Nagajor

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Nagajor
Flag of Nagajor.
(Nation)
Alignment Neutral
Capital Zom Kullan
Ruler First Mother Vassath Shethagri
Government Ophidian matriarchy
Adjective Nagajor[1]
Languages Nagaji, Tien
Religions Desna, Lamashtu, Nalinivati, Tsukiyo, Yaezhing, Yamatsumi

Source: Dragon Empires Gazetteer, pg(s). 33

One of the largest nations of Tian Xia, Nagajor is ruled by naga matriarchs and populated chiefly by the serpentine nagaji people. Nagajor is a tropical realm of jungles, rivers, and swamps, and dominated at its center by volcanic mountains.[2][3][4]

Geography

Nagajor is not so much a nation as an empire comprised of various smaller kingdoms, the exact number of which has varied over the millennia but generally stays around two dozen. Nagajor currently has 25 individual kingdoms, a number which has been stable since the fall of Imperial Lung Wa. A typical kingdom consists of one capital metropolis, a few smaller cities, and many dozens of towns and villages. Nagajor is dominated by the Kullan Dei mountain range, and the capital city of Zom Kullan resides inside a dormant volcano deep within the range. Most of the rest of the nation, which has a tropical climate, consists of wild, watery jungles.[3]

History

Naga and nagaji have lived in Nagajor for millennia,[3][4] and while some theorize that nagas migrated from Vudra eastward (either across the Embaral Ocean or through the Darklands), the nagas themselves claim that they instead originated from Nagajor and migrated westward in ancient times to Vudra.[3]

In -997 AR, the Ivory Accord between the forces of Yixing and Nagajor established the first pact of peace and trade between the nations and races.[5]

In -395 AR, an army of haunted clockwork soldiers poured from the Clicking Caverns and attacked both Nagajor and neighboring Xa Hoi.[5]

Government

Nagajor is ruled by an ophidian matriarchy, meaning that female nagas hold power over the nation and its 25 current territories. The head of state is First Mother Vassath Shethagri, a royal naga sorcerer,[3][4] a direct descendant of many prior naga queens.[4] This matriarchy has remained intact for thousands of years, in part thanks to laws prohibiting any territory from directly attacking another territory. These individual territories vary hugely depending on their individual ruler's personal ethics, views, desires, and, sometimes, just whims.[3]

Inhabitants

The vast majority of Nagajor's citizens are either naga or nagaji. In some regions other humanoids are considered little more than crude pests and allow the nation's vast stretches of wilderness to dispose of them. Regardless of the ruling naga's views, what little communication between the nagas and foreign humanoids normally takes place via nagaji servants, who are even more distrustful of them.[4][3]

Organizations

The Order of the Poisoned Fang are a group of monks who serve Nagajor as emissaries, spies, and assassins. They practice a fighting style known as Ular Tangan, based on the movements of nagas.[2]

Religion

Nagajor is the heartland of the worship of Nalinivati, also known as "The Serpent's Kiss",[6] as she was the first queen of Nagajor and, to this day, the rulers of Nagajor claim to be directly descended from her bloodline. Other deities worshipped across the nation reflect the variety of spiritual interests of the different varieties of nagas and include Desna, her rival goddess Lamashtu, Tsukiyo, Yaezhing, and Yamatsumi.[3]

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