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My patience grows thin, mortals. Don't you realize you've already lost? Merlin is dead at the hands of his greatest champion, and we've turned his Trollhunter against you.
―Skrael to the captured Guardians of Arcadia[src]

Skrael was a major antagonist in the Tales of Arcadia franchise, serving as an unseen antagonist in Trollhunters and 3Below, a major antagonist in Wizards, and the secondary antagonist of Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans.

He was the right-hand of the Arcane Order and the sibling of Bellroc and Nari.

History[]

Backstory[]

Skrael and his brethren, Nari and Bellroc, have been alive for countless millennium, watching over magic and mortals since the stars were young. Together, the three of them formed the Arcane Order and made it their goal to maintain the balance between the realms of magic and mortals. However, they became bitter as humanity in particular began to turn on magic and tip the balance out of control through their cruel actions.

During the original timeline, Skrael and the Order were desperate to protect the balance but unwilling to intervene directly. To work around this, they resurrected Morgana and declared her their Champion, granting her the immense powers she needed to combat Merlin and bring about the Eternal Night with Gunmar. Unfortunately, their plans backfired when Morgana was overpowered by Merlin and sealed under Arcadia Oak's Heartstone during the Battle of Killahead Bridge; on the other hand, Deya the Deliverer trapped Gunmar and his Gumm-Gumm army into the Darklands, ending the War for the Surface Lands and permanently tipping the balance to humanity's favor. With a reluctant Nari, the Order gave up their neutrality and began to make violent rebuttals of their own in an attempt to regain the balance. Their efforts resulted in little to no success as Merlin stepped up once again to protect humanity from their wrath, solidifying the antagonism between Merlin and the Order.

The balance lost, Skrael and Bellroc came to the conclusion that humanity is beyond their correction. They decided to search for the Genesis Seals and hoped that by unlocking them, they could use its raw magic to trigger a 'Summoning' and remake the world into their own image. Their new apocalyptic ambitions became the final straw in Nari's decision to defect from the Order and seek Merlin for protection in Camelot. Her defection prompted Skrael and Bellroc to resurrect King Arthur as the Green Knight, who would assist them in their search for Nari and the Genesis Seals.

Wizards[]

Skrael made his first appearance in the battle between the Arcane Order and Camelot, where the Order stalked Camelot in their Fortress before launching a nighttime surprise attack. Skrael initiated the battle by aiming a freezing spell at a deployed lookout; Galahad, the knight onboard, was able to alert the castle's inhabitants of their arrival before being frozen in place by Skrael's ice. Alongside Bellroc, Skrael attacked Camelot again and while his spell was briefly blocked by Merlin's counterattack, Skrael's magic overwhelmed Merlin to the point where the latter drops his staff and is left defenseless. The Fortress and Camelot bombard each other with their cannons and when they eventually crash into each other, Skrael took advantage of their close proximity to create ice bridges that link the ships together.

Skrael created more ice bridges at multiple locations in the Fortress to trap Camelot in place and to allow a large pack of Shadow Mephits to board Camelot and attack those onboard. Eventually, Skrael confronted Merlin on a bridge and smugly demanded that Merlin surrender, likely in reference to Nari. Before he could board Camelot, Galahad broke out of Skrael's ice and crashes his lookout through Skrael's ice bridges, freeing Camelot and forcing Skrael to retreat back to the Fortress.

Once Skrael is united with Bellroc and the unveiled Green Knight, the three of them combined their magic together to create a massive burst of magic that bestowed irreversible damage unto Camelot. One of those blasts destroyed the Heart of Avalon, closing the portal to the past created by Douxie and trapping him, Claire, Steve, and a crystalized Jim in the past. Their attacks were eventually ceased by Merlin who, reunited with his staff, used a powerful spell to knock the Arcane Order's Fortress out of the sky to temporarily placate them.

Rise of the Titans[]

Bellroc and Skrael attacked the Guardians of Arcadia and captured Nari. Douxie changed bodies, but the Order found out and was able to severe the spell. Placing Nari under their control, they broke open the Genesis Seals and awoke the Titans and converged to the Center of the Universe and connectd to the last primordial Heartstone. The Titans faced resistance on the way. Nari killed Nomura and Strickler killed himself trying to kill Skrael, but to no avail. But Nari falls out of control and started infighting with Skrael leading to the deaths of both Skreal, Nari and their Titans.

