Description: Naga are insidious, snakelike humanoids who dwell deep beneath the ocean. They have an ancient and complex culture steeped in arrogance and arcane magic

Long ago, at the end of the War of the Ancients, the Well of Eternity — the source of all arcane magic on Azeroth — imploded. The Well was destroyed, and much of the land around it crashed to the bottom of the sea, shattering the world in the process. The force of the implosion smashed a hole in the ocean's floor, revealing the planet's molten core. This crack still exists — it's called the Rift — and Azeroth's molten interior is open to the ocean, heating the nearby waters.

Many night elves sank to the bottom along with their cities. However, they were no longer kaldorei — these night elves were cursed, and during the Sundering they became the water-breathing naga. On the ocean floor, the Well of Eternity left behind residual energies. Over 10,000 years, these energies mutated the surrounding sealife — including the naga. Now, the naga make their presence known again on the surface and seek to retake their place as rulers of the world.

Naga men are strong and fierce, and are valuable soldiers and generals in the naga's armies. Naga women are smarter and boast a natural ability with arcane magic, and thus naga see them as superior. Naga society is clearly matriarchal, with women assuming leadership positions and men serving them willingly. All naga owe fealty to their queen, Azshara — the same Azshara responsible for bringing the demons to Azeroth ten millennia ago.

Appearance: The ancient curse worked its changes differently on naga men and women, and their culture reflects this fact. They draw clear lines between genders. Naga men are larger and reminiscent of dragons — particularly their heads. Their bodies are powerfully muscled and often boast spikes, bony ridges, and other fierce adornments. Naga women appear almost delicate in contrast. They are slender and sinuous, more like serpents than dragons, and their faces are recognizably elflike. Their bodies are streamlined, and their movements almost sensuous. Most naga women are born with four arms.

Naga skin coloring varies greatly. Naga men usually have darker skin than women — dark blues and greens are common. Naga women usually have lighter skin, often pale green, yellow and turquoise. Naga's bellies are often lighter than their backs. Eye color is similarly varied, though green and blue are common. Naga coloration clearly reflects their oceanic ancestry.

The changes wrought by the ancient arcane energy are unpredictable, and their mutative powers affect every naga in different ways — and affect some much more than others. All naga bear unique signs of these mutations, mostly cosmetic: soft spines, tendrils, extra fins, bony plates and ridges, swirls and other markings on their skin, and the like. In some naga, these mutations are much more pronounced, and may have a useful function.

Region: The naga capital is Nazjatar, at the bottom of the ocean in the Eye, beneath the Maelstrom. Their city is built into the cliffside and adorned with fantastic decorations. Nazjatar is in fact built upon the remains of the former kaldorei capital of Zin-Azshari — as the naga changed with the Sundering and evolved over the millennia, so too did their city.

In current times, many naga range out from Nazjatar. They prefer sea coasts, and can be found throughout Azeroth. A group of naga under Lady Vashj has joined Illidan Stormrage in Outland.

Affiliation: Naga. Naga serve their own purposes and are united in their efforts to return their race to glory. All others — Alliance, Horde, Scourge, Legion and all the rest — are either tools to further this goal or obstacles that must be destroyed.

Faith: Over the eons, Queen Azshara, the most powerful arcanist of the ancient world, has grown in power and magnificence. To the naga, she is a living demigod, and they venerate her. Her presence in Nazjatar is a powerful motivating force for the naga, and in their minds Azshara, Nazjatar, and the naga are inextricably linked — perhaps the same thing, in a way. Naga pay homage to their heritage and their queen. The beings they once revered as kaldorei — Malorne, Cenarius, even Elune — are nothing but shadows.

Names: Naga names have little in common. Some retain kaldorei traditions, taking surnames that speak to the strengths of their race. Others prefer more exotic names that may have some meaning in the naga tongue or in some other forgotten language. Still others adopt titles purely for their intimidation value, or to assert claims to leadership. Their names often include many sibilants, Z's and V's.

• Male Names: Sakrasis, Shezril, Velrash, Zoniss.

• Female Names: Anna, Asprah, Charib'dishal, Scilla, Ursula.

• Surnames: Darkscale, Rendclaw,

Serpens, Stormbow.

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