|This article is about the Skelligan king. For other people with the same name, see Harald.|
| ||No one knows how he got his nickname – no one's dared to ask.|| |
|- Saying, Gwent: The Witcher Card Game|
Harald an Craite, popularly called "the Cripple", ruled Skellige three centuries prior to the events of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. A member of the an Craite clan, he seized lands in southern part of Ard Skellig originally belonging to Clan Drummond. Animosity and conflict between the two clans persist to this day.
As a warrior, Harald was thoroughly unremarkable. Then a bear mangled his leg and the bone healed back crooked. After that, each step caused him agonizing pain... and he fought better than ever before. He claimed the grit of constant suffering had honed an unstoppable edge.
Harald lived his entire life in excruciating pain, making him somewhat of an expert on the subject. This expertise extending to inflict pain in others as well, to knowing where to strike to cause the greatest possible suffering, to evoke the most gut-wrenching screams. Soon, his foes would throw down their arms as soon as they heard his name.
Cadets at Nilfgaard's officer academy are drilled in the following rule: only strike a Skelliger if you're confident your blow will kill. If you merely wound you will quickly regret it.
The backbone of Harald's army consisted of axemen from Clan Tuirseach. These warriors thrived off bloodshed, growing faster, stronger and more resilient with every foe they slew. Harald's opponents knew they needed either to incapacitate the axemen at the heat of the battle - or die by their hands.
- See the GWENT standalone game version card: Harald the Cripple