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Rian is one of the three main protagonists of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. He is a Gelfling guard from the Stonewood Clan and was the first one to discover the Skeksis' true colors and secrets.

He is performed by Neil Sterenberg, with Taron Egerton providing his voice, the latter who also played Gary "Eggsy" Unwin in Kingsman and Johnny in Sing.


Rian and his girlfriend, Mira stole a couple of fruit off one of the plates and the couple make a run for it. The two muses at how the Podlings reacted and how they first met through dreamfasting. However, they are interrupted when an Arathim soldier appears to then and escapes The duo managed to dodge its attacks as it escapes. They decide to inform the captain of the creature that they assumed had gotten into the castle. (in reality, the Arathim escaped from the Scientist's, skekTek, lab.) Rian and Mira go to the captain and Rian's father, Ordon, who is preparing to take the Skeksis lords, skekLach and skekOk to Ha'rar for the Tithing Ceremony hosted by the All Maudra. Rian hopes to be in charge whie Ordon is away but one of the few guards is chosen instead. Mira tells Ordon that they have something important to tell him. Instead of telling his father and wanting to go after the Spitter himself to impress Ordon, Rian simply wishes his father safe travels. The impatient Skeksis readily move out, as do the guards. Mira asks why Rian did not tell Ordon of the Arathim they spotted, with Rian saying he is getting tired of hearing stories of his father the Stonewood hero and thinks this will impress Ordon. He asks Mira if she wishes to join the hunt and she is more happy than to join him. Mira insists they need help, and they choose Gurjin as their third party.

However, during the search, the trio cannot seem to find the Arathim anywhere; Gurjin refuses to go on and allows Rian and Mira to go themselves. As they search, Mira and Rian suddenly hear Gurjin scream. Going back to check on him, they see the Arathim has been spotted by Gurjin. The trio follow it down the road and see it has escaped down a hole that leads to the catacomb. Though Rian and Gurjin are reluctant to go down to the catacombs because it is forbidden by the Skeksis, Mira goes down herself. When they don't hear from her, Rian goes down himself, going down the spider web and using it like  a rope to get back down there. Rian tries searching for Mira but cannot find any signs of her. He travels to far into the catacombs and to skekTek's lair. He watches as the Skeksis enter the Scientist's lab, where skekTek reveals his findings to his fellow Skeksis. When skekTek calls for the person assisting him, Rian is shocked to see that it is Mira who is in the room. Suddenly, Rian watches as the Crystal of Truth drains Mira of her essence and it kills her. Rian begins crying and inadvertently alerts the Skeksis of his presence when one of his tears land on one of the Skeksis. Rian was able to escape but found it hard to leave the castle with every guard at the Gates.

After escaping from the catacombs, Rian found Gurjin at his guard post and dragged his best friend away towards privacy. Gurjin stops Rian and tells him that the other guards had informed them Rian had killed Mira. However, Rian insisted it was a lie and offered to show him what really happened via dreamfasting. Revisiting the terrible scene, Gurjin watches as Mira's essence was drained from Rian's viewpoint and realizes that his friend is innocent and that the murder of Mira was by the Skeksis. Rian realized his girlfriend was truly gone, causing Gurjin to hug Rian and comfort his best friend as they both grieved for Mira's death. Rian felt that Mira deserved justice and that Thra deserved to know the truth. Gurjin agreed and refused to leave his best friend's side, deciding that they would be better off together. Rian came up with a plan but warned Gurjin he was not going to like it.

Gurjin and Rian headed down and spied SkekAyuk and SkekZok, who were searching for Rian and trying to bait him out. Confirming that he does not like this idea, Gurjin follows Rian nonetheless. They come across the Crystal of Truth as they enter the Crystal Chamber. When Gurjin asks if its supposed to be that color, Rian knows that the Skeksis have corrupted it. Rian tells Guurjin they are going to have too climb down the air shaft and down to SkekTek's lab to retrieve Mira's essence. However, when the duo get to the cabinet that has Mira's essence. However, they are unable to grab it because it is locked by a locksnake. They are forced to hide underneath a table when SkekSil enters the scientist's lab and steals the essence. SkekTek caught the Chamberlain and would have believed in his lies that the Gelflings took it because SkekTek sees the bits of locksnake in SkekSil's teeth. Before the argument escalated, the two Skeksis caught the scent of Rian and Gurjin.