Physical Description[]

Skrael is a demigod with the build of a young teenager. He has glittery, pale light-blue skin and pale blue eyes with black sclera and white eyelashes. There are small, transparent horns on either side of his forehead that stick out asymmetrically; he's bald with no eyebrows and has tattoos on the back of his head and neck. He is short, hardly reaching to Bellroc's waist, with a small torso and long legs. His fingertips and toe-tips are frostbitten black. There are black lines tattooed around his ankles, wrists, and fingertips, as well as a black line running from the underside of his lip to his chin. After awakening the ice titan, Skrael's eyes glow icy blue.

Skrael wears a black, hooded cloak that loosely covers his entire body; it is old and frayed with torn ribbons of cloth making up the hem. The skull of a long-horned animal is worn over his hooded head. Brown leather lacing is wound over the horns, which stretch out horizontally with bone that twist upwards at both ends. He wears a dark, teal-gray tunic underneath the cloak; the tunic is styled with a wide neckline that stretches from shoulder to shoulder and wide, loose sleeves. Its hem starts mid-thigh and meets above his knees in a V-shape. Both the sleeve and hem trim are made from white thread; a simple snowflake design is also embroidered across the upper front and back of the tunic. A black sash is layered around his waist and he wears plain black underwear.

Skrael is barefoot and mostly levitates above the ground. He always carries his staff unless it has been knocked away from him.

Personality[]

Skrael is an unforgiving, ruthless, and delusional individual who, millennia ago, came to believe that mankind was beyond correction, and therefore sees them as corrupt. Like the other members of the Arcane Order, Skrael was heavily dedicated to do anything to bring back the balance between magic and mortal, but he and Bellroc had a twisted version of the balance where magickind would become dominant over humankind. When Nari came to see that the Arcane Order were causing destruction instead of returning the balance, Skrael never came to see the error in his actions, even when she tried to convince the Arcane Order that what they were doing was wrong, proving him to be a hypocrite because he was just as corrupt as he saw mankind, if not more so.

He is also manipulative and petty as he used Morgana's compassion towards magical beings to turn her into the Eldritch Queen alongside the other members of the Arcane Order, and when Morgana failed the Order, Skrael decided to switch his goals from bringing back the balance to breaking the Genesis Seals to unleash the Titans upon the world, which, if just one of them connected with the Heartstone beneath Arcadia, would've restarted the world anew and reduced the universe to nothingness, as Arcadia is the center of the universe.

In his heart, Skrael is also uncaring, selfish, and a total sociopath, as he cares about no one other than himself. In addition to this selfishness is his needlessly extreme sadism; he is the most sadistic member of the Arcane Order, even more so than his leader Bellroc, who is only sadistic in actions that benefits her goals. This is shown when he takes his time to torture Steve like a psychopathic man-child with nothing to gain and nothing to lose, and even though Bellroc tells him to stop and he apologizes, he shows that he isn't truly sorry by continuing to do so anyway. This means that, despite serving Bellroc, he has no true loyalty to her and is only concerned about his own well-being. Skrael was also seen sadistically smiling when he revealed the identity of the Green Knight to Morgana and when Bellroc was burning down a town. He also even said to Merlin that he was hoping for more "cat and mouse", again showing his sadistic nature, and this quote also implies that Skrael didn't care about the balance from the beginning and is merely joining Bellroc to torture mortals.

Despite being needlessly sadistic, Skrael is also shown to be dangerously pragmatic and patient, as he points out to Bellroc that the Arcane Order can't intervene at the Battle of Killahead Bridge or bad consequences would follow for them, and that burning down GDT Arcane Books (Merlin's library in Arcadia) is pointless. He is also shown to be suspicious and observant about Morgana after he and Bellroc release her from the Shadow Realm so she can become part of the Arcane Order once again, as when she is looking at a painting of her with Merlin and Douxie, he notes that she was naïve. He also asks her suspiciously about other places of Merlin's power other than GDT Arcane Books, and as it turns out, Morgana wasn't truly loyal to the Arcane Order anymore when she came back.

