Native to Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent, naga are thick-bodied serpents, up to ten meters long, with large, blunt heads, expressive faces, and thick multicolored armored scales
that help them to retain heat. They have highly developed vocal cords and altered tongues that allow them to effectively speak metahuman languages, though they have difficulty pronouncing
percussive consonants. Naga normally live in small family groups near rivers and lakes, with one exception: the Naga Kingdom of Angkor Wat Cambodia, a nascent Awakened nation ruled by a group of
magically proficient naga and other sapient critters.
Naga prefer tropical or subtropical climates but, with sufficient indoor heating,can survive in most environments. Naga have short gestation periods of 6 months and hatch clutches of 5–9 naga. Many security companies captured naga in the wild and imported them to other countries as security paracritters, a practice they excelled at and which enabled them to learn languages and about metahuman society and magic. Some of these naga were liberated or “retired” and elected to stay in the cities, utilizing their skills for their own gain. Other naga come from Angkor Wat, trading emeralds for schooling in the universities of Neo-Tokyo, Hong Kong, and the Canton Confederation.
Estimated Population (Worldwide): 160,000
Population Centers: Amazonia, Cambodia (Naga Kingdom), Indian Union; other tropical and subtropical locations, particularly in Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.
Common Languages: Amazonian Portuguese, Cambodian, Chinese, Hindi, Khmer Nāga, and Malay.
International Status: Naga hold positions of political (monarchial) dominance in the Naga Kingdom, and are revered by many peoples in Southwest Asia. They are eligible for SINs in Amazonia, the Bangla Commonwealth, Burma, the Indian Union, Laos, Malaysia, Manchuria, the Salish-Shidhe Council, Sichuan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. All of the Big Ten employ
significant populations of naga, typically in magical security, as do many Asia-based AA corporations.