SkekSil and SkekTek begin arguing but the Chamberlain dropped the bottle of essence, and Rian grabbed it. Due to their smaller sizes, Rian and Gurjin dodge the Skeksis' attempts to grab them and escape with the essence. They are not able to get far, as they are suddenly surrounded by the Scientist and the Chamberlain, who holds Gurjin hostage. Surrounded by his enemies, Rian hesitated what to do. SkekSil attempted to persuade the Gelfling they are not going to hurt either of them and that they were friends. However, Guurjin told Rian not to listen, as it was a trick. Skeksil told Rian to give up the essence and his escape. Gurjin told Rian to run when he saw the sunset shining through the window and stabbed the Chamberlain at the side for Rian to run past him. SkekSil and SkekTek try catching him but Rian jumps out the window and lands in the ocean. However, a scrap of Rian's cloth was what SkekSil took from him.

Finally free, he went to the Stonewood clan.

Now that he has escaped the Castle, Rian carries Mira's essence when he suddenly sees a family of farmers, whose wagons are stuck. He helped the family, much to their gratefulness. However when Rian mentioned if ending Skeksis role, they said he spoke heresy before making their way home. Upset, Rian continues walking away.

Rian makes it to Stone in the Wood, where he sees Deet arguing with a guard to see Maudra Fara. Though they don't interact, they make eye contact before Rian asked to see the Maudra, which the guard allows because Rian is "one of them," before he insults Deet. Though Rian gets in to see Fara, but she had already been deceived by the Skeksis through Ordon, who both believed Rian was such and that his "madness" would spread to others by dreamfasting. Not willing to let his own father capture him, Rian escapes by climbing up on the chandelier and climbed through the window and into the forest.

Deet later comes across Rian, who is trying to get his fire to light. She comes out to help him but Rian, spooked by her, draws out his sword and gives her a cold glare and demands to know if his father sent her. However, Deet clears up that she was actually sent by Maudra Argot. Seeing that she is not scared of him, Rian puts away his sword. Deet helps him light up his fire and immediately recognizes Rian as the boy who cut in front of her. She expressed that her friend Hup was a prisoner of the Stonewood Clan and asks him to get her into seeing the Maudra Fara. However, Rian tells Deet he cannot help her because he is an outcast of his tribe and that everyone thinks he is a monster. However Deet tells him she doesn't think he is a monster, to Rian's relief. Suddenly, Deet gets an idea of freeing Hup from taking about "monsters," much to Rian's confusion. She wishes him good luck before running off, leaving Rian alone once again.

After departing from Deet, Rian made his way to a Podling tavern, where he was confronted by Naia and Kylan, who insisted they were not there to fight. Rian easily confirmed that Naia was Gurjin's sister. She said she was there to take Rian to the castle in exchange for her brother, whom she knew was from the castle too and held prisoner. Tavra appeared, saying that she was there to take Rian to Ha'rar to face justice in front of the All-Maudra, because Rian supposedly killed Mira, a member of Tavra's clan. Tired of the group's arguing, Rian yelled for them to be silenced as he took out the rest of Mira's essence and showed it to them. When Naia asked what it was he had, Rian insisted that they Dreamcast with each other and that it would explain everything. However, Tavra refused, telling Rian that he was sick and that his madness was spread by dreamfasting.

