Naga Knowledge

What a character knows about naga history and culture depends on his intelligence and training, which a Knowledge check represents. A hero who makes an appropriate Knowledge check knows the following information about naga at the indicated DCs.

• DC 15 Knowledge (history) or Knowledge (nature): The naga were once night elves, but they became naga during the Sundering.

• DC 15 Knowledge (arcana) or Knowledge (nature): The naga have a strong tie to arcane magic.

• DC 20 Knowledge (nature): Naga men and women are markedly different. Naga men are more bestial in appearance, and are larger, stronger and tougher. Naga women are slender, have elflike features, and are smarter. Naga men tend to be warriors; naga women, magi.

• DC 25 Knowledge (arcana) or Knowledge (nature): The naga came about because of a curse. Further changes in their race appeared due to residual arcane energies near their capital; these energies were left behind by the destroyed Well of Eternity. The arcane currents cause mutations in the naga people, and many naga bear signs of these mutations, which are often beneficial. Most naga women, for instance, are born with four functional arms.

• DC 30 Knowledge (geography): The naga capital is Nazjatar, and is on the ocean floor beneath the Eye, under the center of the Maelstrom.

• DC 30 Knowledge (nobility and royalty) or Knowledge (religion): The naga revere their queen, the mighty Azshara — the same Azshara who helped summon the Burning Legion in legendary times, thus sparking the War of the Ancients.

The most striking aspect of naga culture is the role that gender plays in their lives. Due to the ancient curse that transformed them into naga, males and females are physically and mentally different, and this difference affects their culture. Naga men are strong and large, while naga women are more intelligent and possess natural talent at both leadership and arcane magic. Because of these traits, naga society is matriarchal. Naga see women as superior to men. Naga men don't chafe under these conditions; rather, they are happy to serve their beautiful (for naga) mistresses.

While exceptions exist, naga men perform tasks requiring physical strength and stamina, while naga women take up intellectual pursuits. Men mine stone and coral for building, for example, while women draw the blueprints and create the strangely delicate frescoes that adorn Nazjatar's buildings. In military matters, men are warriors and guards, while women are generals and magi. As I said, some exceptions exist, and male naga commanders are not completely unknown.

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