Claudia's people were a group of hunters and gatherers who shipwrecked on the Island in ancient times, approximately 2000 years ago. They spoke Latin and used a Roman Legionnaire's dagger, indicating that they were most likely Romans.
After the shipwreck, Claudia was separated from the rest of the group. She was subsequently killed by the Island's protector shortly after giving birth to twins. Thirteen years later, a vision of Claudia showed the people to the young Man in Black and explained their relationship to him. The boy decided to go live among them and invited his brother, Jacob, to as well, but Jacob declined. The Man in Black lived with the people for some thirty years, until their village was burned to the ground, apparently by his adoptive Mother.
Hunters of the Ancient village.
("Across the Sea") (promotional still)
Jacob's adoptive mother said that the people were dangerous, they would hurt Jacob and his brother, and that "they come, they fight, they destroy, they corrupt... and it always ends the same". She also told Jacob that they were "bad, very bad".
After living among them for 30 years, Jacob's brother recognized that she was right, and that the people were "greedy, manipulative, untrustworthy and selfish".
- For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: Claudia's people/Theories
- What were the original intentions of Claudia's people before becoming shipwrecked on the island?