The Spackle War (Not to be confused with the war in Monsters of Men), was the first major armed encounter between the native inhabitants of New World , called the Spackle or The Land , and the human colonists. Both sides suffered heavy casualties, and an uneasy ceasefire was agreed, with both sides keeping out of eachother's way. However, a group of Spackle were left behind with the human colonists, and became to be known by the free Spackle as The Burden. This first war led to a mutual hatred between humans and The Land, but proper war does not occur again until The Return escapes the massacre of The Burden and informs The Sky of what happened.