The skraelings are the indigenous people of Vinland—violent, twisted creatures, ugly and filthy fanged humanoids. The largest can reach near-human height, but they are almost always shorter. However, some skraelings are very broad, if not tall. Many skraelings have long arms, like monkeys or apes. Many of them also have crooked backs and legs. Although not entirely dim-witted and occasionally crafty, they are portrayed as miserable beings, hating everyone including themselves and their masters, whom they serve out of fear. They make no beautiful things, but rather design cunning devices made to hurt and destroy. The skraeling tribes are constantly at war, if not with men, then with each other. Only rarely, under the banner of a powerful warlord, will multiple skraeling tribes unite in a common cause.