The Land, known as the "Spackle" or "Spacks" to humans, are the native humanoids of New World. They share one collective voice, but still retaining individuality, and that Noise can be communicated by the Sky, their leader.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Culture
- 3 Language
- 4 Terminology
- 5 History
- 6 Individuals
- 7 Trivia
- 8 Gallery
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Books[edit | edit source]
Todd Hewitt states in book one that Spackle look like human males, except that their mouths are higher, their ears are different, and that they are longer and weirder than men. He also states that their clothing is similar to moss or lichens. This was mentioned to be based on Ben's previous observations of the Spackle.
Later, in book one, Todd, Manchee, and Viola find a Spackle. Todd describes it as having white skin, a tall and thin build, long fingers and arms, a mouth in the middle of the face, ear flaps down near the jaw, having onyx-black eyes, and wearing lichen and moss on the body like clothing. When Todd assaults the same Spackle, he finds that they have red blood.
Film[edit | edit source]
The Spackle are portrayed as having twisted faces, black skin, black clothing, four claws on each hand and foot in the film. They also have normal Noise (opalescent) and black Noise. The Land are also shown having opalescent blood in the film.
Culture[edit | edit source]
The huts of Spackle villages are dome-shaped and made out of pieces of wood. Todd describes them in book one as "melting blobs of tan-colored ice cream except hut-sized."
The Spackle are also shown to be resourceful, as they use parts of nature for their survival.
Language[edit | edit source]
The language of The Land is highly unknown. What is known is through the perspectives of humans and 1017 in the books.
The Land primarily communicate with Noise. Without Noise, the Spackle communicate with each other through clicking sounds (according to humans).
Words/Phrases[edit | edit source]
- es'Paqili - "The People" (The Knife of Never Letting Go)
Terminology[edit | edit source]
The terminolgy of the Spackle all relates to nature and simplicity.
- The Sky - leader of the Land
- The Land - true name of the "Spackle"
- One in Particular - individuals of the Land who are mates
- The Knife - Todd Hewitt
- The Knife's One in Particular - Viola Eade
- The Clearing - humans (because of their destructive tendencies)
- The Burden - individuals of the Land enslaved by humans
History[edit | edit source]
Pre-Series[edit | edit source]
The Land have evolved with the Noise germ and they use it to communicate with each other. When humans arrived, the "Spackle" were nearly wiped out due to the belief that they infected all men with the Noise. A group of Land were later enslaved by humans and forced to work for humans in order to survive.
Todd Hewitt and Manchee find silence in the Noise in the swamp near Prentisstown and decide to investigate a nearby Spackle village to find the source. They find nothing, althought the cause of the silence is revealed to be Viola Eade.
Late, Todd comes across a Spackle and kills it to avenge his parents and prove himself as a man who can kill.
Spackle appear in the novel as The Burden. The Burden are Spackle imprisoned by humans and forced to work for them.
The Land go to war with the humans.
Todd Hewitt warns Viola Eade of nearby Spackle by showing her opalescent smoke in the sky that is not human Noise far from the their location. Todd mentions that the Spackle are aliens; Viola refutes him, claiming that the humans are the real aliens on New World as they have invaded the Spackle's homeworld. Later, Todd and Viola encounter a Spackle village on the water via an overlooking cliff when Manchee begins barking at it. As they (Todd, Viola, and Manchee) run, a male Spackle emerges from a nearby river, sensing Todd's Noise. Viola and Todd hide and Viola urges Todd to quiet his Noise when a Spackle grabs Todd and supposedly drags him in the direction of the Spackle village. Todd stabs the Spackle and begins to fight it while Manchee barks at it. In anger over his parents' deaths, Todd tackles the Spackle into a nearby river and nearly kills it when Viola desperately cries for him to stop. Todd stops stabbing and the Spackle peacefully walks into the forest, albeit now afraid of Todd. Todd admits that the Spackle killed his parents and begins to feel worthless for sparing a Spackle's life.
Individuals[edit | edit source]
The Sky (leader)[edit | edit source]
The Burden[edit | edit source]
Allies[edit | edit source]
Hybrids[edit | edit source]
- Ben Moore (after being healed)
Others[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- When Todd assaults a Spackle in book one, he finds that it has red blood. This suggests that the Land has a form of hemoglobin in their blood similar to human hemoglobin.