Annoyed, Rian said that was a lie by the Skeksis so that the truth would die with him should he be killed. He said it would explain what happened to Mira and why Gurjin remained in the palace. Kylan volunteered to dreamfast with Rian, followed by Tavra (who knew her mother would want to know the truth) and the reluctance of Naia. She told Rian that if he made her mad, Naia world kill him. However, as they entered, the dreamfasting went normal and Rian showed his new companions of Mira's essence being drained and Gurjin choosing to remain in the palace so Rian could escape. At that moment, Ordon could not help himself but see this son's memories as well. When the Gelflings were done, Rian was shocked to see Ordon there and asked his father if he saw everything. Ordon, now remorseful, confirms he did and apologizes to Rian for not believing him. Rian accepted his father's apology and they hugged; grateful they were together again. The Gelflings realized they had made a dreametching of a symbol that Tavra recognized from her sister. Ordon realized they were all in danger and that they must go to the All-Maudra. Tavra accompanies Kylan and Naia to the Castle of the Crystal to free Gurjin and told Rian and Ordon to go to Ha'rar and warn the All-Maudra.

Separating, Ordon warned his son that when the Skeksis learned that he betrayed them, they will send others to look for Rian. However, the younger Gelfling said it wouldn't matter how they send, because any Gelfling would believe him if they dreamfasted together. Before they continued running, Ordon stopped Rian and told him that they would send someone else not of Gelfling but another Skeksis. They continued running, unaware of SkekMal tracking them. However, the father and son became aware of his presence when it attacked them. Ordon, for fear of the safety of his son, told Rian to run. Rian listened and ran as SkekMal chased him. Deet and Hup saw him being chased and went to follow him to help him. Having lost SkekMal, Ordon and Rian figured out what plan to take next. Remembering how they caught Fizzgigs at Stone in the Wood, Rian suggested they do the same method by luring SkekMal out with Rian being the bait. Reluctant, Ordon agreed with his son's plan and they went their separate ways. Rian baited SkekMal to him but found himself at the edge of a field of ravenous gobblers and at the Skeksis' mercy. He only managed to briefly duel SkekMal when Ordon appeared to join his son in the fight. Both father and son fought SkekMal but the evil Skeksis knocked Ordon down and tried to push Rian into the field of gobblers rather than capture him. Ordon, infuriated at the Skeksis harming his child, rose up and screamed "Not my son" and then tackled SkekMal into the field. Rian watched in horror as this father and SkekMal were devoured by the field of gobblers. Ordon told his son to be brave before they both were completely gone.

Enraged and filled with grief, Rian screamed in agony and attempted to go in after his father and SkekMal. However, Deet and Hup quickly appeared and held Rian back as Deet shouted that his father was gone. In defeat, Rian collapses to the ground. As Deet comforts him, the sound of gobblers come and SkekMal leaps out alive and abducted Rian in front of Deet's and Hup's eyes.

Waking up upside down hanging from a tree, Rian made feeble protests as the Hunter drew nearer, intending to cut out his tongue for a trophy. SkekSil interrupted SkekMal before he could however, and took Rian custody; before leaving for the Castle, he pilfers the vial of Mira's essence from Rian and consumed its contents (while traumatizing the Gelfling) before crushing the empty vial. Rian was then placed in the Chamberlain's carriage and set out toward the Castle of the Crystal, where the two argue, with the former accusing the Skeksis of being evil, while the latter asks Rian to confess to Mira's murder in order to prevent a war. Tempted by the prospect of saving his fellow Gelflings, Rian begins to doubt himself in the face of SkekSil's argument and when he argues that the Gelfling will win the potential war against the Skeksis, the Chamberlain angrily countered that war would mean the death of the entire Gelfling race before halting the carriage and offering Rian freedom, warning that the fate of the Gelfling race will be on his head if he chooses to run yet again.

Rian however chooses to stay within the carriage; somewhat satisfied with this decision, SkekSil continues the route to the Castle. Suddenly, the carriage is ambushed by Gurjin and Naia, who rescue Rian; while the Skeksis attempted to capture them, he fails as the three Gelfling release the Armaligs from the carriage, causing it to crash. Rian, Gurjin, and Naia then make their way to a camp they set up with Kylan. Rian informed his friends of his father's sacrifice, earning sympathy from them all. He told them of the Skeksis that had been hunting him and that he never recognized him before. Naia insisted they dreamfast to see the Skeksis themselves. At the same time, Brea and Mayrin were dreamfasting, as were Seladon and Deet in Ha'rar. Aughra was summoning the Gelfling to the Dream Space.

