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The first seven Vraal were unleashed by the Shadow Lord when Adin fought his army at the plains of Hira. Only the Jalis knights had the strength to stand against them in fair combat, and were eventually able to kill them all.
After the battle, the Shadow Lord kept the Vraal chained underneath the Shadow Areana, where they fought prisoners and Grey Guards for sport. One of these prisoners, Jarred, became the first person to escape from the Shadow Arena.
Vraal frequently broke free of their prisons in the Shadow Arena and roamed the wastelands of the Shadowlands, killing anything in their paths. Occasionally one would find its way to Dread Mountain to prey on Kin and Dread Gnomes alike.
The Shifting Sands Edit
After being captured by two Grey Guards after the Rithmere Games, Lief overheard them talking about the games being used to collect prisoners for the Shadow Arena. One of the guards said that, if the prisoners died on the way, the guards themselves would be the ones fighting the Vraal.
Lief, Barda, Jasmine, and Prin encountered a wild Vraal while attempting to reach Dread Mountain. The companions attempted to fight it, but were heavily outmatched. Lief's arm was slashed and Barda was nearly killed before Prin drove the Vraal away with Purple Moss.
While Lief, Barda, Jasmine, and Emlis travelled to the Shadowlands, they encountered a Vraal near the Grey Guard Factory. They managed to escape it by entering the factory. It then savaged a pod of Grey Guards before being driven off.
Vraal are highly aggressive creatures, created by the Shadow Lord for the sole purpose of fighting. They live to fight and do not know the meaning of retreat. They consider fighting for their lives as sport, and constantly seek out more powerful and resilient enemies. If their eyes and ears are injured, they will fly into a blind rage.
Although Vraal often act like wild animals, they do have a low level of intelligence. The Vraal in Dread Mountain relished the chance to taste "man's blood," when it battled the companions, since the blood from Dread Gnomes was thin and sour. The Vraal in the Shadowlands still wore the remainders of the iron collar that shackled it underneath the Shadow Arena, and considered it a testimony to its new freedom.
Vraals look like large bipedal lizards with hooves for feet. They are taller and broader than the average man, covered in dull green and yellow-striped scales. With hulking shoulders, powerful arms, claws like knives and lashing tails, they are a menacing sight to behold.
Although not visible until opened, Vraals' mouths are full of long, needle-sharp teeth. Vraals have a pair of burning orange eyes beneath the protective ridges and folds at the front of their faces, as well as a set of eyes on either side of its head. Their side eyes does not see as well as their front eyes, but they allow it to see to either side and spot prey coming up from behind.
In the anime, the Vraal's appearance was changed greatly. It had a more triangular head, no visible teeth, and the claws on its hands were greatly reduced. A single eye rested inside the Vraal's throat. The tail was also longer than depicted in the book, and was the primary weapon.
Wild Vraal dwell in the Shadowlands and around Dread Mountain. The majority are kept chained underneath the Shadow Arena.
Vraal are carnivourous predators, eating Dread Gnomes, humans, Kin and any other animal or creature unfortunate enough to encounter them.