Urgals are a race of sentient creatures that inhabited Alagaësia. Forced by Durza into the service of Galbatorix, they were considered evil by most humans, but were not inherently so. Though most were uneducated, they made up for this with brute force, exceptional fighting and commanding skills. They were used as expendable "shock troops" of Galbatorix's army. The Urgal language was a simple, guttural language. Only a few phrases were known to outsiders, and most of them were related to war and fighting. Angela was one of the few who could speak their language. Also, they were one of the races capable of using magic.