Rian woke to the world and was reunited with Deet there. She asked where they were at and Rian assumed, they were at the Castle. However, Aughra corrected him and said they were in the Dream Space. Soon, they were soon joined by Mayrin, Brea, Kylan, Naia, Gurjin and Seladon. She called them all there because Thra wanted her heroes to answer and bring the Skeksis rule to the end. However, Seladon claimed that there was nothing but heresy and urged her other fellow Gelflings from not listening to a witch. Aughra cast Seladon out of the Dream Space because her loyalty was down a separate path. The heroes gathered around the Crystal, where Rian learned of Deet and Brea's struggles in the story. Aughra orders Rian to join Deet and Brea at Ha'rar and follow Lore to the Circle of the Suns, where answers to bringing down the Skeksis will be answered. She tells the rest to go to the seven corners of Thra and spark the fire of rebellion before Aughra returned Rian and his friends back to their bodies before they depart to Ha'rar.

Rian, Kylan, Gurjin, and Naia go to Ha'rar, where they find that Hup, Deet, Brea and five paladins are being taken to the castle for their essence to be drained. The four Gelfling followed them on their Armaligs, with Lore trailing after them when he learned Brea was in trouble. As Rian went out to face SkekZok and SkekVar, he proved to be a distraction as Brea, Deet and Hup were liberated by Naia, Gurjin, Kylan, and Lore. The cowardly Skeksis were forced to run off when Lore intimidates them as Rian calls them cowards. Reunited with Deet and Brea, the two girls hug Rian after he helped save them. However, the paladins begin whispering that Rian is a traitor to the Skeksis. Rian says that he should leave, but Brea stops him and defends Rian, assuring her paladins that Rian is their friend, just as the Skeksis are their enemies. Rian managed to convince the paladins to dreamfast with him, starting with the Red-Haired Paladin, who goes to the Castle of the Crystal to inform Rian's fellow guardsmen about Rian and his friends' struggles.

The heroes of Thra go to the Crystal Desert and make camp for the night to throw a parting ceremony for the All-Maudra. As Brea struggled to fill the orb she obtained from Kylan with memories of her mother, Rian helped inspire her to open by revealing his own relationship with his father, which Brea could relate to. Rian soon joined his friends in their singing, especially him and Deet looking at each other for a moment. The next morning, Rian and his friends meet Rek'yr of the Dousan Clan, who eventually relents to get Rian and his female companions, Brea and Deet, along with Lore and Hup as close as he can. However, Rian is unsure of their new companion and disagrees with Brea, who had managed to convince Rek'yr to help them. Brea manages to overrule Rian's concerns, much to the Gelfling's dismay. Before he leaves, Rian bade farewell to Naia, Gurjin and Kylan, who would spread word of the Skeksis crimes and begin their growing rebellion.

They make it to the edge of the circle of the sun, but they see that Hup is puking because of air sickness and Rian is wondering how much can content can come from one small Podling. Before departing and wishing them safe travel, Rek'yr warns the travelling group to watch out for the violent sandstorms. As the trio, Hup and Lore make it to the Circle of the Sun, the company stop. Rian asks how they are going to get up there while Brea and Deet figure a way to get up. Suddenly, a violent sandstorm appears like Rek'yr warned them about. Lore, in haste, picks up Brea, leaving Rian, Hup and Deet behind. However, Lore grabbed them as well and reached to the top as the violent storm passed. As Deet calls for the residents to come out and that they got their message, the group are suddenly joined by a Skeksis, SkekGra. Rian points out that SkekGra is a Skeksis, causing him to lash out at Rian who quickly jumps back in fear before SkekGra returns to guys holy self. He about that he is a fun Skeksis and tells the heroes of his exile from being the Conqueror He invites them in, including their "Podling slave" (Deet's friend Hup) but they correct him and insist that he is their friend instead.

