Naga are serpentine people. They come in one of two varieties:
1. Humanoid upper body, serpentine lower body
2. A generally human shape with scaled extremeties, serpentine features. This is the rarer of the two. Some of them still have shorter, stubby tails. Some don’t.<br There are six subspecies of naga.
Physical Descriptions and Subspecies
Adders are unique for naga species for their versatility in habitat. While many of the other species are limited or tend to stick to certain climates, adders can live just about anywhere that has four seasons (temperate climates or warmer) Adders typically have bown, dark brown, sandy brown, red or yellow scales. They are venomous, and possess a potent toxin that first weakens and slows the victim, ultimately ending in asphyxiation if the naga doesn’t finish them off first. Their humanoid halves vary in color, shape and size.
The asp subspecies of naga is typically found in hot, dry climates near water sources, such as rivers or lakes.
Typically have black or sand colored scales often with patterning. Hemotoxic venom: Extremely dangerous bite, bite causes massive blood loss by impairing coagulation followed by vision failure. The bite is not super painful but is very lethal.
The humanoid side of Asp usually have fairer skin and dark hair, red, brown or black.
Frequently found in jungles, tropical or subtropical climates, the boa are the largest of the naga species. Their bites aren’t venomous, but are very powerful—powerful enough to crush bones. Both their snake and human sections are very strong, ideal for warrior types.
They typically have gold or green colored scales, usually without patterns. Their females are unique in that they bear live young instead of laying eggs. Humanoid forms of boas are usually light haired, with blue or green eyes and skin that varies in shades of brown.
Found in desert climates, this subspecies of naga are considered the ‘truest’ of their people, the noble, the first created. They live mostly in their desert city of Azor’ashai and the arid areas beyond. They typically have red, black or brown scales and their human halves usually have dark hair and skin.
Those born in a humanoid form tend to have the ‘hood’ of a cobra, though it is less common to those with snake bottoms.
Their venom is neurotoxic and they possess the unique ability to spit the venom over short distances. If it hits the eyes, it blinds the naga’s victim. If it contacts the skin, it causes pain. Their venom is the most resilient and hardest to treat with magic or antivenom.
Mambas, while not as versatile as adders as far as habitat, live in many regions of the world. Forests, swamps, savannas, woods and rocky areas can all host mambas. They typically have green or yellow scales with some olive green or brown. Seldom patterned. They are the fastest of the naga, and can outrun a humanoid over short distances. Fun fact: The insides of their mouths are black. They are normally on the smaller side size-wise for naga. Very potent neurotoxin causing paralysis of muscles and organs, particularly heart and lungs. Very painful. The humanoid coloring of mambas varies. They tend to have brown, red, blond or black hair and skin in any shade of brown.
Krait, unlike the rest of the naga, spend most of their lives underwater. They live in warm coral reefs and sometimes inhabit small islands. Thy don’t have gills, like fish, but must come up to breathe like whales. Their upper bodies are closer to merpeople in anatomy than humans. Their scales vary in color from blue, pink, purple and green, often with bands or patterns. Like the boas, these serpent people birth their young live in the water, rather than from eggs. These naga are highly venomous, but unless one bites really hard they don’t usually envenom. Sometimes their teeth get stuck in the bite wounds, causing extensive laceration and infection. If a victim is poisoned, headaches, nausea, and achy, stiff muscles. IF untreated, they will eventually become paralyzed and die. -The natural language of the Krait is Mermish rather than Draconic. They have a symbiotic relationship with the mer and will often aid them against land walkers. They are the most magically powerful of the naga.
Naga are intelligent creatures and can hold their own intellectually against humans, elves, dragons and the like. They are averagely magically-inclined, and their sorcerers and oracles are a serious threat to sailing ships, invading forces, or unwary travelers. They practice magic similarly to elves and humans, but in circles of five or seven instead of thirteen. This could suggest that either they are as powerful as land circles in smaller numbers, or that their threshold for maximum energy is smaller. No one knows.
There is no one faith for the naga. The desert cobras worship a great sand wyrm. Some of the others worship Afara, though are too wary of the other races to take up druidism. The sea snakes worship the mysterious god of the sea.
While there are some large naga cities and settlements on other continent, most of them live in smaller groups. Usually all of the naga in one group are related, but not always. There is no prejudice between one subspecies of naga and another (with the exception of the krait, who are wary of all land-dwellers). While accepting of one another, they are as a whole wary of everyone else. Who can blame them? They’ve been pursued, driven from homes, enslaved, hunted for their body parts, and had their eggs stolen from them for the black market. Naga are rarely solitary, and usually travel in groups of three or more. They use the lighter weapons of other races, especially swords, spears and polearms along with magic and their own natural strength, speed and agility. The krait also use tridents.