Of Honor and Conflict (L5R)
The Naga are a snake like race that have inhabited Rokugan since long before the empire was formed. They battled against the Darkness, now the Shadowlands, before man set foot on Rokugan. They also fought against the immortals of the burning sands called the Ashalan that resulted in them being curse, turning them into Fire Salamanders if they ever set foot on the burning sands again. Their suppressing of the darkness plus this defeat by the Ashalan made them go into what they call the Great Sleep in order to wait for another day of prophecy when the darkness would be out of control.
The great sleep caused them to become less fertile, and a great number of their eggs where destroyed by humans and The Nezumi.
They’re now seen as a cautionary ally against the Shadowlands. They also have an internal system that they all connect to that shares emotions and thoughts among all Naga. This is impossible to understand for rokuganie’s that see them fighting along side them one minute, and then they all leave, knowing that there’s a bigger threat elsewhere. Naga retain their own personalities, and this collective memory is the only thing that resembles a hive mind. It means there is never debate in Naga society, though murder and deceit are still there.
Naga have different races like Rokugany have different clans. Greensnakes are the smallest but most versatile. Chameleons are the sneaky stealthy ones. Cobra are the equivalent of the Shugenga. Constrictors are powerful brutes. Asp are the most cunning and war minded.