So far we’ve talked about the duta races of The Trailokya Trilogy, as well as humans and danava. Then, we moved onto the races with whom humanity shares their universe (Samsara). First up was the Cetians, the Ikyls and Oreiades, Boarwellum, Hyadeans, Vetehinen, Aurai, Els, Drago and the Grails. What interesting race do I have in store for you this time?
nagas. The soul race, humanoid in build, with double or triple arms and a serpentine lower half.
Ananta. The home planet of the naga.
Nagas exist in human legend. A few faiths declare them deities. The descriptions of these otherworldly beings is mostly accurate, at least as far as the visual aspects. As given in the definition above, Naga are aliens from the planet Ananta, who have two or three sets of arms. Their upper anatomy is humanoid, while their lower extremities resemble the tail of a snake. Their godlike abilities, however, are not accurate, although they must have seemed quite fantastic to the humans who encountered them.
Nagas have a similar personality type to that of humans. They’re a complicated race who walks a narrow path between the light and dark. Some of them are quite susceptible to burning down, like their human counterparts, while others seek to achieve higher enlightenment. Culturally, they have moved beyond religion, but still respect and enjoy historical items of that period of their past. It is difficult to maintain a faith based system in light of knowing what lies beyond Samsara. Their awakening came early on, shortly following the Conflict. Due to their unique anatomy, the danava targeted them for invasion and take over. However, these racist notions resulted them very little. The general population of nagas defied the will of Jahannam and preserved their freedom.
This race has many skilled warriors, but they are not geared solely to war activities. Savvy about their world, they come prepared wherever they go. Their preferred weapon is the bow and arrow or cross bow, which has evolved a great deal over the years.
Among the overall race, there are sub groups with variations of skin tone and number of limbs. They have several dialects, as well as customs, mostly based on ancient traditions that have long lost their mystical spin.
Ananta has several climates, including dessert and tropical. Most of the water is underground, with large land masses covering the planet. The lack of substantial natural barriers kept the Nagas from warring with each other, and encouraged the groups to commune more affably. This should not erase what conflicts that did arise among them. Issues of ethnicity and culture were usually at the root of such disagreements, much like on earth.
Naga technology has taken them beyond their planet where they trade with most other races. Their advancement in diplomacy has made them a friend to even the Vetehinen. These travels are at the root of their brush with humanity on Earth, and their subsequent deification by some of the groups found there. One may argue that allowing such worship is a sign of arrogance, if not deceitfulness. However, if it is understood that they faced certain death unless they secured a position among the natives, it becomes clearer as to why they chose such tactics.
Ananta has been largely ignored by Jahannam since being ousted, but still collects their fallen when they come. These fallen souls are known as Bhogin. In this form, they’re colloquially known as serpent demons.
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