Powers & Abilities[]

Powers[]

  • Magic: Being a sort of demigod, Skrael is among one of the most powerful sorcerers in existence, rivaled only by his siblings, Bellroc and Nari, as well as Merlin and Morgana. After exposing himself to the raw magics of the Genesis Seals, Skrael's ice magic was supercharged to near omniscient.
    • Cryomancy: As the demigod of the North Wind, Skrael is a master of ice magic that grants them power over ice and cold, able to manifest it in extremely low temperatures, such as using ice to temporarily trap Camelot.
      • Cryo-Telekinesis: Skrael can move his ice with their will, seen when they playfully tortured Steve Palchuk.
      • Ice Stasis: Skrael is able to use his magic to trap his prisoners, not even AAARRRGGHH!!! can break free of.
      • Cryoportation: Skrael is able to use their staff to create circular portals beneath them which have a snow/ice looking border.
      • Ice Shield: Skrael can manifest a barrier made of ice.
      • Ice/Cold Immunity: Skrael is immune to the affects of cold and even ice (including his own magic).
    • Frigomancy: Along with his ice magic, Skrael can also control snow and strong winds.
      • Blizzard Creation: Skrael can create blizzards and can control/summon snow to his command.
        • Frigokinesis: Along with their control over ice, Skrael can also manipulate snow.
        • Aerokinesis: Skrael's winds are strong enough to send a horde of knights flying off their feet.
    • Flight/Levitation: Skrael has the power to levitate and float through the air as he is rarely seen walking. Later on, it is shown that they can fly at great speeds when enraged.
    • Resurrection: With Bellroc and Nari, Skrael possesses the power to resurrect the dead and bring them back to life.
    • Transmogrification Severing: With Bellroc, they were able to break Douxie's spell on Nari and restore them both to their original bodies.
    • Immortality: As a sort of demigod, Skrael has existed in the universe since the beginning of time.

Abilities[]

  • Combatant: Like Bellroc, Skrael is noticeably formidable in combat. In Rise of the Titans, he's shown blocking Douxie's attacks without even looking, all while shielding himself from Claire's magic simultaneously.
  • Observation: Skrael has proven himself to be quite observant in different circumstances. After bringing Morgana back from the Shadow Realm (through the Green Knight's insistence), he could tell the witch was reflecting on her past actions and watched as she even tried to talk to Arthur about how he remorselessly killed Merlin (the very master she previously despised). Skrael's suspicions regarding Morgana's new loyalties were proven correct as she claimed to seek more information in the Shadow Realm when she really wanted to find her brother's soul, helped Claire look for Jim in the process, and eventually joined her with the Guardians of Arcadia in fighting against the Order.

Weaknesses[]

  • Trifurcate Radiation: When blasted by Krel's trifurcate blaster, Skrael's magic is rendered completely nullified, leaving them powerless.

Equipment[]

  • Staff: Skrael's staff helps him in directing his magic, manipulating ice, and possibly his teleportation.

Relationships[]

Main article: Skrael/Relationships

Quotes[]

Main article: Skrael/Quotes

Episode Appearances[]

Wizards[]

Wizards
"Spellbound"
Appears
"History in the Making"
Absent
"Witch Hunt"
Absent
"Lady of the Lake"
Appears
"Battle Royale"
Appears
"Killahead, Part One"
Appears
"Killahead, Part Two"
Appears
"Wizard Underground"
Appears
"Dragon's Den"
Appears
"Our Final Act"
Appears

Film[]

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Appears


Trivia[]

  • Skrael was named after Skrælings, which were indigenous, North American people encountered in the 11th century by Norse Vikings from Greenland. In Old Norse, the word "skrælings" meant "foreigner" or "barbarian".
  • Skrael's model seems to be the same one used for certain Akiridions.
  • As explained by Aaron Waltke on Discord, Skrael's greatest fear is feeling the very same suffering that he inflicted on others instead of taking sadistic delight in it.

Gallery[]

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References[]

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