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And when SkekSil's lies do not work, the Emperor turns to his General for a more forceful solution. A master of martial skill and strategy, SkekVar is perhaps the most honest of his dishonest brethren, but not above using dirty tricks.
~ "The Gelfling Gathering"

SkekVar is the secondary antagonist in the first season of the 2019 Netflix prequel series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. He is the quick-tempered commander of the Skeksis' army and SkekSo's right-hand man.

He was performed by Kevin Clash, with Benedict Wong providing his voice.

Personality

When SkekVar was ambassador of the Skeksis, he assumed a facade of mock concern for the Gelfling, though his true nature revealed itself in private, where he would express enthusiasm over eventually crushing them.

As general, skekVar was the most impatient of the Skeksis, preferring violent action instead of scheming plots. Unlike his comrades, he made no effort to hide his disgust over the Gelflings, ignoring decorum even when in the presence of the All-Maudra and bragging in her presence that she owed her position to the Skeksis. SkekVar further distinguished himself in not being afraid of fighting in single combat, and dismissed his less powerful or martially skilled comrades as "weaklings". A shallow individual, skekVar always judged appearances, disliking Gelflings he deemed undersized or had faces he considered even remotely imperfect. When the healing properties of Gelfling essence were discovered, he advocated taking all Gelfling on Thra by force, thus putting him in conflict with SkekSil the Chamberlain, who preferred to harvest the Gelfling in moderation in order to guarantee a steady supply. 

Out of all the Skeksis, SkekVar was the most loyal to Emperor SkekSo, though he was not above taking his own initiative when he felt it served the interest of all Skeksis, such as partially draining Gurjin, despite the Emperor wanting him alive and murdering the All-Maudra, something he was not instructed to do. Having an uncontrollable temper, SkekVar was quick to start a fight with those that insulted him. Only speaking calmly to skekSo, skekVar would bark out orders and threats to both Skeksis and Gelflings to remind them of his high rank.

Biography

SkekVar, along with the other Skeksis, attended the gathering to draw energy from the Dark Crystal in order to prolong his lifespan, although the process eventually failed. Despite being concerned, he readily agreed with SkekSo's speech about the Skeksis being eternal, and was later overjoyed when SkekTek the Scientist revealed the way to obtain energy is through the use of Gelfling essence drawn from them by the Crystal, soon quaffing down some essence drained from Mira.

The General later assisted in helping the Emperor with recruiting the Arathim to unleash an ambush in Stone-in-the-Wood, and capturing the Gelfling of the Castle Guard to drain them of their essence. SkekVar is also the only other Skeksis besides SkekSo to witness the effects of the Darkening, soon participating in the Battle at Stone-in-the-Wood with the other Skeksis. He clashed with Rian in a duel, nearly winning until SkekVar is wounded from the Dual Glaive, draining him of all the essence he consumed and reducing him to an extremely weakened state. The General retreated to a secluded area where SkekSil the Chamberlain eventually betrayed the former by stabbing him in his wound, killing SkekVar into the dust. With SkekVar dead, All-Maudra Mayrin is avenged and she can finally rest in peace.

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Trivia

  • Following the release of official images showing the character cast, many viewers mistook SkekVar as SkekUng, who took up the mantle of General in the original film), thus believing the latter is instead appearing in the series. However, the Netflix captions essentially confirmed the two are separate characters, as SkekUng is mentioned by the Ritual Master when planning to bring the missing Skeksis back.
  • After his death, SkekVar is the first Skeksis to die in almost 1000 trine since the two unnamed Skeksis, who died very soon after the Great Division.

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