Rian asked SkekGra if he was alone and the sheets confirmed he was but that he was also with himself, much to Rian and his friend's confusion. SkekGra's Mystic counterpart UrGoh, introduced himself. Irritated by the Skeksis-Mystic pair, Rian and Brea were eager for answers and both recounted that it was the Skeksis' message from Lore that they had answers to ending Skeksis rule. SkekGra and UrGoh revealed that all would be revealed through a surprise and told the Gelfling to wait in an area while borrowing Hup for their surprise. Unlike her companions, Deet was anxious for their production but Rian voiced his opinion that they didn't have time for surprise. As Brea went for a nap, Rian briefly watched over her while later getting impatient with SkekGra and UrGoh, who had not yet retrieved them yet. He notices Deet trying to grab one of the berries but Rian stops her and informs her the berry is a hallucinogen, that causes the user to talk with Thra. Deet begins to miss her family back at Grot, and Rian makes her comfortable by asking what her family is like. Deet and Rian begin to bond with each other, when UrGoh comes to the Gelfling, to inform them that the surprise is ready.

The three Gelfling and Hup watch their play but as soon as UrGoh and SkekGra begin singing for hours, Rian began to doze off until the Skeksis-Mystic pair finished and got to the real answers the Gelfling were searching for. They revealed they were from another world and were once beings known as UrSkeks and they reveal the meaning of the symbol the trio had seen, the Aurea, which called all seven Gelfling clans together. They reveal they had created the Dual Glaive, a weapon capable of uniting all the clans and defeating the Skeksis. Rian proclaimed that he would wield the blade, with Brea proclaiming the Skeksis' rule over Thra would end. However, they revealed that they did not actually have the blade and that they hid it within the caves of Grot. The four friends begin to get ready for their journey to Grot, but just as Rian and his friends are bidding farewell to the Heretic and the Wanderer, they are suddenly ambushed by SkekMal, who has come for Rian again. He began taunting the Gelfling, specially bringing up Ordon. As Rian picks up his sword and fights the Hunter, UrVa, the Archer, appeared to them, firing two arrows at his dark half. SkekMal, weakened, realize that he would never be able to take Rian and took Bra instead. Rian ran SkekMal but Brea yelled for him to find the Dual Glaive and unite the clans. All Rian managed to find was Brea's sketchbook.

After SkekMal vanished, and the Archer was being healed by SkekGra and UrGoh, Rian wants to go after the Hunter and save Brea. However, the Heretic and the Wanderer advise against it and assured Rian that SkekMal will not harm Brea and was using her to bait Rian to follow him and tells them to retrieve the Glaive and then defeat the Skeksis. Before they leave, Deet and Rian bid farewell to Hup to let him be healed by SkekGra and UrGoh. Hup tells first Deet to be careful and then to Rian, who thanks Hup and calls him "friend" and promised to see him again. Deet worries that they will not have enough time to walk to Grot, but SkekGra shows them a new pathway. He told Rian and Deet to go with the "breath of Thra" and show them to a secret tunnel that will lead them to Grot. Rian wonders what the fresh breath of Thra and Deet tells him that he will when he will see it.

As Rian and Deet playfully banter with each other, they suddenly come to the end of the passage and to a cliff and showing Rian the warm air from the fire at the center of the world and it is carried through the ground like veins, thus why it is called the "Breath of Thra." Riaan notes that there is no way to get down, unless you have wings, but Deet assured Rian that it was good to have friends. She lifted Rian up and flew with him in tow. At first, Rian screams because she jumps off the cliff but ends up enjoying it. However, when they get to Grot, they find that the Arathim have come and are controlling Deet's family and clan and that the Nurlocs have gone mad from the Darkening.

