Skratta are short, wiry, and quick. They walk with a stooped gait and sometimes drop to all fours when moving quickly or crossing broken ground. They have greenish-black skin, and ears that taper back to an extreme point. Skratta have viciously sharp claws that they use to rend their victim's flesh and sharp teeth ideal for tearing meat. Skratta wear primitive clothing and seldom use weapons more advanced than slings and spears.
Skratta stand 1.4m tall and weigh 35kg. They have coarse black hair and black eyes.
Ecology. The sniveling race known as the skratta make up for what they lack in bravery and strength, in sheer numbers. Swift and agile, they swarm over enemies, bearing them down to the ground and then tearing them apart with razor sharp claws and teeth.
live in loose tribes that constantly expand and split due to the skratta’s
notoriously fast reproductive cycle. These tribal breaks are usually violent
affairs leaving a good portion of the combatants dead. This serves as a
makeshift means of population control. Skratta tribes are ruled by the strong,
although skrattas tend to question authority requiring constant physical reminders
of their place in the tribe.
In the Deeplands some skratta live nomadically, traveling the halls in search of the Deepland creatures the skratta feed on. Others settle in primitive villages in empty Deepland caverns. Still others live among grals, performing menial tasks and drudgework in exchange for food and shelter.
Personality/Motivation. Skratta are opportunists. They always take the course of least resistance and are loath exerting more effort than is absolutely necessary. They are easily dispersed by a foe that can prove physical superiority. Skratta use guile and deception to save themselves if they cannot escape. In large numbers, skratta grow bold, having learned that even a powerful foe can be overwhelmed by a sufficiently large mass of skratta.
Campaign Use. Skratta don't move into an area; they infest it. Their rapid reproduction and growth rates let a skratta population grow out of control in a few short years. This also makes it tough for them to hide their presence. Skratta on the surface demand swift eradication to avoid swarms of them prowling the countryside at night.