The Teligrir are the three races of Naga who have joined into one force in Traykon. Bound by their goddess Sheshan'aga, the World Serpent, the Teligrir are a force to be reckoned with. While the Teligrir correspond to the three main aspects of their goddess, they recognize dozens of other species as lesser children of Sheshan'aga. While the Teligrir and other naga races can be found throughout Traykon, the bulk have been concentrated in The Empire where the naga races rule. The three main races of Teligrir correspond to the three main aspects of the deity Sheshan'aga.
The Ulupi are the warrior caste of the Empire and most closely associated with The Weaver aspect of the deity. Taking fully humanoid forms, the Ulupi resemble lizardmen in most respects. Like all other Naga, the Ulupi are an egg laying species with the females typically carrying up to 3 eggs inside of them for months before laying them. Since progeny are the future of the race, all Ulupi protect and care for eggs until they hatch. Once hatched, young are often cared for in hatcheries where dozens of young grow up under the watchful eyes of of adults. Since their bodies grow rapidly Ulupi children are considered adults at the age of 14. An oddity of the Ulupi is the existence of three genders, the male, the female, and the neuter. The third gender is in fact sexless with immature sex organs that do not function. Over the course of three months though, a neuter can change their gender to either male or female for reproduction. This change can also affect male and females as they can choose to become neuter. Most warriors of the Ulupi are neuter for most of their lives only taking a standard gender long enough to procreate and then return to their sexless, warrior existence.
The Nabay are the diplomats, artists, bureaucrats, and scholars of the Teligrir. They are closely associated with The Empowerer aspect of their deity. The Nabay are often called "half people" since their lower body is a long and sinuous tail while their upper half appears totally human. Blessed by their goddess, the Nabay have the magical ability to take on a totally human shape three times per week. While in their "human" form, the tail simply transforms into a pelvis and legs for the Nabay. Scales and fangs disappear and the Nabay becomes indistinguishable from a human except for a slight narrowing of their iris. While this change does include the sexual organs for a human, reproduction with other species is impossible. The form they take is always the same and they have no control over the height or other characteristics of their human form since it is based on their true form. This dual form makes them the naga race others feel most comfortable dealing with. Nabay carry only one egg at a time but the female holds the egg inside of her body for all but the last day of gestation. When transformed into a human, the Nabay simply looks like a pregnant woman. The process of laying the egg instantly forces a Nabay back into the natural form. Eggs hatch within 24 hours of being laid while the female is typically still weakened from labor.
Being associated with The Preserver the Naji are the spiritual and magical leaders of the Teligrir. The Naji resemble nothing so much as a large snake with a human head. Having no arms or legs, the Naji rely upon magical abilities, other naga, and even slaves to aid in their everyday tasks. Most other races are uncomfortable dealing with the Naji so these naga tend to be the unseen hand that guides The Empire. While the Naji do have contacts with other naga races, they tend to see those outside the three primary of the Teligrir as inferior children of their goddess. Most look upon other, non-naga, races as little more than risen beasts. The Naji are the only Teligrir race who lay whole clutches of eggs shortly after mating. A clutch of Naji eggs can number between 4 to 16 and take 8 months to mature. Every Teligrir settlement has a secure place for eggs to be guarded and mature. These hatcheries always house at least one Naji in ever present attendance over the race's progeny and future.
One "blessing" of the goddess Sheshan'aga to her children is that any egg laid by one of the Teligrir can conceivably hatch any of the three primary races. There is basically a 1% chance for any egg to hatch into a different race than the one who laid the egg. Centuries ago when this was first discovered, the Teligrir assumed eggs had somehow been swapped in the hatcheries. It quickly became obvious though that this was in fact a divine boon given to the Teligrir to bind them as a species much closer than other races. The three Teligrir have great respect and love for their compatriots. This mystical binding that has stretched over into reproduction has given rise to a feeling of equality among all members of the Teligrir. Even the most powerful Naji will treat the brutish Ulupi or gregarious Nabay as equal in the eyes of their goddess.
A hatchling that comes from one of these divine transference though often has special characteristics that are considered the mark of high favor from the goddess. For instance, an egg which hatches a Naji from another might birth a naga with the ability of a constant Mage Hand spell. Ulupi hatched this way might be physically superior to others. A Nabay may have odd colored eyes and/or hair or even have the ability to change the color of their eyes or hair when transforming into a human. These goddess touched Teligrir are absorbed into The Empire and are often watched for some obscure divine purpose to their existence. Sometimes these cross-born Teligrir feel drawn away and will leave The Empire to do the goddesses work elsewhere.
Naga Outside the Empire
Although most naga are born and live within The Empire, other areas of Traykon often appeal to the various naga races. Those not of the Teligrir can be found throughout the realm. Some naga even have found worship of other deities. There are dozens of different races of Naga in Traykon. The Teligrir are simply the most common and most powerful. Some naga, being barred from leadership in The Empire have tried to create their own kingdoms. Most fail, but occasionally a powerful group of naga can band together to rule an area. Members of the Teligrir also can rarely be encountered operating outside The Empire either as an adjunct of their goddess or seeking their own path away from the strict hierarchy.