the Skeksis. He commands the Garthim which fight and hunt for the decadent Skeksis, so he's better known as the Garthim-Master. He is a stern, massive, sneering presence, and a natural leader who values anger and brute strength. SkekUng's alter ego amongst the gentle and wise Mystics is urIm, the Healer. In the pre-production notes for the film, the Garthim-Master is "identified by the sound of his spurs striking on the castle floors and his complete lack of subtlety. The Garthim-Master enjoys tearing apart soft Gelflings for sport." The Garthim-Master is identifiable amongst the Skeksis for its rattling armor, yellow fangs, and bellowing voice. Upon the death of the Skeksi Emperor skekSo, it is skekUng, the Garthim-Master, that feels confident that his violent strength will earn him the throne. He enjoys the support of skekTek and skekNa. "Strongest of all for brute force, after the Emperor was skekUng the Garthim-Master. Torment was his pleasure, though his urSkeks original had been a healer and continued so in his urRu form. Hidden in that tall, shining urSkeks was one who, ages later, could find pleasure in tearing apart the gentle Gelfling. The urSkeks knew this evil was in them and tried hard to burn it out. The soul driven by strong forces is weak, and the soul without strength is helpless. Wisdom and compassion have their roots in the same soil as violence and hate; the strong being allows them to fight within him, to recognize that his strength of will must control the evil he could do. That the urSkeks did not understand this and violated their nature was the ruin of our World. They looked and spoke like superior beings, but they too were capable of error." - The World of the Dark Crystal In The World of the Dark Crystal (documentary), Jim Henson stated that the Skeksis started out as based upon the Seven Deadly Sins. SkekUng would represent Wrath. The original creature resides at The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta.
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