Were-monkeys with origins in India. They gain increased strength when in monkey form, and because of their similarity to humans, they have the ability to speak in their animal form as well. They also possess prehensile tails strong enough to lift a person.
The Vanaras are reputed to have assisted local Indian kings and generals in resisting Rakshasa domination. They used to spend their time closer to cities, but hid in the Tungareshwar Forest after the British came to India and parlayed with the Rakshasas. At the time of Prudence, they had been in hiding for 40 years. They resent the idea that the British bring enlightenment to India.
They are very fond of tea, and value it above all things. This leads them to steal Lord Akeldama's special tea blend during the events of Prudence.
Vanaras are intelligent monkey creatures of Hindu myth and legends, specifically the Epic of Ramayana. Mythology suggests that they were created by Brahma specifically to battle the Rakshasas.