Meeting the mind-controlled Bobb'N, he saves them a couple of Arathim, who briefly possessed Rian and Deet and shows them to the mind-controlled Lath'N, Mitjan and Argot, who all reveal that Grot was once their home. However, they suddenly feel pain when one of them dies. The Ascendency mention their alliance of the Skeksis; however, Rian realizes that the Skeksis knew that the caves were poisoned with the Darkening and that they sent the Arathim to their death. He convinces them that the Skeksis are their true enemy. Deet assures they will also help them. The Arathim realize the duo is correct and pledge their loyalty to the Gelflings.

After the tree frees all the Arathim, Rian tells Deet to join his family while he stayed behind to find the Glaive. However, his plans change when the Sanctuary Tree is dying and transfers its powers to Deet, who heals a Nurloc. However, she faints from exhaustion, leading Rian to pick her up and climb up the caves' walls and tells her to stay awake.

Following their escape, when Deet regained consciousness, Rian expressed relief that she was unharmed. However, they are dismayed because they couldn't find a way to find the Dual Glaive. However, Argot revealed that she had one half that she had been using as a cane for years. Following this, she tells the young Gelfling that the other half is at Stone in the Wood and Rian is told that the sword was once carried by his own father, Ordon, who split the sword in half, keeping one in the Stone-in-the-Wood crucible and entrusting the other half to Argot. The old Maudra realizes they must make haste, so she calls a Landstrider to help Rian and Deet get to the Stone in the Wood fast. Rian and Deet made it to the village, but found it ransacked and abandoned, causing Rian to look in worry and confusion with Deet promising they would find more survivors, confident they were out there somewhere. He later led Deet to the Crucible, where Rian explained it was a forge where warriors would place their swords in hopes that they would never have to fight with them again. He spotted the glaive within the blue flames and reached out to the blade and was able to pull it out before uniting the two halves of the Dual Glaive. After the sword was reunited, Deet and Rian saw that the flames had turned blue and that now, everyone in Thra was listening. Through the flames, Rian and Deet saw that Brea was safe.

Argot told Rian that all Thra was listening, but the young Gelfling remained unsure what to say until Deet encouraged him to speak from his heart. Through the flames, Rian told the other Gelflings of the Skeksis crimes and told them to meet him at Stone in the Wood for those who wished to fight. However, the Skeksis were also listening and SkekSo interrupted and confronted Rian and Deet. He warned the Gelfling that any who stood with Rian in Stone-in-the Wood would meet an end. Unfazed, Rian yelled for SkekSo to bring his army before thrusting the glaive in the Crucible, effectively ending the confrontation. Deet assured Rian that Gelfling would come, with Rian wondering if anyone really would come.

As Rian sharpened the Dual Glaive, he was suddenly interrupted when Rian heard an explosion and Deet being thrown from the impact. He went to help her up, where Rian was surprised to see she was building bombs and inquired why she was making them. Deet said that she figured the bombs would help them delay the Skeksis with what little weapons they had. Rian agreed that they could prove useful, just in case other Gelfling did not show up. However, Deet reassured Rian that others would come. As the two shared an intimate moment, Rian reached over to touch her; however, Deet suddenly pulled away, much to Rian's confusion. As he looked through Brea's notebook, Brea, Seladon, Fara, Kylan, and the other paladins finally arrived at Stone-in-the-Wood. Reunited, Rian and Brea hugged each other and the former returned the princess's notebook to her, much to Brea's appreciation. Deet came out, reunited with her allies at last. Fara apologized to Rian for not aiding him in his time of need and turning him away and Rian accepted her apology, knowing that she was concerned for the safety of their clan. Seladon, who had now joined the cause, informed Rian of Aughra's sacrifice. Now determined more than ever, Rian inspired his allies to fight the Skeksis, in Aughra's name.

