Description

Slow-moving, peaceful, ponderous creatures with six limbs (four arms, two legs), hunched backs and long necks. Each Mystic wears a unique coat or robe worked with spiral patterns.

Though they are often called Mystics, these gentle creatures that represent the ‘light’ half of the Skeksis are called urRu. When the names of the urRu and the Skeksis are combined, they form the names of the urSkeks: the original race which arrived on Thra and was later split in two by the light of the Triple Sun and the Crystal.

After the separation, the Mystics scattered themselves across Thra, rarely gathering in one place. They became hermits and wanderers, absorbing what wisdom they could from the world, and returning it to the many creatures, including the Gelfling, they encountered. Now, they are rarely seen, nothing but myths to even the Skeksis with whom they are intertwined.

Slow-moving, peaceful, ponderous creatures with six limbs (four arms, two legs), hunched backs and long necks. Each Mystic wears a unique coat or robe worked with spiral patterns.

Thoughtful and in the moment, peaceful but occasionally sluggish, Mystics take their time understanding the world around them, philosophizing their way through life—so much so that sometimes they forget to actually do anything. They’re very in tune with nature, and spend much of their days asking questions and waiting for the answers.

Mystic ways include stone rituals, leaves, and smoke (as we learn when Aughra experiments with these things to try to find the Song of Thra).


List of urRu

urAc the Scribe

History

Origin

The urRu, the peaceful, passive counterparts to the Skeksis, came into existence when the light of the Crystal of Truth shined upon the urSkeks during the Second Great Conjunction and divided the urSkeks into two beings. While the Skeksis were rapacious, whimsical and cruel, the urRu, dubbed the “Mystics” by the Gelfling, were creative and healing creatures. Each was linked to a Skeksis opposite; whatever fate one suffered, the other suffered the same. Immediately after the urSkeks split, confused fighting erupted and two Skeksis (and therefore two urRu) were murdered.

After the division, it was the Mystics who took on the sorrows of the world. Although they had inherited the mystical wisdom of the urSkeks, they were powerless to use it outside their own valley, since the division robbed them of their ability to act.

urUtt the Weaver

Valley of the Mystics

After the Skeksis settled into their roles as Lords of the Dark Crystal, the Mystics slowly made their way to a nearby valley to contemplate their fate. They used their magic to speak to the stones of the valley, etching spirals on them that formed an impenetrable ward, which the Skeksis and their maleficence could not penetrate.

Valley of the Stones

In the Valley of the Stones, they taught and interacted with Gelfling. When the Skeksis eliminated all the Gelfling but two (Jen and Kira), it was the urRu who fostered Jen. And it was urSu the Master who sent Jen on his quest to heal the crystal. Their hopes for redemption rested on Jen.

Artifacts

Dream spirals of an urRu coat

The pattern underlying the elaborate dream spirals of the urRu coats had significant meaning. First, the geomantic pattern known as the Tree of Life was obtained through the process of dream-etching; it clearly underlies the design of all coats. Second, meticulous work with the technique of phase matching showed that the apparently random abrasions on urRu prayer sticks were, in fact, a form of Ogham script, which, when taken as a whole, provided a description of and guide to the Tree of Life.

The tree consisted of seven aspects of the life of the spirit (in a hexagon with one central member) placed over a macrocosm of four elements of the physical world (an inverted triangle, again with a central member). The urRu lived in the coats and through the pattern of their coats; as their souls ascended the Tree of Life, their bodies were wrapped in the emblems of its branches.

The death blanket of the urRu, laid over the bodies of the dying, its blend of somber and vivid colors and the rigid geometrical patterns, symbolized the end of life and constrained the wanderings of the departed soul. It is the only urRu artifact that bears no spirals, for its wearer’s dreams are beyond control. The Great Conjunction symbol lies at its heart and three conjunctions guard the corners.


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