The Dark Crystal


The Garthim

Then the Skeksis made the Garthim from the memories of sea creatures in their first world, quickened by the light of the Dark Crystal, through the skill of skekTek the Scientist, the power of skekUng the Garthim-Master. The strength of the Garthim was unbelievable, their stupidity incalculable. Their sole purpose was to destroy all they found. The Gelfling understood this and lived in fear of them; the Pod People never understood this, never realized they had any connection with the castle from which no Pod slaves returned to tell their story.

They bred Crystal Bats to carry lenses of artificial crystal that sent images of all they saw back to the Crystal in the Skeksis' castle. At first the bats flew only in the dark, after the manner of their kind; but the Skeksis bred from the bolder and hardier strains, till no corner of the World was unknown to them. And when the Skeksis would direct the Garthim and their all-seeing crystal eyes, they made an end to the Gelfling.

Then the Skeksis exulted in the deaths of the last Gelfling and of the Prophecy.

Text from:
Brian Froud, The World of the Dark Crystal [ISBN: 1 86205 624 2]
Henson Organization Publishing / Harry N. Abrams, New York 2003
Originally published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York 1982
The urRu march toward the Castle of the Crystal ... to their destiny
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