Since the announcement of The Dark Crystal prequel contest, I've been outlining the novel I'd like to write. But I'm curious to hear what other passionate DC fans would like to happen in a prequel novel. I am very excited that Henson Co. is making a DC novel series. In prose form I think you can flesh out some ideas and show some new dimensions to beloved DC characters. Here are a few things I'd like to see in a Dark Crystal novel (and I'm not afraid of anyone stealing/using these ideas. If you want to throw these into your Contest submission, do it. Heck, maybe you can do it better!) I really want to show the duality of the urRu/Skeksis; flesh out their personalities. Emphasize that they really are half of one soul. I want to show the urRu look up at the stars and for a brief moment, have inspiration--a kindling of inventiveness or passion. But the fire quickly dies. The Mystics lack ambition and drive. They are passive. I want to see the Skeksis have moments where you actually think for a moment that the Skeksis have the potential to be incredible leaders for Thra. Then without conscience or inhibition to guide them, the Skeksis are distracted by paranoia and self-obsession. I really don't want to read a novel where the Skeksis are still the same old reptiles. They should be young and strong, gifted in the arts of flattery and lies. I have to say--I'm really want to explore more of Thra, more than anything else. The Crystal Desert sounds amazing. I'd love to see a Podling actually be a respectable character. Not a laughing potato with eyes. (Sorry if that sounds harsh. I just really want to see a Podling hero--someone the readers can read about and invest in.) Expanding the mythos of The Dark Crystal would very interesting. I have plans to have the main character uncover tales from the ancient past. (Psh. Now I'm sure my story won't be chosen. Oh well.) Not of how the Gelfling Maiden Got Her Wings, but stories of Gelfling Civilizations from previous Great Conjunctions. Speaking of Great Conjunctions, does the combined light from the Dying, the Rose, and Greater Suns hitting the Great Crystal change Thra somehow? The End of the World! Or the Beginning... It would be interesting to explore those tangents somehow, too... I'm curious: I have an idea for the Great Crystal to be seen sort of like a religious symbol. Maybe some Gelflings make a pilgrimage to the Crystal once every 7 years or something. The Gelfling clans view the Skeksis as the Crystal's chosen ears and mouth of the Crystal. Maybe that's why the Gelflings have a good relationship with Skeksis at first. The Gelflings believe skekSo was chosen by the Crystal itself. (Bah. I'm sure Henson Co. would turn it down.) What would you guys like to see happen in a Dark Crystal novel series?