As the Gelfling prepared for their war, Rian oversaw his friends' fighting skills, especially helping Kylan with his combat skills. The Skeksis appear at Stone-in-the-Wood, who mock the Gelfling for their small rebellion. Rian challenged SkekSo to a duel, but SkekSil managed to manipulate SkekVar into dueling Rian. During the duel, Rian nearly lost but was able to take the Dual Glaive and wound SkekVar while also taking all the essence he collected over the past several weeks and bringing it into the duel.

During the Battle, Rian was battling both SkekSo and another Skeksis any bouncing on their heads while sword-fighting. However, SkekMal came out of nowhere and took Rian captive while also destroying the Dual Glaive. Brea and the other Gelflings yelled to let Rian go. However, SkekMal refuses and goes to kill Rian but SkekMal's counterpart UrVa jumps of a cliff, committing suicide and causing the Hunter to also start crumbling to dust. SkekMal dropped Rian, who was pulled to safety out of harm's way by Brea and crinkled to dust as his counterpart died. However, in doing so revived Aughra.

Overjoyed, Rian helped her up and asks Aughra if she is alright, but the old woman says she isn't because she just came back from the Dead. Rian and Aughra are suddenly confronted by SkekSo, who asks Aughra if she planned on this happening and she admits she did but didn't know if it would work or not. As SkekSo is about to kill the Gelflings in Stonewood, all the other seven clan rallied by Maudras Ethri, Seethi, Argot, Laesid, and Mera, along with other friends, such as Gurjin, Naia and Onica, the Arathim, much to Rian and his friends' relief. Refusing defeat, SkekSo attempted to kill Rian and his allies through the darkening and allowing his staff to handle its magic as Aughra tells the Gelflings to send back for their safety. SkekSo killed only several paladins and a couple of spitters. Deet, enraged, steps up and absorbs the darkening and directs it at the Skeksis to protect her friends, which kills SkekLach. Seeing no other choice, SkekSo followed SkekSil's advice and they retreated.

After Deet ran, Rian went after her and called for Deet. When he found her, Rian was shocked to see her consumed by the Darkening and she remained silent and walked away as everything around her died, causing Rian to watch as his friend walked away.


At the beginning of the series, Rian and his girlfriend Mira were adventurous. He sometimes acted like a child, stealing food from the Skeksis' would-be foods from the other Podlings. He and Mira often played games with each other and didn't appear to take their duties as guards seriously. Ordon believed that Rian acted like a childling because of the act and proved to him that his son was not fit to be in charge of the Guards at the castle. He also was a romantic, being incredibly nervous around Mira when he first met her. Rian was deseparate to prove to his father that he could be his son; however, he took reckless actions to get there. For example, instead of Rian telling Ordon about seeing an Arathim (spitter) in the castle, he instead told his father it could wait when he returned. Rian found this as an opportunity to prove that he could live to his father's expectations, and even dragging his best friend Gurjin into his and Mira's quest.  

After witnessing the Skeksis' deception and killing Mira with the Crystal of Truth, Rian knew the dangers that the Skeksis possessed to the Gelfling and to Thra. He made it his goal to bring the Skeksis' evil rule over Thra once and for all. Gurjin promised to join Rian and stay by his best friend's side, especially after learning what the Skeksis did to Mira. When in the presence of SkekSil during his captivity and the other Skeksis during the Second Battle of the Stone-in-the-Wood,  Rian displayed strong defiance and resistance to them. However, he was nearly manipulated by SkekSil into doubting himself, because of the sacrifices Rian's father and best friend made to ensure Rian's survival. Ultimately, Rian proved to have strong defiance and escaped with his defiance in tact. 

Rian cares very much for his friends and family, becoming very close friends with Brea and possibly developing romantic feelings for Deet as they got to know each other despite only knowing each other for a couple of days.



  • Ordon - Father
  • Shoni - Mother

Love Interests



  • Skeksis
    • Emperor SkekSo
    • SkekMal
    • SkekSil
    • SkekTek
    • SkekEer
    • SkekVar
    • SkekAyuk
    • SkekOk
    • SkekZok
  • Tolyn
  • Seladon (formerly)
  • Arathim (formerly)


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